Holy Apostle Matthias (ca. 63). Synaxis of the Saints of Solovki.
St. Psoes of Egypt (4th c.). Martyrs Julian, Marcian, John, James, Alexis, Demetrius, Photius (Phocas), Peter, Leontius, Mary the patrician, and others, of Constantinople (730). Martyr Anthony of Alexandria. St. Macarius, founder of Oredezh Monastery (Novgorod) (1532). St. Philaret (Gumilevsky), archbishop of Chernigov (1866).
Icon of the Savior “Not-Made-by- Hands” of Camuliana in Cappadocia (ca. 303).
The feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord calls us first of all to change our internal image. It is especially convenient now, because the fast is a time of repentance. This fast is dedicated to the Theotokos, and the Most Holy Virgin Mary herself becomes our helper in our spiritual development. Let us make ourselves worthy to see the Taboric light through the Sacrament of Repentance, through purifying ourselves from sins.
In his deep humility, Vladyka Simon, probably dreaming of having a bishop for the Edinoverie more than anyone else, sought this for himself least of all. Batiushka believed there were many who were more worthy than him. And the fate of the Edinoverie bishop did not promise a quiet and full life.
In this interview, His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod, the abbot of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves Lavra, speaks about how we should spend the Dormition Fast, how we should approach Holy Communion, and about the significance of the feasts that fall during the Fast.
The abbess of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God Convent in Volsk, in the Saratov Diocese, Abbess Makaria (Semenova), speaks about how and why she came to monasticism, about the lessons of the monastic life, and about the restoration of the Volsk Monastery.
This article is put forth to compare the All Ukrainian Cross Procession of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Baptism of Rus’, with the one held by the schismatic “OCU”, which is recognized only by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
I first met the Indian student Clement Nehamaiyah five years ago in the master’s degree course at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy and became one of his (then) few friends in Russia. This meeting affected me and my life, and I would like to tell you about it.
Nevertheless there was one important revelation for me: I saw that the preacher had attained such spiritual maturity that every word he uttered was an expression of his innermost experience of communion with God, and therefore, always powerful, meaningful and new to the listeners.
On August 7, 2019, The Very Reverend Steven John Belonick (OCA) reposed in the Lord Jesus Christ after an extended illness. In his memory we would like to present to our readers this article written by him in 2012 and posted on the OCA’s “Wonderblog”.
Archimandrite Ilarion (Hilarion) (Dan), formerly a distinguished economist and today one of the most esteemed spiritual fathers in Romania, continues his reflections on the systemic crisis of modern techno-civilization and the purpose of human life.
It fell to me to go with Roman, and therefore it was easy to start a conversation with passers-by, basically like this: “Hello! Just imagine, a blind man has come all the way from Barnaul to tell you about God!” No one dared to turn away or refuse to pay some attention.
Once we were serving the All-Night Vigil at the monastery. The sisters of the monastery were praying quietly. Suddenly a tall, elderly man with the deportment of a former soldier literally burst into the church. He confidently went up to the kliros and thunderously asked: “Where is your icon of St. Nadezhda?!...”