Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Saint Diadochos of Photiki Resource Page

St. Diadochos of Photiki (Feast Day - March 29)

Life and Works of Saint Diadochos of Photiki

Saint Diadochos of Photiki as a Model for our Lives

The Ten Conditions of the Spiritual Life According to St. Diadochos of Photiki

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Teacher Fr. John Romanides and my Spiritual Father Fr. George Florovsky

By Protopresbyter Fr. Stephanos Avramides,
Secretary of the Synodal Committee on Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Christian Relations

With this evening's book presentation of the Holy Metropolitan of Nafpaktos, you have given me the opportunity to outline a bright and outstanding personality who set a mark upon modern theological thought. I thank His Eminence the Holy Metropolitan of Nafpaktos for the honor he has given me to submit my simple and humble thoughts and memories of the late Fr. John Romanides.

My acquaintance with Fr. John goes back to 1959, when as a third year student of the Theological School of the Holy Cross in Boston I had him for the first time as a Professor of Dogmatics.

Saint Dionysios the Merciful, Metropolitan of Larissa (+ 1510)

St. Dionysios the Merciful (Feast Day - March 28)

Regarding Saint Dionysios the Merciful, Metropolitan of Larissa and founder of the Monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapausas at Meteora, there are no hagiographic texts, services, synaxaria or biographies.

Saint Dionysios is depicted in a fresco from 1627 on the left aisle of the Church of the Holy Unmercenaries in Trikala, where the seven "Holy Archbishops of Larissa" are depicted in chronological order from left to right: Saint Thomas Gorianitis, Saint Cyprian the Wonderworker, Saint Anthony the Most Erudite and New Theologian, Saint Bessarion, Saint Dionysios the Merciful, Saint Mark the Hesychast, and Saint Bessarion of the Savior.

Holy Apostle Herodion of the Seventy


Herodion is certainly a noetic rose,
Gathered by the sword, you bloom again in the heavens.

Herodion, also known as Rodion, is greeted by the Apostle Paul in Romans 16:11: "Greet Herodion." He accompanied the Apostles Paul and Peter. Herodion became Bishop of Ypati (New Patras), where he suffered greatly at the hands of the local pagans and Jews. After beating, stoning and stabbing him, they left him for dead, but Saint Herodion arose and continued to serve the Apostles. He was beheaded with the Apostle Olympas in Rome while they were serving the Apostle Peter on the same day that Saint Peter was crucified in 54. He is also celebrated on November 10th with other Holy Apostles of the Seventy.

Saint Stephen the Confessor and Wonderworker, Abbot of Triglia Monastery (+ 815)

St. Stephen the Confessor and Wonderworker (Feast Day - March 28)

Saint Stephen the Confessor was Abbot of Triglia Monastery in Bithynia during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820). From a young age, the holy ascetic dedicated his life to God and received monastic tonsure. He later became head of the Triglia Monastery in Bithynia.

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