This year’s procession was also dedicated to the memory of holy Hieromartyr Benjamin of Petrograd and Gdov and Archimandrite Sergius (Shein), and martyrs Yuri Novitsky and John Kovsharov, who were executed on the night of August 12-13, 1922. The procession likewise commemorated all the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia who suffered for the faith after 1917.
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.
On August 6, during the patronal feast of the Church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God in Jackson Point, Ontario, Canada, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the foundation stone of a future chapel in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs was blessed.
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.
On Sunday, August 6, in the village of Khopylevo in the Yaroslavl Province, the IV All-Russian Festival of Culture and Art in the name of the holy and righteous warrior St. Theodore Ushakov was held, highlighted by the consecration of a new monument to both St. Theodore and his spiritual father St. Theodore of Synaxar.
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 Romanian Orthodox Church liturgically glorified a new saint on Sunday, the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The official Synodal proclamation of canonization for St. Paphnutius the Iconographer was read out before thousands of believers at the Divine Liturgy at Robaia Monastery.
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.