Feast days through the year
Feast days in Greece are an important way of celebrating a particular saint. Additionally, Greek Orthodox parishes are named after saints as well. The name gives the local community a way to display their devotion to the church and Christianity.
Most recently, on May 21st, the feast day of Saints Constantine and Helen occurred. Saint Helen was the Christian mother of Constantine, the Roman Emperor. His father was the pagan Caesar of the Western part of the Roman Empire.
Among Constantine’s contributions were that he unified the Empire, legalized Christianity, changed the capital of Rome to Constantinople and established the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD. Helen discovered the true cross and built churches in the Holy Land. Their actions awarded them the title “equal to the Apostles. Sts.Constantine and Helen is just one of many parishes located in the Metropolis of Chicago. To read more about additional feast days and parishes in the area, the book ECCLESIA: Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis, by Panos Fiorentinos, is an excellent resource.