He was a contemporary of the Holy Apostles and, according to tradition, a disciple of Archangel Michael himself, who brought him to Christ and gave him baptism.
His parents arranged his marriage to a Pagan maiden named Anna. On their wedding night, he showed her a candle and asked which was better – light or darkness. Anna said light, and he explained to her the teaching of Christ and brought her to the faith, agreeing to live in celibacy. Likewise, he converted to Christ many other Pagans, including his parents.
He lost his parents and wife after a few years and dedicated himself entirely to fasting, prayer and conversation with God. He became known as a wonder-worker and could subordinate to his will even the evil spirits.
During the persecution of Christians, the governor of his province had him imprisoned and tortured. His captors beat him and stabbed him with knives. Yet he healed many sick with the blood that flowed from his wounds. Finally, a large crowd of Christians whom the saint had converted surrounded the governor’s palace and demanded his release. Frightened, the governor set him free. Saint Conon lived several more years and died in peace in his home.
We celebrate two Patron Saint days this month, the Holy Royal Martyrs on July 17 and the Convent’s Heavenly intercessor - Saint Elisabeth the New Martyr on July 18.
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.
During the Great Patriotic War, Orthodox churches, previously transformed by the godless regime into warehouses, clubs, and outbuildings, were being reopened in eastern Belarus. It was necessary to restore parochial life, completely ruined in…
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Of the many saints commemorated in the Orthodox Church throughout the liturgical year, two are very unusual ones - Saints Peter and Fevronia. In Belarussian Orthodox Church, we celebrate their feast day on July 8th.
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.
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.