January 12 – Sava, Archbishop of Serbia; Marguerite Bourgeoys

Sava, Archbishop of Serbia (1174–1236), was born in the Serbian purple and named Ratsko, which doesn’t sound as odd in Serbian as in English. (One hopes.) He was given more-than-titular rule of the Appenage of Hum, and everyone (except his deposed uncle Miraslav) said he did a great job of it. But he must have… Continue reading January 12 – Sava, Archbishop of Serbia; Marguerite Bourgeoys

January 11 – Theodosius the Great; Theodosius the Cenobiarch

Theodosius the Great (347–395) was the last emperor of the united Roman Empire before its unfortunate subdivision by ancestors of today’s most unscrupulous real estate moguls. Born in either Cauca or Italia in Spain, Theodosius followed in his father’s military footsteps until his sudden, mysterious, and inexplicable retirement immediately following his father’s sudden, mysterious, and… Continue reading January 11 – Theodosius the Great; Theodosius the Cenobiarch

January 10 – Gregory of Nyssa; Peter Urseolus

Gregory of Nyssa (ca. 335–ca. 395) was bishop of Nyssa and brother of Basil the Great (Jan 1) and Macrina the Younger (Jul 19). This family clearly had the saint gene, producing two other sibling saints, one grandmother saint, and perhaps a dad saint, although here our sources are at odds. The sources also disagree… Continue reading January 10 – Gregory of Nyssa; Peter Urseolus

January 9 – Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow; Adrian of Canterbury

Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow (1507–1566), was born in either Moscow or Gulich[1], either took part in a conspiracy or didn’t, and was either on good terms with Tsar Ivan the Terrible or wasn’t. Rumors that his biographers were locked in a room in the Kremlin until they could get their stories straight, but escaped to… Continue reading January 9 – Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow; Adrian of Canterbury

January 8 – Julian & Vasilissa; Severinus of Noricum

Holy Martyrs Julian and Vasilissa (d. ca. 313). Julian was born in either Antinoe in Egypt or Antioch in Syria, depending on whom you ask (one suspects a spelling error in one or another manuscript). At any rate it started with “anti,” which is appropriate as Julian was anti—which is to say opposed to—losing his… Continue reading January 8 – Julian & Vasilissa; Severinus of Noricum