Saints & Feasts
Activities and study guides for feast days.
St. Maria of Paris (Jul. 20)
St. Irene Chrystovolantou
St. Paisios (Jul. 12)
40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste
St. Spyridon (Dec. 12)
St. Helen (May 21)
St. Nectarios of Aegina
Holy Archangels (Nov. 8)
St. Demetrius of Thessalonica
Holy Apostles (Jun. 30)
St. Martin of Tours (Nov. 11)
Beheading of St. John (Aug. 29)
St. Euphrosynos (Sept. 11)
St. Basil (Jan. 1)
St. Herman of Alaska (Dec. 13)
St. Lucia (Dec. 13)
12 Great Feasts (Church Year)
St. Nicholas (Dec. 6)
August 27/September 9 marks the feast of St. Phanourios the Greatmartyr and Newly Appeared; however, we celebrate him all year long! He has become a beloved saint to many Orthodox families, as he intercedes in finding lost things. When, through his prayers, we find that which was lost, it is tradition to make a cake (Phanouropita), and share it in his honor. There is more to this intriguing story, which you can find at our resource post. (Image credit: https://lacuisinedesimona.blogspot.com/)
On July 28/August 10, we remember St. Irene Chrystovolantou of Cappadocia, who has worked countless miracles and is known for her powerful prayers in aid of those who seek them. She is particularly quick to help those who are ill or unable to have children, and apples and oil blessed on her relics are treasured for those purposes. St. Irene, Pray to God for us!
On July 20, we remember the Russian Martyrs of France: St. Maria (Skobtsova); Fr. Dimitri Klepinin; St. Maria’s son, Yuri; and Ilya Fondaminsky. Martyred by the Nazis for their love of others during the Occupation of France, St. Maria in particular has become a modern saint—often called “The Saint of the Open Door.” We have compiled a Pinterest board of links to resources for remembering her. St. Maria, pray to the Lord for us! Artwork by @jasonlandsel from @ploughmag
Celebrated on March 17 (NS)/30 (OS), and arguably one of the most well-known Christian saints, Patrick of Ireland is loved by many in both the Eastern and Western churches. Though his feast day has been inundated with secular images of leprechauns and pots of gold, St. Patrick cleverly used the shamrock as a tool to illustrate the nature of the one Holy Trinity. Here are some fun resources to share with your family for St. Patrick’s Day. Holy St. Patrick, pray to God for us!
St. Brigid (Bridget, or Bríd—pronounced “breed”—in Gaelic) celebrated February 1/14, is one of the most important saints in Ireland. Also known as “Mary of the Gael,” she was a contemporary of St. Patrick and renowned for her devotion to God and kindness to the poor. We have gathered some resources to help you observe her feast with your family, which you can find here. ☘️
On January 30/February 12, we will celebrate the Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. Though they each have their own feast days in January, on this day we celebrate them together as great bishops of the Church. Click to access our resources for celebrating this feast in your little church.
Happy Church New Year! On September 1 NS/September 14 OS we begin our annual journey of church feasts and fasts anew; to welcome the beginning of the liturgical cycle, there are many traditions (small “t”!) you can observe with your family. If you’re a homeschooler, this comes at the perfect time to tie the liturgical year into the school year! Click the link to read up on observing the liturgical new year in your little church.
All Saints of North America | Sunday is Father’s Day, but it also happens to be the Sunday on which we celebrate all the saints of North America! Because there are so many tremendous saints from historically Orthodox lands, it is easy to overlook our own saintly history. Many Holy Fathers have been born, labored, and died on North American soil, so we have assembled some great resources for observing this very special Father’s Day.