Saints Alive! | St John Damascene (of Damascus)

Saint John of Damascus or Saint John Damascene, a Syrian monk and priest, was the last of the Greek Fathers. He became a trusted magistrate under Arab rule and a monk at Mar Saba monastery near Jerusalem where he died. His defense of the veneration of icons procured him the title of “The Doctor of Christian Art.” He is known for his poems, hymns or “canons,” and his treatise “Exposition of the Orthodox Faith.” He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1890. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St Barbara

St. Barbara was born in Nicomedia in modern day Turkey. According to tradition, after the death of her mother she was raised by her rich and tyrannical pagan father who, because of her beauty and intelligence, guarded her closely, keeping her locked away in a tower to protect her from the outside world. She became a Christian, dedicating her life of virginity to Christ. Her father, enraged by her choice, had her imprisoned and tortured hoping to change her mind. Eventually Barbara was beheaded by her own father for her refusal to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!