A native of Egypt, he was a Roman soldier who won great respect for his valour and bravery. Yet, as he was fighting for the empire his legion was commanded to capture and enslave Christians. He renounced his army career, left his legion and retreated to the mountains for solitary prayer and contemplation. Sometime later, he came to a Pagan festival, condemned the worship of the idols in public and announced that he was a Christian. Brought before the governor, he withstood cruel tortures and was beheaded. Christians recovered some of his remains and buried them with honour in the Alexandria region. Years later, his tomb became a place of pilgrimage for many Egyptians and Christians from around the world.
On August 1st, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates one of the most well-known Russian saints - Venerable Seraphim of Sarov. Many people all around the world consider him to be their Patron Saint.
"There is only one thing to say about this remarkable monastic: the sweetest of souls! One conversation with Father Silouan was enough to make anyone grow fond of him."
Saint Elisabeth Convent invites you to celebrate the feast of Saint Seraphim of Sarov - a very important figure in the Orthodox Church on the 1st August. Venerable Seraphim of Sarov (Prokhor Moshnin) was born on July 30, 1754, in Kursk.
Saint Varus' life teaches us the power of unwavering faith. He shows that our life in this world is only a fleeting moment of transition to eternity and that worldly honours and comforts are worthless compared to our everlasting salvation.
The Optina Monastery is a famous stauropegion of the Russian Orthodox Church, located in the Kaluga region. A stauropegion is a church or monastery exempt from the jurisdiction of the local bishop and directly subject to the highest authority…
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…
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.