Saint Euthymios was a monk renowned for his asceticism and strong faith, bringing the truth of the Christian faith to nonbelievers and converting them to Christ by his example of a virtuous life. Considered one of the fathers of monasticism, he succeeded in the upholding of Christian virtues in monastic life. He believed obedience be the key among them. In his advice to monastics, he said: "Whoever desires to lead the monastic life should not follow his own will. He should be obedient and humble and be mindful of the hour of death. He should fear the judgment and eternal fire, and seek the heavenly Kingdom."
When two monks became overwhelmed with the life of asceticism and decided to escape from the monastery, he admonished them with these words: "We must never admit evil thoughts that fill us with sorrow and hatred for the place in which we live, and suggest that we go somewhere else. If someone tries to do something good in the place where he lives but fails to complete it, he should not think that he will accomplish it elsewhere. It is not the place that produces success, but faith and a firm will. A tree which is often transplanted does not bear fruit."
February 7 is the birthday of the Venerable Porphyrios Kavsokalivite, one of the most famous Athonite elders of the twentieth century. He reposed in the Lord on December 2, 1991, and was canonised on December 1, 2013.
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…
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.
Standing of St Mary of Egypt is another name for the long Matins service on Thursday of the 5th week of Great Lent. Why is this service called this and what is so special about it? We invite you to read further to find out.
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.
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.
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.