Holy women giving light in the Advent season -include St Lucy, Our Lady, and at our church that great friend and supporter of St John Chrysostom, St Olympias (Feast day December 17th). We traditionally burn a candle burns all day today in front of her icon in Church.
Olympias, gave generously to help the poor and needy of Constantinople. Not only did she give of her great wealth she also give of her time and energy. As a deaconess of the church she created places of hospitality for travellers to the great city, and welcomed people to the cosmopolitan city – many coming as refugees or seeking new lives.
She also supported the building of churches and staunchly defended St John Chrysostom when he was under attack.
Olympias’ example is an inspiration to the church today. The church needs women in ministry to develop and extend the range of her work. Our cities need places of love and care, and our churches need to reach out to the needy around us.
At St Chrysostom’s we are developing a focus of reaching out in care – St Chrysostom’s helping others… St Olympias pray for us.