Our Saints

St. Nectarios of Aegina the Wonderworker"

St. George the Trophy-Bearer

Saints in Orthodox Tradition

"Our Church honors saints not as gods, but as faithful servants, as holy men and friends of God. It extols the struggles they engaged in and the deeds they performed for the glory of God with the action of His grace, in such a way that all the honor that the Church gives them refers to the Supreme Being, Who has viewed their life on earth with gratification. The Church honors them by commemorating them annually through public celebrations and through the erection of Churches in honor of their name. The holy men of God, who were magnified on earth by the Lord, have been honored by God's holy Church from the very time it was founded by the Savior Christ."

~St. Nectarios of Aegina, "Writings of St. Nectarios"

"The Lives of the Saints are nothing else but the life of the Lord Christ, repeated in every saint to a greater or lesser degree in this or that form. More precisely it is the life of the Lord Christ continued through the Saints, the life of the incarnate God the Logos, the God-man Jesus Christ who became man. This was so that as man He could give and transmit to us His divine life; so that as God by His life he could sanctify and make immortal and eternal our human life on earth. 'For both he who sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one' (Heb. 2: 11)."

~Fr. Justin Popovich, "Introduction to the Lives of the Saints"

"Orthodox Tradition is the struggle to continue the new life in and through Christ, revealed to the world in real human beings ... This is realized, in every generation, in the Holy Fathers; the Saints. Orthodoxy is authentically expressed by its Holy Fathers and only they can be regarded as valid witnesses for its life. Orthodox Tradition and the Holy Fathers' experience are identical and form not the mechanical conveyance of a codified teaching, but the personal continuity in the world of the incarnated Truth in each era."

~Fr. George Metallinos, "Orthodox Spirituality: Interpenetration of Present and Future life"