St. Athanasius the Great, born in Alexandria, studied at the great Catechetical School of Alexandria where he received excellent training in Greek and, especially, the Sacred Scriptures. At the youthful age of twenty, he was ordained deacon and became secretary to Alexander, Archbishop of Alexandria, whom he accompanied to Nicea where he boldly rose up against the impiety of the Arians. After Alexander died in AD 328, not long after the Council, St. Athanasius succeeded him as Archbishop. (more…)
He was born as Boulos (Paul) in a village called Delga in the province of Dairout, Egypt. He was ordained deacon at a young age of 15. He was known to love the monastery of the Theotokos, aka “Al-Meharaq” at Assiut. There, he became a novice then later a monk at the age of 19. (more…)
By: H.G. Bishop Youssef
St. Mark was one of the seventy apostles appointed by our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 10:10). He is distinguished as one of the four Evangelists. St. Mark authored the oldest canonical Gospel used by both St. Matthew and St. Luke, and probably also by St. John. Many believe the Gospel of Mark to be dated shortly before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. (more…)
In AD 451, Emperor Marcianus summoned St. Dioscorus and the four other Ecumenical Patriarchs to attend a Council in Chalcedon. There, St. Dioscorus attempted to present the Christology of the Church of Alexandria, the faith in “the One Incarnate Nature of the Divine Logos,” as St. Cyril of Alexandria had defined it. St. Cyril had explained that after the Incarnation of the Word, we can no longer speak of two natures, but only one. (more…)
He was born of pious parents in Cappadocia. He studied abroad, and in Athens, he met St. Basil, who became his intimate friend. After their studies together, they became fellow ascetics in the same monastery.
He was unwillingly ordained priest by his father, St. Gregory bishop of Nazianzus and later a bishop, in his stead, after the latter’s repose. (more…)
She was a disciple of St. Gregory the wonder-worker and was a woman of outstanding piety. After helping to educate her siblings, she retired with her widowed mother and other women to a communal life that she founded. (more…)
By: St. Basil the Great
Many things are set forth by Scripture as binding upon all who are anxious to please God. But, for the present, I have only deemed it necessary to speak by way of brief reminder concerning the questions which have recently been stirred among you, so far as I have learnt from the study of inspired Scripture itself. I shall thus leave behind me detailed evidence, easy of apprehension, for the information of industrious students, who in their turn will be able to inform others. (more…)
Saint John Chrysostom’s life gives us a sense of the awesome cost of Christian discipleship and of the truth that with God all things are possible. This incomparable teacher, on account of the fluency and sweetness of his eloquence, obtained the surname Chrysostom, or Golden Mouth.
His Earlier Life
He was born about the year 347 at Antioch in Syria, the only son of Secundus, commander of the imperial troops. His mother, Anthusa, who was left a widow at twenty, divided her time between the care of her family and her exercises of devotion. Her example made such an impression on her son’s master that he could not forbear crying out, (more…)
St. Basil was born in Caesarea, Asia Minor, and received his education in Constantinople and Athens. He joined the University of Athens in 351 where he studied philosophy and the great classical works for five years. There he did very well in his studies and lived as an ascetic. He returned to Caesarea in 35S to teach at the university. (more…)
Our knowledge of Saint Cyril’s childhood education and early upbringing is quite meager. According to Saint Isidore of Pelusium and church historian Socrates, Saint Cyril was born in Alexandria around the year 380. However, others rely on to the chronicles of John, Bishop of Nikiu in seventh century, who states that Saint Cyril’s mother and her brother hailed from Memphis, and that Saint Cyril was born in the town of Theodosion, Lower Egypt, very close to the current city Mahhalla el Kobra in the region of Mansoura. Recent studies date Saint Cyril’s birth to 378 AD, however exact date remains uncertain. (more…)
He rides on a donkey and a young colt; not a chariot. You have a unique sign of the King who came. Jesus was the only king Who sat upon an unyoked foal, entering into Jerusalem with acclamations as a king. And when this king comes, what does He do??He sits upon a foal to give us a sign, where the King that enters shall stand. And He gives this sign not far from the city, that it may not be unknown to us. He gave a sign plain before our eyes, so that even if we are in the city, we may behold the place of the King. And the prophet again makes answer saying: ?And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives which faces Jerusalem on the east?? (Zech. 14:4) Does any one standing within the city fail to behold the place?