On the occasion of the feast of Saint Peter the Iberian (December 10 [Kohiak 1], according to the Coptic Synaxarion) 


On the occasion of the Feast of St. Peter, Seal of the martyrs (December 8 according to the Coptic Synaxarion)
Were all the limbs of my body to be turned into tongues, and all the joints of my limbs to utter articulate sounds, it would noways be sufficient to express who, how great and how good, was our most blessed Father Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria.


Saint Clement of Alexandria was born 150 ad. He became a disciple of Pantaenus, whom he succeeded as dean of the famous School of Alexandria. His most famous disciple was Origen, who succeeded him as head of the School of Alexandria. Others include Alexander bishop of Jerusalem, and possibly, Hippolytus.

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus (November 30, Athor 21, according to the Coptic Synaxarion)

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Martin, bishop of Tours (November 23, Tubah 14 according to the Coptic Synaxarion)


This early Christian writer, who calls himself Mathetes (Greek for disciple), does not tell us anything about himself except that he was "a disciple of the Apostles". Probably, a disciple of St. Paul, whom he quotes (last paragraph), and like whom he calls himself "a teacher of the Gentiles." His epistle gives us this most uplifting portrait of the life of the first generation of the Christians.

Saint Irenaeus was born 130 ad and became bishop of Lyons (France) 177 ad. He was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. Polycarp is the "angel of the church in Smyrna" mentioned in  Revelation 2:8-11. Saint Irenaeus died as a martyr 202 ad. He wrote his book "Against Heresies" circa 180 ad.

St. Jacob of Serug (Yaakoub el Serougy) was born 451, the year the Council of Chalcedon met. He became bishop of Serug on the border of Iraq and Turkey in 519. He opposed the Council of Chalcedon,  wrote more than 600 homilies and reposed in the Lord November 29, 521. 


Asterius Urbanus gives us this fascinating description of the sect of the Montanists or Phrygians which flourished in the early third century and which was declared heretic by the Church Universal.


“Since your Perfection enquires whether or not one ought to admit that there are two natures in Christ, I thought it necessary to address this point.” Thus does Saint Cyril define the reason of writing his First Letter to Succensus, bishop of Diocaesarea in Asia Minor (Turkey). Succensus was an orthodox and a good theologian, friendly to Saint Cyril, who alerted him to the views of the “Eastern bishops”, mostly sympathizers of Nestorius, and asked him to write refutations to what they propagated. Here is how this letter starts:

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