Thursday Saints

There are a lot of Saints in the Orthodox Church.  Many of them I don’t know, so, for the month of October you and I will discover a different saint.  Each day in the Church calendar there are saints to venerate and remember.  Today’s Saints are

Memory of the holy Apostle James, son of Alpheus (First century)

Our venerable Father Androsnicos, and his wife Athanasia (Fifth century)

According to the opinion of some Oriental Church Fathers of Saint Epiphanios of Cyprus and Saint Gregory of Nyssa in particular, the Apostle James, the son of Alpheus, was distinct from James, the brother of the Lord, as he is commemorated on a different date.

The brother of John the Evangelist, James was called at the same time that John was the by the Lord and, like him, was a witness of the Transfiguration. Jesus called them both “Boanerges”, or “Sons of Thunder.” James was the first among the Apostles to shed his blood in witness of Christ in the city of Jerusalem. He is surnamed James the Greater to distinguish him from James the Less, the “brother of the Lord” and first Bishop of Jerusalem.

According to tradition, Saint Andronicos was a native of Antioch, Syria. After having led an ascetic life in company with his wife, Saint Athanasia, he died in Egypt at an old age in the Fifth century.

This information comes from an online Synaxarion I found.  If you would like to look up more, please do.  If you find anyone truly interesting, please share!


About Henrietta Handy

I am a Kentucky mountain girl far from home, perhaps far from the girl years. I am an aspiring writer with a wonderful husband who puts up with this writing and reading addiction I have. He also puts up with all of the yarn and knitting. I have four canine children and a ton of friends I love dearly. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 1/2 and have still managed to have a good life despite all the pain. So, I invite you to join me in this journey and just possibly have fun along the way.
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