New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

Our father among the saints, Vukašin Mandrapa of Klepci, was a Serbian Orthodox Christian from Herzegovina who was martyred by fascists during World War II for refusing to acknowledge the local nazi leader Ante Pavelic. Little is known about the life of Saint Vukasin. What is known about him is...

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The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi Our Church today celebrates the feast of a martyr. If we try to pay any tribute to the celebrated martyr, we will demean him. This particular Saint is the glory of all martyrs, the boast of the Saints and the prestige of the Heavens and the...

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Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Saint Joasaph of Meteora

Georgios Martzelos St Joasaph was the son of the pious ruler of Epirus and Thessaly Symeon Sinisi, who was descended from the royal house of Nemanja and was proclaimed “tsar of the Greeks, the Serbs and the Albanians” under the name of “Symeon Uros Palaeologus”. His mother, Thomaïs, was the...

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Miracles of Saint Theosevios (3)

Miracles of Saint Theosevios (3)

Saint Neofytos Recluse The blind monkThere was a blind monk in Cyprus who, when he heard that the saint had the grace of healing those with impaired vision, came to him and begged him for a cure. He promised: ‘If you have mercy on me, saint of God, and give...

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Miracles of Saint Theosevios (2)

Miracles of Saint Theosevios (2)

Saint Neofytos Recluse   The crows One time, when the same monk was busy elsewhere, a couple of crows came and ate all his pulses and everything else he had to eat. When the monk returned and saw the damage to his foodstuffs, he began, in his simplicity, to chide...

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Miracles of Saint Theosevios

Miracles of Saint Theosevios

Saint Neofytos Recluse   The deaf man and another who was blind Some time later, two people were walking along the road, one of whom was deaf and was holding the hand of the other, who was blind. The blind man heard wonderful hymn-singing and joyful, melodic voices and said...

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis (3)

Miracles of Saint Diomidis (3)

Saint Neofytos Recluse   Third miracle It was said of one man that his stomach gradually expanded on a daily basis, and if he ate and drank a lot he felt even more hungry and thirsty. His face was pallid and unpleasant to look at and he was in terrible...

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis (2)

Miracles of Saint Diomidis (2)

Saint Neofytos Recluse   Second miracle At some point, late at night, Saint Diomidis appeared to the iconographer and said to him: ‘Look, painter, at the man you say you don’t know and, once you’ve been convinced by the monk who’s entreating you, record in colours him whom you see’....

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis

Miracles of Saint Diomidis

Saint Neofytos Recluse   When his enemies became aware of his presence, they followed him, because they wanted to find out who it was who’d come to Trifyllios, where he’d come from and where he was staying. Five hundred Hagarenes were on his heels. The first miracle The young...

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The Case of ‘Fools for Christ’

The Case of ‘Fools for Christ’

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Among the many saints- that is, the people who loved Christ, ‘with all their heart’ and expressed their love through self-denial and shouldering their cross- there are those we know as ‘fools for Christ’. Usually monastics, they present themselves to the world as mad, opposed to...

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