July 26 – Parasceva of Rome; Joachim and Anna

Parasceva (ca. 140–ca. 170) (aka Paraskevi) was born to Greek parents in Rome. One source says, “her father, Agathon, was rich, and her mother, Politia, had many attributes,” including “charitability” (a new word for me). Parasceva was a devout Christian, spending her time in prayer and in the study of the Holy Scriptures. When her… Continue reading July 26 – Parasceva of Rome; Joachim and Anna

July 25 – Olympias the Deaconess; Eurosia of Jaca

Olympias the Deaconess (d. 408) came from an illustrious family. Time prohibits listing them all but I will mention Eulalios and Flavius Blabius, because they’re great names. Like her contemporary Macrina the Younger (Jul 19), she lost her fiancé before they could tie the knot (they just didn’t make sturdy fiancés in those days), and… Continue reading July 25 – Olympias the Deaconess; Eurosia of Jaca

July 24 – Boris and Gleb; Christina of Tyre

Boris and Gleb (d. 1015) were sons of Vladimir, Enlightener of Russia (Jul 15). They were baptized as Romanus and David, but everybody calls them Boris and Gleb because “Gleb” is such a great name. There is some disagreement on whether B&G had the same mother, but that doesn’t matter as they loved each other… Continue reading July 24 – Boris and Gleb; Christina of Tyre

July 23 – Apollinaris of Ravenna; Bridget of Sweden

Apollinaris of Ravenna (d. ca. 75) was made bishop of Ravenna by the Apostle Peter (Jun 29), something few other Ravennian bishops can say. Upon his arrival he found a certain Iranaeus, and converted him to Christianity via the expedient of healing his blind son. Using Iranaeus’ house as a base for his evangelism, he… Continue reading July 23 – Apollinaris of Ravenna; Bridget of Sweden

July 22 – Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene (I Cent.) came from Magdala, a non-bustling non-metropolis on the shores of Galilee. She first turns up in Luke’s Gospel as one of the women who, along with the Twelve, followed our Lord through the highways and byways of first-century Palestine. The women supported Jesus materially, while there is no mention that the… Continue reading July 22 – Mary Magdalene