September 1


Saint of the day:
Saint Penelope 

Patron Saint of is the patron saint of getting a parking space when you are going to a charitable event. 

Saint Penelope’s Story

Holy 40 virgin-martyrs and their teacher the Hieromartyr Ammon the Deacon at Heraclea in Thrace: Adamantine, Athena, Akrive, Antigone, Arivea, Aspasia, Aphrodite, Dione, Dodone, Elpinike, Erasmia, Erato, Ermeneia, Evterpe, Thaleia, Theanoe, Theano, Theonymphe, Theophane, Kalliroe, Kalliste, Kleio, Kleonike, Kleopatra, Koralia, Lambro, Margarita, Marianthe, Melpomene, Moscho, Ourania, Pandora, Penelope, Polymnia, Polynike, Sapfo, Terpsichore, Troada, Haido, and Harikleia.

The Holy Forty Virgin Martyrs with their teacher, Deacon Ammoun were captured by Baudos the governor, and were tortured because they would not offer sacrifice to idols. The holy martyrs endured many cruel torments, which were intended to force them to renounce Christ and worship idols. Later, they were sent to Heraclea in Thrace to appear before the tyrant Licinius. The valiant martyrs remained unshakeable, however. Saint Ammoun and eight of the virgins were beheaded, ten virgins were burned, six of them died after heated metal balls were put into their mouths, six were stabbed with knives, and the rest were struck in the mouth and stabbed in the heart with swords.

The world’s best known Penelope was the wife of Odysseus hero of first, the Iliad and Second, the Odyssey. Penelope endured ten years while her husband was away at war and then ten years it took him to get back. In all that time, he was presumed dead, but she refused to remarry and stayed faithful to him. Penelope is a fictional character, but I like to think of her name representing fidelity in marriage.

There is another story of Saint Penelope...

Saint Penelope's parents were devout pagans, and shut their daughter away to keep her from getting dangerous Christian ideas, because, you know, those wild Christians running around baptizing people were a serious threat back then. They, however, failed to remember that her tutor was a Christian.


Therefore, Saint Penelope was baptized, and she tried to convince her parents to become Christians too. She even went to the extraordinary step of destroying her father’s pagan idols.

This, of course, made her father mad. What did Penelope do next? I wondered, seeking some divine help for the next time when dad raged. Penelope’s dad tied her to the bottom of a wild horse, intending for her to be stamped to death with the whole pack of them as a punishment for converting to Christianity. However, the horses didn’t move, and one of them instead tore the father’s right hand from his arm, knocking him down, and the horses began to trample him.The bystanders then untied Penelope, and she prayed for her father. He arose from the trampling, with his hand miraculously intact.