The Holy Martyr Agapius and seven other Christian martyrs suffered during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, a vicious persecutor of Christians. Six died at a young age, declaring themselves as Christians voluntarily. All endured brutal torture, two were torn apart by wild beasts, one was burned alive at the stake, the rest were beheaded.
The imperial authorities had decreed that refusal to worship the idols during Pagan festivals would be punishable by torture and death. Martyr Agapius and two other martyrs refused to engage in idolatry and were arrested by the authorities and executed. Six young Christians decided to follow their example and suffer for Christ voluntarily. To strengthen their resolve, they tied each others’ hands behind their backs, went to the governor and declared themselves believers in Christ. Baffled by their young age, the governor asked them to reconsider, but they were adamant. They were thrown in prison, tortured and beheaded.
On the 21st of November, we celebrate the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers. On this day, we commemorate the Chief of the Heavenly Hosts, Archangel Michael, as well as the Other Heavenly Bodiless Powers.
On the 1st August, we glorify with great spiritual awe and affection the memory of Saint Seraphim of Sarov and pay tribute to his angelic life, which showed to many the path towards salvation.
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 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.
As the feast day of Saint Vladimir the Great of Kiev is approaching, we are preparing to sing at the all-night vigil and the Divine Liturgy the hymns glorifying his great feat and his apostolic ministry in this part of the world.
Holy Righteous Sophia, Princess of Slutsk, came from an ancient family of Olelkovichs, who reigned in the city of Slutsk since 1395. During their reign, Slutsk was built and fortified.
Standing of St Mary of Egypt is another name for the long Matins service on Thursday of the 5th week of Great Lent. Why is this service called this and what is so special about it? We invite you to read further to find out.