From the Bible, we know of Apostle Phillip as a man with profound knowledge of Scripture, who was among the first to recognize the Messiah and follow Him in answer to His call. He converted to Christ Apostle Bartholomew. He was the one whom Christ asked where to buy the bread to feed five thousand people, and at the Last Supper, he asked the Lord how they could see the Father.
He stayed with Christ and the other apostles from Christ’s resurrection to His Ascension and then went to preach His word to Galilee. By the grace of the Lord, he performed multiple miracles along the way, bringing many people to the faith in Christ. Brought before the Jewish chief priests, he defended Jesus’s name; when the priests and his men insulted Christ and attempted to strike Phillip, their hands withered, and blindness struck them. Yet the prophet projected the mercy of the Lord. He prayed for the men, and their sight returned and their hands were healed. Many believed in Christ.
Preaching God, he suffered multiple sorrows. He has been pelted with rocks, held in captivity and driven out of villages. In one of the cities where the Pagans were worshipping a big snake for fear of snake bites, he destroyed the snake by his prayer and healed many people bitten by snakes. Most renounced Pagan worship and turned to Christ, including the wife of the city's Prefect.
The Pagan Magi urged the Prefect to crucify the apostle together with his sister and his companion Bartholomew. The Prefect listened, ordering Bartholomew to be crucified upside down. When they had put them on the crosses, an earthquake broke out. Hanging on the cross, Phillip prayed to the Lord for His mercy on the people, and the quake stopped. All the people, except the Prefect and Magi, survived. They believed in Christ and demanded that the execution be stopped. All were taken off the crosses, but Phillip was already dead.
Phillip’s sister Mariamne laid his body to rest and went with Bartholomew to preach the Lord in Armenia, where Bartholomew died a martyr’s death on the cross.
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.
The Holy Prince Peter and Holy Princess Fevronia They take a special place in the communion of Orthodox saints by exemplifying a model of the relationship of love in a Christian marriage
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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 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.
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.
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.