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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

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

Menno Simons | Life and Times

This is the long and detailed biography of Menno Simons (1496-1561), the most prominent Anabaptist Christian leader and teacher in Netherlands and North German states during the 16th century. His followers became known as Mennonites (Mennisten). The Short Biography of Menno Simons was published already earlier. This is the Longer and more detailed article about his life, development of his views, relationship with other Christian

Bernadette Soubirous | Our Lady of Lourdes

Soon after Bernadette Soubirous returned to Lourdes it did happen that she went to the riverside, together with her sister and neighbouring kids, and at the grotto near the river she suddenly had a vision of Our Lady Mary. There were 18 apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes, in presence of large crowds and later they were confirmed by Catholic Church. On December 8, 1933,

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

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

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?!

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

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

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