September 6: The Commemoration of the Miracle Wrought by Archangel Michael in Colossae (Chonae)

Colossae was an ancient city of southern Phrygia, the extensive western part of Anatolia, overhanging the Lykos (a tributary of the Meander) on the upper part of its course. The city was some ten miles from Laodikeia and thirteen from Hierapolis [Col. 2:1, 4:13, 15,16; Rev. 1: 11]. The three cities formed a single sphere of missionary labor for Epaphras, an inhabitant of Colossae [Col. 1:7, 4:12, 13]. The city originally lay on the Colossae Mapmain trade route from Ephesus to the Euphrates and the East, at the junction of the highways to Sardis and Pergamon.

Elder Iakovos of Euboea Guided by the Wing of an Angel

People are blind and don’t see what takes place in church during the Divine Liturgy. Once I was serving and I couldn’t make the Great Entrance because of what I saw. I suddenly felt someone pushing me by my shoulder and guiding me toward the holy prothesis. I thought it was the chanter, and said […]

Archangel Michael of Mantamado

During the 10th and 11th centuries, when the Byzantine Empire was at its zenith, the activity of Saracen pirates was also at its peak. They would raid the Aegean islands, robbing and burning and capturing the people whom they later sold in the slave bazaars of East Lesvos, a wealthy and attractive island which had […]

The Angels According to Orthodox Tradition

FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS On the 8th of November, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and the rest of the archangels. The word synaxis means the gathering of believers to celebrate a feast, or to make a remembrance of a saint. This feast also has a special meaning; it […]

Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and the Other Bodiless Powers

The Synaxis of the Chief of the Heavenly Hosts, Archangel Michael and the Other Heavenly Bodiless Powers: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel was established at the beginning of the fourth century at the Council of Laodicea, which met several years before the First Ecumenical Council. The 35th Canon of the Council […]