The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

He was born on the island of Limnos, and, as a young man, went to the Holy Mountain, where he was placed under obedience to an Elder of the Great Lavra. During the Greek revolution, he was taken prisoner, carried off to Egypt and enslaved to a Muslim potentate, who...

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New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

George was born in 1808 in the village Tsourchli in what is now Grevena Prefecture, Greece, the son of a poor farmer Constantine and his wife Vasilo. Orphaned at a young age and without any formal education, George moved to Ioannina and became a servant of the Turks, employed in...

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Monk Hariton, the New Martyr of Kosovo

Monk Hariton, the New Martyr of Kosovo

Hieromonk Stefan of Dečani   The Lord’s words, Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul (Matt. 10:28) have inspired many generations of Christians over the past two thousand years, since the sacrificial cru­cifixion of our Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. Following these...

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New Hieromartyr George of Neapolis (Asia Minor, +1797)

New Hieromartyr George of Neapolis (Asia Minor, +1797)

Saint George, the new martyr of Christ, lived in the city of Neapolis of Cappadocia (now Nev-Shekir in Turkey) in the eighteenth century. He was a priest at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos and served his flock with righteousness and holiness as a true servant of the...

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The Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

The Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   These bold and holy martyrs of the Christian faith were, at one time, officers at the impartial court, in the reign of Maximian. This impious emperor appreciated them particularly for their bravery, wisdom, and loyalty to his person. But when he was told that his two...

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Contemporary Virtuous Romanians: Father Ilarion Felea

Contemporary Virtuous Romanians: Father Ilarion Felea

Father Ilarion Felea (March 21, 1903 – September 18, 1961) How I love Your law, O Lord; It is my meditation all day long. (Psalm 118:97) The son of a priest from Hunedoara, Father Ilarion Felea was a profound theologian and a practitioner of incessant prayer. Through a life of...

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The Image of the Turks in the Vitae of the Neomartyrs of the Orthodox Church

The Image of the Turks in the Vitae of the Neomartyrs of the Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Elpidoforos (Lambryniades) of Prusa   The image that one nation has for another goes through different levels of the social, cultural, political and-of course-religious life. And this image is not simply formed or imposed by these life-factors, but is also and primarily ex­pressed through them. What I want to...

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Holy Martyr Aimilianos (18 July): free man and servant

Holy Martyr Aimilianos (18 July): free man and servant

When Julian the Apostate came to power as emperor (361), he scorned both the good that had been achieved by Saint Constantine the Great and everything he had gained from his own Christian upbringing. He upset public order with his tyranny and railed against God, doing his level best, with...

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The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

The Holy Victorious Martyr Marina – 17 July

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite Saint Marina was from a village in Pisidia, the daughter and only child of a certain Aidesios, a pagan priest, and lived in the reign of Emperor Claudius II. When she was twelve, her mother died and she was given into the charge of another woman...

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China’s New Martyrs

China’s New Martyrs

11 June 1900: a day of Diocletian-like persecution against the numerous Christians of the vast land of China. A day of anger and fire and upheaval. The Boxer rebels vented their fury in particular against the Orthodox, who all together numbered no more than seven hundred, and struck at Christ’s...

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