The Holy Martyrs Basiliscus, Eutropius and Cleonicus

The Holy Martyrs Basiliscus, Eutropius and Cleonicus suffered in the city of Pontine Amasea (Asia Minor) in about the year 308.

The brothers Eutropius and Cleonicus, and Basiliscus the nephew of the Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (February 17), were comrades. After the martyric death of St Theodore, they wound up in prison and by their preaching brought many of the pagans in prison with them to the Christian Faith.

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Prayer to the Guardian Angel

O Angel of God, my holy guardian, given to me from heaven, enlighten me this day, and save me from all evil. Instruct me in doing good deeds, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Saint Syncletica (January 5)

St Syncletica. Fresco by Elder Sophrony Sakharov at the refectory of St John the Baptist Monastery in Essex.

Our holy mother Syncletica was born at Alexandria in the course of the fourth century to rich and devout parents, who came originally from Macedonia. From her youth, she had been seen as an excellent match on account of her great beauty, intelligence and virtues, and she had many suitors; but she remained deaf and blind to every worldly attraction, for she aspired only to spiritual marriage to Christ, the heavenly Bridegroom. Bringing her flesh into subjection by fasting and austerities of every kind, she constantly gathered her spirit in the depths of her heart and cried out night and day: My Beloved is mine, and I am His (Song of Songs 2:16).

On the death of her parents, she distributed her great fortune to the poor and then, accompanied by her blind sister, she fled far from the city. Read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. Alexander of Svir (30 August) and His Monastery in Russia (with many pictures)

From a contemporary travel chronicle:*

Thursday, August 22, 2002

We crossed the Svir River, arriving at the renowned Monastery of St. Alexander of Svir.

The Monastery is composed of two separate clusters of buildings. The older section no longer functions as a Monastery, but rather as a mental hospital. The newer section is renovated and well equipped. It has an enormous interior courtyard with a free-standing Katholikon [main church] in the center. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

L’OECUMÉNISME ET LA TRADITION SELON L’ANCIEN PAÏSSIOS L’ATHONITE

Respect pour la Tradition

Nombre de saints martyrs, quand ils étaient peu familiers avec un dogme, disaient ceci: «j’ai confiance en tout ce que les saints Pères ont institué.» Si quelqu’un osait dire cela, il allait subir le martyre. En d’autres termes, bien qu’ils ne savaient pas comment présenter la moindre preuve à leurs persécuteurs, ils avaient cependant confiance dans les saints Pères. Ils devaient penser en eux-mêmes : «Comment pourrais-je ne pas avoir confiance aux saints Pères? Ils étaient bien plus expérimentés que moi, et vertueux, et saints. Comment pourrais-je être d’accord avec quelque chose qui n’a pas de sens? Comment pourrais-je tolérer que quelqu’un se moque des saints Pères?» Nous devons faire confiance à la Tradition. De nos jours, hélas, nous remarquons que «les bonnes manières européennes» sont là, et elles s’efforcent de présenter une face agréable. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Saints of God embrace the whole of Creation in their love.

All Saints Sunday

Metropolitan Antony Sourozh

The Mother of God and the Saints whose memory we keep today, those who are known to us because God has revealed them and because they have been understood and recognised, either by their contemporaries, or years, at times – centuries later, all the Saints are the response of the earth to the love of God. And this response is given by them not only in their own name but in the name of all creation and in our names also; because each of us has the privilege to be called by one name, our Christian name, the name of one of those Saints. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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St. Irene the Great Martyr (5 May)

The holy Great Martyr Irene was born in the city of Magedon in Persia during the fourth century. She was the daughter of the pagan king Licinius, and her parents named her Penelope.

Penelope was very beautiful, and her father kept her isolated in a high tower from the time she was six so that she would not be exposed to Christianity. He also placed thirteen young maidens in the tower with her. An old tutor by the name of Apellian was assigned to give her the best possible education. Apellian was a Christian, and during her lessons, he told the girl about Christ the Savior and taught her the Christian Faith and the Christian virtues.

When Penelope reached adolescence, her parents began to think about her marriage. One day, a dove flew through the window carrying an olive branch in its beak, depositing it upon a table. Then an eagle swooped in with a wreath of flowers in its beak, and also placed it upon the table. Finally, a raven flew in carrying a snake, which it dropped on the table. Penelope was puzzled by these events and wondered what they meant. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »