Together with 370 other Christian martyrs, he suffered for his faith during the persecution of the believers in Christ under the Roman Emperor Decius. The governor of the eastern province of Bithinya put them in prison and subjected them to harsh treatment hoping to convert them to Paganism. Each was promised immediate release if they agreed to worship the idols and offered them a sacrifice.
A local resident named Paramon was not among them, yet he came to the governor and declared himself a Christian. He also condemned the governor's cruelty towards his brethren. For this act of courage, he endured cruel tortures and was beheaded. The other 370 martyrs had the same fate.
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.
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.
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.
In 1923, the future martyr was only 26 years old. Seeing the unfolding persecution of the Church, he was ordained priest with the words, "We need to protect the faith". Priest Valerian Novitsky was arrested and executed in 1930.
The Optina Monastery is a famous stauropegion of the Russian Orthodox Church, located in the Kaluga region. A stauropegion is a church or monastery exempt from the jurisdiction of the local bishop and directly subject to the highest authority…
He sought to reach every heart and mind with the word of God. A paradoxical situation existed in the Russian society of the time.
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.