Saints Archippus, Philemon and Apphia, Apostles of the Seventy, were disciples of Apostle Paul. Saint Paul names St. Archippus as his companion in his Epistle to the Colossians (Col. 4:17).
They performed their ministries in the city of Colossae, in Phrygia. Saint Archippus was the bishop, Saint Philemon, a renowned citizen who let Christians gather in his home for worship. Eventually, Paul consecrated him as bishop and later as the archpastor of Gaza. Saint Apphia, Philemon’s wife, gave refuge to the sick and homeless in their family home and helped her husband preach the word of God.
During the reign of the emperor Nero (54-68), the Archippus, Philemon and Apphia proclaimed themselves as Christians, stood trial and were meted out brutal penalties. Saint Archippus was slashed with knives. Saints Philemon and Apphia were buried alive up to the waist and stoned to death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saints Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves lived in the 11th century. They are commonly regarded as the founders of monasticism in Ancient Rus’, the cradle of today's Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
He taught that fighting the devil to the end is a duty of every Christian. "Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.