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Saints Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia, and Symeon, his father (Georgios Martzelos)

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St Sabbas, the first Archbishop of Serbia, and his father, St Symeon the ‘Myrrhobletes’*, are two of the greatest saints of the Serbian Church. They lived in the second half of the 12th and the first half of the 13th centuries. St Sabbas was the youngest son of the ruler of the Serbs Stephen Nemanja. Born in 1169, his secular name was Rastko. Both his mother, Anna, a Greek by birth, and his father took care to infuse into the soul of the young Rastko piety, faith and love of God by bringing him up in accordance with Orthodox tradition. Although endowed with many gifts, the soul of the young Rastko found no tranquillity among the comforts and riches of the ...

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The Reception of Christ in the Temple (Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios)

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Forty days after his nativity in the flesh, Christ was brought to the Temple, in accordance with the established conditions of the Law. Because he was welcomed there by people motivated by the Spirit, and, especially because Symeon took him in his arms, the feast is called the Reception, in the sense of an official welcome. The Church has decided that this great feast of the Lord and his Mother is to be celebrated on February 2, because this is the date which falls 40 days after December 25, the Nativity. It is part of the way in which the year is divided into stages marking the divine dispensation and gives us the opportunity to be inducted into the great mystery ...

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Symeon, the Last of the Righteous. On the Reception of the Lord (Timotheos, a Priest of Jerusalem)

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Since we shall not have enough time to mention the virtues of all the saints, let’s get to know the last of the righteous in this homily of ours. Who was the last of the righteous? The name of Symeon is to be found in the Gospel according to Saint Luke. He’s considered to be the first and the last: the last of the representatives of the Jewish Law and the first of those of the Law of divine grace. He was a Jew as regards religion, but a Christian as regards his gratitude towards God; a lawyer as regards his reading of the Law, but  an angel as regards his understanding of it. Symeon, who from Pharisaic blasphemy sprouted like ...

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