The Holy Disciple Timothy was born sometime in the first half of the first century and received baptism from the Holy Apostle Paul. Since then, he has accompanied Paul in his ministry among the Jews in Asia Minor and Greece. Apostle Paul valued his companionship greatly. He called him his beloved son and praised him for his devotion and fidelity. Waiting to be martyred, Saint Paul asked him to come to bid him farewell.
Like most apostles, he died a martyr's death in the year 93 as the bishop of Ephesus fifteen years of service. He was trying to stop a public celebration of the Pagan gods accompanied by blasphemous songs. His opposition was non-violent – he reasoned with the people and preached Christian faith to them. Many took heed, but a wrathful mob dragged him along the ground and stoned him.
In Russian worship practice, the crosses used by priests have inscribed on them the words of Saint Paul addressed to Apostle Timothy: Be an example to the believers in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity" (1 Tim. 4:12).
December 19, the memorial day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra, is a patronal feast in our convent. St. Nicholas (Velimirović) of Serbia has left us an instructive message dedicated to this great saint.
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.
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.
Our patronal feast is like a small Easter during Great Lent. In the middle of the largest church in the Convent rests the decorated image of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God.
Saint Elisabeth Convent invites you to celebrate the feast of Saint Seraphim of Sarov - a very important figure in the Orthodox Church on the 1st August. Venerable Seraphim of Sarov (Prokhor Moshnin) was born on July 30, 1754, in Kursk.
On August 1st, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates one of the most well-known Russian saints - Venerable Seraphim of Sarov. Many people all around the world consider him to be their Patron Saint.
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.
St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain is known to many believers. The Orthodox Church canonised him as a saint on January 13, 2015. We dwell on the life of St. Paisios and the miraculous help that people receive through his holy prayers.