Christmas is coming!  The hearts of all Christians are directed towards Bethlehem, as they prepare to receive the Savior: “Christ from heaven is coming, welcome Him,” as our Church urges us with its beautiful hymns.  At the same time, the Church honors and celebrates today the glorious Ancestors of the Lord, from the Righteous Abraham up to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from whom Jesus Christ was born.   Those who came before lived in complete obedience to God’s will and firmly believed in His promises, such as Isaac who was to be sacrificed, Moses in the Exodus, the Prophet Daniel among the Lions, or the Three holy Youths in the furnace!

The Lord’s exhortation, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16), is for all people at all times.  This is why holy people can be found on all levels of society, from the aristocrat and distinguished scholar or philosopher, to the simple villager with little education.

St. Porphyrios was born in 1906 in a village in Evia (Greece). From an early age, he strongly desired to become a monk, and at age 13 he went to Mount Athos.

On November 25th, the Church commemorates St. Catherine the Great Martyr, who is one of the best known saints in the entire Christian world, East and West.  In some countries of Europe, she is honored as the “Guardian of Letters,” because of the great education she had received.

On the 21st of November, the Church celebrates a special Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her going to the Temple of Jerusalem.  As we know from Holy Tradition, her parents Sts. Joachim and Anna were elderly and beyond child bearing years.

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