An Orthodox Church is dedicated to our Lord and God Jesus Christ, the Theotokos (the Mother of Jesus-the word comes from two Greek words "Theos" meaning God and 'tokos' meaning giving birth.), an Angel or a particular saint. When you walk into an Orthodox Church you will notice that it is filled with icons not only of Jesus Christ but angels, the Theotokos and many Saints of the Church. One may wonder or ask why do you honor others other than God and do you consider them equal to God? Growing up as an Orthodox Christian I was taught that God is the One True Holy One. So, why do we place so much honor to all these men, women and children and consider them saints? The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America classifies and explains why we address these people as saints. In simple words, a Saint is a person that while living on earth has achieved to imitate God in every aspect of their lives. As Orthodox Christians we study the lives of saints and use them as good examples for our own lives.
Many saints, through the help of the Holy Spirit, have been known to miraculously heal people or assisting them with their daily lives. As Orthodox Christians we pray to saints and ask for their help and intercession towards God the Father. Miracles happen every day of our lives. The saints are alive and listen to us when we pray to them and ask for their help. There are saints that we pray to for specific things, like St. Nektarios the healer of cancer or St. Nicholas for safe travels. They listen to us and help us. I feel their help.
The church I attend is St. Athanasios, in Aurora, Illinois. I have always felt Saint Athanasios’s help with my husband’s work situation. For many years his business has laid off thousands of people, but he has always survived it. I feel that Saint Athanasios has been helping our family all along, and that he would continue to help us through new business challenges. There was no doubt in my mind that St. Athanasios would be the patron saint for our new business.