St. Makarios was born in Egypt around the year 300 AD, and reposed In the Lord in 391 AD. When he was a child, persecutions against Christians were still raging, but after 313 (with the freedom granted to Christians by St. Constantine the Great), he was able to openly declare his Christian faith as a young man. It was from his childhood that he began to distinguish himself from his peers, and demonstrated a desire for a solitary life. Already in the desert of Thebes in Egypt was the first great ascetic, St. Anthony the Great (251 AD-356 AD), who had gained a great reputation for his ascetic struggles and sanctity of life (which lead to him being called Megas”- Great). St. Anthonys life was narrated by his contemporary, St. Athanasius the Patriarch of Alexandria. At the same time, St. Pachomius (260-348AD) had organized the pioneering first Monastery in Thebes.

St. Tatiana, whose feast we celebrate today, belongs to the order of deaconesses. As we know from the Holy Gospel, there were women who followed Jesus along with the Apostles, and were led by these faithful women with a missionary fervor (see Luke 8:1-3).  They helped the Apostles in a variety of ways in their difficult task, women like St. Phoebe, who was ordained a Deaconess in the Church of Corinth by St. Paul himself.

Today we celebrate in advance one of the Great Feasts of Our Lord, the Holy Theophany (or Epiphany-also known as the Feast of Lights).

On the Sunday after Christmas, the Church commemorates other saints associated with the Birth of the Lord.   Among them is St. Joseph, the man betrothed (engaged) to the Blessed Virgin Mary (one of his titles is the Betrothed”). He was a carpenter from Bethlehem, who had settled down in Nazareth.

Before the birth of Christ, humanity was on the edge of disaster. Ruin and decline reigned among the peoples, with the once-chosen Israelites in a state of turmoil, poverty and lawlessness.


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