Dispatch from the Desert:  March 30th thru April 5th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Orhid): March 30th:  John Climacus (649) – He is also venerated on the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.  John came to the Sinai Peninsula  at the age of 16 and was a recluse for many years.  At 80, he became the Abbot of the Sinai Monastery where he wrote … More Dispatch from the Desert:  March 30th thru April 5th

Dispatch from the Desert:  March 23 thru 29

African Saints (from the Prologue of Orhid): March 24th:  Zacharias the Recluse of Egypt (4th century) – The son of Abba Carion.  Though younger than most other Desert Fathers, Zacharias was honored for his wisdom.  Five of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers are attributed to him. March 26th:  Subdeacon Eutychius of Alexandria (356) March … More Dispatch from the Desert:  March 23 thru 29

Dispatch from the Desert:  March 16 thru 22

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohird): March 16th:  Sabinus of Hermopolis, Egypt (303) – A Syrian who lived in the Egyptian city.  Sabinus was betrayed by someone he aided and was drowned in the Nile River. March 17th:  Deacon Ambrose of Alexandria (400) March 20th:  Photina the Samaritan Woman – She spoke with Jesus in … More Dispatch from the Desert:  March 16 thru 22

Dispatch from the Desert:  March 9th thru 15th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid): March 10th:  Venerable Mother Anastasia the Patrician of Alexandria (567) – A former lady in waiting in Constantinople, Anastasia became a monk in disguise in Egypt. March 11th:  Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem (638), Venerable George the Sinaite (6th century) – Sophronius was born in Damascus and wrote The Spiritual … More Dispatch from the Desert:  March 9th thru 15th

Dispatch from the Desert:  March 2nd thru 8th

  African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid): March 2nd:  Venerable Agathon of Egypt (5th century) – According to The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Agathon was trained as a young monk by Poemen in the Thebaid region of Egypt.  Thirty passages of that volume are attributed to him. March 3rd:  Alexandra of Alexandria (4th … More Dispatch from the Desert:  March 2nd thru 8th

Dispatch From the Desert:  February 24th thru March 1st

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Orhid) Montanus, Lucias, Julian, Victoricus, Flavian, and thier companions (Feb 24), Martyred in Carthage in 259 Julian and Chronium (Feb 27), Julian was crippled with gout. He was taken on a pallet and condemned as a Christian.  He and his disciple Chromion were burned at the sake in Alexandria … More Dispatch From the Desert:  February 24th thru March 1st

Dispatch From the Desert:  February 17th thru 23rd

  African Saints (from the Prolouge of Orhid) Uncovering the relics of Menas the Most Eloquent Martyr of Alexandria (Feb. 17) Bessarion the Great (Feb. 20), wonderworker of Egypt. Died in 466 Abilius (Feb. 22), Bishop of Alexandria. Died in 98. A Word From the Fathers & Mothers “To throw yourself before God, not to … More Dispatch From the Desert:  February 17th thru 23rd

Dispatch From The Desert: February 10th thru 16th

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Orhid) Eugene & Mary [Marius] of Alexandria ( Feb. 12) This father and daughter became monks with the girl disguised and named as a boy. An inkeeper’s daughter was infactuated with the young monk and when she became pregnant by another man, she claimed Marius as the father. Rather … More Dispatch From The Desert: February 10th thru 16th

Dispatch From The Desert: February 2nd thru 9th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) John of Thebes (Feb. 6th), 6th century monk of Palestine, founder of the Choziba Monastery which is still in use today. Conitus of Alexandria (Feb. 8th),  martyred in  249 Mary & Martha of  Tanis [Hermopolis, Egypt]  (Feb.  8th), virgin-martyrs   A Word from the Fathers & Mothers   The … More Dispatch From The Desert: February 2nd thru 9th

Dispatch From The Desert:  January 27th to February 1st, 2020

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) Peter of Egypt (Jan. 27) 5th Century Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom (Jan. 30)  Basil the Great (Jan. 1)spent time in Egypt and is listed in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.  Gregory and John would have known of these and … More Dispatch From The Desert:  January 27th to February 1st, 2020