He was a Christian bishop, a firm defender of the faith against the Arians, who attended the Nicea Ecumenical Council that condemned the Arian heresy. The defeated Arians attacked him on his way home and he suffered torture and death at their hands. Still, he never stopped praying for his tormentors until his last breath.
His martyrdom happened in 326 outside his hometown Gangra when two militant heretics attacked him by surprise in a deserted place. They pierced him with swords and iron rods. He died from a blow to the head from an Arian woman. After his death, his relics wrought numerous miracles and healings. Today, the faithful invoke his name for assistance in healing the sick and casting out the demons.
Saint Hypatius is a deeply venerated saint among the Russian Orthodox. In 1330, the Ipatiev monastery was built near Kostroma bearing his name, which came to the centre of Russia's spiritual life, especially during the Times of Troubles.
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.
On 28 October, the Orthodox Christians of Belarus commemorate 23 saints martyrs of the Minsk Diocese, glorified in 1999 as locally venerated saints. They suffered from 1917 to 1951, sharing the struggles of our Church in the 20th century.
Saint Luke was one of the most modest disciples of Christ. He was not one of the chosen twelve who were constantly beside the Son of God catching His every word and witnessing His blessed deeds.
On the 19th of December (6th of December), the Orthodox commemorate one of the most loved and revered saints in the world - Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas means a lot to everyone here at St Elisabeth Convent.
At the very end of July, only four days apart, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates two of the very first Russian Saints who happen to be related to each other - Saints Olga and Vladimir.
The spiritual message of the icon revealed itself with time. It promises eventual forgiveness to the Russian people and the return of the supreme power from the Holy Theotokos after a long period of suffering and repentance.
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…