Prophet Obadiah (Abdias) (9th c. b.c.). Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304). Sts. Barlaam, monk, Ioasaph, prince of India, and Abenner the King, father of St. Ioasaph (4th c.). St. Philaret, metropolitan of Moscow (1867).
Martyr Heliodorus, in Pamphylia (ca. 273). Martyrs Azes of Isauria and 150 soldiers (284). Martyr Agapius of Gaza (284-305). St. Hilarion of Georgia, wonderworker of Thessalonica (875). St. Barlaam, first abbot of the Kiev Caves (1065). Uncovering of the relics of Hieromartyr Adrian, founder of Poshekhonye Monastery (Rostov) (1625). St. Ioannicius, schemaarchimandrite, of Glinsk Hermitage (1914). St. Porphyriоs of Kapsokalyvia and Kallisa (1991).
New Hieromartyrs Porphyrius (Gulevich), bishop of Simferopol, Ioasaph (Udalov), bishop of Chistopol, Michael (Kvanin), archimandrite, of Moscow, Gregory (Rebeza), archimandrite, of Odessa, and Gerasim (Sukhov), hieromonk, of Kazakhstan (1937). New Hieromartyrs Ioasaph (Krymzin), abbot, and Peter (Mamontov), hieromonk, both of the Holy Transfiguration Guslitsky Monastery (Moscow) New Hiero-confessor Alexis (Kabaliuk), schema-archimandrite, of Khust (Carpatho-Russia) (1947).
St. Patroclus of Bourges (577). St. Egbert, archbishop of York (766). St. Simon, wonderworker of Calabria (10th c.).
Repose of Elder Cleopa of Sihastria, Romania (1998).
The Church cannot be changed as secular institutions are changed in our times. The Lord established His Church, and He preserves it. At this time, introducing the status of autocephaly and autonomy is an act which I consider to be dangerous and unnecessary.
Anatoly Aleshin is an iconographer and master of mural painting, including frescoes. In 1986, he graduated from the Moscow Secondary Art School at the Surikov Institute. In 1991, he entered, and in 1995 he graduated from the Iconography School of the Moscow Theological Academy, where he now teaches.
What is needed to restore Eucharistic communion between the Phanar and the Russian Orthodox Church? Is there a threat to Ukrainian Orthodoxy from the Muslim world? How should the Church and its clergy carry out their mission today, and how do today’s trials affect the spiritual life of the faithful?
How did you become so dear to us, Vladyka? Certainly, it wasn’t your rank as a metropolitan, but rather that, without your title, the white klobuk and panagia, you were like a father who taught his flock to stay away from lies, phariseeism, deceit, empty talk, betrayal, faintheartedness and idleness. You taught us to be sincere, honest, kind, and, above all, wise; to help our neighbor whenever possible, and to cherish every minute of our lives and fill them with good deeds.
Vladyka never forced anyone to do good deeds. He was a good shepherd. His spiritual children had a list of needy residents of the northern capital and Moscow whom he helped from time to time. Vladyka tried to help anyone who needed assistance.
Purpose in life emerges when faith in, and the striving towards, God are present, along with the ideals and values that are confessed in the Gospel of Christ. It is imperative that we learn this independently of where we live and what views we hold.
He didn’t care for empty words. If he spoke, it was a clear, dogmatic expression and the concrete application of it in the life of the Church. The peculiarity of his activity, of his lively preaching, was that he thought very dogmatically.
We recall, “Serve ye the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling.” But there is no trembling here! Only terrible intoxication. Such people are stubborn; they do not obey the Church and reason. These people are suicides, who only later understand it. These people are involuntary murderers—they kill the souls and lives of many people.
The witness of Met. Nikiforos and his new book is especially important because it demonstrates that, despite the loud insistences of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Ukrainian scandal is not about Russians rejecting the special role of Constantinople and the Greek people within the Church, but rather, it is a question of fidelity to the Orthodox canons and theology.
When I see footage of people in camouflage with Right Sector armbands, swearing and shouting, with rebar and weapons in hand, throwing bloodied elderly people out of churches, beating priests, cutting locks, kicking down church doors—in a word, rioting—my heart bleeds.