Sunday, January 4, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas Resource Page


We venerate Your birth, O Christ. 
Show us also your divine Theophany.

Nativity Season: November 15 - December 25

Orthodox Christmas Resource Page


About the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 26 - January 6)

The Orthodox Celebration of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas in the Orthodox Church

On the Occasion of the Feasts of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas and the Church Today: An Interview With Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

Kallikantzaroi: The Christmas Goblins of Greece

The Legend Of '12 Days of Christmas'


First Sunday After Christmas

The Sunday After Christmas - Jesus Christ: The Eternal Victor

Jesus Christ as an Immigrant

Synaxarion for Joseph the Betrothed, James the Brother of God and David the Prophet

Sunday After Christmas: Joseph the Betrothed, James the Adelphotheos and King David

The Sunday After the Nativity of Christ

A Homily on the Repentance of King David

A Homily on the Righteous Joseph

The Silence of Joseph

The Heretical Icon of the "Holy Family"

Holy Apostle James, the Brother of God

Saint James the Brother of God as a Model for our Lives


December 26 - First Day of Christmas

Synaxarion for the Synaxis of the Theotokos and Her Flight Into Egypt With Christ

The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

The Institution of the Synaxis of the Theotokos

Properly Honoring the Theotokos the Day After Christmas

St. Proclus' Homily For December 26th

Three Homilies of St. Nikolai Velimirovich on the Theotokos

"The Year of our Lord" by Fr. George Florovsky

Stories of the Post-Nativity Virginity of the Theotokos

The Flight of the Holy Family Into Egypt

Silent Movie: "The Flight Into Egypt" (1903)

The Miraculous Palm Tree of Hermopolis, Egypt

The Miracle at the Virgin Mary Church in Maadi, Egypt in 1976

The Miraculous Icon of the Most Holy Virgin of Bethlehem

Panagia Alexiotissa In Patras, Greece

Manger Scene at Panagia Alexiotissa in Patras, Greece


December 27 - Second Day of Christmas

Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen as a Model for our Lives

Homily On St. Stephen the Protomartyr by St. Fulgentius of Ruspe

Homily One: St. Gregory of Nyssa on St. Stephen the Protomartyr

Homily Two: St. Gregory of Nyssa on St. Stephen the Protomartyr

Finding Pity in Sinners and Praying for Enemies

An Athonite Icon of the Martyrdom of St. Stephen

The Location of the Stoning of St. Stephen in Jerusalem

The Recent Discovery of the Burial Place of St. Stephen

Translation of the Relics of Stephen the Protomartyr

"Good King Wenceslas" for the Feast of St. Stephen

The Original Words To The Song "Good King Wenceslas"

Saint Theodore the Graptos, Who Was Branded With Twelve Iambic Verses


December 28 - Third Day of Christmas

Synaxarion of the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

20,000 Holy Martyrs of Nicomedia

Synaxarion of the Holy Martyr Domna

Saint Domna as a Model for our Lives

Saint Simon the Myrrh-Gusher of Mount Athos

The Cave of Saint Simon the Myrrhgusher (photos)

An Old Seal of Simonopetra Monastery

Saints Mark the Grave-Digger and Theophilus the Weeper


December 29 - Fourth Day of Christmas

Synaxarion of the Holy Infants Massacred by Herod

The Fourteen Thousand Holy Children of Bethlehem

14,000 Infants (Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod in Bethlehem

How Many of the Holy Innocents Were Massacred?

The Slaughter of the Innocents by Herod and the Symbolism of the 14,000 Infants

The Slaughter of the Innocents: Historical Fact or Legendary Fiction?

Why Did Rachel Weep For the Holy Children of Bethlehem?

Macrobius and the Slaughter of the Innocents

An Orthodox Response To the Death of the Innocent

The Slaughter of the Innocents: Historical Fact or Legendary Fiction?

Hilarion Alfeyev's Christmas Oratorio 24: Rachel's Lament (video)

Saint Markellos of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones

The History of our Venerable Father Benjamin

All Christians Who Died From Starvation, Thirst, Cold and the Sword Commemorated Today


December 30 - Fifth Day of Christmas

Synaxarion of Saint Anysia of Thessaloniki

Saint Anysia the Virgin-Martyr of Thessaloniki

Saint Theodora of Caesarea


December 31 - Sixth Day of Christmas

Saint Melania the Roman (the Younger)

Saint Zotikos the Feeder of Orphans as a Model for our Lives

6 Sayings of the Holy Abba Gelasios

Saint Theophylact of Ochrid

Saint George the Wonderworker, the so-called Macheromenos


January 1 - Seventh Day of Christmas

The Dual Feast of St. Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Christ

Saint Basil the Great Resource Page

Synaxarion for the Circumcision of Christ

On the Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ

Clarifications Concerning the Circumcision of Christ

The Circumcision of Christ and His Humanity

The Interpretation of an Icon of the Circumcision of Christ

New Years Day and the Christian

St. John Chrysostom: A Homily for the New Year (On the Kalends of January)

A Pastoral Encyclical for the New Year

The Life of Christ Within Us

The Russian New Year Molieben

How Russians Celebrated New Year Before Revolution

St. Peter of Damascus: On Resolution

"John the Blessed": A New Year's Eve Tale by Photios Kontoglou


January 2 - Eighth Day of Christmas

Pre-Festive Days of the Theophany

The Forefeast of Holy Theophany (Day One)

Saint Sylvester, Pope of Rome

The Donation of Constantine

Holy Hieromartyr Theagenes, Bishop of Parium

Saint Mark the Deaf

Saint Seraphim the Wonderworker of Sarov (+ 1833)

Saint Seraphim of Sarov as a Model for our Lives

Iconographic Depictions of the Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov

Saint Seraphim and Russia

Animation of St. Seraphim of Sarov

The Healing Spring of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in Diveyevo

The Holy Canal of the Theotokos at Diveyevo Monastery

The Candle of St. Seraphim of Sarov

A Handwritten Letter of St. Seraphim of Sarov

Translation of the Holy Relics of Saint Seraphim of Sarov

The Spirits of Diveyevo Nuns Photographed?

Sarov: The Forbidden City

The Annual Sweep of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem


January 3 - Ninth Day of Christmas

The Forefeast of Holy Theophany (Day Two)

The Prophet Malachi as a Model for our Lives

Saint Gordius the Martyr of Ceasarea

Saint Genevieve, Patron Saint of Paris

Saint Thomaïs of Lesvos, Patron Saint of Marriage

Testimony from the Woman Who Was Operated on by St. Thomais in 2007

Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri Resource Page

Saint Ekvtime Taqaishvili of Georgia, the Man of God


January 4 - Tenth Day of Christmas

The Forefeast of Holy Theophany (Day Three)

Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles of Christ

Synaxis of the Holy Seventy Apostles (St. Dimitri of Rostov)

Saints Zosimas the Monk and Athanasios the Notary

Saint Apollinaria the Syncletike as a Model for our Lives

Saint Euthymios and the Twelve Holy Martyrs of Vatopaidi With Him

Synaxarion of Saint Nikephoros the Leper

Venerable Nikephoros the Leper (1890-1964)

Saint Nikephoros the Leper Is Canonized By the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Russian Church Includes Sts. Prophyrios and Nikephoros in Church Calendar

Venerable Nikephoros the Leper: Hymns and Photos

First Official Celebration of St. Nikephoros the Leper

Miracles of Saint Nikephoros the Leper

I Knew St. Nikephoros the Leper (video)

The First Church Dedicated to St. Nikephoros the Leper

An Eye-Witness Account of Miracles by St. Anthimos of Chios


January 5 - Eleventh Day of Christmas

The Eve of Holy Theophany (Day Four)

The Theophany Eve Fast on January 5th

Clarifications and Guidelines for the Observation of Theophany

A Homily of Basil the Great to be Read on the Day Before Theophany

Saints Theopemptos and Theonas the Martyrs

Saint Theonas: From Pagan Magician to Martyr of Christ

Saint Syncletike of Alexandria

Saint Romanos the New Martyr of Karpenesion (+ 1694)


January 6 - Twelfth Day of Christmas (Holy Theophany)

Orthodox Theophany Resource Page


January 7-14 - Afterfeast of Theophany

The Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord


January 7 - Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Saint John the Baptist Resource Page


Sunday After Theophany

The Life of Christ Within Us

Saint Joseph the New of Cappadocia

Holy Virgin Martyr Parthena of Edessa

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