December 12, 2004

Saint Alive

Today is the commemoration of a number of saints, including St Herman of Alaska, St Finnian of Clonard ("Tutor of the Saints of Ireland"), and St Columba of Leinster (the other St Columba). But at the top of the list is Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker, Bishop of Tremithus.

He was mentioned at the end of the Liturgy today, but I didn't know much about him. After I got home from church, I saw Jim Nee's blog piece about him. In addition to usual miracles performed during his life, in his repose he is one of the walking saints.

Sometimes saints just don't get a break.

Posted by david at December 12, 2004 05:25 PM | TrackBack

These are the saints the Church of Russia and other Julian-calendar churches commemorate on the Gregorian 25th December as itís still the 12th in the Julian reckoning.

Posted by: The young fogey at December 13, 2004 01:42 AM

I suppose one of the good things about the calendar controversy is that the saints get commemorated twice a year by the Church, albeit just a fortnight apart. And where there are differences again with the West, some of them get commemorated three times. Except for those with synaxes, who get commemorated at least twice on each Orthodox calendar, and John the Baptist - who knows how many times he is mentioned, with all the time they kept finding his head.

Posted by: Dave at December 13, 2004 03:00 AM