With sincere repentance, he received forgiveness of his transgressions and ascended spiritually to become an apostle of the seventy. He was a servant of Philemon, a distinguished Christian from his native city of Colossae. He committed some wrongdoing against his master and fled to Rome, fearing punishment. In Rome, he was imprisoned as an escaped slave. While in prison, he met Apostle Paul, became his disciple and took baptism from him. He became his loyal servant and helper.
Saint Paul happened to know Onisemus’ master personally. He wrote him a cordial letter of recommendation, asking him to accept Onesimus as a brother, not as a slave. With this letter, he sent him home, depriving himself of his much-needed help. On Onesimus’ arrival, Philemon forgave him immediately and let him go back to Apostle Paul to assist him.
Onesimus helped Apostle Paul up until his death and then continued his ministry with the other apostles. Eventually, he was ordained a bishop. He preached Christ in many places across the Roman Empire, until his old age. He came to meet Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer to Rome for execution and succeeded Apostle Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus.
He was arrested for his faith under Emperor Trajan, a persecutor of Christians. He was taken to trial but refused to renounce his faith in Christ. Seeing that his belief in Christ was unshaken after eighteen days in custody, the authorities ordered him to be tortured, stoned and beheaded. He died in 109.
The courage of the Holy Royal Martyrs, their mercy, steadfast faith and readiness to entrust their fate to the Lord softened the hearts of many and showed the way of the Lord to the generations to come.
Saint Anthony the Great, the Father of all monks, is a revered and well-known saint among many Christians, including the Orthodox and Catholics. His extraordinary lifestyle and faith still inspire people even today to become monks.
He taught that fighting the devil to the end is a duty of every Christian. "Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Sister Anastasia of St Elisabeth Convent tells a story of a miracle performed by St John of Shanghai and San Francisco that she not only witnessed but was also involved with.
Saint Elisabeth Convent invites you to celebrate the feast of Saint Seraphim of Sarov - a very important figure in the Orthodox Church on the 1st August. Venerable Seraphim of Sarov (Prokhor Moshnin) was born on July 30, 1754, in Kursk.
We are preparing to celebrate the memory of a saint who showed us beyond all doubt that sainthood is still a worthy goal to pursue, even in our hectic times. His name is Saint John of Shanghai and San-Francisco.
Holy Righteous Sophia, Princess of Slutsk, came from an ancient family of Olelkovichs, who reigned in the city of Slutsk since 1395. During their reign, Slutsk was built and fortified.