Ptolemais in Cyrenaica (Libya)

The town was most probably founded in 7th or 6th century BC by settlers from Barca. Soon it became one of the founding city-states of the Pentapolis Federation. In 331 BC, the union was dissolved after all of its towns surrendered to Alexander the Great. After his death, the area formed part of the Ptolemaic empire. In early 1st century the region was conquered by Rome and became a separate province.

In 365, a major earthquake struck the region and destroyed all of the five major cities of the area (Cyrene with its port Apollonia, Arsinoe, Berenice, Balagrae and Barca). Ptolemais survived the tragedy in relatively good condition, and it was there that the most important authorities were moved. It served the role of a capital of Cyrenaica until 428, when it was destroyed by the Vandals. During the reign of Justinian I the city was rebuilt, but it never regained its powers and was again destroyed by the Arabs in the 7th century.

“A study of the history of the redemption of humankind reveals the Son of God, Who became a person in order to save all of us, treading the path to His voluntary passion, bearing the sin of the world, healing our wounds, fulfilling the great mystery of divine dispensation, reconciling us with God and yet in no way infringing our free will. The gate of Paradise, which had been shut, was opened; the fiery sword which guarded the entrance was removed and the voice of the Lord invited excluded humanity to enter thereby into a place of peace and quiet.
But we were left free to enter or not, as we choose.”
~Saint Nektarios of Pentapolis

(art: Cherubim And aFlaming Sword, by J. Kirk Richards)

Roman Catholic Saints As Disguises For Eastern Orthodox Saints!

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska represents Saint Moses the Hungarian, Saint Job of Pochaev, and Saint Seraphim of Sarov.

Saint Katharine Drexel represents Saint Matrona of Perge and Saint Herman of Alaska.

Saint Therese of Lisieux represents Saint Kassiani the Hymnographer, Saint Nektarios Wonderworker of  Aegina & Pentapolis, and Saint Seraphim of Sarov.

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina represents Saint John of Kronstadt, Saint Tikhon of Moscow, Saint Joseph of Damascus, Saint Silouan the Athonite, Saint Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn, Saint Elder Porphyrios Bairaktaris the Kapsokalivite, Saint Nektarios Wonderworker of  Aegina & Pentapolis, Saint Spyridon of Trimythous, and Saint John Maximovich of Shanghai and San Francisco.

Saint Josephine Bakhita represents Saint Job the Long Suffering, Saint John Chrysostom, and Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris.

Saint Andre Bessette of Montreal represents Saint Gregory Palamas, Saint Silouan the Athonite, Saint Panteleimon, and Saint Nil Sorsky.

Saint Edith Stein represents Saint Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna the New Martyr of Russia. 

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha represents Saint Peter the Aleut, Saint Herman of Alaska, and Saint Innocent of Irkutsk. 

Saint Bernadette Soubiriou of Lourdes represents Saint Nektarios Wonderworker of  Aegina & Pentapolis.

Saint Juan Diego of Guadalupe represents Saint Nektarios Wonderworker of  Aegina & Pentapolis and Saint Seraphim of Sarov.