Lives of the Orthodox Saints (63)
St Sava is the best known and much loved Serbian saint. Born in 1173, as a young man he left the home of the father, the King of Serbia, went to MountAthos, became a monk and founded the great monastic house of Hilandar. In 1219 he was appointed the first archbishop of the newly organized autocephalous Serbian Church. He died in 1236 and was subsequently canonized as the spiritual “enlightener” of the Serbian Church.
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St. Eustathios was a general in the Roman Army and friend of Emperor Trajan. After being converted to Christianity through a divine vision, he was stripped of imperial honors, imprisoned, and exiled with his wife and two young children. He was separated from his family under the most tragic circumstances, only to be reunited with them in glory thirteen years later, shortly before their martyrdom. St. Eustathios is praised in the hymnography of the Church as a second Job because of his incredible endurance in hardships and patient perseverance in temptations. The life of Saints Eustathios, Theopisti, Agapios and Theopistos are an inspiration and an example for all Christians, especially those who encounter numerous trials in their spiritual life.
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Silouan, an unlettered young peasant from the heart of European Russia, finished his military service in the autumn of 1892 and within a week set off for the Russian Monastery of St Panteleimon on Mount Athos. There, rooted in a tradition reaching back to the very beginnings of Christian monasticism, he came to a personal experience of Christianity akin to that of the Desert Fathers.
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MAN OF GOD: ST JOHN OF SHANGHAI AND SAN FRANCISCO DESCRIPTIONREVIEWSARCHPASTOR, APOSTLE, ASCETIC, MIRACLE-WORKER, THEOLOGIAN, MAN OF PRA
Archpastor, apostle, ascetic, miracle-worker, theologian, man of prayer... Archbishop John Maximovitch (1896-1966) was a spiritual phenomenon. Those who knew him have described him as "a living source of God`s wonders," "the embodiment of all Christian virtues," "a miracle of ascetic firmness," "a model archpastor," who had the gift of being able "to see into the human heart and draw it to Christ." His was a life of total surrender to God, a life that offers a glimpse into the mystery of holiness.
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The entire Orthodox world venerates the humble Russian monk, St. Seraphim of Sarov (1759–1833). First a meek and labor-loving monk, later an ascetic recluse, and finally a spiritual guide to thousands of the faithful in 19th-century Russia, St. Seraphim remains one of the most beloved saints in his own land, and is known universally as a miracle-worker and a glorious bearer of God`s grace.
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By bringing the Orthodox spiritual tradition to the forests of the north, this remarkable fourteenth-century saint made Russia`s period of political recovery also a period of spiritual renewal. Few have left such a powerful impression on a nation`s history.
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