Monday, August 29, 2016

Saint Vlasios of Akarnania Has Been Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Pantelis Albanis
August 29, 2016

Joyous bells have been ringing today in Palairos of Aitoloakarnania at the news of the canonization of Saint Vlasios by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. From noontime the faithful began to flock to the Church of Saint Vlasios in Sklavaina, where the Saint was martyred and his tomb can be found, as well as to the Church of Saint Paraskevi in Palairos, where his sacred relics are kept.

Genesis 24 and the Mission of John the Baptist

By John Sanidopoulos

The mission of John the Baptist is best summed up in Genesis 24, where we read about the marriage between Isaac and Rebekah. There we read, in summary, how when Abraham was advanced in years, he told his servant to go to his homeland in Nahor and find there a wife for his son Isaac, so that he would not take a wife from among the local Canaanites. Abraham further told his servant that he was to bring the woman who was to be Isaac's wife back to him in Canaan, and not allow Issac to go to Abraham's homeland, and an angel would assist him on his path. If the woman however refused to return back with the servant, then the servant would be free of his oath. The servant therefore took the oath, and set on his journey in search of Isaac's bride, accompanied by ten camels and choice gifts for the bride to be.

Josephus on the Beheading of John the Baptist

Today is the feast of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist, an event which is mentioned in a source other than the Gospels. Here is the Jewish historian Josephus who wrote circa 93-94 AD regarding the death of the Baptist in his Jewish Antiquities:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saint Susanna of Georgia as a Model for our Lives

St. Susanna of Georgia (Feast Day - August 28)

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

Saint Susanna, or Shushanik as she she was affectionately called, lived in the fifth century. She was from Iberia, known today as Georgia, and the king at the time was Vakhtang I Gorgasali. Shushanik's husband, Varsken, was a feudal lord (pitiakhsh) of Kartli in Georgia. He was a Christian, but only by name. Eventually, he denied his faith and for no special reason subjected himself to the king of Persia and embraced the fire-worshiping faith of the Persians. He also asked his wife, who was a woman of God, to deny her faith. She rebuked him for his apostasy and then boldly confessed her faith in the true God. He then had her harshly tortured in an unforgiving way, and full of wounds she was cast into prison, which was a sunless dungeon. There the Saint spent the last six years of her life with patience, fasting and prayer.

Saint Moses the Ethiopian Resource Page

Holy Abba Moses the Ethiopian (Feast Day - August 28)


You affirmed the saying and died, Moses the Black,
"Men see with the eyes, God with the heart."
You were buried on the twenty-eighth Moses the Ethiopian.

The Life of Abba Moses the Ethiopian

The Sayings of Abba Moses the Ethiopian

On the Immediate and Ultimate Goals of the Christian Life (Abba Moses the Ethiopian)

Saint Moses the Ethiopian as a Model for our Lives

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