Prophet Ezekiel (6th c. b.c.). St. Symeon of Emesa, fool-for-Christ (590), and his fellow faster St. John (ca. 590).
Martyr Victor of Marseilles (3rd c.). St. Onuphrius the Silent, of the Kiev Caves and St. Onesimus, recluse, of the Kiev Caves (12th c.-13th c.) Uncovering of the relics of St. Anna, princess of Kashin (Euphrosyne in monasticism) (1649). St. Arsenia (Sebryakova), abbess of the Ust-Medveditsk Convent (Volgograd) (1905).
“Armatia” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Hieromartyr Zoticus of Comana in Armenia (204). Martyrs Justus, Matthew, and Eugene, at Rome (305). Hieromartyr Bargabdesian, deacon, at Arbela in Assyria (354). Sts. Paul, bishop, and John, priest, ascetics, near Edessa (5th c.). Sts. Raphael (1640-1645) and Parthenius (1660) of Old Agapia Monastery (Romania). St. Parthenius of Radovizlios, bishop (1777). New Hieromartyrs Simo Banjac and Milan Stojisavljevic, and the latter’s son Martyr Milan, of Glamoc, Serbia (1941-1945). St. Eleutherius of “Dry Hill”.
Repose of Abbot Gerasim of the Chudov Monastery (1911), Blessed Anthony Petrovich Shuvalov, wonderworker of Undor- Simbirsk (1942), and Abbess Euphemia of the Ravanica and St. Petka monasteries (Serbia) (1958).
The first biography of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos was a special offering of Fr. Isaac to the Orthodox world. He began working on the book about his spiritual father two years after Fr. Paisios’ death.
Prince Vladimir is complex historical personality. In him we can see ourselves today as in a mirror, with all the complexity of our own personalities, the fickleness of our behavior, with its spiritual rises and falls.
With simple, often popular and ingenuous words, Fr. Ambrose not only denounced sin, but penetrated into the penitent’s soul, expelling tears of repentance from the sinner and the readiness to trust completely the father-confessor, who, behind outward severity always had complete and perfect love.
On the eve of the Synaxis of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, the already greatly weakened Vladyka gathered his last strength and prayed at the All-Night Vigil in his beloved Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral, built by St. John of San Francisco.
On a pilgrimage to Russia in 1988, Vladyka unofficially served one of the first panikhidas for Tsar Nicholas II and his family in the USSR. It happened right on the 70th anniversary of their murder in Ekaterinburg, which I heard about from Vladyka’s spiritual daughter Marilyn Swezey, who was with him on that pilgrimage. As she believes, the service became a kind of prologue to the glorification of the family and faithful servants of the last Tsar, which took place twelve years later.