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.
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.
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.
As the sages of the East used to say, one would be cursed to live in a time of abrupt change. Saint Sergius of Radonezh lived in one of Russia's most troubled periods and left us some valuable insights that have survived his day.
Saint Andrew was happy to remain backstage and let his brother be in the centre. To him, pride, honour or recognition was of no importance.
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.
Saint Anthony the Great, the Father of all monks, is a revered and well-known saint among many Christians, including the Orthodox and Catholics. His extraordinary lifestyle and faith still inspire people even today to become monks.
Saint Varus' life teaches us the power of unwavering faith. He shows that our life in this world is only a fleeting moment of transition to eternity and that worldly honours and comforts are worthless compared to our everlasting salvation.