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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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 3

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 3

Saint John Chrysostom   If we’re to feel pride in the magnitude of our love, let us leave here to go home in the same good order as befits those who have assembled to honour such a martyr. Because, unless we do, then not only have we not benefitted from...

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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 2

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 2

Saint John Chrysostom   Just think what a great thing it would have been for the judge to be sitting on his bench, the executioners at the ready, the torture chambers prepared, the crowd gathered, the soldiers waiting and all of them drunk with pleasure in the hope of seeing...

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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 1

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 1

Saint John Chrysostom   Blessed be our God: because women, too, now mock death, and maidens laugh at it, as do virgins, and, indeed, very young girls who have not known marriage dance on the barbs of Hell without suffering in the least. All these good things have been granted...

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Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2

James W. Lillie Another point of interest is that the church of Saint Dimitrios, for 60 years (1430-1490) remained as part of the local Church, when almost all the other churches in Thessaloniki had been turned into mosques after the fall of the city to the Turks in 1430. This...

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