Antonel Dumitru

Saint Theodosius the Great lived during the fifth-sixth centuries, and was the founder of cenobitic monasticism. He was born in Cappadocia of pious parents. Endowed with a splendid voice, he zealously toiled at church reading and singing. St Theodosius prayed fervently that the Lord would guide him on the way to salvation. In his early …

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Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, “belongs not to the Church of Caesarea alone, nor merely to his own time, nor was he of benefit only to his own kinsmen, but rather to all lands and cities worldwide, and to all people he brought and still brings benefit, and for Christians he …

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It was in 1986 in Paris that I first read a samizdat life of Elder Sebastian of Karaganda (1884-1966) and came across the case of Zoya. Since that time Elder Sebastian has been canonized and his life published in English in the Optina Elders series of Platina. However, Zoya is mentioned there only briefly. On …

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Umblatul cu icoana pentru a vesti Nașterea Domnului este o rânduială foarte veche, urmele ei pierzându-se în anii de început ai erei creștine. Astfel, această tradiție ne apare încă din primele secole ale creștinismului, încă de pe când sărbătoarea Nașterii Domnului și cea a Bobotezei se sărbătoreau împreună, în ziua de 6 Ianuarie. Sărbătoarea Epifaniei …

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Saint Stylianus was born in Paphlagonia of Asia Minor sometime between the fourth and sixth centuries. He inherited a great fortune from his parents when they died, but he did not keep it. He gave it away to the poor according to their need, desiring to help those who were less fortunate. Stylianus left the …

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The Martyr soldiers are a special category of saints in the Christian Tradition of the first centuries. Together with the more famous St. George, St. Demetrius or St. Theodor Stratilates, Saint Mercurius is considered as being a model of a Roman soldier who became a soldier of Christ against the polytheism. The life of Saint …

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Luminătorul şi dascălul lumii, stîlpul şi întărirea Bisericii, propovăduitorul pocăinţei, Sfîntul Ioan Gură de Aur, s-a născut în Antiohia Siriei, din părinţi necredincioşi, care ţineau de credinţa cea elinească, însă slăviţi şi bogaţi. Tatăl lui era voievod şi se numea Secund, iar mama sa, Antuza. Cînd a venit în vîrstă, a fost dat de părinţii …

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