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.
St. Paulinus was simple and compassionate. He came out of the peasantry and became an archbishop. His cuff is kept as a great shrine in the Novospassky Monastery where he was once tonsured a monk.
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.
The holy martyrs, Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia, are revered throughout the world. They lived in Rome in the 2nd century. When Sophia was left a widow, she devoted her life to raising her three daughters, naming them Faith, Hope…
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Every soul is a mystery. Today we can only guess what really happened… According to the locals, the priest Simeon Kaminsky knew that he was going to be killed. But he preferred to stay and accepted martyrdom for his faith.
The Holy Prince Peter and Holy Princess Fevronia They take a special place in the communion of Orthodox saints by exemplifying a model of the relationship of love in a Christian marriage
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.
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…