While there are no accounts of any miracles wrought by Saint John the Baptist during his lifetime, multiple miracles with his blessed relics were recorded. Saint John was beheaded on orders from Kong Herod, and his head was disposed of in an “unseemly” place.
According to tradition, Joanna, one of the myrrh-bearing women discovered the head of John the Baptist and buried it honourably in Jerusalem. Years later, Saint John appeared in a vision to two monks who had come to worship the tomb of Christ. He guided them to the burial place of his head.
After this first finding, the monks put the head in a bag and went back to their monastery. On the way, they met a poor potter. Saint John appeared to him in a vision telling him to take the bag from the monks and run with it to his hometown. Upon his return, the potter set up shop and his business prospered. He bequeathed the relic to his sister instructing her to keep it in a chest and never to open it unless instructed by the one who was inside. The relic was passed on through many generations before it was found in a cave outside a monastery by its abbot Marcellus, to whom Saint John had appeared to Marcellius in a dream with instructions on how to find his head.
February 7 is the birthday of the Venerable Porphyrios Kavsokalivite, one of the most famous Athonite elders of the twentieth century. He reposed in the Lord on December 2, 1991, and was canonised on December 1, 2013.
Saint Varus' life teaches us the power of unwavering faith. He shows that our life in this world is only a fleeting moment of transition to eternity and that worldly honours and comforts are worthless compared to our everlasting salvation.
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.
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 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.
Our lay sister Tatiana Zhedik met the relatives of the Hieromartyr Simeon Kaminsky a long ago in 2003 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This meeting reveals to us the story of the life of a little-known Belarusian saint.
Saint Spyridon, much like our grandfather in heaven, is praying for us so we are not in need. He responds to our daily concerns and looks kindly upon us, even when we act up and do mischief.