Hieromartyrs Lucian, bishop, Maxianus, priest, and Julian, deacon and Martyrs Marcellinus and Saturninus, at Beauvais (Gaul) (ca. 81-96). Translation of the relics of the martyred Crown Prince Demetrius from Uglich to Moscow (1606).
New Hieromartyr Cyprian (Nelidov), hieromonk, of Moscow (1934).
St. Achilles, bishop of Alexandria (312). St. Hieria, widow, of Mesopotamia (312). Monk-martyr Barsabas, abbot, of Ishtar, and ten companions, in Persia (342). St. Clotilde (Chlotilda), queen of France (545). St. Kevin, hermit and abbot, of Glendalough (618). Monk-martyr Isaac of Cordoba (851). St. Athanasius the Wonderworker, hieromonk of Traiannou Monastery in Bithynia (ca. 933). New Hieromartyr Joseph, metropolitan of Thessalonica (1821).
Repose of Archimandrite Justin (Parvu) of Petru Voda Monastery (Romania) (2013).
In this second part, we spoke about Metropolitan Gabriel’s service as a priest and hierarch in the Bulgarian Church, about the troubles facing the Bulgarian Orthodox people today, about work with the youth, and about the importance of maintaining fraternal relations between Orthodox peoples.
Having celebrated Christ’s saving Ascension, we find ourselves one Sunday before the Feast of Holy Pentecost. The Holy Fathers ordained that on this, the Seventh Sunday after Pascha, a commemoration should be held of the Fathers who gathered at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicea, in the year 325. The Church experienced wave upon wave of relentless and fierce persecutions in the first centuries of its existence.
Monks were gathering potatoes into sacks, and Vladyka Laurus himself, who was sixty then, together with all his archimandrites and other brothers was very dexterously digging in the wet ground and nimbly searching for potatoes in the mud, all of their gray beards bending low.
We are men and women born blind from birth: blind in our spiritual ignorance, our spiritual inactivity, our fallen nature, and consequently, our passions. The account of Christ’s healing of the Blind Man in the Gospel of John offers us a blueprint of how to obtain healing of our spiritual blindness.