Sept. 27 The Holy Martyr Callistratus and his Companions; Our Venerable Father Nilus, Founder and Hegumen of the Monastery of Grottaferrata

The holy martyr Callistratus was raised a Christian and became a soldier. Reported by one of his cohort as a believer, he was imprisoned and ordered to offer sacrifice to idols. He refused. He was repeatedly tortured and still remained faithful, so much so that forty-nine of his fellow soldiers came to believe in Christ. […]

Sept. 26 The Passing of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

The holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian reposed when he was more than a hundred years old. He far outlived the other eyewitnesses of the Lord, and for a long time he remained the only remaining eyewitness of the earthly life of the Savior. When it was time for his departure from this life, […]

Sept. 25 Our Venerable Mother Euphryosyna

Our venerable mother Euphrosyna was born to parents long childless, who brought her up in the Christian faith. She presented herself, in man’s clothing, to the abbot of a local monastery, who admitted her and placed her in the spiritual care of the monk Agapetus. After thirty-eight years of living the monastic life, her father […]

Sept. 24 The Holy Martyr, First Among Women, and Equal to the Apostles, Thecla

The holy martyr Thecla, first among women and equal to the Apostles, was converted to the faith by the preaching of the Apostle Paul when he came to Iconium with Barnabas. Thecla became a follower of Paul, and went with him to Antioch. She settled in a solitary place near Seleucia, and was martyred in […]

Sept. 22 The Holy Priest-Martyr Phocas, Bishop of Sinope; The Holy Prophet Jonah; Our Venerable Father Jonah the Priest

The holy martyr Phocas, bishop of Sinope, strengthened the faithful by his example and words as bishop, and brought many to the true faith. The governor of the province had him seized and tortured, and then killed him by throwing him into boiling water. He died during the reign of the emperor Trajan in 103. […]

Sept. 21 The Holy Apostle Quadratus of Magnesia

The holy apostle Quadratus of Magnesia of Greece, was a disciple of the Apostles. It is told that he, by his faith and diligence, gathered together the Church, which had been scattered by terror in the persecution of Hadrian the emperor. He also presented a book in defense of the Christian religion, worthy of the […]

Sept. 20 The Holy Martyr Eustace and his Family; The Holy Martyrs and Confessors the Great Prince Michael and his Counselor Theodore, the Wonder-workers of Chernigov

The holy martyr Eustace was a Roman military leader in the time of the emperors Titus and Trajan. He was a righteous and merciful pagan. One day while hunting, he found a stag. In the stag’s antlers, a cross appeared, and Eustace heard a voice telling him to find a Christian priest and be baptized. […]

Sept. 19 The Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedont

The holy martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedont suffered for Christ during the reign of the Roman emperor Probus (276-282). A pagan festival was being celebrated in the city of Antioch. The Christians Trophimus and Sabbatius arrived in the city just as the festival was taking place, and were saddened by this loud and indecent spectacle. […]

Sept. 18 Our Venerable Father Eumenius the Wonder-worker, Bishop of Gortyna

Our venerable father Eumenius the Wonder-worker was bishop of Gortyna in Crete in the 7th century. He gave himself with his whole heart to Christ from his youth. He gave all he owned to the poor, and kept a very strict ascetic life of fasting and vigils. Seeing his virtue, the people of Gortyna chose […]

Sept. 17 The Holy Martyr Sophia and her three Children, Faith, Hope, and Charity

The holy martyrs St. Sophia [Wisdom], and her daughters Faith [Vera], Hope [Nadežda], and Charity [Luba] were born in Italy. Their mother was a pious Christian widow who named her daughters after the three Christian virtues. Faith was 12, Hope was 10, and Love was 9. St. Sophia raised them inj the love of the […]