St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (815-820). First (1566) and second translations of the relics of Sts. Zosimas and Sabbatius, of Solovki (1992).
St. Myron, archbishop of Crete (ca. 350). St. Gregory, iconographer, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.). St. Gregory of Sinai (Mt. Athos) (14th c.). Martyrs Eleutherius and Leonides, of Constantinople, and many infants with them (4th c.). St. Philaret of Ichalka, Ivanovo (1913). Translation of the relics of St. Herman of Solovki (1992). Uncovering of the relics of St. Barlaam of Chikoisk Monastery (Siberia) (2002).
New Hieromartyr Joseph (Baranov), hieromonk of the Tolga Monastery (Yaroslavl) (1918). New Hieromartyr Nicholas Prozorov, priest, of Pokrovskoye (1937). New Hieromartyr Nicodemus (Krotkov), archbishop of Kostroma (1938).
“Tolga” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1314) (1314).
Martyr Gormizdas of Persia (418). St. Zosimas the Sinaite, of Tuman Monastery, Serbia (14th c.). St. Gregory, wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). New Martyr Triandaphyllus of Zagora, at Constantinople (1680). New Martyr Anastasius (Spaso) of Strumica, at Thessalonica (1794). Monk-martyr Euthymius, abbot, of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, at Gareji, Georgia (1804).
This is the exact moment portrayed in the icon of the Transfiguration - as illustrated in the Sinai icon above with the words of the Father inscribed across the top - portraying not just the divine energies of God's unapproachable glory—but how one may remain within it:
Morality (good behavior) has a way of self-justification. The morally competent all-too-frequently see themselves as the products of their own self-discipline and inner character. They fail to see that they are doing little more than conforming to the social morality of their class.
Various things are happening to me all the time. I have diverse and manifold stories to share. They are funny and sad, happy and unusual. There are a host of remarkable, miraculous occurrences and testimonies that we are not alone here, that we are loved by heaven and are cared for.
St. Gregory was not attacking those "who insist on literal interpretations," he was attacking those who denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit, who insisted on exclusively literal interpretations as a cloak for their impiety -- and their impiety was not that they interpreted Scripture literally, but that they denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
Did you know that in old Russia convents for many centuries were located within the walls of monasteries for men? There were almost no separate convents. This practice existed in both the Byzantine Empire and Russia (Rus’), and the most glorious monastery of Kiev was no exception.
As part of their commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of Metropolitan Laurus’s episcopal consecration, the Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese published these homilies delivered by the newly-consecrated Bishop Laurus, and by Metropolitan Philaret.
Then they decided to have a recess, and to go to the cathedral and pray to St John of Shanghai before his very relics. A draft resolution was placed on his chest, along with a list of names of the delegates of the Council. Fervent prayer then instilled in us the confidence that everything will happen according to God’s will.
Again, by God’s mercy, we are entering the Dormition fast. This is the shortest and sweetest of the fasts. It begins with the blessing of honey, and then the blessing of the fruits. This fast is also the lightest, because the Mother of God takes care that the yoke of Christ would be light for us. She takes care for our bodies as well as our souls.
Often people who come to the Orthodox Church for the first time are quite amazed at the number of times they will hear us pray “Lord have mercy” at every service and especially at the Divine Liturgy. This is no accident but a purposeful habit that the Church, our mother, is trying to form within us.
The guest of today’s program is Abdias Bijanov, an Orthodox Assyrian. His search for the meaning of life initially led him to the Nestorian Assyrian Church of the East, but eventually he found the Truth in Orthodoxy.
The orchards of Valaam… So much has been said and written about them. But the flood continues of exclamations and puzzled questions about how people can grow vegetables and exotic fruits in conditions described as “extremely high-risk agricultural”, and even produce amazingly abundant harvests. What is the secret?
St. Herman even in Alaska considered himself to be under obedience to his spiritual guide and abbot, Fr. Nazarius of Valaam Monastery. Whenever he had the time he would write to Valaam with reports on the missionary team’s work in the Alaskan territories among the native peoples.
He learned new languages, embraced new peoples and cultures, devised another alphabet, built another church and Orthodox community, and for the next twenty years, until his health and eyesight failed, continued to be an evangelical beacon of the grace of God in southwestern Alaska.
The Orthodox Church ascribes enormous significance to time as the instrument of our salvation. Therefore the Church continually prays: “To live the time of our lives in peace, and repose in repentance, let us ask of the Lord.” How important it is that we should live the rest of our days in “peace and repentance”! But in what kind of peace?
The holy, right-believing Prince-Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb were the first saints to be canonized in Rus’. Despite this, many Christians, and especially in our time, do not understand the meaning of their podvig. And really, where is the virtue in being meekly killed? Deacon Valery Dukhanin, Fr. Dimitry Shishkin, and Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov speak about the meaning and importance of the podvig of the holy princes and the last Russian tsar.
It always comes as a surprise to learn that the founding abbess of one of the most revered convents of the Russian diaspora and of the Holy Land was a convert, a Scotswoman who began life as Barbara Robinson. Her life and spiritual character bear evident resemblance to that of another convert, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, who became her guiding star.