St. Macrina was born to a holy family: her parents were Ss. Basil the Elder and Emily; four of her nine brothers and sisters are commemorated as saints: Basil the Great, Peter of Sebaste, Gregory of Nyssa, and Theosebia the Deaconess; her grandmother, for whom she was named, is commemorated as St. Macrina the Elder.
The Archangel Michael appeared and said: "Great is your faith, Marina. Have more strength, for it is by your good confession that your soul will survive, and you will gain the holy baptism."
Today, Sunday 29 July 2012, the oldest living monk on Mount Athos reposed in the Lord. Fr. John of Hilandari was 105 years old.
The Holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils are honored by the Church because, based upon the preaching of the Apostles, they have established one faith for the Church.
The day after the feast of the Annunciation the Orthodox Church celebrates Archangel Gabriel. Yet on July 13th we find ourselves celebrating another Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel.
The virtuous life of St Anthony illumined the Russian land with the beauty of monasticism.
In the blessing at the conclusion of the Holy Matrimony service, the prayers of St. Prokopios and those of Sts. Emperors Constantine and Helen are requested
When Diocletian launched the last and most ruthless persecution against Christians, his first victim in Palestine was a young man named Prokopios (Procopius).
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) has founded a mission in Pakistan.
From that time on we often appealed to the Holy Tsar Nicholas, and help came immediately under extraordinary circumstances. O Holy Royal Martyrs, pray to God for us!
The Romanov children were beautiful - not only in their outward appearance, which was striking, but primarily in their inner qualities...pious, God-fearing and endowed with all manner of Christian virtue.
"you have given your sacred robe as a garment of incorruption to all the faithful"
St Juvenal was a member of the first mission sent from Russia to proclaim the Gospel in the New World.
First in prominence among the Apostles, and teachers to the Universe
By St. John Chrysostom
By St. John Chrysostom
Thou didst persevere unceasingly in prayer; thou didst love the poor, and didst provide for them in all things.
Wife of King Herod's steward went to the Sepulchre to anoint the Holy Body of the Lord
Elder Nikon of Optina was glorified with all the Elders of Optina by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in 1990.
Homily of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco
Venerable Mother Etheldreda, daughter of King Anna of East Anglia, founded Ely Abbey
These monks abandoned all their possessions and families (Mark 10:17-31) to live a life of chastity, fasting and asceticism in the desert.
The Hieromartyr Eusebius stood firmly for the Orthodox Confession of Faith proclaimed at the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in the year 325.
... lest Britain be totally plunged into the thick gloom of black night, He kindled for us the brilliant lamps of the holy martyrs...
You were clad in the armor of the Spirit, entering the contest and destroying the enemy.
Jude was the brother of St. James and son of St. Joseph, Betrothed to the Theotokos.