The life of Martyr Eudokia is an example of the power of repentance to transform one’s life from unclean to pure, from unbelief to full faith in God. As we read in the prologue to the description of her ascent in God, “Here is a wonderful example of how a vessel of uncleanness can be purified, sanctified and filled with a precious, heavenly fragrance by the grace of the Holy Spirit.”
Eudokia was a woman of fabulous beauty who led an extremely adulterous life. She accumulated great riches received from her numerous lovers. One day, a monk came to stay with her neighbour and at night he began to read from the Scripture. He read the Psalms and the Book of revelation, and Eudokia, who overheard his readings, began to listen in. The words of God sank into her heart, and she spent the whole night standing and listening to the monk. The next evening she invited the monk and asked him to explain to her the Christian faith. She believed in Christ and took baptism from a local bishop. Then she gave away her possessions, freed her servants and retired to a monastery.
Furious with her decision, her former lovers denounced her as a Christian to the governor of her province. The governor brought her to trial. When she refused to worship the Pagan idols, he had her beheaded.
May 23rd (June 5th) is the day when the Orthodox commemorate a very special Belarusian saint, St Euphrosinia of Polotsk. As you may know, the abbess of our Convent bears the saint’s name, which means that it is her name day as well.
The new martyrs found themselves in circumstances that most people today could barely imagine. Yet people who keep their faith at their most terrible times and obey God's commandments receive His help.
He sought to reach every heart and mind with the word of God. A paradoxical situation existed in the Russian society of the time.
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.
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.
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.
The Belarusian Orthodox Church is glorified by the names of many local saints. February 6 is the Feast day of not only the Blessed Xenia of St Petersburg, but also of another prominent saint, almost her contemporary, Blessed Eldress Valentina…
In 1923, the future martyr was only 26 years old. Seeing the unfolding persecution of the Church, he was ordained priest with the words, "We need to protect the faith". Priest Valerian Novitsky was arrested and executed in 1930.