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The Life of Saint Stephen the Deacon and First Martyr

(Commemorated on December 27) St. Stephen was a relative of St. Paul. He was the first of seven deacons whom the holy apostles ordained for the service of the poor in Jerusalem. This is why he is called the Archdeacon - the first, or chief, of them. St. Stephen did many…

The Life of St. John of Kronstadt

(Commemorated on December 20) St. John was born in a village in Russia in 1829. His parents were very poor but were very dedicated to the Church. Even though he was poor, as a young boy John learned to feel compassion for others in their misfortune. His neighbors frequently …

The Life of Saint Athanasius

(Commemorated on September 5) St. Athanasius was born at the very end of the third century, near the city of Alexandria in Egypt. One day the bishop of Alexandria was in his home gazing through a window at the beach. He was surprised to see a group of small boys moving…

Job Descriptions

Bishop - Omophorion About bishops: The word bishop is the English translation of the Greek word episkopos which means overseer. Both the New Testament and the writings of the Church Fathers describe the bishop's role. He had to teach (1Timothy 3:2; 5:17; Titus 1:9) and…

Case Studies

(These situations are based on the stories of real people, who have given their permission to use their experiences for the purpose of this study unit. Their names and some of the circumstances have been changed to ensure their privacy.) Situation 1 Tim was a normal…