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.
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is one of the most well-known saints loved by Christians all around the world. People turn to him in prayer and often experience miracles because of his intercession.
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.
Holy Righteous Sophia, Princess of Slutsk, came from an ancient family of Olelkovichs, who reigned in the city of Slutsk since 1395. During their reign, Slutsk was built and fortified.
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.
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 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.
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…
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…