St Maximus the Confessor (Commemorated 13th August)

St Maximus the Confessor (Commemorated 13th August) In a world where leaders turn their backs on our faith in the interests of “just getting along” Saint Maximus the Confessor is a moving example of how a wise, steadfast servant of the Church can defend our faith despite unimaginable pressures. Born in 580 and receiving an exemplary education in philosophy, mathematics and the sciences, Maximus rose to become a powerful Court official. However he eventually forsook the secular positions in the world to embrace the life of a simple monk, where he was able cultivate his special gifts in combining his [...]

By |2019-11-03T19:57:17+11:00October 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on St Maximus the Confessor (Commemorated 13th August)

St Athanasius the Athonite (Commemorated 5th July)

St Athanasius the Athonite (Commemorated 5th July)   St Athanasius the Athonite is attributed the honour of being the founder of monastic (Κοινοβιακό) life on the Holy Mountain (Mt. Athos) in Greece. He was born in Trepezond (or Trabzon) in modern North East Turkey around 920AD, and was given the name Abraham. Orphaned at a young age, Abraham was adopted by a pious nun who taught him ascesis through fasting and prayer. Finding himself at the Byzantine court, and under the tutelage of the great orator Athanasius, Abraham excelled in his studies surpassing even the expertise of his tutor. Recognising [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:50:11+10:00August 26th, 2019|Comments Off on St Athanasius the Athonite (Commemorated 5th July)

St Achilles, the Miracle Worker (Commemorated 15th May)

St Achilles, the Miracle Worker (Commemorated 15th May) Born around 270AD to an imperial patrician family in Cappadocia, St Achilles received a good education, especially in philosophy. On the death of his parents, he sold all his property, gave the money to the poor, and went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and then onto Rome. He became a monk and finally settled in Larissa, Thessaly. In recognition of his holiness of life St Achilles was made Bishop of Larissa. He was present at the 1st Ecumenical Council (325AD) where he challenged the Arians: “If Christ is a creature [...]

By |2019-06-13T19:43:07+10:00June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on St Achilles, the Miracle Worker (Commemorated 15th May)

The Great Martyr Theodore the General

The Great Martyr Theodore the General (Commemorated 8th February)   Great Martyr Theodore the General (Ό Στρατηλάτης) lived in the Black Sea coastal city of Heraclea Pontica, where he served as a military commander during pagan emperor Licinius’ reign (308 – 324 AD). When Licinius learnt that St Theodore was a Christian who had converted many through his heroic actions and eloquent preaching, he summoned him to Nicomedia. St Theodore responded: “I cannot come at present, because the Heracleans are in an uproar. They have forsaken our gods and are worshipping Christ. Therefore, I entreat you to come, and to [...]

By |2019-03-16T14:52:34+11:00March 16th, 2019|Comments Off on The Great Martyr Theodore the General

St Ambrose of Milan (Commemorated 7th December)

St Ambrose of Milan (Commemorated 7th December)   St Ambrose of Milan was a profoundly inspiring Bishop who was well loved by the people of Milan and by the Byzantine emperors who sought his guidance. He was born in 340AD at Trier and became well-educated, having learnt both Greek and Latin. He was appointed Governor of Milan and ruled with the Christian virtues of love and fair justice, being attributes with which he was raised. He was so loved that he was elected as Bishop by the people of Milan, and was not baptised until after his election! As Bishop [...]

By |2019-01-29T19:38:58+11:00January 29th, 2019|Comments Off on St Ambrose of Milan (Commemorated 7th December)