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Saint Georges Miracle with Serpent
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Saint Georges Miracle with Serpent

Artist: Yuri Kuznetsov.
Technique: Tempera, wood panel with raised borders (kovcheg).
Size: 75100 cm.
Year: 2008.

Great Martyr George the Victor is prayed to at his icon about patronage over orthodox warriors and army, about patronage over the throne and state, about salvation and preservation of Russia, about preservation and health of the cattle, patronage over shepherds, delivery from sorrow, about taming of wild animals, about the return of lost children. George the Victor is a heavenly patron of the Russian Capital and Russian army. Lately he has been more and more often called a saint patron of the State Duma deputies. He is a patron of all people named George, Yuri, Yegor (comes from old Russian Yegori).
 
 

 

ALL Saints

Guarding Angel
 
Guarding Angel

One of our closest helpers in all troubles is our guarding angel. According to Church tradition the Lord gives every person a guarding angel at his birth. At this moment the person also gets a holy Heavenly patron in whose honor the person is given a churchly name. This guarding angel is invisibly present near us, prays to the Lord about us and is going to justify us before God after we die.
Guarding Angel
 
Guarding Angel

One of our closest helpers in all troubles is our guarding angel. According to Church tradition the Lord gives every person a guarding angel at his birth. At this moment the person also gets a holy Heavenly patron in whose honor the person is given a churchly name. This guarding angel is invisibly present near us, prays to the Lord about us and is going to justify us before God after we die.
Guarding Angel
 
Guarding Angel

One of our closest helpers in all troubles is our guarding angel. According to Church tradition the Lord gives every person a guarding angel at his birth. At this moment the person also gets a holy Heavenly patron in whose honor the person is given a churchly name. This guarding angel is invisibly present near us, prays to the Lord about us and is going to justify us before God after we die.
The Archangel Michael
 
The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of soldiers who fight for rightful cause. He is revered as a protector of all Orthodox Christians from visible and invisible enemies and evil spirits, as well as the helper in the days of affliction and the tutelar of a sleeping person. The Archangel Michael is also addressed with prayers for healing (it is linked to veneration of the Archangel Michael as a conqueror of evil spirits, which are considered in Christianity to be a source of diseases), he is also prayed when entering a new house and when the house is sanctified. On the basis of the role attributed to him during the Day of Judgement, Michael is also revered as a protector of souls of the dead. For the Deacon's Doors of the iconostasis
The Archangel Gabriel
 
The Archangel Gabriel

The Archangel Gabriel is mentioned several times in Scripture as Angelic messenger whom God sends to tell people His plans for the salvation of human race. According to Christian tradition, Gabriel opens the secret knowledge of God to the chosen ones. On icons, the Archangel Gabriel is often depicted with the flourishing branch of paradise or lily. There are also his images with a spherical mirror in hand, and sometimes with a candle inside the lamp. The mission of the Archangel Gabriel in the world is to help parents. First of all Gabriel helps those who are hoping to conceive. He gives parents the courage and strength, helps in gaining equability of mind and grace-filled faith that have the best effect on the formation and development of the baby.
Saint Agapetus of Pechersk
 
Saint Agapetus of Pechersk

Reverend Agapetus of Pechersk is a monk of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the great saint of Kievan Rus, who was the gratuitous doctor and is revered as a patron of medicine. Holy Agapetus, regarded as the first physician of Kievan Rus, became famous for gratuitous help he provided to the patients and acquired great fame for healing severely ill people with the help of prayer and potions, which he took himself and gave to his patients. Near the saint's relics, which are stored in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, many healings and amazing wonders are performed up to the present day.
Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky
 
Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky

Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky is a national hero of the Russian people. He is the great commander and diplomat who played a great role in Russian history. Since ancient times Alexander Nevsky has been the patron saint of the Russian army. At present days he has also became the patron saint for the cities of St. Petersburg and Volgograd. The officers of Federal Security Service consider St Alexander Nevsky as their patron saint, and since January 2010 he has been performing the same function for the members of Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Aviation and Fleet (DOSAAF).
Holy Martyr Empress Alexandra of Rome
 
Holy Martyr Empress Alexandra of Rome

Alexandra of Rome is a Christian saint, who is revered as a martyr. "Alexandra strives for truth, and seeks in the spirit of man more than the bearers of many other names" (P. Florensky). The information about Alexandra is contained in the hagiography of St. George the Victorious. Alexandra was a pagan woman, married to Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was a cruel persecutor of Christians. Seeing the courage of St. George and the miracles performed by him, the queen came to believe in Christ. Then having lain at the feet of this great martyr Alexandra in front of the whole nation and the emperor confessed Christ as true God. Diocletian ordered to execute his wife along with St. George.
Holy Martyr Alla
 
Holy Martyr Alla

Alla Gotfskaya is the Gothic queen, who being a Christian, was subjected to persecution of Christians in the IV century. Having the opportunity to save her life by bowing and making sacrifices to pagan idols, she did not abandon the Christian teachings. She was burned alive in a church during worship with the other Christians. About 300 people were killed in the flames, of whom only twenty-six are known by name, and St. Alla is among them. For her commitment to Christianity and martyrdom, which occurred approximately in 375 A.D., St. Alla was canonized by Orthodox Church and is revered as a martyr.
Holy Martyr Anatoly
 
Holy Martyr Anatoly

Holy martyr Anatoly was a warrior. He was present at the tortures of St. George the Victorious. He saw the legs of St. George being enchained into the stocks and a great stone being put on his chest, and saw him beaten with ox sinews, broken on the wheel, thrown into quicklime, forced to run in the boots with sharp nails inside. The holy martyr undergone these patiently and did not denied his faith in Christ. Seeing the faith and the courage of St. George, warrior Anatoly came to believe in Christ and announced it openly. He was beheaded at once.
Holy Martyr Anatoly
 
Holy Martyr Anatoly

Holy martyr Anatoly was a warrior. He was present at the tortures of St. George the Victorious. He saw the legs of St. George being enchained into the stocks and a great stone being put on his chest, and saw him beaten with ox sinews, broken on the wheel, thrown into quicklime, forced to run in the boots with sharp nails inside. The holy martyr undergone these patiently and did not denied his faith in Christ. Seeing the faith and the courage of St. George, warrior Anatoly came to believe in Christ and announced it openly. He was beheaded at once.
St. Andrew the First Called
 
St. Andrew the First Called

The Holy Apostle Andrew is a follower of Jesus Christ, one of his twelve disciples. The Apostle Andrew was named the First Called, because he had been the first disciple of Jesus Christ. Until the last day of earthly life of the Saviour His First-Called Apostle followed Him. After the Lord's death on the cross St Andrew witnessed the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, and then carried on the evangelical preaching along with the other apostles.
St. Anna the Prophetess
 
St. Anna the Prophetess

St. Anna the Prophetess is mentioned in the Gospel in a story about the Presentation of the Lord (Luke 2:36-38). In the temple Baby Jesus was met, recognised and praised by the elder Simeon, who was predicted that he would not die until he saw the Saviour of the World. Here in the temple there was also a pious widow Anna, the Prophetess. She was eighty-four and she worshiped God with fasting and prayer night and day. And she also recognised the Saviour and praised the Lord, and went to preach the gospel of the Messiah to all who were awaiting the coming of Christ the Saviour to earth.
Saint Arkady Vyazemsky
 
Saint Arkady Vyazemsky

Reverend Arkady Vyazemsky also known as wonder-worker of Novy Torzhok had chosen his feat of foolishness for Christ's sake in young age (he was one of the first and few who did it at that time). Religious feat of foolishness (virtual dementation) presupposes the concealment of one's own virtues, along with the rejection and denunciation of worldly values. The wonders had been already performed according to St. Arkady's prayers during his life time. In his mature years Arkady Vyazemsky carried out the monastic feat. Together with his rector - the Reverend Ephraim, he participated in the foundation of Boris and Gleb Monastery (1038). In 1677 the relics of St. Arkady were found incorrupt in Boris and Gleb Monastery of Novy Torzhok, and soon they became famous for miraculous healings.
Saint Prince Boris
 
Saint Prince Boris

Saint princes Boris and Gleb are the first Russian saints, who were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church as well as by the Church of Constantinople. Their veneration had already started under Prince Yaroslav Vladimirovich the Wise (978 - 1054), when the miraculous healings began to happen around the coffin of these holy martyrs: the blind became able to see, the lame - to walk.

Apart from the fact that these brothers are the patron saints of all people named Boris and Gleb, they also help the believers to get rid of diseases of the locomotor apparatus.
Saint Monk-Martyr Bademus (Vadim)
 
Saint Monk-Martyr Bademus (Vadim)

Saint monk-martyr Bademus lived in the IV century in the Persian city of Bethlapeta. During the persecution of Christians, having been in custody for four months and, despite the brutal torture, remaining the spiritual leader and the support for the Persian Christians. St. Bademus died by hand of the repudiated Christian named Nirsan. St. Bademus was executed in 376 A.D. According to the hagiography of this saint, the endurance of Archimandrite Bademus made a strong impression on the pagans; many of them began to doubt their pagan beliefs. St. Bademus is a Christian saint, who is revered as the monk-martyr. He is the patron saint of all those who were baptized with the name Vadim.
Saint Martyr Blaise, Bishop of Sebastea
 
Saint Martyr Blaise, Bishop of Sebastea

Saint Blaise of Sebastea is venerated by the Othodox Church in the congregation of saint martyrs. He was a bishop of the city of Sebastea in Cappadocia, a province of the Roman Empire in Asia Minor. He led a devout life, made many miracles and healed many people calling on the name of the Savior during his lifetime. He repeated the deed of Jesus Christ walking on water. He lived at the time of persecution of Christians, survived terrible tortures and was executed ca 316. Tradition has it that believers were healed from the Saints tomb. Today particles of Saint Blaises holy relics are preserved in many European countries.
Saint Martyr Valentine of Dorostolon
 
Saint Martyr Valentine of Dorostolon

Martyr Valentine of Dorostolon was born in the Mysian city of Dorostolon in the 3rd century. He was a warrior at the reign of Absolan. It was a cruel time of persecution of Christians. At the age of 30 he was executed together with Saint Martyr Pasicratus for open confession of Christian faith and rejection to bring a sacrifice for pagan idols.
Saint Martyr Valentine of Interamnium
 
Saint Martyr Valentine of Interamnium

Valentine of Interamnium lived in the Italian city of Interamnium. From his life we know about his gift of healing. Using prayer Saint Valentine would deliver people from the diseases physicians could not heal. Saint Valentines name became known in the whole city and his sermon converted many citizens to Christianity including Abundius, a son of the city administrator. Abundius would openly confess to be a Christian before his gentile father which caused his wrath that he directed to Saint Valentine. When Valentine of Interamnium had refused to bring a sacrifice to heathen gods he was executed. His holy relics are still preserved in Interamnium.
Saint Martyr Valentine
 
Saint Martyr Valentine

Saint Martyr Valentine was born in Palestinian Caesarea. She lived during the reign of the Roman Emperor Maximian who continued the persecution of Christians begun by Diocletian. In those times a refusal to participate in sacrificial offerings to heathen gods would threaten you with an execution. Saint Valentine as many other Christians was accused of disrespect to gods. She could have saved her life if she had brought offerings to heathen idols, but Saint Valentine did not renounce Christian faith for which she was tortured and executed.
Saint Martyrs Faith, Hope, Charity and their mother Sophia
 
Saint Martyrs Faith, Hope, Charity and their mother Sophia

Saint martyrs Faith, Hope, Charity and their mother Sophia lived in Rome in the 2nd century. In spite of their young age the sisters confessed their faith in Christ fearlessly and never renounced it for the sake of all kinds of earthly joys they were promised, they never retracted in the face of terrible tortures. Their mother Saint Sophia who had raised her daughters in love to God teaching them not to become attached to temporal values was a witness of their tortures and accepted sufferings for Christ not with the body but with the heart. The martyrs names are symbolic a mother of three Christian virtues faith, hope and love. The martyrs intercession would be sought in case of special need and sorrow.
Saint Venerable Vitalis
 
Saint Venerable Vitalis

Saint Venerable Vitalis being a monk came to Alexandria near the end of his life. He undertook a hard and unusual deed. Working and fasting for the whole day he would eat only a bean in the evening and would give all the money he had earned to prostitutes begging them to remain pure and praying for them all night. The next morning he would go back to work again. He saved many women from sin but gained a fame of a sinner and suffered many sneers and humiliation. Looking like a sinner and fornicator before people he would bring the lost to repentance. Only after he had died the women he had saved could tell about his virtues and mercy for he had had them take a vow to keep everything in secret.
Saint Martyr Victor
 
Saint Martyr Victor

Victor lived in the 2nd century. He was a Christian and served in the Roman Army. In the time of persecution of Christians there were attempts to force him to bring sacrifice to heathen gods but he refused and was tortured. We will not quote the whole list of tortures since reading them causes tremor. Suffice it to say that protected by the armor of faith saint Victor survived all the tortures and was executed only after an executors wife seeing his firmness also believed in Christ.
Prince Vladimir Equal to Apostles
 
Prince Vladimir Equal to Apostles

Prince Vladimir Equal to Apostles, the Baptizer of Rus, was born in 960 and in 988 brought Christianity to Kievan Rus and made it the official religion thereby predetermining spiritual development of Russian people. Prince Vladimir Equal to Apostles is prayed to at his icon about strengthening of faith, understanding the ways of God, delivery from external enemies and internal conflicts, about peace and oneness, saving from all kinds of evil, troubles and disasters, about healing from deadly and eye diseases, delivery from blindness of both the body and soul.
Saint Gennadius of Constantinople (the Patriarch of Constantinople)
 
Saint Gennadius of Constantinople (the Patriarch of Constantinople)

Saint Gennadius of Constantinople is venerated in the Orthodox Church in the congregation of Saints. Saint Bishop Gennadius governed the Church of Constantinople for 13 years and was known for his meekness, patience, purity and chastity. He was known not only for his pious life but also for his prayer that possessed a wonderful power. At the words of this prayer different miracles would happen. Saint Bishop Gennadius was an author of a number of sermons and interpretations. In order to avoid all kinds of illegal actions in Church he would keep strict watch over those taking orders and made sure they knew the Holy Scriptures well. Saint Bishop Gennadius died peacefully in 471.
Saint Georges Miracle with Serpent
 
Saint Georges Miracle with Serpent

Great Martyr George the Victor is prayed to at his icon about patronage over orthodox warriors and army, about patronage over the throne and state, about salvation and preservation of Russia, about preservation and health of the cattle, patronage over shepherds, delivery from sorrow, about taming of wild animals, about the return of lost children. George the Victor is a heavenly patron of the Russian Capital and Russian army. Lately he has been more and more often called a saint patron of the State Duma deputies. He is a patron of all people named George, Yuri, Yegor (comes from old Russian Yegori).
Saint Georges Miracle with Serpent
 
Saint Georges Miracle with Serpent

Great Martyr George the Victor is prayed to at his icon about patronage over orthodox warriors and army, about patronage over the throne and state, about salvation and preservation of Russia, about preservation and health of the cattle, patronage over shepherds, delivery from sorrow, about taming of wild animals, about the return of lost children. George the Victor is a heavenly patron of the Russian Capital and Russian army. Lately he has been more and more often called a saint patron of the State Duma deputies. He is a patron of all people named George, Yuri, Yegor (comes from old Russian Yegori).
Saint King and Prophet David the Psalmist
 
Saint King and Prophet David the Psalmist

At the age of 30 saint David was proclaimed a king over all the twelve tribes of Israel. A new capital of Israel Jerusalem was built during his reign. The new king wisely governed his country, he was better than many but not without sin, so his life was full of suffering. King David humbly accepted all sorrows and trials as retribution for his trespasses. The holy prophet and psalmist David was continuously in prayerful communication with the Creator. Davids narrations inspired by God were later compiled in one book of Psalms or Psalter. Being a prophet saint David appears in the third part of the book of Psalms where detailed prophesy of the Saviors coming to earth and His whole life are contained.
Saint Martyr Daria of Rome
 
Saint Martyr Daria of Rome

The Saint Martyr Daria of Rome icon by icon painter Yuri Kuznetsov created according to ancient monastic tradition has been well preserved. Saint Daria is a Christian Saint venerated in the congregation of martyrs and a heavenly patron of all baptized with the name of Daria. A saint patron keeps us from all trouble and affliction and always prays to God for us. According to tradition we carry images of our saints with us or put up their icons at home.
Dmitri Donskoy, the Blessed Great Prince of Moscow
 
Dmitri Donskoy, the Blessed Great Prince of Moscow

The Great Prince of Moscow Dmitri Donskoy has been canonized as a saint blessed man based on his great merits before the Church and his personal devout life personifying the salvifical Christian idea of self-sacrifice for the good of your neighbors. The help of Dmitri Donskoy is sought in order to strengthen the country, defend its integrity and unity, ward off all kinds of threats for the sake of multiplying the faith and piety of people, strengthening the families and protecting from bodily extinction and spiritual death.
Saint Martyr Eugene
 
Saint Martyr Eugene

Saint Martyr Eugene of Sebastea suffered for open confession of the Christian faith together with saint martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Mardarius and Orestus at the reign of Emperor Diocletian in times of persecution of Christians. When he saw the sufferings of his friend Eustratius, his courage, patience and the miracle of the Savior Jesus Christ revealed on him, saint Eugene refused to obey Roman authorities, openly confessed his faith and was executed. These five martyrs are prayed to at their icon for descent of the Holy Spirit, strengthening of faith and an ability to perceive a situation in the right way.
Saint Queen Helena Equal to Apostles
 
Saint Queen Helena Equal to Apostles

For her activity of spreading Christianity Saint Helena was canonized as equal to the apostles. Only 5 other women have had this honor over Christian history (Mary Magdalene, protomartyr Thecla, martyr Appia, princess Olga and Nina the enlightener of Georgia). The expression New Helena has become common in Eastern Christianity. It is used for both saint empresses (Pulcheria, Theodora etc.) and princesses (e.g. Olga) who did a lot for spreading Christianity or affirmation and preservation of its dogmas.
Saint King Constantine and Queen Helena
 
Saint King Constantine and Queen Helena

Sainte King Constantine Equal to Apostles was a Roman Emperor (Constantine I the Great) through whom Christianity became a dominant religion in the state. Churches were built all over the country and at times old heathen temples would be dismounted for that. Saint Helena Equal to Apostles is the mother of Emperor Constantine I. For her activity of spreading Christianity Helena was canonized as equal to the apostles. Few women were honored like that. The excavations she did in Jerusalem in which the Holy Sepulchre, Holy Cross and other holy relics of the Passion were found are very well known.
Saint King Constantine and Queen Helena
 
Saint King Constantine and Queen Helena

Sainte King Constantine Equal to Apostles was a Roman Emperor (Constantine I the Great) through whom Christianity became a dominant religion in the state. Churches were built all over the country and at times old heathen temples would be dismounted for that. Saint Helena Equal to Apostles is the mother of Emperor Constantine I. For her activity of spreading Christianity Helena was canonized as equal to the apostles. Few women were honored like that. The excavations she did in Jerusalem in which the Holy Sepulchre, Holy Cross and other holy relics of the Passion were found are very well known.
Saint Martyr Princess Elisabeth the Great
 
Saint Martyr Princess Elisabeth the Great

Saint righteous martyr Elizabeth, the founder of Martha and Mary convent in Moscow, dedicated all of her righteous Christian life to charity, helping the poor and sick. She was able not only to cry with the crying but also rejoice with the joyful, which is usually harder to do than the former. Finding something good in every person and calling for mercy towards the fallen were her hearts constant yearning. She is both a blessed princess and a righteous, venerable person as well as a martyr. She would follow the prophet Isaiahs words who to Gods question Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (Is. 6:8) replied: Here am I; send me (Is. 6:8).
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Saint Blessed Matrona
 
Saint Blessed Matrona

The Blessed Matrona or Matronushka (dear Matrona), as people tenderly would name her, is the most honored saint in Moscow. Born physically blind she possessed an outstanding spiritual sight. She would comfort those in worry, heal those who had lost health, teach those who were confused or got into a life dead end. People pray to the Blessed Matrona before her icon for protection against temptations and preservation of faith; for healing the diseases of body and soul; for resolving household and family troubles, for resolving housing problems and for material aid when in great need.
The Archangel Michael
 
The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of soldiers who fight for rightful cause. He is revered as a protector of all Orthodox Christians from visible and invisible enemies and evil spirits, as well as the helper in the days of affliction and the tutelar of a sleeping person. The Archangel Michael is also addressed with prayers for healing (it is linked to veneration of the Archangel Michael as a conqueror of evil spirits, which are considered in Christianity to be a source of diseases), he is also prayed when entering a new house and when the house is sanctified. On the basis of the role attributed to him during the Day of Judgement, Michael is also revered as a protector of souls of the dead. For the Deacon's Doors of the iconostasis
The Archangel Michael
 
The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of soldiers who fight for rightful cause. He is revered as a protector of all Orthodox Christians from visible and invisible enemies and evil spirits, as well as the helper in the days of affliction and the tutelar of a sleeping person. The Archangel Michael is also addressed with prayers for healing (it is linked to veneration of the Archangel Michael as a conqueror of evil spirits, which are considered in Christianity to be a source of diseases), he is also prayed when entering a new house and when the house is sanctified. On the basis of the role attributed to him during the Day of Judgement, Michael is also revered as a protector of souls of the dead. For the Deacon's Doors of the iconostasis
The Archangel Michael
 
The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of soldiers who fight for rightful cause. He is revered as a protector of all Orthodox Christians from visible and invisible enemies and evil spirits, as well as the helper in the days of affliction and the tutelar of a sleeping person. The Archangel Michael is also addressed with prayers for healing (it is linked to veneration of the Archangel Michael as a conqueror of evil spirits, which are considered in Christianity to be a source of diseases), he is also prayed when entering a new house and when the house is sanctified. On the basis of the role attributed to him during the Day of Judgement, Michael is also revered as a protector of souls of the dead. For the Deacon's Doors of the iconostasis
The Archangel Michael
 
The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of soldiers who fight for rightful cause. He is revered as a protector of all Orthodox Christians from visible and invisible enemies and evil spirits, as well as the helper in the days of affliction and the tutelar of a sleeping person. The Archangel Michael is also addressed with prayers for healing (it is linked to veneration of the Archangel Michael as a conqueror of evil spirits, which are considered in Christianity to be a source of diseases), he is also prayed when entering a new house and when the house is sanctified. On the basis of the role attributed to him during the Day of Judgement, Michael is also revered as a protector of souls of the dead. For the Deacon's Doors of the iconostasis
 


 


Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
 
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Saint Nicholas, the Archbishop of Myra (Nicholas the Wonderworker, Nicholas the Saint), is honored as a wonderworker and considered a patron of sailors, merchants and children. People pray to St. Nicholas before his icon for healing (he would not only heal ocular diseases but also give sight back to the blind), for good family relations, for help in all kinds of trouble, for good travel, for children, for deliverance from sadness and dejection, for good voyages, for protection of widows and orphans, for help in poverty and in need or when in captivity.
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
 
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Saint Nicholas, the Archbishop of Myra (Nicholas the Wonderworker, Nicholas the Saint), is honored as a wonderworker and considered a patron of sailors, merchants and children. People pray to St. Nicholas before his icon for healing (he would not only heal ocular diseases but also give sight back to the blind), for good family relations, for help in all kinds of trouble, for good travel, for children, for deliverance from sadness and dejection, for good voyages, for protection of widows and orphans, for help in poverty and in need or when in captivity.
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Saints  Peter and Theuronia, the Miracle Workers of Murom
 
The Saints Peter and Theuronia, the Miracle Workers of Murom

The Saints Peter and Theuronia (bearing monastic names David and Ephrosynia) are orthodox patrons of the family. A poetic and edifying story about marital love and faithfulness of these Russian saints has been considered an ideal for the Christian marriage since ancient times. Saint Peter and Theuronia of Murom are prayed to for family well-being, happiness in marriage and for giving children. On these saints memory day, July 8, it is a custom to perform engagements, weddings and wedding feasts so that the marriage would be strong and safe.
 


 


Venerable Sergius of Radonezh
 
Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh is the greatest wonderworker whose holy relics are stored in the Trinity Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius that he founded. Just as in the days of his life so today many people are healed by his prayers both in body and soul. The great intercessor is addressed to in every trouble or difficulty. Venerable Sergius of Radonezh has a special blessing to help in prayers for giving humbleness and mortification of pride, egotism and haughtiness. He is prayed to for development of intellect in children, help in learning and preserving of warriors life in battle.
Venerable Sergius of Radonezh
 
Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh is the greatest wonderworker whose holy relics are stored in the Trinity Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius that he founded. Just as in the days of his life so today many people are healed by his prayers both in body and soul. The great intercessor is addressed to in every trouble or difficulty. Venerable Sergius of Radonezh has a special blessing to help in prayers for giving humbleness and mortification of pride, egotism and haughtiness. He is prayed to for development of intellect in children, help in learning and preserving of warriors life in battle.
 


SAINT SPYRIDON
 
SAINT SPYRIDON

Saint Spyridon of Trimyphunteia was born towards the end of the third century on the island of Cyprus. He was a shepherd and is traditionally depicted wearing the beehive shepherd's hat of antiquity. He became a bishop and in 325 attended the First Ecumenical Council in Nicea. Saint Simeon Metaphrastes (10th century), wrote an account of his Life, and compared Saint Spyridon to the Patriarch Abraham in his virtue and hospitality. It is elsewhere recounted that the saint set sail by ship for Alexandria where he put an end to the pagan worship of idols. He died on Cyprus in 348 where his relics were kept for over three hundred years. Following an Arab raid in the seventh century; the saint's body was carried to Constantinople, where it was kept until the fall of the city to the Turks in 1453. In 1456 it was taken to Corfu where it is venerated to this day and of which island he is patron.
 


 


 


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