THE AKATHIST HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD

Hieromonk Job (Gumerov), Fr. Michael Carney, Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) - March 2015 The Akathist Hymn is one of the most well-loved services of devotion in the Orthodox Church. Although there is some debate concerning the particulars of its authorship, many scholars agree with the pious tradition which states that the Akathist was composed in the imperial city of ...

Saint Basil the Great – Archbishop of Caesarea

15/1/15 Basil was born during the reign of Emperor Constantine. While still unbaptized, Basil spent fifteen years in Athens where he studied philosophy, rhetoric, astronomy and all other secular sciences of that time. His colleagues at that time were Gregory the Theologian and Julian, later the apostate emperor. In his mature years he was baptized in ...

The Holy Protomartyr Stephen the Archdeacon

January 2015 Stephen was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul and one of those Jews who lived in the Hellenic provinces. Stephen was the first of the seven deacons whom the holy apostles ordained and appointed to the service of assisting the poor in Jerusalem. For this, he is called the archdeacon. By the power of his ...