Orthodox Christianity

Our Lady of Kazan

The story of the icon of Our Lady of Kazan, one of the most famous icons of Russian Orthodox Church, began in 1579. It was in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, which has been a separate state of Tatar Muslim Khans yet 25 years ago. In 1579 in Kazan a huge fire started near the Nicholas Church, which later spread to the Kremlin of Kazan

Iveron icon of Mother of God

Not far from the Iberian monastery on the shore of the sea a healing fountain has preserved until our days, which broke out at the very moment God’s Mother stepped on the ground of Athos peninsula in Greece. The place is called now Clement’s marina. This was the exact place where miraculously appeared in the pillar of light the world’s famous Iveron icon of Virgin

Icon of Mother of God Tikhvinskaya

Icon of Mother of God Tikhvinskaya appeared during the summer of 1383 in the region of Great Novgorod in Russia. First local fishermen reported seeing it in the air above Ladoga Lake in several places, each time more and more nearer to the city of Tikhvin, and finally people saw it in the town. The icon was hanging in the air and surrounded by indescribable

John Pechersky - How to Overcome Lust

On July 31 Orthodox Christians are commemorating Saint John Pechersky. He was struggling all of his life with lust. His heroism and ways how he was trying to overcome the lust may be interesting and inspiring also in our times. What we can do, according to St. John Pechersky, to win the lust and acquire a spiritual freedom?!

Seraphim of Sarov - One of the Greatest Orthodox Christian Saints

Blessed Saint Seraphim of Sarov is undoubtedly one of the most revered Orthodox Christian saints and wonderworkers. His path to God was lying through asceticism and prayers. Saint Seraphim was born on July 19th, 1754 in Kursk, Russia as Prokhor Moshnin in his worldly name. After 15 years of solitude, Seraphim of Sarov had a vision of Mother of God together with Apostles. After that

Saint Panteleimon - Healer and Martyr

Saint Panteleimon, the Great-martyr and famous Healer, was living in Nicomedia in Bithynia during the reign of Emperor Maximian and martyred circa 305. Maximian was known as a very cruel torturer of Christians. Everywhere believers in Christ were severely persecuted and many faithful Christians suffered and thousands martyred for the name of Jesus Christ and St. Panteleimon was among them. This is the story how

Words of Spiritual Benefit | Shenouda III

Here I am publishing these very inspirational and full of profound Christian wisdom - Words of Spiritual Benefit from Pope Shenouda III (3 August 1923 – 17 March 2012) – the former Head of Coptic Orthodox Christian Church of Alexandria. These Words of Spiritual Wisdom are very inspirational and instructing aphorisms and quotes on different subjects of personal improvement and good Christian living as well

St. Mark | Apostle and founder of Coptic Church

The Coptic Church or the Church of Alexandria is called See of St. Mark - one of the earliest four sees: Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria and Rome. St. Mark, the author of the Gospel according to Mark, is considered the founder of the Coptic Church. St. Mark was an African native of Jewish parents who belonged to the Levites' tribe: His family lived in Cyrenaica until

St. Athanasius and Times, 4th Century

This is the story about Saint Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 296–298 – 2 May 373), also called Athanasius the Great or Athanasius the Confessor, was the 20th bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, then a part of Roman Empire (as Athanasius I). His episcopate lasted 45 years (c. 8 June 328 – 2 May 373), of which over 17 were spent in five exiles ordered by four

St. Paul, Apostle | Biography

Of all the Christians that have ever lived, there is, perhaps, not one whose; life is invested with a greater interest than that; of St. Paul the Apostle. St. Paul taught in words the unity of faith and discipline, the necessity of order, the obedience due to lawful authority, but he taught it also in his own life. The Apostle had been highly educated; he