Prayer first from St. John Maximovitch

The power of God is most effective when the person asking for his help, acknowledges his own inadequacy, his personal weakness and realization that his sinful nature makes him proud and unyielding.  It is this knowledge that is the cornerstones of Christian humility and the fundamental virtue of a believer.

My name is Padraig, and I’m a sinner

St. Patriachus, Enlightener of Eire March 17 Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, came to Ireland where he found so much reknown, by force.  He was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old.  He was the  son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was … Continue reading My name is Padraig, and I’m a sinner

Saint John Chrysostom, his Life and Times by W. R. W. Stephens

 The author, William R. W. Stephens,  was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and graduated in 1862, ordained in 1865. his parentage and birth are unknown. Stephens began his clerical career with a curacy in Staines. In 1866 he became the curate of Purley, Berkshire. On 31 August 1869 he married Charlotte Jane Hook, the youngest daughter … Continue reading Saint John Chrysostom, his Life and Times by W. R. W. Stephens

Prophet Joel October 19

  Joel the ProphetReading from the Synaxarion:The Prophet Joel, whose name means "Yah is God," was of the tribe of Reuben, the son of Bathuel, and lived from 810 to 750 B.C. (but some say in the 7th century B.C.). His book is divided into three chapters, and is the second in order of the minor … Continue reading Prophet Joel October 19

obits: The Not-Quite Incorruptible St. Bernadette of Lourdes

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Saint Anastasios the Persian / August 8

I could not find much about this saint  other than  he died  in 628.  He is also known as Anastasius of Persia & was a military commander in Asia Minor and Syria. After he was was tortured in Caesarea, he converted to Christianity, as he believed that the Holy Spirit had called upon him to forgive his … Continue reading Saint Anastasios the Persian / August 8

Vladimir of Russia and the Nightwolves

Today July 15, honours Saint Vladimir the Great’s, President Putin’s nameday, and so I leave you with this…..originally posted 7/15/2013 on inmyanguish.wordpress.com------------------------------------------------------------------In the Moscow compound of the Night Wolves, the Russian equivalent of the Hells Angels, ships’ conrods have been refashioned as crosses ten feet high. Broken plane parts have been bolted to truck engines … Continue reading Vladimir of Russia and the Nightwolves

saints: Sunday of St John of Climacus

The memory of this Saint is actually celebrated on March 30, but he is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. It was written by a great man exexperienced in all forms of the monastic polity about our our stepwise journey to Heaven: John Climacus.St John Climacus (τῆς Κλίμακος, “of the ladder”) … Continue reading saints: Sunday of St John of Climacus

Holy Days: Annunciation tothe Theotokos (god bearer)

This holy day is celebrated in the RC, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and High Anglican Churches as part of the Church Calendar.Reading from the Synaxarion:Six months after John the Forerunner’s conception, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth unto Mary a Virgin, who according to the tradition handed down … Continue reading Holy Days: Annunciation tothe Theotokos (god bearer)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick was canonized on March 17 in the one Christian Church at the time. It was the day he died. He is best known as the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland because he he brought Christianity to Ireland as well as the Picts and Anglo-Saxons.He is known only from two short works, … Continue reading Happy Saint Patrick’s Day