April 25 – Mark the Evangelist

The Apostle and Evangelist Mark (d. ca. 68, maybe) wrote the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament and the liturgy that is still the main worship service of the Coptic Church. He is traditionally equated with the “John Mark” of Acts and the cousin of Barnabas mentioned in Colossians and Philemon, although… Continue reading April 25 – Mark the Evangelist

April 24 – Elizabeth the Wonderworker; Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Elizabeth the Wonderworker of Constantinople  (V, VI, VII, VIII, or IX cent.) matriculated, after a pious childhood, at either the Cosmos & Damian or St. George Monastery in Constantinople, and later became abbess of same (or same). The former (monastery) would be fitting because she was a wonderworker, able to heal all manner of physical… Continue reading April 24 – Elizabeth the Wonderworker; Fidelis of Sigmaringen

April 23 – George the Right Victorious Wonderworking Great Martyr

George the Victorybearer, Greatmartyr, and Wonderworker (280–303) has brought hope and encouragement to millions of Christians, and tenure and lucre to hundreds of scholars[1], for well over a millennium. The patron saint of Bulgaria, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, India, Iraq, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and countless smaller places, professions, and disease… Continue reading April 23 – George the Right Victorious Wonderworking Great Martyr

April 22 – Vitalis of Gaza; Theodore of Sykeon

Vitalis of Gaza (d. ca. 625) was a monk from Gaza who at age 60 moved to Alexandria, citing Gaza’s deplorable lack of prostitutes. He spent his days working, and his money in the red-lampada district. His custom was to hire a prostitute for the night, tell her to take the shift off and sleep,… Continue reading April 22 – Vitalis of Gaza; Theodore of Sykeon

April 21 – Theodore of Perge; Anselm of Canterbury

Theodore of Perge and his companions (d. 220) were from Perge, which was in Pamphylia, which was roughly between Lycia and Cilicia, south of Mount Taurus[1].  He was drafted into the army, but when his recruitment officer invited him to perform the requisite pagan ritual (spoiler: sacrificing to idols), Theo refused. As a result, he… Continue reading April 21 – Theodore of Perge; Anselm of Canterbury