November 22 – Michael of Tver; Cecilia

Michael of Tver (1272–1318), son of Yaroslav III Yaraslovich and nephew of Alexander Nevsky (Nov 23), was raised a good Christian lad by his good Christian mum (St.) Xenia of Tarusa, later a nun in Novgorod. From his youth, Michael figured he’d wind up either a monk or a martyr, and it turned out he… Continue reading November 22 – Michael of Tver; Cecilia

November 21 – Entrance of the Theotokos; Albert of Louvain

The Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple commemorates an incident recorded in the second-century Protoevangelium of James. Joachim and Anna, devout first century (AD) Palestinian Jews, had no offspring even unto their old age until the archangel Gabriel (not to be confused with Peter Gabriel, who hadn’t been born yet) visited… Continue reading November 21 – Entrance of the Theotokos; Albert of Louvain

November 20 – Gregory the Decapolite; Edmund the Martyr

Gregory the Decapolite (d. ca. 816–820) was from the Decapolis (“Ten Cities”), an imaginatively-named administrative district of the Roman Empire in what is now Jordan. (“What should we call this district, your governorship?” “I dunno. How many cities are in it?”) He was a pious lad, loved to go to church, and “constantly read” the… Continue reading November 20 – Gregory the Decapolite; Edmund the Martyr

November 19 – Prophet Obadiah and Nerses the Great

The Prophet Obadiah (VI cent. BC(E)) was descended (whether in a straight line or a crooked one, our sources do not say) from Eliphaz, one of Job’s comforters (or afghans or duvets). Hailing from Edom (an ancient kingdom down south-a-ways from ancient Judah), he (Ob not Job) was a convert to Judaism (if that’s not… Continue reading November 19 – Prophet Obadiah and Nerses the Great

November 18 – Romanus; Barulus of Caesarea

Romanus and Barulus of Caesarea (d. 303) (or Antioch) were a deacon and a little kid, respectively. In February of 303, Galerius, soldier and future Emperor, set fire to the imperial palace and blamed it on the Christians, in hopes that Diocletian would kill a bunch of them, burn their churches, and so on. It… Continue reading November 18 – Romanus; Barulus of Caesarea