Paul the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople (350). St. Barlaam, founder of Khutyn Monastery (Novgorod) (1192).
Virgin-martyrs Tecusa, Alexandra, Claudia, Matrona, Polactia, Euphrosyne, and Athanasia, of Ancyra (303). St. Luke, monk, of Sicily (820). St. Luke, steward of the Kiev Caves (13th c.). St. Herman, archbishop of Kazan (1567). St. Barlaam of Keret (Karelia) (16th c).
New Hieromartyrs Nicetas (Delektorsky), bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevsk; Barlaam (Nikolsky), abbot, of Andreyevskoe (Moscow); Gabriel (Vladimirov), hieromonk of the St. Michael Skovorodsky Monastery (Novgorod); and Gabriel (Gur), hieromonk, of Lytkarino (Moscow) (1937). Synaxis of the New Martyrs of Sarov: Anatole, Basil, Hierotheus, Isaac, and Rufinus (1938).
St. Illtyd, abbot, of Llanilltyd Fawr, Wales (505). St. Leonard of Noblac (Gaul) (ca. 559). St. Winnoc, abbot, of Flanders (716). St. Cowey of Portaferry, abbot, of Moville Monastery (8th c.). St. Demetrianus, bishop of Cytheria on Cyprus (ca. 915). St. Elias Fondaminsky of Paris (1942).
Commemoration of the Sarov Elders: Abbot Pachomius (1794), Hieroschemamonk Joseph (1785), Hieromonks Pitirim (1789) and Matthew (1795), and Monk Joachim (1802).
The worship of the Orthodox Church is closely connected with the sacred history of the Old and New Testaments. It as if illustrates this history from the very beginning, symbolically and spiritually, deeply connected with it.
An American who had learned Russian, in 1989 Fr. Daniel McKenzie became the rector of the Russian church and he has given spiritual guidance to the Russian Orthodox flock for about thirty years since then.
Isn’t that what happens so often to us? We feel that we are in danger, we are in need, we turn to God, we claim His attention, we want things to be the way we choose—and there is silence; God seems to be asleep; and we suspect that He does not care, that He is like Christ, sleeping peacefully with His head on a cushion, while we, His creatures, cry, wail in our agony…
The Glinsk Hermitage was a provincial monastery at the beginning of the twentieth century, located in a desert wilderness, but its glory extended not only throughout the entire Russian Empire, but even far beyond its borders.
The book is about the essence of marriage, and considers it from a practical, philosophical and sociological standpoint. In defining the essence of marriage, it helps the reader see how every other modern change in social mores is an attack on the sanctity of marriage, as well as who benefits from such efforts to tear it apart.
Why is this subject so important to us (and we must understand that it is of very serious importance to us) who may have nothing to do with Russians or Russia? Those who have ears to hear, let them hear; and those who have eyes to see, let them see.
Indeed, such a person would not trade his desert life for royal chambers that require excessive care, for living this way he may constantly contemplate the Kingdom of Heaven with ease. Nor would he desire any gold, precious stones or pearls, for he has Christ, the most precious of stones, alive within him, pacifying, gladdening, comforting and preserving him from all evil
Our people love to call the Mother of God by special names appropriate to her heavenly protection and mercy. And the Mother of God has not left this prayer unanswered, but has given speedy help to everyone who has asked.
There are very few affordable homes for the aging in our communities, where Orthodox seniors can receive not only medical care in their infirmity and helplessness, but also spiritual care: visits from an Orthodox priest, confession, Communion, and Unction.
Schismatics from the village of Gribovitsa took over the residence of a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Fr. Igor Magrita, where the family has been living since 1998, and as night fell, began throwing his household possessions and pushing his wife and sixteen-year-old son out into the street. It was raining…