Hieromartyr Mocius, priest of Amphipolis in Macedonia (ca. 295). Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Methodius (885) and Cyril (869) first teachers of the Slavs Equal-to-the-Apostles Rostislav, prince of Greater Moravia (870).
St. Sophronius, recluse, of the Kiev Caves (13th c.). St. Nicodemus of Pec, archbishop of Serbia (1325). Hieromartyr Joseph, metropolitan of Astrakhan (1672). St. Theophylactus, bishop of Stavropol and Ekaterinodar (1872).
New Hieromartyr Michael Belorossov, archpriest, of Romanov-Borisoglebsk (Yaroslavl) (1920). New Hieromartyr Alexander (Petrovsky), archbishop of Kharkov (1940).
Commemoration of the founding of Constantinople (330). St. Cathan of Bute, Scotland (6th c.). St. Mayeul, abbot, of Cluny (994). New Martyrs Olympia, abbess, and Euphrosyne, nun, of Mytilene (1235). Martyr Acacius of Lower Moesia. Blessed Christesias, called Christopher, of Gareji, Georgia (1771). New Martyrs Dioscorus the New and Argyrus, of Thessalonica (1806).
The small space of the crypt is divided into three parts: the central one—the sanctuary where St. Nicholas’s relics rest; the Orthodox side-altar on the left; and the Catholic side-altar on the right. The iconostasis is portable and improvised, with a number of icons fixed to metalwork grills.
For the past four months not a single Local Orthodox Church has recognized the act committed by Patriarch Bartholomew in flagrant violation of Church canons. A number of Churches officially expressed their disagreement with this act, as well as their non-recognition of the legalization of the schismatics, and expressed their support for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church led by Metropolitan Onuphry. Other Churches took time to examine the situation. None of them has supported the lawlessness. Why?
As of today, four of the five Grecophone Churches have not united with the Constantinople Church, while the fifth—the Church of Greece—is waiting and remaining silent. Furthermore, two Churches, of Cyprus and Albania, have synodically resolved to require that a Pan-Orthodox Council be convened to decide the Ukraine question.
The youngest abbot on Mt. Athos, Archimandrite Methodius (Markovic) of the Serbian Hilandar Monastery, speaks on life as Liturgy, which is incomparably higher than any divisions that are now imposed upon Orthodox peoples.
Death, infirmity, temporality and susceptibility to passions entered this world with the sin; they are interwoven. Sin destroys everything in a man, both his body and his soul. Any doctor is perfectly aware of it.
We are responsible, mutually, for one another—because when we look right and left at the people who stand by us, what do we know about them? Do we know how broken they are? How much pain there is in their hearts? How much agony there has been in their lives?
Children do an invaluable favor to their parents by helping them see their own sins. It is very difficult to look into your soul and understand your sins. But as you look at your children, you see that their faults are your faults.
And it doesn’t matter whether or not one chooses to fight, for if you make Jesus the center of your life in the Church, the Enemy will bring the fight to you. Not fighting is not an option. The only two options are: fight the Enemy and win, or let the Enemy take you out.
The purpose of this essay is to evaluate the primatial claims of the Church of Constantinople and specifically, Canon 28 of the Council of Chalcedon, which has become the proof-text as it were of recent Constantinopolitan claims which have startled many in the Orthodox world.
I still keep this joy in my soul. Can you answer me, where did it fall on me (like a bolt from the blue) from?! I believe God gave it to me then as a deposit so that I would not lose heart. And He can give it to anyone. All we need to do is ask: ‘I am yours, O Lord! Please, never abandon me. I want to rejoice in You and don’t need anything else!’
Although the author of this article lives in a country that celebrates “International Women’s Day” in March, it is also apropos to the American tradition of Mother’s Day, celebrated in May. This year the Sunday of the Myrrbearers coincides with Mother’s Day, and we wish our readers who are mothers a happy one.
Late 19th century Moscow. The ideas of nihilists and revolutionaries stating that people are gods and tsars themselves are becoming increasingly vehement. People in the cities mostly go to Communion only once a year at Easter. In theological schools one can frequently meet people who treat the priesthood as an ordinary trade. For many people, faith had simply become a tradition.