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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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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Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

  Listen to the Daily Reading for March 20, 2016 – The Righteous Fathers Slain at the Monastery of Saint Savas EPISTLE READING Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Daniel 3.26,27 Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers. Verse: For you are...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for Saints Chrysanthus and Daria

Listen to the Daily Reading for Saints Chrysanthus and Daria

  Listen to the daily readings for March 19, 2016, according to the calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church. Saint Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 2:1-10 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Verse: Oh God, hear my cry. Timothy, my son, be strong in the...

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