A friend of Saint Basil the Great, he was a steadfast opponent of the heresies of Arius and Macedonius, and a beloved shepherd of his flock. He was also the author of several books on Christianity.
Leaving his home, he lived in a hermitage in a remote cave before he was chosen and ordained as the Bishop of Iconium. In this capacity, he went to the Second Ecumenical Council and spoke vehemently against the heretics who attacked the teachings of the faith on the Holy trinity.
He was serving at a time when various heretic doctrines were taking prominence, all of them attacking the Church's doctrine of a tri-unite God. They were being advocated by Arius and his multiple followers. The more extreme versions of Arianism – taught by Madedonius, twice bishop of Constantinople and Eunomius, Bishop of Cyzucus were gaining increasing prominence, and influence among the ruling classes of Byzantine.
Saint Amphilochius addressed the council with convincing refutations of these false teachings. In addition, he went before the emperor of Byzantine Athanasius the Great imploring him to banish the Arians from the Empire's cities and churches. When the Emperor ignored his advice, he went before him again, this time with a practical demonstration of the falsehood of the Arians' anti-trinitarian teachings.
Appearing at the Emperor's throne, in the presence of the emperor's son, he bowed to the emperor, but not to his son. Furious, Emperor Theodosius ordered Amphilochius to be driven from the court. Then the saint explained: "O Emperor, did you not tolerate the indignity paid to your son? In the same way, God the Father does not tolerate dishonour to His Son, paid by the adherents of that accursed Arian heresy."
Hearing this, the Emperor appreciated the wisdom and courage of the bishop and took greater heed to his advice.
This week, we are preparing to celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene, a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ, the first to witness the resurrection of Christ and sent by Him to proclaim the news to the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 23rd (June 5th) is the day when the Orthodox commemorate a very special Belarusian saint, St Euphrosinia of Polotsk. As you may know, the abbess of our Convent bears the saint’s name, which means that it is her name day as well.
The Loving God has given us elder brothers and sisters in Christ—the saints. Nun Lyubov (Nikolaeva) is sharing her story of a personal relationship between a Christian and a saint.