The famed Valaam Monastery opened its pilgrimage season with a procession in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the translation of whose relics to Bari, Italy was celebrated by the holy Orthodox Church yesterday. The brothherhood and the monastery's many pilgrims joined in the holy march around the island, carrying icon banners and a reliquary containing a piece of the relics of St. Nicholas.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotursky, a series of celebrations dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II was held in the Ural capital from May 17 to 19.
There are a number of early saints of England whose spirit of love, humility and kindness was not erased by the centuries of Protestantism and secularism. St. John of Beverley, whom our great authority, the Venerable Bede of Jarrow, referred to as a “wonderworker”, is one of them.
Imagine the deep desire of the Lord Jesus Christ for unity. Imagine the love that He has for His Church! His prayer is not for Himself but for His followers. His goal is our unity. When someone loves God he desires peace and unity everywhere.
On Sunday May 13, the day of commemoration of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov), the 30th anniversary of the canonization of this great Russian hierarch and theologian was festively celebrated at the Entrance of the Theotokos-Tolga Monastery in Yaroslavl, Russia, where his precious relics repose.
The festive liturgical glorification of Elder Iakovos (Tsalikis) of Evia among the saints will be celebrated on June 2-3 at the Monastery of St. David on the island of Evia, where St. Iakovos labored in asceticism and served as abbot.
Today is the Apodosis, or leavetaking, of the greatest of Christian feasts, Pascha, the Bright Resurrection of Christ. We have gathered together some questions readers have asked about Pascha, and answers to them by Archimandrite Job (Gumerov), an ecclesiastical scholar and longtime monk of Sretensky Monastery.
'I have a premonition. I have the certainty that I am destined for terrible trials, but I will not receive a reward for them in this world… Perhaps there must be a victim in expiation in order to save Russia. I will be this victim. May God’s will be done'!
The Romanov children—the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatina, Maria, Anastasia and the heir, Grand Duke Alexis—were extraordinary in their ordinariness. Despite being born in one of the highest and most enviable positions in the world (from the secular point of view), and having access to all possible worldly goods, they lived and were brought up like ordinary children. Even more amazingly, despite being surrounded by a court environment made up of the entirely secular, godless and apostate aristocracy, the children grew up to be pious god-fearing and endowed with all manner of Christian virtue.