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 28 October, the Orthodox Christians of Belarus commemorate 23 saints martyrs of the Minsk Diocese, glorified in 1999 as locally venerated saints. They suffered from 1917 to 1951, sharing the struggles of our Church in the 20th century.
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.
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.
As the sages of the East used to say, one would be cursed to live in a time of abrupt change. Saint Sergius of Radonezh lived in one of Russia's most troubled periods and left us some valuable insights that have survived his day.
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 11th of September, the Orthodox Christians that follow the Julian calendar commemorate Saint John the Forerunner by celebrating the feast day of his Martyrdom. John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus Christ.
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.