February 29 — John Cassian

I was not able to find a Catholic saint for today, just an Orthodox one. To make matters worse, the Catholic Church has declared some of his teachings heretical. One might think it foolhardy to tell his story in an east-and-west sort of setting like this. But you know me. John Cassian (ca. 360–435), hailing… Continue reading February 29 — John Cassian

February 28 — Nicholas of Pskov; Romanus of Condat

Nicholas of Pskov (d. 1576) (aka Salos) is numbered among the Fools for Christ* (no, I don’t know what number he is). When Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s Oprichniki (“Guardians”)  had finished devastating Novgorod, Ivan went to Pskov, having heard rumors that the city was planning to go over to the Lithuanians (can you blame them?).… Continue reading February 28 — Nicholas of Pskov; Romanus of Condat

February 27 — Raphael of Brooklyn; Leander of Seville

Raphael of Brooklyn (1860–1915) was born in Beirut as رفائيل هواويني‎, and educated in Orthodox schools/academies in Damascus, Halki Island (Turkey), and Kiev. He was a model scholar, and was highly thought of by those in high places, until he got embroiled in the politics of Patriarch picking in 1891. He was suspended, and wrote… Continue reading February 27 — Raphael of Brooklyn; Leander of Seville

February 26 — Porphyry of Gaza

Porphyry of Gaza (ca. 346–420) (aka Porphyrius) at 25 left his cushy life in Thessaloniki to seek a monastic calling. He spent some time in Scetis*, Egypt, where he lived under the rule of Macarius the Great (Jan 15), and met the famous Bible translator Jerome (Sep 30). After a brief visit to the Holy… Continue reading February 26 — Porphyry of Gaza

February 25 — Tarasios of Constantinople; Avertanus and Romeo

Tarasios of Constantinople (ca. 730–806) (aka Tarasius), quondam imperial secretary to Constantine VI, became Patriarch when his predecessor, Paul (a repentant iconoclast[1]), retired to a monastery. When the Dowager Empress Irene asked Paul to name his replacement, he named Tarasios. There was some grumbling about the idea of elevating a layman to Patriarch, and Pope… Continue reading February 25 — Tarasios of Constantinople; Avertanus and Romeo