He inherited a large estate from his illustrious parents and made a brilliant career at the Emperor’s court. He was a relative of Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Yet he aspired to a life in God. With his wife’s consent, he left behind his luxurious life, used his estate to establish a monastery and settled there as a common monk. His wife later followed his example, establishing a convent with her assets and settling there.
Despite the drastic change of lifestyle, St. Theophanes found great joy in monastic life and became renowned for his piety, righteousness and strong faith. Many sick were healed by his prayers, and he acquired the gift of wonderworking. To this day, believers have invoked his name in prayers for mental patients. However, when he became seriously ill himself, he refused to pray for his healing but instead accepted his condition with gratitude to God.
A vehement opponent of the heresy of iconoclasm, he was imprisoned and sent to exile under Emperor Leo the Armenian, who launched a new round of persecution of defenders of the Holy Icons. The long years of imprisonment and the harsh conditions of the exile undermined his health, and he departed to God on the twenty-fourth day of his exile.
We celebrate two Patron Saint days this month, the Holy Royal Martyrs on July 17 and the Convent’s Heavenly intercessor - Saint Elisabeth the New Martyr on July 18.
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.
The courage of the Holy Royal Martyrs, their mercy, steadfast faith and readiness to entrust their fate to the Lord softened the hearts of many and showed the way of the Lord to the generations to come.
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.
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.
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.
The unprecedented historic phenomenon of holiness became the main result of the bloody twentieth century in Russia. It is difficult to find anything comparable to the feat of these people in the whole history of the world.