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On January 30 the Orthodox Church commemorates the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian (Nazianzus) and John Chrysostom, who shepherded the fourth century, considered “the golden age” of Christian theology. Beyond their memory individual (January 1, January 25, respectively on November 13), these saints have received a day of celebration shared after some …

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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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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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Saidnaya Monastery

“In December 2004 a Saudi Arabian man, a Moslem, appeared before several new agencies to relate the following incredible event he experienced and which changed his life (this story appeared on TV, the Internet, radio, and was circulated in newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets throughout Saudi Arbia, Syria, Palestine, and evidently in all neighboring countries. Some …

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The Monks Simeon, Fool-for-Christ, and his Fellow-Ascetic John were Syrians, and they lived in the sixth century at the city of Edessa. From childhood they were bound by close ties of friendship. The older of them, Simeon, was unmarried and lived with his aged mother. John, however, although he was married, lived with his father …

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