April 30 The Holy Apostle James, Brother of John the Theologian

The holy apostle James, son of Zebedee, was the brother of St. John the Theologian, and one of the Twelve Apostles. He and his brother, St. John, were called to be Apostles by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who called them the “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17). It was this James, with John and Peter, who […]

April 29 The Nine Martyrs of Cyzice; Our Venerable Father Memnon the Wonderworker

The nine holy martyrs of Cyzice burned with a love for Christ. These martyrs refused to offer sacrifice to idols or deny Christ as their Lord. They were cruelly tortured and finally beheaded in the third century.  Our venerable father Memnon the Wonderworker was from early days devoted to fasting and prayer, and became a […]

April 28 The Holy Apostles Jason and Sosipater; The Holy Martyrs Dadas, Maximum and Quintillian

The holy apostles Jason and Sosipater were disciples of St. Paul during the reign of the emperor Nero. They are mentioned in Romans 16:21 by Paul, who calls them his kinsmen. Jason was the first bishop of Tarsus, and Sosipater the first bishop of Iconium.  The holy martyrs Dadas, Maximus, and Quintillian were, at Dorostrorus […]

April 27 The Holy Bishop-Martyr Simeon, Relative of the Lord; Our Venerable Father Stephen, Bishop of Vladimir 

The holy bishop-martyr Simeon, cousin of our Lord, who, as it is said, was a son of Cleophas and a relative of the Savior according to the flesh. Ordained bishop of Jerusalem after James, the brother of the Lord, he was afflicted with many tortures in the persecution of the emperor Trajan. As an old […]

April 26 The Holy Priest Martyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea

The Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea, lived at the beginning of the fourth century in the Pontine city of Amasea. He encouraged and comforted the Christians suffering persecution by the pagans. During this time the Eastern part of the Roman Empire was ruled by Licinius (311-324), the brother-in-law of the holy emperor Constantine the Great. […]

April 25 The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, also known as John Mark (Acts 12:12), was one of the Seventy Apostles, and also the nephew of St. Barnabas. He was born in Jerusalem. The house of his mother Mary adjoined the Garden of Gethsemane. After the Ascension of the Lord, the mouse of his mother Mary became […]

Great-Martyr George

Along with being the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers, this is also the feast of the Great-Martyr George.  We have an icon of the Great-Martyr on the back wall of the temple next to the stairwell.  George was a very accomplished and virtuous soldier.  The emperor was becoming very “successful” in bringing a false-peace to the […]

April 24 The Holy Martyr Sabbas the General 

The holy martyr Sabbas Stratelates came from a Gothic tribe. For his bravery, he attained the high rank of military commander, or “stratelates,” and he served under the Roman emperor Aurelian (270-275). From his youth, Sabbas was a Christian and he fervently followed the commands of Christ. He helped the needy, and visited Christians in […]