He was the tenth of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. He prophecised in the latter half of the sixth century BC, soon after the return of the Jews from captivity in Babylon. They returned to the ruins of their main place of worship, the Jerusalem Temple. They began to rebuild it, but the shortage of people and skills, and opposition from the local people drenched their enthusiasm.
Haggai authored the book of Haggai, one of the shortest in the Old Testament. It raises the themes of God's will, obedience and disobedience. He teaches us that when we live by the will of God, we can count on his assistance and encouragement. He also shows us the importance of thinking long-term, beyond immediate survival and well-being. "You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat but never have enough. Give careful thought to your ways," teaches the Lord through the Prophet Haggai, urging the people to rebuild the temple in His glory.
His narrative is interactive, dialectical and distinguished by effective use of rhetoric. Thus, he resorts to repetition to highlight the main messages and their relevance for the present day. "Give careful thought of your ways," he admonishes his readers. He also urges all us to be strong in following the will of God.
Saint Luke was one of the most modest disciples of Christ. He was not one of the chosen twelve who were constantly beside the Son of God catching His every word and witnessing His blessed deeds.
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.
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.
On the 8th of July, the Orthodox Church celebrates a very special feast — the day of Saint Peter and Fevronia. These two saints from the 13th century are considered the patron saints of family, love, and fidelity.
The holy martyrs, Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia, are revered throughout the world. They lived in Rome in the 2nd century. When Sophia was left a widow, she devoted her life to raising her three daughters, naming them Faith, Hope…
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.
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.
Saint John Damascene lived at an exciting time. The Christian Church, severely persecuted only years before, became the official church of the state. God, faith and the trinity became some of the most popular subjects of table talk.