Tag Archive | Letters

Ask Father Vasiliy

Once again Father Vasiliy Vasileivich, pastor of Saints Vladimir and Olga and Boris and Gleb Russian Orthodox Church in Sydney, Australia, and four-time winner in the Mr. Australia Lip Balm Makers World Cup, has condescended to answer a question from an Onion Dome reader. Welcome, Father Vasiliy! Dear Father Vasiliy, My girlfriend and I have […]

December 7 Saint of the Day – Ambrose of Milan

On this day in 1968, Richard Dodd returned a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823. He was not made to pay the $22,646 fine, but he did have to stand with his nose to the chalkboard for an hour. Ambrose of Milan (340 – 397) was a wee bairn when a whole […]

November 29 Saints of the Day – Abibus of Nekressi and Saturninus of Toulouse

On this day in 1775, Sir James Jay invented invisible ink. Sadly his patent application was denied, since it was. . . . Abibus of Nekressi (აბიბოს ნეკრესელი ) (VI cent.) was one of the thirteen (or twelve) Syrian missionaries (“apostles”) sent into Georgia by John Zedazeni. When the twelve (or thirteen) split up, Abibus […]

November 27 Saints of the Day – James the Persian and Barlaam & Josaphat

On this day in 1911, American theatergoers pelted actors with vegetables for the first (recorded) time. Quipped one actor, “Maybe audiences just aren’t ready yet for a musical about cats.” James the Persian (d. 421) is also known as James Intercisus, which means “cut into pieces.” If this squigs you out, you have our permission […]

November 12 Saints of the Day – Nilus the Faster and Emilian of Cogolla

On this day in 1946, the first “autobank” (banking by car) was opened, in Chicago. Everybody wondered why the teller spoke braille. Nilus the Faster (d. ca. 430) was a disciple of St. John Chrysostom and a Constantinopolitan (which was handy because that’s where John was). He received a top-notch education and got a comfy […]