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Father Cosmas Halekakis, Priest
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Stewards of the Year 2015
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The Saints of November
On November 1st we remember the lives of the “Unmercenaries” Saints Cosmas and Damianos. I obviously have a special place in my heart for these particular saints as they are my personal, patron saints. They lived as doctors and healers who helped people without taking any money or compensation of any kind in return – hence their title “Unmercenaries”.
On November 8th we remember the gathering (Synaxis) of the Holy Archangels especially Michael and Gabriel. They live in a perpetual state of servitude to the divine will of the Holy Trinity…indeed, the angels are an example and light for us.
On November 9th, we remember one of our Church’s most well-loved, modern saints, Nectarios. Saint Nectarios is known as a wonder-worker and as the patron saint of those afflicted with cancer. Even though he held prominent positions in the Church, he was often found cleaning, gardening, and doing any kind of work that could serve as a sacrifice to the Lord.
Shortly after that, on November 13th we remember one of the greatest Saints our Church has ever known – St. John Chrysostom. Saint John was known as the “golden-mouth” or “chryssostoma” because of his beautiful and amazing preaching.
We also remember St. Catherine on November 25th and Saint Andrew on November 30th. Both are well-known for witnessing the truth of the gospel, especially as martyrs of the Church. Saint Catherine is often depicted with the wheel on which she was tortured, and Saint Andrew is often shown hanging upon the “x” shaped wood that he was crucified on – both made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Life of Our Patron Saint
Saint Demetrios was born in Salonica, in 250 A.D., of a distinguished Christian family and eventually came to hold the important position of an officer of Rome. He was later imprisoned in Salonica for openly declaring, against the will of the emperor, that he was a Christian.
Occasionally, the emperor, Maximianos, would go to Salonica when public games were held in his honor. One wrestler in particular, Lyaeus, noted for his stature and strength, would daily provoke any Christian in the arena to fight with him.
Nestor, a Christian who was to fight Lyaeus, first went to see Saint Demetrios in prison. Saint Demetrios made the sign of the cross upon Nestor and prayed for his success, that the glory of Christ might be made manifest through his victory. As a result, Nestor was greatly encouraged by Saint Demetrios, and was able to emerge as the victor against Lyaeus.
Upon hearing of this Christian victory, the enraged emperor ordered the death of both Nestor and Saint Demetrios. Thus, Saint Demetrios was pierced with a spear in his side, the exact fatal wound suffered by the Lord upon the cross.
About the tomb of Saint Demetrios there flowed holy myrrh, which has given rise to his special title of “myrrh-giver”. The Orthodox faithful also honor Saint Demetrios for the many miracles that are performed in his name, which is why he is also known as a “wonder-worker” in the Church.