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.
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 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.
Every soul is a mystery. Today we can only guess what really happened… According to the locals, the priest Simeon Kaminsky knew that he was going to be killed. But he preferred to stay and accepted martyrdom for his faith.
Prince Vladimir was the first to embrace and choose the Heavenly Kingdom together with the Russian people. He was the first to set out on the path of the Cross. For him, this could not have been but related to a big inner struggle.
He sought to reach every heart and mind with the word of God. A paradoxical situation existed in the Russian society of the time.
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.
This week, we are preparing to celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene, a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ, the first to witness the resurrection of Christ and sent by Him to proclaim the news to the world.