October 21 – Hilarion the Great

Hilarion the Great (d. 371) was born in Gaza but went to Alexandria to study, mostly because they offered the best financial aid package[1]. While in Egypt he learned about Christianity, and converted (the usual order). Once he graduated, he went into the desert and learned hermitting from Anthony the Great (Jan 17), figuring, why… Continue reading October 21 – Hilarion the Great

October 20 – Artemius of Antioch

Artemius of Antioch the Greatmartyr (or “Megalomartyr,” which has such a great ring) (d. 363) was a Roman general. On orders of Constantine the Great (May 21), he delivered the relics of Apostles Luke (Oct 18) and Andrew (Nov 30) to Constantinople, and in reward was made “dux” (prefect) of Egypt. (Go ahead, get the… Continue reading October 20 – Artemius of Antioch

October 19 – John of Rila; Philip Howard

The Apostle and Evangelist Luke (d. ca. 84) was a physician in first century Antioch, probably of Greek descent. He is credited by the Church with the authorship of both the Gospel According to St. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, two books in the New Testament of the Christian Bible (over-explanation given for… Continue reading October 19 – John of Rila; Philip Howard

October 18 – Apostle and Evangelist Luke

The Apostle and Evangelist Luke (d. ca. 84) was a physician in first century Antioch, probably of Greek descent. He is credited by the Church with the authorship of both the Gospel According to St. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, two books in the New Testament of the Christian Bible (over-explanation given for… Continue reading October 18 – Apostle and Evangelist Luke

October 17 – Shushanik; John the Dwarf

Shushanik (440–475) (შუშანიკი) was a Georgian princess. Her given name was Vardeni (“Rose”), but her family called her Shushanik (“Little Suzie,” after Susanna of garden fame). When the Persians invaded, her husband Varksen, a pitiakhsh (feudal lord), visited their king and, wanting to get into his good graces, renounced his Christianity for Zoroastrianism. As he… Continue reading October 17 – Shushanik; John the Dwarf