He was the bishop in Magnesia, and perhaps one of the oldest martyrs for Christ: he died at the hands of his tormentors at 113. His last words were, “Thank you, my brethren, for scraping off the old body and renewing my soul for new and eternal life”. He suffered in 202, during the persecution of Christians under the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus.
Harlampios did not hide his faith but openly confessed it. He endured his tortures manfully, and with his courage brought many people to the faith. Among them was the Emperor's daughter, Gallina who denounced paganism and converted to Christ. The martyr harboured no enmity or hatred, even against his executioners. Before he was beheaded, he raised his hands and prayed for the health and salvation of all people, and the abundance of the earth’s fruit for all.
The words of his famous prayer have survived to our day. “Lord, Thou knowest that men are flesh and blood; forgive them their sins and pour out Thy blessing on all.” The Roman Emperor’s daughter Gallina took his body and buried it.
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.
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is one of the most well-known saints loved by Christians all around the world. People turn to him in prayer and often experience miracles because of his intercession.
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.
Saint Seraphim’s life was marked by various signs and wonders testifying to his election from very early in life. At the age of seven Prokhor Moshnin (the birth name of the saint) fell from a tall bell tower but God delivered him unharmed.
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco is one of the most venerated and loved Saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as in other Orthodox Churches all around the world.
On the 19th of December (6th of December), the Orthodox commemorate one of the most loved and revered saints in the world - Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas means a lot to everyone here at St Elisabeth Convent.
At the very end of July, only four days apart, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates two of the very first Russian Saints who happen to be related to each other - Saints Olga and Vladimir.