He was a Christian and a municipal official in the Roman Empire. He lived a pious life and gave alms to the needy. However, he had to abandon his municipal service and go into hiding in a remote village when Emperor Diocletian of Rome unleashed the vicious persecution of Christians throughout the empire.
A pauper whom he was helping with food and money revealed his whereabouts to the authorities for a reward of two pieces of gold. The persecutors captured him and six other Christians. They were imprisoned, tortured and put to death by drowning in the Nine in 287.
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…
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.
On July 12 in the Belarussian Orthodox Church, the faithful celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul - the Holy Apostles.
Our lay sister Tatiana Zhedik met the relatives of the Hieromartyr Simeon Kaminsky a long ago in 2003 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This meeting reveals to us the story of the life of a little-known Belarusian saint.
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.
On August 4, we commemorate Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer Equal of the Apostles, in the Belarussian Orthodox Church. There is so much one can learn from the life of this strong, devoted and brave woman.
Recently, we had a unique opportunity to talk about the holy martyr Vladimir Pasternatsky with his granddaughters, Nina Fedorovna Chmyreva and Tatiana Romanovna Khmelevskaya. The sister told us about their saintly grandfather and his family