June: Weirdos welcome

The feast of All Saints is exactly the same in the East as it is in the West; it’s just on the other side of the year. It always falls on the Sunday following Pentecost, which this year is June 16. On this day, the Eastern Church…

May: St. Nobody Important

Some of Our Lord’s disciples are famous, but others are not. Peter and the apostles are in the first category. We know where they preached; we know if and how they were martyred; we know what their feast days are. What about the “nameless”…

Eastern rite Lent: Pray early and often

Today we will not be talking about a who but a what. Let’s get down with Lent! Literally. What Father is chanting in Old Slavonic is: You suffered greatly for us Jesus Christ, Son of God Have mercy on us Just as in the West,…

December: Old Testament saints?

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and Feast of the Holy Fathers (Dec.16, 23 this year) If you ever wondered whether the holy men and women of the Old Testament are considered saints by the Church, December has your answer. It contains the…

October: No spell too small

St. Cyprian the Sorcerer (died 304) Feast day: Oct. 2  Just in time for Halloween, this month’s saint was a real charmer. Literally. Don’t get him mixed up with the other, famous, respectable Cyprian who was once bishop of Carthage and is…