Sts. Ioane (Maisuradze), archimandrite (1957), and Giorgi- Ioane (Mkheidze), schema-archimandrite (1962), confessors, of Georgia. St. Serapion, monk of Spaso-Eleazar Monastery (Pskov) (1481). St. Lucian, abbot, of Alexandrov (1654).
New Martyr Alexander Jacobson, at Solovki (1930).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos: Syamsk (1524), Glinsk (16th c.), Lukianov (16th c.), and Isaakov (1659). Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Kursk Root” (1295), Pochaev (1559), Domnitsk (1696), Kholmsk (1st c.), and Lesna (1696).
St. Ina, King of Wessex, and his wife Queen Ethelburga (8th c.). New Martyr Athanasius of Thessalonica (1774). St. Sophronius of Achtalea in Georgia, bishop (1803).
Repose of Archbishop Dionysius of Ufa (1896), Elder Daniel of Katounakia, Mt. Athos (1929), and Priest Dimitrie Bejan of Romania (1995).
On April 27, 1941, a German patrol of six officers and soldiers broke into the metropolitan’s office. One of the Nazis asked the martyr, “Are you the metropolitan who called for war against Germany? You deserve to die.”
In his works, St. Stephan attaches great significance to the importance and necessity of prayer in the work of the salvation of the soul. The labor of prayer is necessary for freeing oneself from the authority of the devil and reaching the Kingdom of Heaven. Prayer is the core and breath of the spiritual life.
Today’s Gospel is a reminder of the possibility for everyone through a response to enter the Kingdom of God, the beginning of which here on Earth is the Church. It is a reminder that no matter what riffraff you belong to or what has accumulated in your life, you are still invited. There is only one condition—to see yourself inwardly as you truly are, disagree with this state, and turn to God with supplication in order to rise and walk towards Heaven.
So the Royal Family gave us an example, that we must always be with the Lord—no matter what may happen, no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in. And we must always be ready to suffer not only for Christ’s sake, but also for the sake of our neighbor.
In the summer of 1395, there was an event that left a profound impression on the spiritual and historical life of the Russian people, and which became forever an example of faith and hope in God’s Providence and in the intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos.
No matter what lofty gifts a person may have been worthy of, no matter what heights of theology he has reached, no matter what ascetical labors he has performed, if all of this has not brought him to love, then all his labors were in vain.
Of course, war in and of itself is an unconditional evil, an extremely and deeply antithetical to the very basis of Christianity. It is not necessary to mention how comforting it would be if people stopped fighting each other and if peace would become established on earth. But sad reality says something completely different.
Quickly! Up the stone staircase to the heavens, to the bells! Filling the vast spaces of Valaam with the joyful ringing, the tour guides were in no hurry to descend, but wrapped in their jackets and hoods they happily smiled, standing under the bells in the cold, penetrating wind.