St Stephen 26 December 2017 -2

Stephen /ˈstiːvən/ (Greek: Στέφανος Stéphanos, meaning "wreath, crown" and by extension "reward, honor", often given as a title rather than as a name), (c. AD 5 - c. AD 34) traditionally venerated as the Protomartyr or first martyr of Christianity,[1] was according to the Acts of the Apostles a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem who aroused the enmity of members of various synagogues by his teachings. Accused of blasphemy, at [...]

St Stephen 26 December 2017

Deacon and Protomartyr Born A.D. 5 Died A.D. 34 Jerusalem, Judaea, Roman Empire Venerated in Roman Catholic Church Eastern Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church Oriental Orthodox Church Assyrian Church of the East Armenian Apostolic Church Eastern Catholic Churches Lutheranism Anglican CommunionFeast  26 December (Western) 27 December (Eastern) 9 January (Eastern Orthodox Churches) 25 December/7 January (Armenian Apostolic and [...]

Heaven

Heaven Summary: Sunday, December 17-Friday, December 22, 2017 The goal must be kept simple and clear—love of God and neighbor, union with God and neighbor. Our common word for this state of union is heaven. (Sunday) Heaven is first of all now and therefore surely later. If God loves and accepts us now in our broken [...]

something other than

  Christianity has been around for two thousand years and, for the most part, it has preached a good message by which to live. But unfortunately, as with all organised bodies, many people claiming to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ have shown themselves to behave quite opposite to the message it espouses...[ ] via [...]

Venerable Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople – Orthodox Church in America 11-12-2017

Saint Daniel the Stylite Saint Daniel the Stylite was born in the village of Bethara, near the city of Samosata in Mesopotamia. His mother Martha was childless for a long while and in her prayers she vowed that if she had a child, she would dedicate him to the Lord. Her prayers were heard, and [...]

Saint Damasus I -11 December 2017

Saint Damasus’ Story To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern [...]