Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Archimandrite Agathangelos Mikhaïlidis-Xenofontinos (1908-1991)

Elder Moses the Athonite Athanasios Mikhailidis, as he was known in the world, was born in 1908, in Cappadocia, in the village of Moutalaski, to Victoria and Michael Mikhailidis. The village that Blessed Savvas the Sanctified was from. As he himself said, his childhood was marked by great poverty, loss...

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In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

In Honour and Memory of Archimandrite Placide (Deseille) Simonopetritis

On 11 January, the funeral was held for Archimandrite Placide Deseille at the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Saint Laurent en Royans, France, a dependency of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain, where Père Placide had been tonsured as an Orthodox monk. He...

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Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide Deseille departed this life at the age of 91. Born on 16 April, 1926, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in France, Père Placide became a monk at the Cistercian monastery...

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Archbishop Basil of Brussels and Belgium (1900-22 September 1985)

Archbishop Basil of Brussels and Belgium (1900-22 September 1985)

Vsevolod Krivoshein, as he was in the world, was born in Saint Petersburg 1900. His father served as a minister and vice-president of the Russian government. Vsevolod studied philology at the universities of Petrograd and Moscow. During his military service [with the anti-Bolshevik White Russian...

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Hieromonk Neofytos from Vatopedi (1876-3 April 1967)

Hieromonk Neofytos from Vatopedi (1876-3 April 1967)

Elder Moses the Athonite   Agathangelos Theokharoudis, as he was known before becoming a monk, was born in 1876 to his parents, Dimitrios and Anastasia, in Gomati, Halkidiki. In 1892, he arrived at the ancient and beautiful Vatopedan Kelli of the Great Martyr Prokopios, whose hand was kept there as...

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Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Elder Moses the Athonite   He was born in the town of Husi in Romania in 1808, of God-fearing parents. Even as a child he was a wonderful chanter, with his profound knowledge and really sweet voice. As a young man, influenced by his brother, Monk Alexander, he donned the...

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Fr. Sergei Bulgakov (1871-1944) – Seventy three years since his death

Fr. Sergei Bulgakov (1871-1944) – Seventy three years since his death

The present article constitutes a brief reference to the life and work of Sergei Bulgakov, on attaining seventy three years since his death. Sergei Bulgakov was born on 16 July 1871 in the town of Livny, south of Moscow. Although he was raised in a religious ambience, he, in the...

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Eldress Theosemni: a Quiet and Hidden Ascetic

Eldress Theosemni: a Quiet and Hidden Ascetic

“The life of the beloved Eldress Theosemni is a Synaxarion account of perfection in self-emptying and martyric asceticism in silence and humility. Her personage and her venerable example cannot be appreciated through the description and listing of her virtues, for it is impossible to explain, through words, the balance and...

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