Category Archives: Hagiography

Our patrons, the 318 Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea

The Sixth Sunday after the Great Feast of All-Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. This day commemorates the 318 God-bearing Fathers who gathered in the city

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Melangell, Abbess of Pennant

On 27 May we celebrate the Feast of Saint Melangell. We will have vespers at 7pm on Friday, 26 May and a Divine Liturgy on Saturday, 27 May at 9am. In Ireland around the year 590 AD a young woman

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Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt

Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt (St. Sophronios of Jerusalem) By St. Sophronios of Jerusalem “It is good to hide the secret of a king, but it is glorious to reveal and preach the works of God” (Tobit

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St. Cuthbert Wonderworker of Britain

If I were to say to you that you are not a human (ἄνθρωπος), you might take it as an insult. I will say it, nevertheless. We are not humans, neither you nor I; we are merely in the process

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Feast of Saint Alkmund of Derby

Today we commemorate Saint Alchmund of Derby. Saint Alchmund's church in Shrewsbury is dedicated to the saint possibly because his relics were brought here by Queen Aethelflaed’s to save them from the invading Danes. Continue reading

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Chad, Bishop of Lichfield

Saint Chad was one of three brothers born in Northumbria, and was educated at the monastery on Lindisfarne under Saint Aidan. In 664 he succeeded his brother, Cedd as Abbot of Lastingham.  In 669 that Chad became Bishop of Lichfield

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Werburgh, Abbess of Mercia

Werburgh, a princess of Mercia, exchanged her coronet for a veil early in life and became a great foundress and leader of monastic communities in East Anglia and Mercia.  Her greatness in life is reflected in her veneration in death. 

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Saint Nicholas

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Bishop of Myra

On the sixth of December, we commemorate our Holy Father Nicholas the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia the Wonderworker. Verses While on earth Nicholas was a great intercessor, Departing the earth he still fervently intercedes. On the sixth the end

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Saint Edmund the Martyr

Feast day 20 November. Of his life little is known. In the year 869 the Danes, who had been wintering at York, marched through Mercia into East Anglia and took up their quarters at Thetford. Edmund engaged them fiercely in battle, but

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The Feast of Nektarios the Wonderworker of Pentapolis

St. Nektarios was born in Selybria of Eastern Thrace to the family of Demos and Maria Kephalas on 1st October 1846. He was named Anastasios at his baptism, a name which suited perfectly his early behavior. As a child he

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Winefrid, virgin martyr and abbess of Gwytherin

Read about the life of Saint Winefrid and her importance for the town of Shrewsbury Continue reading

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Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios

On 26 October we celebrate the feast of the Holy Glorious and Great Martyr Demetrios the Myrrh Streamer. Life of the Saint Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of

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Eata, bishop of Hexham

26 October Saint Eata was a native of Northumbria and was probably born in the reign of King Oswald.  He was one of the original twelve pupils of St Aidan at Lindisfarne. Around the year 640 Saint Aidan founded a

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Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

October 18 Life of the Saint Saint Luke came from the city of Antioch, probably of a pagan family. From his youth he applied himself to seek after wisdom and to study the arts and sciences. He travelled all over

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The Repose of St. John the Theologian According to His Disciple Prochorus

The Translation of St. John the Theologian (Feast Day – September 26th) VersesStanding beside the beloved Word of the Father,Is he who was beloved more than all of the disciples.On the twenty sixth the child of thunder departed unto God.

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The Translation of the Relics of St Winifred of Trefonen

The relics of St Winefride were finally translated to Shrewsbury Abbey on 19th September 1138.If you’d like to read more about the life of this important local saint, please follow this link…

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Synaxarion of the Holy Great Martyr Niketas the Goth

VersesTo Niketas.Niketas is enflamed and becomes a victory-bearer,Or we should rather say a fire-bearing victory-bearer.On the fifteenth, Niketas was cast into the furnace. To the Holy Martyrs who contested with St. Niketas.A pious multitude contested in Gothia,Casting the barbarians out

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The Life of the Holy Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

VersesLet Joachim now with his Wife delight,Both bearing for creation the soul’s delight.On the ninth is the synaxis of the parents of God’s Mother. By St. John of Damascus Anna was to be the mother of the Virgin Mother of

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The Nativity of the Theotokos

Synaxarion of the Nativity of the Theotokos On the eighth of September, we commemorate the Birth of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary. VersesAnna, all mothers truly you surpassed,Until your daughter should become your Mother.Anna brought into

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St Symeon the Stylite

On this day, the first of September, our Church celebrates the memory of the venerable Symeon the Stylite. Our venerable Father Symeon was born about the year 390 in a certain village named Sis, in the mountain region of Cilicia

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