Hieromartyr Silvanus, priest, of Gaza, and with him 40 martyrs (311). St. Nikola Sviatosha, prince of Chernigov and wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (1143). St. Cosmas, founder of Yakhromsk Monastery (Vladimir) (1492).
New Hieromartyr Michael Lektorsky, archpriest, of Novo-Titarovskaya (Kuban) (1921). New Hiero-confessor Ambrose (Polyansky), bishop of Kamenets-Podolsk (1932). New Hieromartyr Peter Lebedev, archpriest, of Rodniki (Ivanovo) (1937). New Hieromartyr Maximillian (Marchenko), abbot, of Zagorsk (Moscow) (1938).
Yakhromsk Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (15th c.).
Martyr Peter Apselamus of Eleutheropolis in Palestine (309). St. Burchard, first bishop of Wurzburg, English missionary to Germany (754). St. Ignatius, metropolitan of Mithymna (1566). St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, bishop of Maiuma (787).
In their appeal, they reaffirm the stance that Patriarch Bartholomew and the other primates who have accepted the schismatics have acted arbitrarily and anti-canonically in Ukraine and only threaten greater disunity and schism in the Church.
Fr. Dmitry was one of the Russian Church’s most beloved and authoritative priests. He stood at the forefront of the Church’s battle against abortion, and is remembered as the “father” to countless children and a fearless preacher who converted thousands.
St. John of Vishenky was an Orthodox monk and polemicist (16th-17th C.) who lived on Mt. Athos and in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His teaching on the Church, in the context of the defense of the Orthodox Church and its structure from attacks by representatives of the Catholic church, is also valuable in our time, inasmuch as it clarifies the truth of the Church.
The Vigil and Divine Liturgy services to St. Joseph were translated by the monks of Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery in Williston, Florida—spiritual successors to the great Athonite saint through their spiritual father, Elder Ephraim (Moraitis; †2019).
On September 29/October 12 the Church honors the memory of the New Hieromartyr John (Pommer). It brings enormous joy to read his letters and sermons, to plunge into his radiant, fierce and mighty struggle while reading his scenes from his Life. But do we arm ourselves with the experience of our New Martyrs and Confessors? Do we pray to them for victory?
Our Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t tell us to do the things that are easy or come naturally, He tells us to do what is quite difficult and will take work for us in our current state. Have you ever known someone who loved their enemies? Or does that seem like a foreign concept to us?
Our conversation with Archpriest Joseph Skinner is about the life of the Diocese of Sourozh, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), the Black Lives Matter activist movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.