Sts. Isaac (383), and Dalmatus and Faustus (5th c.), ascetics of the Dalmatian Monastery, Constantinople. St. Anthony the Roman, abbot (Novgorod) (1147).
Protomartyr Rajden of Tsromi and Nikozi, Georgia (457). St. Cosmas, eunuch and hermit, of Palestine (6th c.).
Holy Myrrh-bearer Salome (1st c.). St. John, confessor and abbot, of Patalaria Monastery (8th-9th c.). St. Theoclita the Wonderworker, of Optimaton (ca. 842). Nine Kherkheulidze brothers, their mother and sister, and 9,000 others, who suffered on the field of Marabda, Georgia (1625).
Repose of Hieroschemamonk Ignatius of Harbin (1958).
For some reason, the words of St. Paisios the Athonite and the Holy Hierarch Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) sound more convincing. One was uneducated in worldly terms but acquired the Holy Spirit and therefore also the gift of insight; the other was the greatest of scientists who thoroughly knew the human body. And they both speak as one about the falsity of the theory of evolution.
Much as we began our study of the entire order of Vespers by focusing on “Lord, I Call” and its stichera, so we’ll begin to learn about Matins by first looking at the Canon, which many find to be a daunting form of hymnography to understand and to do.
The parable of the unmercirful servant begins with the words, Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king, and that means that the mystery of forgiveness is hidden in Divine grace, in the mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven.
“I firmly believe that familiarity with Prokudin-Gorsky’s photographs (not just a superficial glance) would be a great help to all who want to get to know Russia at least a little better and more sincerely—better than television, blogs, and newspapers. Bear in mind that nostalgia for the “good old days” should motivate us to work for the good of Russia and pray for it instead of plunging us into deep despondency.”
Many people, including some churched Orthodox people, are perplexed as to why the Church counts Boris and Gleb, the sons of Prince Vladimir, among the choir of saints. What is their Christian podvig? They were not pressured to renounce Christ. The reason for their martyrdom was not their confession of faith, but rather the role of the Princes in public life. Why then are they considered Holy? Is it simply because they meekly allowed themselves to be killed?
The faithful shared their stories of the miracles of Sts. Sergius of Radonezh and Seraphim of Sarov in their lives that were wrought through their powerful intersession and prayers, and how they have experienced peace and comfort in their lives, the sick have recovered from illnesses, and the jobless have found jobs.
The possibility of the combination of military service with holiness is a confirmation of the truth of Orthodoxy, preserved by Gospel realism. The Church recognizes that the criteria of the truth path to the Kingdom of Heaven is not external relations with the world, their formal aspects, but the correctness of orientations, the light of Christ.
He rebukes not only this man, but everyone who lacks faith, even the bystanders. By saying, “How, long shall I be with you?” Christ shows that He longs for the Passion upon the Cross and His departure from them.
Fr. Macarius (Ruegemer) and Fr. David (Mahand) are monks from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in West Virginia. In this interview, we spoke with them about life in their monastery, the formation of novices, and the spiritual advice, and above all, spiritual joy that they receive from their abbot, Archimandrite Seraphim.
Who is the real Prophet Elias? He is a saint. He was the kind of prophet who could take a sword and stab 450 false prophets to death. Though St. Elias is in Heaven, he never died. Though he is a righteous man of the Old Testament, he revealed new amazing truths about God to us.
Having reviewed the circumstances of this important case in great detail and with all possible care, the Holy Synod has found that the multitude of cases of the gracious help received through the prayers of the elder Seraphim, which have been investigated in an appropriate manner, do not allow any doubt whatever as to their validity...
Since the accounts given here were made at the time of the uncovering of the saint's relics, he had not yet been declared a saint by the Church, thus his being referred to as “Blessed.” He was canonized in July of 1903.
The Baptism of Rus’ opened a new period in the history of our people. The light of the faith of Christ changed the spiritual, moral, public, and state life of Kievan Rus’. Our forebears came to know the true God, Whose commandments transformed their pagan customs.