Jesus Christ showed us another way to follow that leads to eternal blessedness on the other side of the grave. And this is the path of leading a true Christian life, which can only be achieved by completely changing our behavior.
Unfortunately, the world has too much religion that does not lead people to transfiguration in holiness. If we think that Christianity provides simply theological ideas, moral precepts, or directions about how to conduct religious services, then we will fail to behold and participate in the glory of our Lord.
Many people, including some churched Orthodox people, are perplexed as to why the Church counts Boris and Gleb, the sons of Prince Vladimir, among the choir of saints. What is their Christian podvig? They were not pressured to renounce Christ. The reason for their martyrdom was not their confession of faith, but rather the role of the Princes in public life. Why then are they considered Holy? Is it simply because they meekly allowed themselves to be killed?
The faithful shared their stories of the miracles of Sts. Sergius of Radonezh and Seraphim of Sarov in their lives that were wrought through their powerful intersession and prayers, and how they have experienced peace and comfort in their lives, the sick have recovered from illnesses, and the jobless have found jobs.
The possibility of the combination of military service with holiness is a confirmation of the truth of Orthodoxy, preserved by Gospel realism. The Church recognizes that the criteria of the truth path to the Kingdom of Heaven is not external relations with the world, their formal aspects, but the correctness of orientations, the light of Christ.
Who is the real Prophet Elias? He is a saint. He was the kind of prophet who could take a sword and stab 450 false prophets to death. Though St. Elias is in Heaven, he never died. Though he is a righteous man of the Old Testament, he revealed new amazing truths about God to us.
Having reviewed the circumstances of this important case in great detail and with all possible care, the Holy Synod has found that the multitude of cases of the gracious help received through the prayers of the elder Seraphim, which have been investigated in an appropriate manner, do not allow any doubt whatever as to their validity...
Since the accounts given here were made at the time of the uncovering of the saint's relics, he had not yet been declared a saint by the Church, thus his being referred to as “Blessed.” He was canonized in July of 1903.
The Baptism of Rus’ opened a new period in the history of our people. The light of the faith of Christ changed the spiritual, moral, public, and state life of Kievan Rus’. Our forebears came to know the true God, Whose commandments transformed their pagan customs.
We present everything to God, and He will utterly destroy all the madness of those who doubt in faith in Christ. Instead of unnecessary fights with heretics, let us labor over the teaching of the true faith and the history of the holy Church, that the names of the great fathers of the six Ecumenical Councils would become near and dear for us.
By God’s grace, every country and every people, and often cities, have an enlightener in their history. The Lord has raised up His elect from among the people, and through them has enlightened His people with the light of faith. The faith that the Lord gave us through Prince Vladimir was a worthy sowing that brought forth worthy fruits of the Spirit. It glorified a host of saints—our fellow countrymen, who intercede before God for our land, for our holy Church, and for our people.
Why do we refer to the Baptism of Rus’ as a turning point for the history of our peoples? Because it forever changed the face of the of the entirety of Slavic civilization and predetermined the subsequent path of its development.