Give something, however small, to the one in need – Saint Gregory the Theologian (Nazianzus) (+390)


Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.

—Saint Gregory the Theologian (Nazianzus) (+390)

A Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God – Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Syria (+108)

A Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God.

—Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Syria (+108)

Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia, Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania – St Catherine’s Vision – PDF


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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia,

Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor,

Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania


St Catherine’s Vision

Sant Blas de Sebaste, Armenia (+316) – 3 & 11 de febrero ​╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Aragonese (Spain)


Sant Blas de Sebaste, Armenia (+316)

3 & 11 de febrero 

Sant Blas de Sebaste estió un medico y bispe de Sebaste (l’actual Sivas) en Armenia en o sieglo IV.

Fació una vida d’ermitán en una espelunga d’a selva d’Argeus, que esdevenió a suya seu bispal.

Seguntes a tradición, Blas de Sebaste yera conoixito por o suyo don de curación miraglosa pa presonas y animals.


San Basilio el Grande, Arzobispo de Cesarea en Capadocia, Asia Menor – Anatolia (+379) – 1 de Enero ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Spanish


San Basilio el Grande,

Arzobispo de Cesarea en Capadocia,

Asia Menor – Anatolia (+379)

1 de Enero



San Basilio el Grande, arzobispo de Cesarea de Capadocia, recibió su educación primaria en una familia muy piadosa. Su abuela, su hermana, su madre y su hermano fueron canonizados. Su padre era profesor de oratoria y abogado. Al terminar sus estudios en Cesarea, Basilio estudió en famosas escuelas de Atenas. Al regresar a su patria fue bautizado y asignado al clero como lector. Después, durante mucho tiempo vive con los ermitaños en Siria, Mesopotamia, Palestina y Egipto. La vida en el desierto le agradaba a Basilio. Él encontró un lugar donde instaló su refugio. Con él estaba su amigo de la infancia San Gregorio (El Teólogo). El arzobispo de Cesarea, Eusebio, hizo regresar a San Basilio del desierto y lo ordenó presbítero. En el puesto del presbiterado, siendo el ayudante más cercano al arzobispo en los asuntos de la dirección de la Iglesia, San Basilio trabajaba mucho hasta el agotamiento. Él predicaba todos los días, a veces dos veces por día. En Cesarea y sus alrededores organizó hospitales, asilos y casas para los peregrinos

Tras la muerte de Eusebio (año 370), San Basilio fue ascendido a la cátedra de Cesarea. Casi todo el tiempo durante su servicio como arzobispo tuvo una tensa y dura lucha con los arrianos, los cuales tenían gran fuerza en los tiempos del emperador Constancio y más todavía en los tiempos del emperador Valente (los arrianos negaban la Divina naturaleza del Señor Jesús Cristo). En su lucha contra los arrianos San Basilio continuaba la labor de San Atanasio, e igual que él, era el irrompible pilar de la Ortodoxia. Le decían al emperador Valente que si Basilio se rendía al arrianismo triunfaría definitivamente. Entonces Valente envió a Cesarea al prefecto llamado Modesto, famoso por su crueldad en la persecución de los ortodoxos. Muy arrogante, Modesto llegó a Cesarea e hizo llamar a San Basilio. Al principio trataba de convencerlo, tentándolo con las promesas de diferentes favores del emperador si San Basilio se relaciona con los obispos inclinados al arrianismo. Luego, viendo su firmeza comenzó a amenazarlo con el secuestro de bienes, con destierro perpetuo y con la muerte. Con coraje, San Basilio le contestaba: “No tengo miedo al destierro porque toda la tierra es del Señor, es Continue reading “San Basilio el Grande, Arzobispo de Cesarea en Capadocia, Asia Menor – Anatolia (+379) – 1 de Enero ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Spanish”

Saint Vitalios of Gaza (+621) saved many Prostitutes of Alexandria, Egypt



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Saint Vitalios of Gaza (+621) saved

many Prostitutes of Alexandria, Egypt

Saint Vitalios, a monk of the monastery of St Seridus, arrived in Alexandria when St John the Merciful (November 12) was Patriarch of Alexandria.

When he was sixty years old, he undertook an extraordinary task: he wrote down from memory the names of all the prostitutes of Alexandria and he began to pray for them.

He worked from morning to evening, earning twelve copper coins each day. In the evening the Saint bought a single bean, which he ate after sunset. Then he would give the rest of the money to one of the harlots, whom he visited at night and said, “I beg you, take this money and do not sin with anyone tonight.” Then he stayed with the harlot in her room. While she slept, the Elder spent the whole night at prayer, reading the Psalms, and quietly left in the morning.

He did this each day, visiting all the harlots in turn, and he made them promise to keep the purpose of his visit secret. The people of Alexandria, not knowing the truth, became indignant over the monk’s behavior, and they reviled him. However, he meekly endured their scorn, and he only asked that they not judge others.

The holy prayers of St Vitalios saved many fallen women. Some of them went to a monastery, others got married, and others found respectable work. But they were forbidden to tell anyone the reason why they had changed their life, and thereby stop the abuse heaped upon St Vitalios. They were bound by an oath they had made to the Saint. When one of the women began to break her oath and stood up to defend the Saint, she fell into a demonic frenzy. After this, the people of Alexandria had no doubt concerning the sinfulness of the monk.

Certain of the clergy, scandalized by the behavior of St Vitalios, reported him to the holy Patriarch John the Merciful. But the Patriarch did not believe the informers and he said, “Cease to judge, especially monks. Don’t you know what happened at the First Council of Nicea? Some of the bishops and the clergy brought letters of denunciation against each other to the emperor St Constantine the Great (May 21). He commanded that a burning candle be brought, and not even reading the letters, he burned them and said, ‘If I had seen with my own eyes a bishop sinning, or a priest, or a monk, then I would have veiled such with his garb, so that no one might see his sin.’” Thus the wise hierarch shamed the calumniators.

St Vitalios continued on with his difficult exploit: appearing himself before people under the guise of a sinner and a prodigal, he led the prodigal to repentance.

One time, emerging from a house of ill repute, the monk encountered a young man going there — a prodigal fellow, who with an insult struck him on the cheek and cried out that the monk was a disgrace to the Name of Christ. The monk answered him: “Believe me, that after me, humble man that I be, thou also shalt receive such a blow on the cheek, that will have all Alexandria thronging to thine cry.”

A certain while afterwards St Vitalios settled into a small cell and in it at night he died. At that very hour a terrifying demon appeared before the youth who had struck the Saint, and the demon struck the youth on the cheek and cried out: “Here is a knock from St Vitalios.” The youth went into a demonic madness. In a frenzy he thrashed about on the ground, tore the clothing from himself and howled so loudly, that a multitude of people gathered.

When the youth finally came to his senses after several hours, he then rushed off to the cell of the monk, calling out: “Have mercy on me, O servant of God, for I have sinned against thee.” At the door of the cell he came fully to his senses and he told those gathered there about his former encounter with St Vitalios. Then the youth knocked on the door of the cell, but he received no answer. When they broke in the door, they then saw that the monk was dead, on his knees before an icon. In his hand was a scroll with the words: “Men of Alexandria, judge not beforehand, til the Lord cometh, the Righteous Judge”.

At this moment there came up the demon-possessed woman, punished by the monk for wanting to violate the secret of his exploit. Having touched the body of the Saint, she was healed and told the people about everything that had happened with her.

When the women who had been saved by St Vitalios learned about his death, they gathered together and told everyone about the virtues and mercy of the Saint.

St John the Merciful also rejoiced, in that he had not believed the calumniators, and that a righteous man had not been condemned. And then together with the throng of repentant women, converted by St Vitalios, the holy Patriarch solemnly conveyed his remains throughout all the city and gave them reverent burial. And from that time many of the Alexandria people made themselves a promise to judge no one.

Feast Day of Saint Vitalios of Alexandria: January 11


Saint Vitalios and the Prostitutes of Alexandria

Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia


Svatý Mames nebo Mamans z Malé Asie a lev (+275) – 2. září ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Czech


Svatý Mames nebo Mamans z Malé Asie a lev (+275)

2. září

Svatý Mames nebo Mamans (asi 258–275) byl pastýř, který byl umučen při pronásledování křesťanů v době vlády císaře Aureliána v Malé Asii.

Jako poustevník žil v míru s divokou zvěří. Byl zajat a odsouzen k roztrhání lvy v aréně. Ti ho však nechali bez povšimnutí a Mames byl ukamenován přihlížejícími diváky.



Сочи, Май 17, 2017: Икону Божией матери (Знамение) в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian








Сочи, Май 17, 2017: Икону Божией матери (Знамение)

в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов

Эту икону Божией матери (Знамение) в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов. Ее в Москву привез человек который стоит рядом с о.Варнавой (он полковник в отставке. Ветеран группы Альфа.)

С его слов: он сидел на берегу моря с женой. Подплыли 12 дельфинов и что-то выталкивают на берег. После этого уплыли. Никто из людей к предмету не подходил. Жена попросила посмотреть что это. Он взял предмет в руки и начал очищать от тины и увидел что это икона Божьей матери.

Привезли в Москву чтобы рассказать об этом чуде .

Владимир Сергеев

On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia





Sochi, Russia



On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings

Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

In a rather unusual occurrence, a pod of dolphins “returned” an icon of the Mother of God to people on the beach in Sochi, reports The Russian People’s Line, and Orthodox England.

A colonel and his wife, relaxing and enjoying the beach atmosphere on May 17, were witnesses to the event, their attention being drawn when a group of twelve dolphins swam all the way up to the beach itself. The bewildered couple wondered what the typically smart animals were doing on the beach, when suddenly they threw something out of the water, immediately swimming off.

The object was covered in mud, and seemingly completely unimportant. Though other people were lounging on the beach as well, no one paid it much attention. Eventually the colonel’s wife asked her husband to go see what the object was, and, having cleared away the mud, the colonel was shocked to find that the dolphins had delivered an icon of the Theotokos, which they later realized was of the type “of the Sign.”
How the icon wound up on the ocean floor, and how the dolphins knew that it needed to be returned to shore, no one knows. Perhaps the dolphins recognized in the icon the grace of their Creator and of His Most Pure Mother.

The colonel then brought the icon to Moscow, with hopes of showing it to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and telling him the miraculous story of how it was “found.”




St John Maximovitch: God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary



St John Maximovitch:

God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him,

but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary

Now the Church consists of both her earthly and heavenly parts, for the Son of God came to earth and became man that He might lead man into heaven and make him once again a citizen of Paradise, returning to him his original state of sinlessness and wholeness and uniting him unto Himself.

This is accomplished by the action of Divine grace grated through the Church, but man’s effort is also required. God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary; without it he cannot by saved. Striving towards God and cleaving unto the Lord by its humble love, the human soul obtains power to cleanse itself from sin and to strengthen itself for the struggle to complete victory over sin.

+ St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, “The Church as the Body of Christ,” Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco


St. John Maximovitch: . . . God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary . . .


Citate Ortodoxe despre dragoste ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian



Citate Ortodoxe despre dragoste

Unde este iubire, acolo este Dumnezeu. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Nu în unirea trupurilor sta necuratia, ci în cugetele si în intentia oamenilor. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Iubirea e tare pentru ca poate merge pâna la moarte. ( pr. Dumitru Staniloae)

A-i iubi pe vrajmasi înseamna a-L imita pe Dumnezeu. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Dragostea schimba însasi natura lucrurilor. În mâna dragostei, toate devin bune. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

A iubi cineva pe cel drag este un lucru al firii; a iubi cineva si pe vrajmasi este un lucru al harului. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Dragostea este bucuria de a face altora bucurie. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Saracia sau bogatia nu pot învinge dragostea, dar dragostea poate învinge si saracia si bogatia. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Cea dintâi si cea mai mare datorie a noastra este sa pastram între noi legatura dragostei. ( Nicodim Patriarhul României)

Iubirea este principiul vietii si Iisus Hristos, Fiul lui Dumnezeu, ne reveleaza iubirea si viata în iubire, de la obârsia ei divina. (pr. Constantin Galeriu)

Iubirea duce la cunoastere. (…) Dupa cum amintirea focului nu-ti încalzeste trupul, tot astfel credinta fara dragoste nu-ti va încalzi sufletul. ( Sfântul Maxim Marturisitorul)

Revelatia ne învata ca Dumnezeu este dragoste. Existenta îsi are începutul, de asemenea, în dragoste ca dar al lui Dumnezeu. Rascumpararea si nasterea noastra din nou s-a facut tot prin dragoste, o dragoste atât de mare, încât a dus la jertfa Fiului lui Dumnezeu. Semnele Rascumpararii trebuie sa reveleze în cele din urma si in noi <chipul> lui Dumnezeu, aceasta realitate fundamentala, pentru a putea spune : omul este dragoste. ( pr. Constantin Galeriu)

Doua iubiri au zidit doua cetati : iubirea de sine, mergând pâna la dispretul fata de Dumnezeu – cetate terestra, si iubirea de Dumnezeu, mergând pâna la dispretul de sine – cetate celesta. Una este glorificata în sine însusi, cealalta în Domnul Dumnezeu. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Dragostea îl preface pe cel ce iubeste în chipul celui iubit : daca-L iubesti pe Dumnezeu, dumnezeu vei fi; daca-l iubesti pe diavol, diavol vei fi; daca-ti iubesti trupul, trup vei fi. Aceasta este cea dintâi lucrare a iubirii : de a uni pe cel ce iubeste cu cel iubit. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Lumea este o tesatura de sentimente, puse în miscare de diferite vointe. (…) Cum ar fi lumea daca toti ar iubi ? (pr. Al. Constantinescu)

Iubirea de Dumnezeu este extatica, facându-ne sa iesim din noi însine. ( Sfântul Dionisie Areopagitul)

Iubirea lui Dumnezeu este forta motrice, modalitate de manifestare si de recunoastere a Lui, cerc etern, care îsi are originea în bine si se întoarce în bine. ( Sfântul Dionosie Areopagitul)

Unicul adevar este iubirea. (…) Iubirea este aceea care da viata si caldura, care inspira si calauzeste. Iubirea este sigiliul pus creatiei, semnatura Creatorului. Iubirea explica lucrul mâinilor Sale. ( pr. Theoklitos)

Dragostea, radacina si izvorul binelui. ( Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur)

Dragostea frateasca este hrana duhovniceasca. ( Sfântul Clement Alexandrinul)

Pe calea iubirii, urcam spre Dumnezeu. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Când l-ai vazut pe aproapele tau, pe Dumnezeu L-ai vazut. ( Sfântul Clement Alexandrinul)

Când am ajuns la iubire, am ajuns la Dumnezeu. ( Sfântul Isaac Sirul)

Dragostea duce la fericire. ( Fericitul Augustin)

Dragostea este adevarata slujba pentru Dumnezeu. ( Sfântul Ciprian)

Dragostea este raiul. ( Sfântul Cadoc)

Întrucât este iubire, Dumnezeirea se misca; iar întrucât este iubita, misca spre sine toate lucrurile care sunt capabile de dragoste. ( Sfântul Maxim Marturisitorul)

Dumnezeu nu se uita la fapte, ci la dragostea cu care au fost facute. Nu e nimic mult, când oamenii iubesc putin, asa cum nu este putin, când oamenii iubesc mult. ( Sfântul Vasile cel Mare)

Numai cine îsi iubeste aproapele, Îl iubeste pe Dumnezeu. ( Sfânta Scriptura)

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25





The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady,

the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary

March 25



The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.

The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:26-38). The troparion describes this as the “beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the eternal mystery,” for on this day the Son of God became the Son of Man.

There are two main components to the Annunciation: the message itself, and the response of the Virgin. The message fulfills God’s promise to send a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15): “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; he shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.” The Fathers of the Church understand “her seed” to refer to Christ. The prophets hinted at His coming, which they saw dimly, but the Archangel Gabriel now proclaims that the promise is about to be fulfilled.

We see this echoed in the Liturgy of Saint Basil, as well: “When man disobeyed Thee, the only true God who had created him, and was deceived by the guile of the serpent, becoming subject to death by his own transgressions, Thou, O God, in Thy righteous judgment, didst send him forth from Paradise into this world, returning him to the earth from which he was taken, yet providing for him the salvation of regeneration in Thy Christ Himself.”

The Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth in Galilee. There he spoke to the undefiled Virgin who was betrothed to Saint Joseph: “Hail, thou who art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

In contrast to Eve, who was readily deceived by the serpent, the Virgin did not immediately accept the Angel’s message. In her humility, she did not think she was deserving of such words, but was actually troubled by them. The fact that she asked for an explanation reveals her sobriety and prudence. She did not disbelieve the words of the angel, but could not understand how they would be fulfilled, for they spoke of something which was beyond nature.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” (Luke 1:34).

“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: therefore also that which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.’ And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1: 35-38).”

In his Sermon 23 on the day of the Annunciation, Saint Philaret of Moscow boldly stated that “the word of the creature brought the Creator down into the world.” He explains that salvation is not merely an act of God’s will, but also involves the Virgin’s free will. She could have refused, but she accepted God’s will and chose to cooperate without complaint or further questions.

The icon of the Feast shows the Archangel with a staff in his left hand, indicating his role as a messenger. Sometimes one wing is upraised, as if to show his swift descent from heaven. His right hand is stretched toward the holy Virgin as he delivers his message.

The Virgin is depicted either standing or sitting, usually holding yarn in her left hand. Sometimes she is shown holding a scroll. Her right hand may be raised to indicate her surprise at the message she is hearing. Her head is bowed, showing her consent and obedience. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon her is depicted by a ray of light issuing from a small sphere at the top of the icon, which symbolizes heaven. In a famous icon from Sinai, a white dove is shown in the ray of light.

There are several famous icons of the Annunciation. One is in the Moscow Kremlin in the church of the Annunciation. This icon appeared in connection with the rescue of a prisoner by the Mother of God during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. Another is to be found in the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow (July 8). It was originally located in Ustiug, and was the icon before which Saint Procopius the fool (July 8) prayed to save the city from destruction in 1290. One of the most highly revered icons in Greece is the Tinos icon of the Annunciation (January 30).

The Annunciation falls during Lent, but it is always celebrated with great joy. The Liturgy of Saint Basil or Saint John Chrysostom is served, even on the weekdays of Lent. It is one of the two days of Great Lent on which the fast is relaxed and fish is permitted (Palm Sunday is the other).

St Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure – 26 Novembre ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French






St Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure

26 Novembre

Choisi par Dieu depuis le sein de sa mère, Saint Stylianos se détacha des illusions de ce monde, distribua ses biens aux pauvres et embrassa la vie monastique. Il s’illustra avec vaillance dans les combats de l’ascèse et, au bout de quelques années de vie commune, partit pour mener la vie solitaire dans une grotte. Il y recevait sa nourriture de la main d’un Ange et devint bientôt intercesseur efficace auprès de Dieu pour le soulagement des malades: en particulier pour la guérison des maladies infantiles et pour la délivrance des femmes restées stériles. C’est dans ces circonstances que la prière du Saint reste toujours efficace pour ceux qui l’invoquent avec foi de nos jours.

Source: Wikipedia




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Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor, The Protector of Children (+6th century) – November 26






Saint Stylianos of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor,

The Protector of Children (5th century)

November 26

Saint Stylianos was born during the 6th century in Adrianopolis in the province of Paphlagonia, in Asia Minor, into a very wealthy family. At a young age, Saint Stylianos joined the hermits of the desert with a view toward cleansing his soul through a period of meditation and prayer, as well as through association with men likewise pledging their lives to Jesus Christ. Unlike most other hermits, however, he did not withdraw from society altogether, preferring to go among the people for whatever good he might do, and then returning to his little cave for rest and prayerful meditation.

One night while he prayed for guidance in helping others, Saint Stylianos felt a divine presence and was consumed by the great glory of the Holy Spirit, emerging from his cave the next day with a spirit of exultation and serenity he had never known before. In his customary rounds, wherein he counseled and comforted, he felt compelled to place his hand on a stricken child, something he had not up to that time dared to do; he felt the power of the Lord being transferred to the ailing youngster through his extended arm. The child immediately recovered, and thenceforth Saint Stylianos was sought after by every suffering soul for miles around, young and old. His cave became a magnet for the sick and suffering, many of whom received complete cures not only through the power in this man but through their own faith as well, without which a sufferer’s case was hopeless.

During this period, Saint Stylianos concerned himself primarily with children, not just the physically afflicted but also with those who were in need of spiritual guidance. Families from all walks of life were said to have entrusted to Saint Stylianos the enlightenment of their children, and he was forced to seek out larger headquarters and to recruit from the ranks of his hermit friends the assistance needed to tend to so many. His was probably the first day-care centre in the world, where mothers could safely leave their children while tending to other matters of the home.

Saint Stylianos was to become the patron saint of children yet to be born, owing to stories of his miraculous intercession for a young woman who helped him with children but could bear none of her own. When the woman conceived, her husband out of sheer joy spread the word of this miracle, and before long many barren women came to the great hermit. Those whose faith in Jesus Christ was genuine became fertile.

The cheerful countenance of Saint Stylianos was his hallmark, because he was reported to always to be smiling. He was approached by greedy mercenaries with all manner of propositions for commercializing his talents and reaping a tidy fortune, but for these people he always had the same answer: that he had been paid in advance for his services when the serenity of the Holy Spirit came upon him. He would smile as they left. He lived to a ripe old age, and it is said that when he was buried his countenance still beamed with a faint smile from the light of the Lord.

Source: Wikipedia




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Why is the Church called Apostolic? – ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Topic 274 of the Catechism of Saint Philaret of Moscow, Russia (+1867) – November 19






Why is the Church called Apostolic?


Topic 274 of the Catechism

of Saint Philaret of Moscow, Russia (+1867)

November 19

Because she has from the Apostles, without break or change, both her doctrine and the succesion of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, through the laying of consecrated hands. In the same sense the Church is called Orthodox, or Right-believing.

“You are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Eph. 2:19-20).



Plus l’homme mène une vie spirituelle, plus il se spiritualise – Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French






Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908):

Plus l’homme mène une vie spirituelle, plus il se spiritualise. En tout il commence à voir Dieu, en tout il voit la manifestation de sa toute-puissance. Toujours et partout il se voit comme demeurant en Dieu et dans sa dépendance. Mais plus l’homme mène une vie charnelle, plus il devient entièrement charnel. Il ne voit Dieu en rien, même dans les manifestations les plus miraculeuses de sa Toute-puissance. Il ne voit partout et toujours que réalité charnelle et matière: “Il n’y a point de crainte de Dieu devant ses yeux”(Ps. 35:2).

Come my Light – Saint Demetrius of Rostov, “the Chrysostom of Russia” (+1709)




“Come my Light, and illumine my darkness. Come, my Life, and revive me from death. Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds. Come Flame of divine love, and burn up the thorns of my sins, kindling my heart with the flame of Your love. Come, my King, sit upon the throne of my heart and reign there. For You alone are my King and my Lord.”

—Saint Demetrius of Rostov, “the Chrysostom of Russia” (+1709)


St Dimitrius of Rostov, Russia



聖 巴西流或巴西略(St Basilius Magnus 约330年-379年1月1日) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese





聖 巴西流或巴西略

(St Basilius Magnus 约330年-379年1月1日)

聖 巴西流或巴西略(St Basilius Magnus 约330年-379年1月1日),該撒利亞主教,4世纪教会领袖。

Adversus Eunomium《驳犹诺米》,巴西流于363年至364年间写作三卷反对犹诺米所持的父子不同说的极端亚流主义观点。《驳犹诺米》前三卷由巴西流所作,而第四卷和第五卷则是托名之作,作者并非巴西流或老底嘉主教阿波林,有可能是岱迪瑪。
De Spiritu Sancto《论圣灵》,是巴西流對於聖靈位格所寫的第一本完整論文,其中巴西流以圣经和古教会的传统证明圣灵的神性。這本書對於尼西亞信經的修訂,並最後增加描述三位一體第三位的條款,具有很大的影響力。
在解经方面,他留下了Homiliae in Hexaemeron《论创世六天》,和对诗篇的解经Homiliae super Psalmos,十七篇。
巴西流所有的作品皆编入Patrologia Graeca,其拉丁译本质量参差。









Saints & the animals that served them – PDF



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Saints & the animals that served them – PDF


Saint Artemon of Laodicea, Syria

Saint Brendan of Ireland

Saint Elijah the Prophet

Saints Florus & Laurus, Martyrs in Illyria, Croatia

Saint Gerasimus of Jordan Desert

Saint Kevin of Ireland

Saint Mamas of Caesarea, Cappadocia, Asia Minor

Saint Menas, Great Martyr of Egypt

Saint Seraphim of Sarov, Russia

Saint Sergius of Radonezh, Russia

Saint Tryphon of Campsada, Apamea, Syria


Why do we venerate Constantine the Great as a Saint?





Why do we venerate Constantine the Great as a Saint?

The very name of Constantine is enough to move the heart of any Christian. It moves us because the first to bear the name Constantine I, the Great, was not merely one of the greatest men in world history, but he was something more besides: a saint.

And when they hear the word “saint”, the trumpeters of atheism and unbelief start to sound off. Is he a saint? General, yes. King and Emperor, yes. Great, yes. But saint? No, he’s not a saint, they say. Because, they say, Constantine the Great committed crimes: he killed his son Crispus; he killed his second wife Fausta; and so shouldn’t be considered a saint*.

What can we say in response to those who are against Constantine the Great for no other reason than that he was a Christian? Had he not been a Christian, but an idolater like Julian the Apostate, who betrayed the Church, then they would be praising him. But, no. Constantine, who supported the Orthodox faith and established firm foundations, is slandered and hated by the enemies of Christ.

We would answer: they either forget or do not know that, in our faith, there is a great thing called repentance. One tear from a sinner, whatever act they’ve committed, one tear at the sacrament of confession, redeems any fault. Were there no repentance, paradise would be empty, we wouldn’t have a calendar of feasts nor any saints, because there isn’t a saint who hasn’t cried and hasn’t repented sins. There’s no other way to Paradise, beloved, than the door of repentance. Constantine wasn’t born a saint, he became one. He made mistakes, but he repented. Let’s not forget that he was brought up in the inhuman surroundings of the courts of Diocletian and Galerius, yet he disagreed with people like them.

He’s a saint because his presence in the world is the light of Christ. This light is also shown in his call, which is remarkably like that of Saint Paul and which is why it is mentioned in his dismissal hymn. Saint Paul was called by Christ in a vision when he was walking along the road to Damascus; he saw a shining light and heard a voice saying: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” In the same way, Saint Constantine was called in a vision. A historic vision which is reported by contemporary historians[2]. What was the vision? When he arrived outside Rome on 28 October, in the year 312 A. D., the army of his rival was three times larger and defeat stared him in the face. As he sat there pondering, in broad daylight, he saw a great sign: the stars in the heavens formed a cross and below the cross he saw the words: “In this conquer” (In hoc vinca). And from that moment on, he was convinced that the future of humanity rested with Christ. He then adopted the banner which proceeded his troops and, with this sign, “In this conquer”, he defeated Maxentius, entered Rome and proclaimed to the whole city that this victory did not belong to his legions but to the Honourable Cross.

His edicts are light. The first edict, in February, 313, was for the persecutions to cease. Just imagine. The persecution of Christians had lasted 300 years. It was forbidden to be Christian. The very word “Christian” was cause enough for conviction, nothing else needed to be investigated: “Are you Christian?”. That was it. Possessions confiscated, incredible sufferings, horrifying tortures. How many martyrs? 12 million. For 300 years, Christians begged: “Lord, give us peace”. And He did. Peace came into the world through the chosen vessel of divine providence[3], Constantine the Great.

How, then, can we not honour him? We ought to do so if for nothing other than that edict which he signed with his holy hands. His nobility of soul and forgiving nature were also light. They say that some idolater enemies once decapitated a statue of him. When the news was brought to him he raised his hands, took hold of his head and said: “This is my head here. There’s nothing missing. Don’t punish them”. On another occasion he said that if he saw a cleric sinning, he would cover him with his robes, so as to prevent other people seeing his sins. This showed his intense concern that the Church should not be subjected to scandals.

He abolished the worship of the Roman emperors, who were considered gods on earth.

His legislation was also light. For the first time, Christian legislation was introduced. His vision was rare. What vision? To make a Christian state, on a global scale, and offer it to Christ for sanctification and deification. This is why he’s depicted holding an orb. And just as the Patriarch Abraham heard the voice of God telling him to leave his homeland and settle in a land that God would show him (Gen. 12, 1), so, too, Saint Constantine left Old Rome, the city stained with the blood of innocent Christians criminally killed, and built a New Rome on the Bosphorus, which, after his repose, was quite rightly called Constantinople. And from here he took measures aimed at raising the spiritual state and sanctity of the people.

What measures? He closed all the night-time places of corrupt pleasure. There were places of entertainment where women gathered under the protection of disgusting divinities, Aphrodite centres, Bacchus centres and he closed them all. He closed the oracles and got rid of the magicians who were exploiting people and deceiving them. He forbade blasphemy. He said he would forgive anything, except blasphemy. If anyone blasphemed the name of Christ, they were immediately arrested and exiled.

He honoured Sunday by edict. He declared it a great and splendid day and forbade any shops to open. Horse races, places of relaxation, everything closed.

He supported small land-holders and workers and took measures against usury and every of other form of injustice. He was the first to support human rights, he protected widows and orphans, and showed particular concern for social welfare.

He protected the Orthodox faith. When Arius, the leader of the heresy named after him, came along and opened his dirty mouth against our Lord, Jesus Christ, and said that He was not really God and of the same substance as the Father, Constantine convened the First Ecumenical Synod in Nicaea, Bithynia, to write the Creed. He himself went to the convention, not as emperor and ruler of the planet, but in humility and kissed the hands of the holy bishops, many of whom still had the marks of their mistreatment fresh on their bodies. Not being a theologian, when he was asked for his opinion, he replied: “I respect what I do not know”.

He supported missionary work. It was during his time as emperor that the Armenians and Georgians became Christians, and the light of Christ reached as far as India.

It was at his command that the Honourable Cross was found an d the first churches were built in Jerusalem. He was the initiator and founder of a Christian Empire that lasted one thousand one hundred years.

Finally, beloved, when he realized that his earthly end was approaching, he surrounded himself with bishops and confessed his sins and wept. He was then baptized, at the age of about 63, and never again put on the royal robes, the splendid imperial vestments, but wore only his white baptismal robes, telling people that he now really did feel like an emperor. He took communion, the Body and Blood of Christ, and, pure and clean, rejoicing and praying, departed for the heavenly kingdom.

Beloved, even if we ignore all the above, there are two criteria for the Church regarding his sanctity: a) the vision of God and the grace which the saint enjoyed, as we have mentioned; b) his miracles after death.

After his departure from this life, his sacred relics were buried with imperial honours in the narthex of the church of the Holy Apostles, where they gave off a powerful aroma and myrrh and performed many miracles[4]. It may be that some people wonder whether what the Christians say is really the truth. Beloved, even if some people don’t believe, there are two criteria for his sanctity and only two. It is with the seal of God that Constantine is a saint and Equal to the Apostles. History has shown him to be great and the Church to be a saint.

[1] Words attributed to Konstantinos XI Palaiologos in a poem about the capture of Constantinople (trans. note).

* The truth of the matter is as follows: when Constantine the Great was Caesar in the West, Rome proclaimed the cruel, anti-Christian, Maxentius, as emperor, who wishing to cover his back in the west, since he feared Constantine, forced him to divorce his wife, Minervina and marry Fausta, a very ambitious and cunning woman who was also Maxentius’ sister, in order to control him. When she saw Constantine’s eldest son, Crispus, distinguishing himself in battles and being groomed for the succession, she wanted to destroy him at all costs, in order to promote her own three sons to positions of power. So she slandered Crispus by saying that he had tried to rape her and kill his father in order to seize power, like a new Absalom. Unfortunately, Fausta’s plot was so convincing and her lies so persuasive that Constantine and the generals fell into the demonic trap. And they allowed Crispus to be put to death, in accordance with the law. When the queen mother, (Saint) Helen, who was many miles away, learned what had happened she rebuked her son severely for his decision. Constantine instituted exhaustive enquiries, from which it became clear that he was the victim of a criminal conspiracy on the part of his wife, Fausta, and her supporters. So he ordered that she, too, be put to death. These two murders of people of his own family greatly distressed Constantine, who regretted them bitterly to the end of his days and sought God’s forgiveness. And I order to show his repentance publicly he had a statue erected to Crispus, with the inscription “To my much-wronged son”.

[2] Lactantius (De Mortibus Persecutorum, 44), Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. IX, 9.1-11, Socrates (Eccl. Hist. I, 2.5-10), Sozomenos (Eccl. Hist. I 1) et al.

[3] In his book “The Ecumenical Synods”, Saint Nektarios writes that Saints Constantine and Helen were the hands of divine providence.

[4] See the calendar of the Church.

by Meletios Stathis


Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong & South East Asia