Hieromartyr Saturninus, first bishop of Toulouse (ca. 257). Hieromartyr Abibus, bishop of Nekresi in Georgia (6th c.). St. Nectarius the Obedient, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.).
Hieromartyr Dionysius, bishop of Corinth (182). St. Pitirim of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.). St. Tiridates, king of Armenia (4th c.). St. Brendan of Birr (571). St. Radboud, bishop of Utrecht (917).
Repose of Blessed Abel “the Prophet,” of Valaam (1831).
Elder Ephraim received the unbroken monastic tradition from his spiritual father, the great Elder Joseph the Hesychast, and has brought it to North America in the form of the seventeen monasteries he has founded throughout America and Canada, including the main monastery in Florence, AZ, dedicated to St. Anthony the Great, where Elder Ephraim lives and serves as spiritual guide to all who come thirsting for spiritual guidance.
For thus St. Peter the Apostle exhorts us (1 Pet.): Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist, steadfast in the faith.
Watch it without bias. If you feel your responsibility before God, then you shouldn’t pass any judgment before you are convinced of the truth yourself and hear the voice of the Church in this case. This is something we are waiting for, too.
Our children, just like the Mother of God, are very pure and precious vessels, not yet sullied, not poisoned with the vices of this world. But the world is preparing a terrible lot for them—it is doing everything it can to defile them and make them vessels of sin.
The Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple is one of the great Church feasts; it is connected with the event when the Most Holy Theotokos was brought into the temple of Jerusalem by her parents to be consecrated to God.
Met. Nikephoros made the important point that in the current canonical crisis the Orthodox Church, monastics have the particular obligation not to keep silence, but apply all their strength and work toward a resolution.
The story of ROCOR’s mission in India is one of frustration, missed opportunities, and unfortunate errors, as well as great piety, ascetic struggle, and witness to the Gospel precepts, with the characters that come and go ranging from great examples of faith and holiness to the shady and downright bizarre.
In striking contrast with ideas later put forward by Metropolitan John (Zizioulas), Elder Sophrony understands the Orthodox dogma of the Trinity to reject any form of subordinationism whatsoever, as subordinationism corresponds to papism.
The idea of being eternally and abundantly thankful seems unpleasant and ridiculous to non-believers; though sometimes they can’t formulate the reason clearly, this idea “creates problems” to them. The need to thank our neighbors here on earth often bothers us as well. Why?
"Coming into contact with Father Sophrony was always an event of a most especial kind. His monastics, first and foremost, but also those who made up his wider spiritual family, 'lived,' as Father Zacharias put it, 'in an abundance of the word of God.'"