Here is a selection of icons of the Saints of the Church that have taught about Orthodox Educational principles in their lives and in their works. They are still influential to forming the “Mind of the Church” in all those who pray to them and study their lives and their writings. May they help us all enter more deeply this way of thinking and also the way of understanding with our hearts.
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St. Arsenios of Cappadocia- S108
A teacher of prayer and teacher to the faithful just before the Greek and Turkish population exchange.
St. Arsenios the Great- S357
The teacher of the Emperor Theodosius' children, later fleeing to the monastery at Scetis in Egypt.
St. Athanasios the Great- S36
The secretary at the First Ecumenical Council, and a great teacher of the Church.
St. Basil the Great- S37
The writer of the nature of created things and On the Holy Spirit and defender of that teaching.
St. Catherine- S112
Taught by an angel the Faith so she could withstand the worldly wisdom of the philosophers and defeat them.
St. Clement of Ochrid- S361
A disciple of SS Cyril and Methodios who developed the Cyrillic script and was a teacher to the Balkan peoples.
St. Cosmas of Aitoleia- S282
A great apostle of the Jesus Prayer and setting up Orthodox schools to teach the people truth.
SS Cyril and Methodios- S284
Two brothers who wrote the Cyrillic alphabet to catechize the Moravian people, and later by their work the Balkans and the Russians.
St. Dimitri of Rostov- S206
The great compiler of the Lives of the Saints.
St. Ephraim of Syria- S73
His hymns are the source of great wisdom.
Archangel Gabriel- S13
The messenger of Divine providence and communication.
St. Gregory of Nyssa- S45 One of the great Cappadocian Fathers of the Church.
St. Gregory Palamas- S187
The great defender of Orthodoxy against the mistaken ideas of Thomas Aquinas’s scholastic principles.
St. Gregory the Theologian- S125
One of the Three Holy Hierarchs and great Cappadocian Fathers.
St. Innocent of Alaska & Moscow- S341
The teacher of the native Americans in Alaska.
St. Isaac of Syria- S129
The writer of profound insight into the nature of knowledge, secular and Divine.
St. Job of Pochaev- S291
The defender of Orthodox teaching against Westerizing influences in Western Ukraine.
St. John Chrysostom- S63
The most famous orator in the Christian Church and writer on Gospel and Epistle commentaries.
St. John Climacus- S140
The writer of the famous Ladder of Divine Ascent for ascetic and monastic struggles.
St. John Damascene- S295
The defender of icons theologically.
St. John of Kronstadt- S294
A great modern wonder-worker, and also a teacher for some time in high school.
St. John of Rila- S353
The Father of Bulgarian spiritual life and teacher about the importance of education for the faithful.
St. John of San Franscisco- S345
A wonderful modern teacher and brilliant Orthodox thinker in our times.
St. John Theologian & Evangelist- S92
The great Evangelist and theologian of the New Testament who flew noetically like an eagle above the earth.
The Evangelist Luke- S94
The Evangelist of the Gospel and writer of the Acts of the Apostles.
The Evangelist Mark- S95
The Evangelist and author of the shortest, and probably earliest Gospel.
St. Mark of Ephesus- S300
The great defender of Orthodoxy against political church union.
The Evangelist Matthew- S93
The Evangelist of the Gospel.
St. Maximos the Confessor- S386
A teacher against heresies and teacher to the Church.
St. Nahum of Ochrid- S434
A disciple of SS Cyril and Methodious with St. Clement of Ochrid who helped enlighten the Bulgarian people.
St. Nectarios- S21
A brilliant light in the early 20th c. Greece, and a principal of a school in Athens.
S22 The patron of children.
St. Nicholas of Japan- S343
The enlightener of Japan and teacher of Faith in that land in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
St. Nicodemus- S218
A prolific writer of traditional Orthodox books, which only a few have yet been translated into English.
St. Paisios Velichkovsky- S310
The great hesychast teacher whose disciples remade Russia into Holy Russia by his teachings and translations.
St. Paul- S298
The great Apostle to the Gentiles and writer of most of the Epistles.
St. Peter- S299
The great Apostle who was given great understanding and theology from being a simple fisherman.
St. Photius the Great- S87
The brightest mind of his time, and Patriarch of Constantinople at the time of Bulgaria’s conversion.
St. Seraphim of Sarov- S169
His teaching to Motovilov of a Wonderful Revelation to the World explains the purpose of Christian life most clearly.
St. Silouan of the Holy Mountain S174 From an illiterate peasant, God gave great wisdom to this simple monk in our modern times.
Startsy of Optina- S326
These 14 holy elders taught and disseminated Patristic understanding and wisdom in our modern times.
St. Theodore the Studite- S102
The great defender of icons, and author of the monastic rule of his name.
St. Theophan the Recluse- S330
An exceptional teacher in modern times of Orthodox Christian life and principles.
Three Holy Hierarchs- S56
These three men are teachers of great wisdom: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom.
Synaxis of the 12 Apostles- S247
These twelve men were teachers of the nations of the Good News of Christ’s Birth, Death, and Resurrection.