The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
Repose of St. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople (407).
Uncovering of the relics (2000) of Sts. Alexandra (1789), Martha (1829), and Helen (1832), of Diveyevo.
Lesna Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1683).
Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305). St. Placilla the Empress, wife of St. Theodosius the Great (400). St. Maria of Tarsus (607). New Martyr Macarius of Thessalonica (Mt. Athos), disciple of St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople (1527). Holy Fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681).
Repose of Bishop Arsenius (Zhadanovsky) of Serpukhov, Archpriest Sergius Siderov of Kiev, and Priest Michael Shik of Moscow (1937).
In this interview, Fr. Markell discusses freedom in general and the freedom of the Church in particular, how spiritual freedom and political freedom are related, whether a Christian can be free when the Church of Christ is politically oppressed, and what relations are like between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian state today.
The “Tale of Peter and Febronia of Murom” was written by Monk Ermolai-Erasm (Ermolai Pregreshny), and the work immediately became a favorite read among the literate folk; it spread around in a huge number of handwritten copies, and was passed along in oral tradition.
It all began with a scandal. At the time when the progressives of mankind fought in a unified front against the dictator Milosevic and the “cursed Serbs,” one impudent French teenager dared to insist that France and Serbia share a long-standing relationship in the cultural sphere and as allies. And that all the Serbs had ever wanted was to protect their motherland and its people from disintegration.
Half a century after the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453 Chora Monastery with the Church of Christ the Savior was converted into a mosque (Kahryie Cami). Some of its frescos and mosaics were whitewashed over and some smashed.
Any loss causes grief. The abandonment of a wife by her husband, of children by their father, of friends by their friend—not to mention the abandonment of the ministry by a pastor—above all causes pain and sorrow. You can’t be happy when a tragedy occurs. Likewise, the fact that the preacher of “joyful Christianity”, who taught us how to get over various crises and overcome conflicts, has given up his pastoral ministry so easily shouldn’t be a cause for happiness.
“There are many wonderful elders from the twentieth century. St. Joseph stands out among them by his productivity, if I can express it that way. I often say that he is the most productive saint of the twentieth century from the point of view of his fruits.”
What does St. Paul mean when he says “Be watchful”? We can often study other parts of Holy Scripture in order to illumine the meaning of hard to grasp phrases. In particular we should hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the gospel according to Matthew the Lord Jesus says “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
Some terrible virus has stormed into the world and crippled it! It brings to mind the Biblical tree of knowledge of good and evil and its fruit, which God forbade the first humans to eat so that they wouldn’t die. Many commentators consider the idea of the tree as nothing other than the erosion in the mind of man of the distinction between good and evil, beauty and ugliness, truth and lies.
Igumen Clement (Krivonosov), the abbot of St. Seraphim’s Monastery on Russky island in the Sea of Japan, shares with us his thoughts on neophytes with a quarter of a century of experience, the border between individuality and selfhood, modern monks and Patericons, and many other interesting and important things.
It is regrettable that only a few facts about the life of this great abbess who was venerated all over Scotland and northern England and esteemed by the Venerable Bede are known. Now that the interest in this holy woman is increasing among the Orthodox, let us recall her biography.