St. Michael the Confessor, metropolitan of Synnada (821). Uncovering of the relics of St. Leontius, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1164). Synaxis of the Saints of Rostov and Yaroslavl.
Martyr Michael “the Blackrobed,” of St. Sabbas Monastery (9th c.). Virgin Euphrosyne, princess and abbess, of Polotsk (1173). Uncovering of the relics of St. Abramius, archimandrite, of Rostov (1210). St. Paisius, abbot, of Galich (1460).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Thou Art the Vineyard.”
Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, wife of Cleopas (1st c.). Hieromartyrs Epitacius, bishop of Tuy (Spain), and Basil, bishop of Braga (Portugal) (1st c.). St. Damian (King Demetrius) of Gareji, Georgia (1157). St. Ioannicius I, archbishop of Serbia (1270). St. John of Valaam and New Valamo (Finland) (1958).
Repose of Hieromonk Damascene of Valaam (1825), Hieroschemamonk Meletius of Svir (1877), disciple of Elder Theodore of Svir, and Nun Euphrosyne (1934), disciple of St. Barsanuphius of Optina.
Fr. Maxim will be remembered not as someone who condemned, criticized, or lectured, but as someone who showed love and compassion and offered a helping hand to women who found themselves in a difficult situation.
Did the people of Ivan’kovo notice a special kind of divine admonition in the fact that these two elderly people, a man and his wife, who were screening movies in a former church for decades, looking at the screen in front of the altar and helping others to do the same, suddenly became blind together, at the same time?
And here I am, standing on the stage with the school choir, and, as I look up, I see a wreath of soft cherubic faces showing through the white ceiling paint, as if through a white veil.
Vasily Ivanovich began to call for help—but there were no sounds except for some quiet wheezing. No one could hear him. It was late afternoon, and there was no one on the river bank.