The first of the thirty-three martyrs, Hieron, was a farmer from the Roman region of Cappadocia. Born to a Christian family, he had outstanding physical prowess and led a righteous life. During the reign of Emperor Diocletian, a large detachment of Roman soldiers came to his area to draft all able-bodied men to the Roman Army. Knowing that he would be made to worship Pagan idols, Hieron refused to go and drove the imperial soldiers away with a wooden club. He then hid in a cave together with thirty-two other Christians.
After some time, he surrendered himself up to the governor and announced that he was a believer in Christ. On the orders of the governor, his guards amputated his right hand. They had also seized thirty-two other believers and put him in their midst pending execution. Hieron offered his brethren reassurance and lifted their spirits. All were beheaded in Melitene, Armenia.
Saints Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves lived in the 11th century. They are commonly regarded as the founders of monasticism in Ancient Rus’, the cradle of today's Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
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 Luke was one of the most modest disciples of Christ. He was not one of the chosen twelve who were constantly beside the Son of God catching His every word and witnessing His blessed deeds.
He is remembered for his great modesty and humility, and also for the grace and forgiveness with which he reacted to false accusations of having career ambitions.
Our lay sister Tatiana Zhedik met the relatives of the Hieromartyr Simeon Kaminsky a long ago in 2003 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This meeting reveals to us the story of the life of a little-known Belarusian saint.
On the 7th of August, the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition (or Falling Asleep) feast day of Saint Anna, the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus Christ.
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 Nicholas the Wonderworker is a deeply revered saint at the Convent, and its history provides multiple examples of his intercession Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker was lived in Asia Minor in the late third and early fourth centuries, but…