Saint Nikephoros, a martyr was not just an example of Christian virtue and devotion to God, but also a vivid illustration of the truth of Apostle Paul’s words: If I deliver my body to be burned but have no love, I gain nothing (1 Cor. 13:3).
Saint Nikephoros, a layman was a friend of Sapricius the priest, but one day they had a disagreement that escalated into an enmity. Nikephoros was the first to realize the need for reconciliation and made several attempts to do so. Yet Saprius was adamant and unforgiving. Soon the persecution of Christians began, and Sapricius was arrested and sentenced to be beheaded. When his head was on the execution block, and the executioner was preparing to cut it off, Nicephorus again asked his friend for forgiveness, but Saprius refused to forgive.
At this point, God’s grace left Sapricius, and he denounced Christianity and agreed to worship a pagan idol. Nikephoros cried out: “I am a Christian! 'I am a Christian! I believe in our Lord Jesus Christ whom he has just denied. Let him go and put me to death in his place!' They ordered Sapricius to be freed, and Nikephoros to be executed.
Should we make compromises even in situations when this may appear as a concession to evil? In which Christian commandments should we take our guidance? We find answers in the life of Saint John the merciful.
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.
Saint Nicholas continues to teach us valuable lessons and has many more in store for the people today, and for generations to come. He lived a long time ago yet today he is still one of the most widely known and revered Christian Saints.
December 19, the memorial day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra, is a patronal feast in our convent. St. Nicholas (Velimirović) of Serbia has left us an instructive message dedicated to this great saint.
Saint Seraphim’s life was marked by various signs and wonders testifying to his election from very early in life. At the age of seven Prokhor Moshnin (the birth name of the saint) fell from a tall bell tower but God delivered him unharmed.
This week, we are preparing to celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene, a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ, the first to witness the resurrection of Christ and sent by Him to proclaim the news to the world.
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…