On 25th of March, nine months prior to the Nativity, we celebrate the Annunciation; the "announcing" of Jesus' conception. The Greek word ευαγγελισμός, or "the telling of the Good News," adds a rich layer of spiritual and theological meaning, as we commemorate the setting-in-motion of God's plan for our salvation.
St Gregory was a pre-eminent theologian who spent a lot of time writing books and fighting false teachings. One such false teaching was that it was wrong to live like the monks on Mt Athos did - in quietness and prayer.
I speak not of such fast as most persons keep. But of real fasting; not merely abstinence from meats, but from sins as well. For the nature of a fast is such that it does not suffice to deliver those who practice it unless it is done according to a suitable law.
This ever-memorable Queen cried out these holy words: "If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema."
In 320AD, forty soldiers of the Roman army of different backgrounds and races, were enrolled together into one troop and had great faith in Jesus Christ. At the time of sacrifice to the pagan idols, the forty soldiers refused to do so.