Science of the Saints, 11-III-2019 (26 Feb.), St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Sainted Porphyrius, Archbishop of Gaza, was born in about the year 346 at Thessalonica in Macedonia. His parents were people of substance, and this allowed Saint Porphyrius to receive a fine education. Having the inclination for monastic life, at twelve years of age he left his native region and set off to Egypt, where he … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 11-III-2019 (26 Feb.), St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Science of the Saints, 10-III-2019 (25 Feb.), St. Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople

Sainted Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople, came of illustrious lineage. He was born and raised in Constantinople, where he received a fine education. He was rapidly promoted at the court of the emperor Constantine VI Porphyrigenitos (780-797) and Constantine's mother, the holy Empress Irene (797-802), and the saint reached the rank of senator. During these times … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 10-III-2019 (25 Feb.), St. Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople

Science of the Saints, 9-III-2019 (24 Feb.), The First and Second Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist

After the cutting off of the Head of the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John, his body was buried by disciples in the Samarian city of Sebasteia, and the venerable head was hidden by Herodias in an unclean place. Pious Joanna, wife of king Herod's steward Chuza (there is made mention about him by the holy … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 9-III-2019 (24 Feb.), The First and Second Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist

Science of the Saints, 8-III-2019 (23 Feb.), Hieromartyr Polycarp

Sainted Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was born about the year 80 and lived in Asia Minor in the city of Smyrna. He was left an orphan at an early age, but through the direction of an Angel, he was raised by the pious widow Kallista. After the death of his adoptive mother, Polycarp gave away … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 8-III-2019 (23 Feb.), Hieromartyr Polycarp

Science of the Saints, 7-III-2019 (22 Feb.), Martyrs at the Gates of Eugenius

During the times of persecutions against Christians the remains of the holy martyrs usually were buried by believers in hidden places. So also at Constantinople, nearby the gates and tower named the Eugenikoi, were found buried a great number of the bodies of martyrs, the names of which remained unknown by the Church. When on … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 7-III-2019 (22 Feb.), Martyrs at the Gates of Eugenius

Science of the Saints, 6-III-2019 (21 Feb.), St. Timothy of Symbola

The Monk Timothy the Wilderness-Dweller, an Italian by descent, from youth asceticised at a monastery, called "Symbola," in Asia Minor near Mount Olympus. The archimandrite of the monastery was the Monk Theoktistos. Saint Timothy was his disciple and co-student of the Monk Platon, a Studite Confessor (+814). Attaining a high degree of spiritual perfection, he … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 6-III-2019 (21 Feb.), St. Timothy of Symbola

Science of the Saints, 5-III-2019 (20 Feb.), St. Leo, Bishop of Catania

Sainted Leo was bishop of the city of Catania, in Sicily. He was famed for his benevolence and charity, and his Christian love for the poor and the vagrant. The Lord granted him the gifts of healing of various illnesses, and also wonderworking. During the time when Saint Leo was bishop in Catania, there lived … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 5-III-2019 (20 Feb.), St. Leo, Bishop of Catania

Science of the Saints, 4-III-2019 (19 Feb.), Apostle Archippus

The Holy Disciples from the Seventy: Archippus, Philemon, and Apthea were students and companions of the holy Apostle Paul. In the Epistle to Philemon, the Apostle Paul names Saint Archippus as his companion. The Disciple Archippus was bishop of the city of Colossa in Phrygia. The Disciple Philemon was an eminent citizen of this city, … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 4-III-2019 (19 Feb.), Apostle Archippus

Science of the Saints, 3-III-2019 (18 Feb.), St. Leo, Pope of Rome

Sainted Leo I the Great, Pope of Rome (440-461), received an exceedingly fine and diverse education, which opened for him the possibility of an excellent worldly career. But his yearning was in the spiritual life, and so he chose the different path of becoming an archdeacon under holy Pope Sixtus III (432-440), after whose death … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 3-III-2019 (18 Feb.), St. Leo, Pope of Rome

Science of the Saints, 2-III-2019 (17 Feb.), Great Martyr Theodore Tyro

The Holy Martyr Theodore Tyro was a soldier in the city of Alasium of the Pontine district (northeast province of Asia Minor, stretching alongside the coast of the Pontus Euxine, i.e. the Black Sea), under the command of a certain Brincus. They commanded him to offer sacrifice to idols. Saint Theodore firmly and in a … Continue reading Science of the Saints, 2-III-2019 (17 Feb.), Great Martyr Theodore Tyro