Holy Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus
Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.
Holy Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe
Holy Martyr Shalva was distinguished by his many Christian virtues. For his bravery and valour, Queen Tamara honored him with the rank of commander-in-chief of the Georgian army.
Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco
A Preliminary Account of the Life and Miracles of Archbishop John Maximovitch
by Fr. Seraphim Rose and Abbot Herman
from Fr. Jacob Myers' website
Moses of Optina
Our Venerable Father Moses (Putilov) was a starets and schema archimandrite among the group of monastics known as the Optina Elders.
Two Letters from Elder Moses of Optina
To His Brother Living in the World
Archimandrite Innokenty Dronoff
The following is a translation by Priest Anatole Lyovin of an article that appeared in the Russian magazine Rubezh (Borderland), published in Harbin, Manchuria, on 20 February, 1937.
Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009)
When one is called upon by the Lord to get to know Him, the first thing one does is to search deep into the depths of his soul.
Miracles of the Icon of "Axion Estin"
Today we commemerate the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "It is Truly Meet" ("Axion Estin") (10th c.)
10 Facts About the Panagia of "Axion Estin"
The most famous and celebrated icon of the Theotokos on the Holy Mountain is without a doubt the icon known as "Axion Estin".
New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke
The Orthodox Church celebrates its New Martyrs, known and unknown, who refused to submit to Islam under penalty of death on the Third Sunday after Pentecost
New Martyrs Under Ottoman Rule
The present article is based principally on the biographies of 172 Greek Orthodox Neo-Martyrs.
Cyril of Alexandria: Resource Materials
St Cyril bishop of Alexandria from 412 until his death in 444, is remembered above all for his role in the Christological disputes stirred up by the teachings of Nestorius
The Obnora Monasteries
This essay was originally published in the Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1993, just after the Soviet regime had fallen, but Church life had not been fully restored.
Information for Pilgrims to Mount Athos
Mount Athos, known in Greek as Agio Oros (Holy Mountain), is a peninsula in Northern Greece. This sacred area contains twenty monasteries. Although the peninsula of Athos is part of Greece, it enjoys autonomy.
All Saints of Russia
by Archbishop Andrei (Rymarenko)
Today the Holy Church opens before us our native heaven — all the Saints who shone in Russia. They shine as bright stars before us.
The Saints of Mount Athos
The Holy Mountain during its history of more than a thousand years has always been a busy workshop of wisdom and virtue which has produced monks distinguished for their learning and sanctity.
All Saints of North America
from All Saints of North America Russian Orthodox Church.
"As a beautiful fruit of the sowing of Thy salvation, the lands of America doth offer to Thee, O Lord, all the Saints that have shone in her"
First Apology of Justin Martyr
The First Apology was an early work of Christian apologetics addressed by Justin Martyr to the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.
In addition to arguing against the persecution of individuals solely for being Christian, Justin also provides a detailed explanation of contemporary Christian practices and rituals.
How Should We Conduct Ourselves During Meals?
Never begin lunch or dinner, or finish them, without fervent prayer to the Lord God
From How to Live a Holy Life, by Metropolitan Gregory of St. Petersburg
How Should We Conduct Ourselves in the Morning?
From How to Live a Holy Life, by Metropolitan Gregory of St. Petersburg (1784-1860), pp. 9-20. Published by the Printshop of St. Job of Pochaev, Holy Trinity Monastery, 2005.
Synaxarion for the Sunday of All Saints
On this day, the Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the feast of all the Saints from throughout the inhabited world
Homily on the Sunday of All Saints
On the Signs of God’s Chosen
By St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
The Venerable Bede
He spent his life finding his chief pleasure in being always occupied in learning, teaching, or writing, and was zealous in the performance of monastic duties.
Augustine of Canterbury
Augustine, a monk at the monastery of St Andrew in Rome, was chosen by Pope Gregory I to lead a mission to England which at that time was almost entirely pagan, though Christianity thrived in the Celtic lands of Ireland, Wales and parts of Scotland.
Day of the Holy Spirit - Jordanville 2012
On Monday, June 4, on the Feast of the Holy Spirit, annual festivities were held in Jordanville, New York at Holy Trinity Monastery.
Saint Cyprian on the Lord’s Prayer
"But let our speech and petition when we pray be under discipline, observing quietness and modesty. Let us consider that we are standing in God’s sight. We must please the divine eyes both with the habit of body and with the measure of voice."
The Feast of the Holy Trinity - Pentecost
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me (Jn. 15:26)
from the Synaxaria of Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos
Pentecost - Come, O Ye People
Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco
God is a holy Trinity. A Trinity consubstantial and indivisible. Consubstantial, that is, one essence, one nature. A Trinity indivisible: the Son has never been divided from the Father, nor the Holy Spirit from the Father or the Son, and never will be divided.
Saturday of Souls Before Pentecost
On the Saturday before Pentecost we commemorate all departed pious Christians, with the idea that the occasion of the coming of the Holy Spirit not only consists of the economy of the salvation of man, but that the departed also participate in this salvation.
A Discourse for Those Living in the World
by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos
Symeon the New Theologian writes: Those who find themselves amidst the masses of men and amongst the disturbances of the world, if they nonetheless conduct themselves as they should, will find salvation
St. Euphrosyne of Moscow
St. Euphrosyne’s name in the world, before she received the monastic tonsure, was Eudocia, which means in Greek, “good will.” She was the daughter of the pious and learned prince Dimitry of Suzdal.