St. Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium (754).
Hieromartyr Zeno, bishop of Verona (ca. 260). St. Isaac the Syrian, abbot, of Spoleto, Italy (550). Monk-martyrs Menas, David, and John, of Palestine (после 636). Virgin Anthusa of Constantinople (801). St. Athanasia the Wonderworker, abbess, of Aegina (860).
Deposition of the Cincture [Sash] of the Most Holy Theotokos in Constantinople (942).
St. Sergius II, patriarch of Constantinople (1019). St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). St. Acacius of Kapsokalyvia Skete, Mt. Athos (1730). Martyr Sabbas the Goth, at Buzau in Wallachia (372).
Repose of Archbishop Juvenal of Vilnius, Lithuania, monk of Optina Monastery (1904).
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This interview was recorded in 2003 by brothers of Sretensky Monastery who had visited Metropolitan Cornelius at his Estonian residence at Pukhtitsa Monastery, asking the now-reposed archpastor about the USSR and the years of persecution, independent Estonia, the schism in Estonian Orthodoxy, and the daily lives of Estonians.
I am sure that such feelings and experiences are shared by a great many believers. Year after year, spiritually accompanying the Myrrh-bearing Women, we successively experience fear, astonishment, and awe at the view of the stone miraculously rolled away from the entrance to the Savior’s tomb by an invisible power.
Why do we celebrate this for 40 days? Because the Church is showing us that this is our reality. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ changed the whole world and it was an answer to the tragedy and suffering of the innocent One who went to the cross for our sakes.
Despite the centuries-old ban on women being on the Holy Mountain, this saint was directly related to the laying of the first stone on the Holy Mountain in 1881 in the foundation of the cathedral of St. Elijah Skete, founded in 1757 by St. Paisius Velichkovsky.
Pascha is a time of miracles. Pascha itself is the most important miracle in the history of mankind. Schema-Hieromonk Valentin (Gurevich), father-confessor of Donskoy Monastery in Moscow, speaks about the New Martyrs (who were killed but rose from the dead with Christ and have been raising their descendants and the life in modern Russia from the dead from generation to generation) and the spirit of Pascha with which the life of the Church of Christ is filled.
This letter should become a classic of Orthodox writing and witness to the faith that sustained so many and is today being resurrected in so many places. The triumph of the Resurrection so transcends his prison cell it’s a wonder that the walls remained.
God created us by His love to be partakers of His Divinity, to drink from Him forever as from a sacred spring, the Divine water of life. And blessed is the man who diligently preserves himself from sins, who courageously conquers himself with the word of Divine love, for such a man purifies his soul, he frees himself from the spiritual filth which humiliates him and deprives him of the ability to enjoy such a sacred gift as happiness.