Individual Lives of Orthodox Saints (27)
In 1794 a group of Russian missionaries from Valaam Monastery arrived in Kodiak, Alaska. For the next forty years one member of their party would remain, enduring hunger, cold, and mockery. Today he is universally recognized as a Saint of the Orthodox Church: St. Herman of Alaska.
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Great-Martyr Tsar Lazar was one of the greatest men in the history of the Serbian nation and the entire world. He ruled the Kingdom of Serbia, which was united by him, at a most pivotal moment in history. At a time when the Moslem horde was threatening to overrun all of Europe, this truly valiant leader, having been inspired by an angelic vision, sacrificed himself and his army at the fateful battle of Kosovo on June 15, 1389. Choosing the heavenly kingdom over the earthly one, he and his army went to victorious martyrdom. When receiving the Eucharist at the Divine Liturgy prior to battle, they all chanted in unison, For the honorable Cross and golden freedom!, followed by the famous words of St. Sava of Serbia, Give up everything for Christ, but Christ for nothing! As a result of the battle that Tsar Lazar waged on Kosovo Field, the Moslems never regained strength to take Western Europe. Thus, the Orthodox Kingdom of Serbia must always be acknowledged by Western Europe as that sacrificial kingdom which stood in the path of total Moslem captivity.
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This is the incredible true story of Photini, a young woman who lived in disguise as a man a hundred years ago. Aflame with love for God, she abandoned the world to live as a hermit. She journeyed beyond the Jordan River and found a cave where she lived in complete seclusion, unknown to the world. With great ingenuity, she managed to survive in the wilderness alone. By faith in God and by wielding the sword of the Jesus prayer, she vanquished the demons. And through noetic prayer she rose to spiritual heights, where she saw visions of heaven and even acquired the gift of clairvoyance. But her secret life was providentially discovered by Father Joachim in his quest to find holy hermits. In this inspiring book of his, he describes his encounter with the hermitess and tells her life adventures.
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To come closer to Serafim we have to enter imaginatively into his world, into the very physical atmosphere of the forest, into the peculiar demands of the climate in that part of Tambov province, the mental habits, the superstitions of the people and the yearly round of Russian Orthodox piety. And through having lived in the midst of all these aspects of Russian life and traditions, Julia de Beausobre manages to stimulate our imaginations, to say nothing of how she evokes for us the impact on that world of wider events in Russia and beyond.
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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 PRAYER... ARCHBISHOP JOHN MAXIMOVITCH
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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