March 26 – Archangel Gabriel; Maddalena Caterina Morano

The Archangel Gabriel (birthdate unknown), is most famous as the archangel who brought the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. The name “Gabriel” means either “God is my strength” or “man of God” or “mighty one,” for reasons which I remember from Hebrew class, but won’t bore you with. It is important not to confuse the… Continue reading March 26 – Archangel Gabriel; Maddalena Caterina Morano

March 25 – The Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation, as the date of the Incarnation of Christ, was New Year’s Day in Christendom for hundreds of years, until the Gregorian Calendar moved it to January 1. The two New Year’s Days are referred to as Annunciation Style and Circumcision Style, for obvious reasons. I have long held that if… Continue reading March 25 – The Annunciation

March 24 – Parthenius of Constantinople; Catherine of Sweden

Parthenius of Constantinople (d. 1657) was born on Lesbos, was elected (some while later) metropolitan of Chios, and then (some while later still) was elected Patriarch of Constantinople. His chief claim to fame (other than getting killed, but we’ll get to that) was to speak out against the catechism of Peter Mogila, Metropolitan of Kiev.… Continue reading March 24 – Parthenius of Constantinople; Catherine of Sweden

March 23 – Nikon of Sicily; Gwinear

Nikon of Sicily (d. ca. 250) grew up unbaptized but secretly instructed in the Christian faith by his mother. He was still a pagan, though, when his army company were surrounded by enemies. Remembering his mother’s teachings, he crossed himself and promised God he’d get baptized if only he got out of this predicament alive.… Continue reading March 23 – Nikon of Sicily; Gwinear

March 22 – Isaac of Dalmatia; Isnard de Chiampo

Isaac of Dalmatia (d. 383) was a hermit near Constantinople, into which city he went during the Arian controversy to speak out for the Orthodox faith. Right about then the Goths were waltzing along the Danube, making Emperor Valens blue. When they got to Thrace, he saddled up and led his army out of the… Continue reading March 22 – Isaac of Dalmatia; Isnard de Chiampo