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Isidore deplored the fact that the name of the great St. John Chrysostom, for whom he felt an esteem beyond measure, had been stricken from church records after he was exiled many years before by Theophilos...
About a quarter of a century after Christ had died, Timothy and Paul traveled to Europe, accompanied by Silas, in a missionary task of staggering proportion. In most areas theirs was at best a thankless job, but with the zeal born of a profound love of the Savior, they succeeded in securing a foothold in spiritually darkened corners.
Maximos would not bend to the royal will no matter how severe the punishment...
At an age when most young men were applying themselves to the acquisition of material wealth and standing, Euthymios gave himself over completely to the service of Jesus Christ and was ordained a priest by his mentor of many years.
Although the king’s emissaries advised Savvas that his only course of action was to return to his rightful place at the side of his father, Savvas sent the emissaries back with a letter for his parents. In his letter, which was reputed to have been four hundred pages long, Savvas not only extolled the virtues and importance of monasticism, but revealed to them the true meaning of Christian love and the depth of his devotion to Jesus Christ.
"It was then that she was flogged unmercifully, lashed to the point where she fell to her knees and she begged God not for help but for a display of his might. The earth commenced trembling as though an earthquake had struck and all the stone idols came crashing onto the floor..."
In the span of seven days, Photios was tonsured a monk by Bishop Gregory of Syracuse, then a reader, followed in rapid sucession daily by the successive offices of deacon, priest and finally ecumenical patriarch on Christmas Day, 858.
When he had exhausted every form of persuasion, Kyndanos had the lovely Agathi tortured until she died. She was martyred on February 5.
Damaskenos was offered life if he would renounce Christ and become a Muslim. He refused and gave his life for Christ on January 16, 1771. As a postscript, a party celebrating his death with a cruise on the Danube was drowned when the craft capsized in high winds.
Philip heard the priest cite a passage from the Scriptures that read, “No man can serve two masters,” and it was that statement that led him to resign his commission at the age of thirty and to enlist in the service of the Savior. He exchanged his ornate uniform for the garb of a peasant and the luxury of his family’s estates for the bleakness of a monastery...