by Archimandrite Constantine (Zaitzev, 1888-1975)
One of the most beloved works of Orthodox Christian spirituality
by Saint John of Kronstadt
An Overview of the Divine Liturgy
by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky
Lucian the most wise ascetic and scribe
Boldly walked on the path of Christ...
Lucian glorified God in word and deed,
And he confirmed this by his innocent blood.
Our venerable Mother Paraskeve the New lived as a monastic in the 11th century. She is beloved in Romania as Parascheva and in Serbia and Macedonia as Petka.
St. Martin, a child of Pannonia,
And the great illuminator of Gaul,
Despised the earthly emperor's honors,
And became a servant of the heavenly King.
This feast commemorates the Elders of Optina Hermitage a focus for the powerful renewal movement that spread through the Church in Russia beginning early in the nineteenth century, and continuing up to (and even into) the atheist persecutions of the twentieth century.
The Seventh Ecumenical Council took place in Nicea in 787 AD and dealt with the Iconoclast controversy
Against Those Who Decry Holy Images
A homily by St. John of Kronstadt
Celebrating the memory of the Sainted-Hierarchs on a day in common, the Church offers each of them equal honour, as heavenly protectors of the city of Moscow and prayerful intercessors for the Fatherland.
The written works of St Dionysius the Areopagite are of extraordinary significance in the theology of the Orthodox Church
Commentary of St. John Chrysostom on the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles
Because of her many sufferings for the Faith the Church counts her as a Protomartyr. And because she converted so many to Christ she is also known as Equal-to-the-Apostles.
Excerpt from St. John Chrysostom's Homily on the Conception of St. John the Forerunner
Father Gervasios has dedicated his life to offer assistance to needy prisoners.
Even before he came to know Christ, Eustathius performed acts of charity, helping the poor and destitute. Therefore, the Lord did not leave the virtuous pagan to remain in the darkness of idolatry.
The All-merciful Lord aroused a strong desire in the valiant prince Bidzina Choloqashvili of Kakheti and, together with Shalva and his uncle Elizbar, princes of Aragvi and Ksani provinces, he led a struggle to liberate Kakheti from the Tatars