April 6 Saints of the Day – Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Martyrs of Hadiab

On this date in 1947, the first Tony awards were presented. The presenters didn’t really like the recipients, but they put on a good show. Our eastern saint today is Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople (ca. 512 – 582). He was a scholar of science, but turned to the study of divine revelation, joining a monastery… Continue reading April 6 Saints of the Day – Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Martyrs of Hadiab

April 5 Saints of the Day – Mark of Trache and Vincent Ferrer

On this date in 1923, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began production of balloon tires. They were popular for a while, but eventually they fell flat. Our eastern saint today is Mark of Trache (Mark the Anchorite of Athens) (d. ca. 400). Mark was a philosopher, but when his parents died, desiring to prepare… Continue reading April 5 Saints of the Day – Mark of Trache and Vincent Ferrer

April 4 Saints of the Day – Joseph the Hymnographer and Isidore of Seville

On this date in 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The agreement was hand-written because they couldn’t get the computer to talk to the printer. Today’s eastern saint is Joseph the Hymnographer (ca. 810 – 883/886), who moved to Thessaloniki when his native Sicily… Continue reading April 4 Saints of the Day – Joseph the Hymnographer and Isidore of Seville

April 3 Saints of the Day – Nicetas of Medikion and Burgundafara

On this date in 1955, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it would defend Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl against obscenity charges. He hadn’t written it yet, but they knew it would be a doozy. Our eastern saint today is Nicetas of Medikion (d. 824). On his eighth day of life his parents left him —… Continue reading April 3 Saints of the Day – Nicetas of Medikion and Burgundafara

April 2 Saints of the Day – Theodora the Martyr and Francis of Paola

On this day in 742 and 1941, respectively, Charlemagne and Dr. Demento were born. One is a crazy personality who appeals mainly to bored adolescent males. The other is a disc jockey. Our eastern saint today is Theodora the (Virgin) Martyr (d. ca. 303). (Or “virginmartyr” as one source will have it.) When Diocletian was… Continue reading April 2 Saints of the Day – Theodora the Martyr and Francis of Paola