A song for Martyrs – nuns of the Diaconesti convent

Those who have fallen in battle across the centuries For the triumph of the most honored Cross, Those who in the moment of their death Had in mind the Name of the most blessed Trinity, And those who longed for The glory and crown above the mind, Remember them O, Lord, when you come, Into…

Vessel of Grace: The Life of Saint Paisios the Athonite

Amidst the arid heat and craggy rocks of the wilderness, a 38 year old monk sits alone on the edge of a deep ravine when suddenly the devil speaks: “Jump Paisios. I promise you won’t get hurt at all.” The monk remains silent. The tempter does not suddenly the monk grabs a stone and throws…

Saint Syncletica of Alexandria on “Divine Fire”

In the beginning there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it is smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine…

Born For Adversity: The Life of St. Olympia the Deaconess

In Constantinople, in the fourth century, a newly-widowed noble woman of enormous wealth found herself at a monumental crossroads. Either she could marry a wealthy suitor, arranged for her by the Emperor himself, or dedicate her life to consecrated virginity, prayer, and almsgiving. A conventional life of comfort or a prophetic life of hardship and…

ST. XENIA OF ST. PETERSBURG | Draw the Life of a Saint

St. Xenia lived in the 1700s in the city of St. Petersburg—a city in Russia. When she was a young woman, she married Colonel Andrei Feodorovich. Andrei was a healthy, charming young man. St. Xenia and Andrei enjoyed going to dances, dinners, and other social events. When she was only 26 years old, St. Xenia…

Saint Cyprian Of Carthage

st. Cyprian was born around the Year 200 in the city of Carthage in what is now the North African country of Tunisia he was born fascist Cipriani’s the son of a rich pagan senator like many children of wealthy parents in his day Cyprien received a secular education studying rhetoric and philosophy and occasionally…

Saint George: Great Martyr and Triumphant

the holy martyr st. George is greatly revered in the Orthodox Church many churches carry his name as do many families and individual people his initial fame stems from a legend where he valiantly rode down from heaven on a horse and rescued a young woman by slaying a demon in the form of a…