The First and Second Finding of John the Baptist's Head

John the Baptist – Finding His Head (Twice)!

John the Baptist is one of the most highly venerated saints in Byzantine tradition. Off the top of my head I can think of only three nativity feasts: Jesus’, Mary’s, and John the Baptist’s. We also celebrate the conceptions of these same three. Like many other saints, we celebrate a feast for his death (The …

Post Feast of the Nativity of Christ: Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God

In the East we celebrate the Theotokos on the day after Christmas (Roman Catholics celebrate St. Stephen). We celebrate the Theotokos on the second day of the Feast of the Nativity primarily because it is through Mary that the incarnation is possible. The Nativity of Christ is the greatest moment of Mary’s life. It is …

Note: BadgerDad appearance on Hagios Dose

Beloved in Christ! Today we celebrate the Byzantine Feast of the Conception of the Holy and Righteous Anna of the Theotokos, or the Immaculate Conception.   BadgerDad was recently interviewed on this topic for the popular Byzantine Saints podcast series Hagios Dose by our friends over at The Sword & The Cloud.   Bill and …

Immaculate Conception

Maternity of St. Anna

The Immaculate Conception, the motherhood/maternity of St. Anna, or The Conception of Saint Anna, is the feast when we celebrate St. Anna conceiving the Mary, the Theotokos. This feast is generally celebrated in Eastern Churches in December 9th. However, Roman Catholics celebrate this feast on December 8th. And in countries such as the United States, …

Entrance of the Theotokos – Feast Day Exploration

The Entrance of the Theotokos (also called the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary), is November 21st. This feast, which is one of the twelve major feasts, is an early tradition based on writings we have from the Church. There is some evidence that this feast was celebrated in the 400s, but the most solid …

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