His books in Christian dogmatics strengthened the foundations of Christian beliefs. His liturgical texts form an essential part of the Orthodox worship service. He wrote the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt, and almost 950 Troparia and Stichera for the church feasts from Pascha to the Ascension. His three Canons for the Holy Forty Day Great Fast are included in the contemporary Lenten Triodion. Together with his spiritual father, he documented the wisdom and ascetic feats of the monastics of his time, and collected his writings in the book called The Spiritual Meadow, acclaimed by the Church at its seventh ecumenical council.
He received a brilliant classical education, and was so versed in philosophy that he received the nickname "Sophronius the Wise". Yet he found true wisdom in the Christian faith and monasticism and dedicated his scholarly talent to the development of the Christian doctrine. He set foot for the monastery of Saint Theodosius in Jerusalem, and once there, he conversed with monks and desert-dwellers. He became the spiritual son of Saint Moschus of the monastery and went into his obedience.
Fleeing the attacks of the Persians he travelled with Saint Moschus to Egypt, where he took tonsure from his spiritual father. In Alexandria, he served under Patriarch John the merciful, helping him muster theological and philosophical arguments to refute the heresy of the Monophysites. There, he had an illness of the eyes and turned prayerfully to the unmercenaries Cyrus and John. After receiving healing, he wrote the life of these saints in gratitude.
In 633, he was chosen Patriarch of Jerusalem, and for two years he worked hard for the well-being of the church and its faithful. He served as primate of the Church during the two-year siege of the city by the Muslims. The siege led to food shortages, and eventually to hunger among the city dwellers. Worn down, the Christian defenders of the city agreed to surrender on the condition that their holy places would remain intact. However, the invaders did not keep their word, and he died in grief over the desecration of the Christian churches.
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…
The new martyrs found themselves in circumstances that most people today could barely imagine. Yet people who keep their faith at their most terrible times and obey God's commandments receive His help.
On the 1st August, we glorify with great spiritual awe and affection the memory of Saint Seraphim of Sarov and pay tribute to his angelic life, which showed to many the path towards salvation.
At the very end of July, only four days apart, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates two of the very first Russian Saints who happen to be related to each other - Saints Olga and Vladimir.
As the feast day of Saint Vladimir the Great of Kiev is approaching, we are preparing to sing at the all-night vigil and the Divine Liturgy the hymns glorifying his great feat and his apostolic ministry in this part of the world.
The example of the martyr saints shows how the grace of the holy spirit can empower us to reach untold levels of bravery and spiritual strength, despite our physical weakness.
The spiritual message of the icon revealed itself with time. It promises eventual forgiveness to the Russian people and the return of the supreme power from the Holy Theotokos after a long period of suffering and repentance.