October 26 – Demetrius of Thessaloniki; Eata of Hexham

Greatmartyr Demetrius of Thessaloniki (ca. 270–306) was a noble Macedonian who rose to high rank in the Roman army. He was a Christian right off the bat (no bats were harmed in the writing of this hagiography), and his preaching won many a pagan to the faith. Maximian, Caesar of the East but not Augustus… Continue reading October 26 – Demetrius of Thessaloniki; Eata of Hexham

October 25 – Notaries Marcian and Martyrius; Gaudentius of Brescia

Marcian and Martyrius (d. ca. 335) served as notaries to Patriarch Paul of Constantinople. That means secretaries, not rubber-stampers. Rubber hadn’t been invented yet. (Nor embossing.) Marcian was a reader (go, readers, go!) and Martyrius was a subdeacon (rah, sort of). Then, the Arians struck, expelling the patriarch and killing him offstage. They tried to… Continue reading October 25 – Notaries Marcian and Martyrius; Gaudentius of Brescia

October 24 – Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon; Luigi Guanella

The Icon of the Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow (date unk.) celebrated today is not the one that is celebrated on July 23, which had twelve coins welded onto it by a lightning bolt in 1888. Nor is it the one celebrated on November 19, about which I could discover nothing. Today’s icon was… Continue reading October 24 – Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon; Luigi Guanella

October 23 – James the Just; John of Capistrano

James the Just, Brother of Jesus (d. ca. 63) (James died in 63, not Jesus) brings up the whole argument about whether the Blessed Virgin had any more kids after the Divine One. Of course the Orthodox and Catholic Churches believe her to have been perpetually virgin, as did both Martin Luther and John Calvin,… Continue reading October 23 – James the Just; John of Capistrano

October 22 – Abercius of Hieropolis; Pope John Paul II

Abercius of Hieropolis (d. ca. 167) was bishop of that place, a spa town in the wilds of western Anatolia. At the time there were few Christians (it’s not like we’re afraid of water!), so Ab had his work cut out for him. But he preached the gospel with confidence, knowing it could cost him… Continue reading October 22 – Abercius of Hieropolis; Pope John Paul II