Feb. 12 Our father among Saints Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch

Our holy father Meletiusm archbishop of Antioch, was elected to the Patriarchal See in 360, but within a month was exiled by Emperor Constantius. Reinstated in 379, he held a council for 150 bishops and took a prominent role in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 381. He was persecuted on account of the Nicene […]

Feb. 6 Our Venerable Father Bucolus, Bishop of Smyrna; The Holy Martyr Silvanus, Bishop of Emesa, and his Companions

Our venerable father Bucolus was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, who consecrated him Bishop of Smyrna. In Smyrna there were few that were baptized. In the darkness of paganism, St. Bucolus shone as bright as a candle. He distinguished himself with every virtue, especially meekness and humility. Before his death, Bucolus consecrated the […]

Jan. 18 Our Holy Fathers, Athanasius and Cyril, Archbishops of Alexandria

Our holy father Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria, is one of the four great doctors of the Byzantine Church, called the Father of Orthodoxy. He opposed the Arians with admirable zeal and endured exile for 46 years. He died in 373. Our holy father Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria, opposed the Nestorians and taught that the divine […]

Dec. 20 The Holy Priest Martyr Ignatius the God-bearer

The holy martyr Ignatius the God-bearer was a bishop and a disciple of St. John the Apostle. He ruled the Church of Antioch second after St. Peter. He was condemned to the beasts under the Emperor Trajan, and was sent to Rome and there he was crowned in martyrdom in the year 107. On his […]