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.
Martyr Peter the Aleut († 1815) was a young Aleut who was born and raised on one of the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. In 1815, as a young man, together with thirteen fellow Aleuts, fishermen and hunters, he sailed to the shores of California…
Of the many saints commemorated in the Orthodox Church throughout the liturgical year, two are very unusual ones - Saints Peter and Fevronia. In Belarussian Orthodox Church, we celebrate their feast day on July 8th.
The unprecedented historic phenomenon of holiness became the main result of the bloody twentieth century in Russia. It is difficult to find anything comparable to the feat of these people in the whole history of the world.
The Optina Monastery is a famous stauropegion of the Russian Orthodox Church, located in the Kaluga region. A stauropegion is a church or monastery exempt from the jurisdiction of the local bishop and directly subject to the highest authority…
On August 1st, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates one of the most well-known Russian saints - Venerable Seraphim of Sarov. Many people all around the world consider him to be their Patron Saint.
Our patronal feast is like a small Easter during Great Lent. In the middle of the largest church in the Convent rests the decorated image of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God.
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.