November 30 – Andrew the Apostle

Andrew the Apostle, the First-Called (I cent.) was the brother of Simon Peter the first Pope of Rome. His name comes from the Greek Ἀνδρέας, “Andreas,” meaning “manly” or “brave.” He is also called Ο Πρωτοκλητος, or “the first-called,” because his phone number was at the top of Jesus’ Rolodex. Of course I kid. Because… Continue reading November 30 – Andrew the Apostle

November 29 – Abibus of Nekressi; Saturninus of Toulouse

Abibus of Nekressi (VI cent.) (აბიბოს ნეკრესელი) was one of the thirteen (or twelve) Syrian missionaries (“apostles”) sent into Georgia by John Zedazeni. When the twelve (or thirteen) split up, Abibus went to Nekressi, which was in the hills of Kakheti, as you were no doubt aware. He preached the gospel to the Georgians, as… Continue reading November 29 – Abibus of Nekressi; Saturninus of Toulouse

November 28 – Stephen the New; Symeon Metaphrastes

Stephen the New (ca. 715–767), (aka Stephen the Younger) was born after his parents had two daughters, despite their constant prayers for a son. They dedicated him to the Lord, and on his sixteenth birthday took him to Mt. St. Auxentius in Bithynia and apprenticed him to the hermit John. When John died, Stephen hermitted… Continue reading November 28 – Stephen the New; Symeon Metaphrastes

November 27 – James the Persian; Barlaam and Josaphat

James the Persian (d. 421) is also known as James Intercisus, which means “cut into pieces.” If this squigs you out, you have our permission to skip to the next saints. James came from a devout Christian family, which was a dangerous thing to do (be?) in that spatiotemporal vicinity. Nonetheless, he and his unnamed… Continue reading November 27 – James the Persian; Barlaam and Josaphat

November 26 – Innocent of Irkutsk; Leonard of Port Maurice

Innocent of Irkutsk, Apostle to Siberia (1680–1731), was baptized John (why not say “Ivan”?) in Chernihiv (Chernigov), and attended the Kiev (Kyiv) Theological Seminary. Monkified as Innokenty, he served in various offices at the Moscow Slavonic-Greek-Latin-Cherokee-Klingon Academy (later renamed the Moscow Theological Academy (for transparent reasons)) and the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg. He… Continue reading November 26 – Innocent of Irkutsk; Leonard of Port Maurice