January 18 – Athanasius the Great; Margaret of Hungary

Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria (ca. 296–373), was also called Athanasius of Alexandria, Athanasius the Apostolic, the Father of Orthodoxy, the Father of the Canon, Athanasius Contra Mundum[1], and so on. He was greatly embarrassed by these titles and kept them out of sight in a drawer. He wrote many theological treatises, letters, and… Continue reading January 18 – Athanasius the Great; Margaret of Hungary

January 17 – Anthony the Great; Gonçalo de Amarante

Anthony the Great (ca. 251–356) is known as the Father of Monasticism. He was born in Egypt, and after his parents died, he placed his sister in a women’s home (we assume that she was okay with this), and went off into the desert. There, like a teenage male with an iPhone, he was afflicted… Continue reading January 17 – Anthony the Great; Gonçalo de Amarante

January 16 – St. Peter’s Chains; Honoratus of Arles

The Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-Glorious Apostle Peter. Most Christians and other interested parties will know that Peter, born Simon bar Jona (ca. –1 to +67), was the chief of Christ’s twelve apostles, and was by tradition the first Pope of Rome. This of course goes to show that even… Continue reading January 16 – St. Peter’s Chains; Honoratus of Arles

January 15 – Paul of Thebes; Macarius the Great

Paul of Thebes (d. ca. 341) is commonly referred to as the first Christian hermit[1]. After a fight with his brother (or brother-in-law) about his inheritance, he stormed off into the desert to become a monk, and remained so until the end of his days. The number crunchers tell us he hermitted from the age… Continue reading January 15 – Paul of Thebes; Macarius the Great

January 14 – Nino of Georgia; Felix of Nola

Nino, Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia (ca. 296–ca. 338/340) (ნინო) had a dream in which the Theotokos handed her a cross entwined with grape vines and told her to go to Georgia. When she awoke, lo! there was the cross, and a print-out from Georgle Maps[1] [sic] with a squiggly purple line… Continue reading January 14 – Nino of Georgia; Felix of Nola