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Venerable Pachomius the Great, Founder of Coenobitic Monasticism
Venerable Pachomius the Great, Founder of Coenobitic Monasticism

Saint Pachomius the Great was both a model of desert dwelling, and with Saints Anthony the Great (January 17), Macarius the Great (January 19), and Euthymius the Great (January 20), a founder of the cenobitic monastic life in Egypt. Saint Pachomius was born in the third century in the Thebaid…

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Saint Isaiah the Wonderworker, Bishop of Rostov

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The Holy Right-believing Tsarevich Dēmḗtrios of Uglich and Moscow
The Holy Right-believing Tsarevich Dēmḗtrios of Uglich and Moscow

The Holy Right-believing Tsarévitch Dēmḗtrios of Uglich (Moscow) was born on October 19, 1582. He was the son of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. During the reign of Theodore, the de facto ruler of the Russian state was his brother-in-law, the power-hungry boyar Boris Godunov. After Ivan's death on…

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Venerable Isaiah, Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves

Saint Isaiah was one of the saints of the Kiev Caves who struggled during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. He was known for his quietness and his unflagging toil, for which he is named a “lover-of-labor.” The holy ascetic died in the year 1115, and his relics are in the Near Caves of…

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Venerable Pachomius, Abbot of Nerekhta

Saint Pachomius of Nerekhta, in the world James, was born into the family of a priest at Vladimir on the Klyazma. He was sent to school at the age of seven, since from childhood he knew the Holy Scriptures very well. Finding the bustle of the perishing world burdensome, he was tonsured at the…

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Venerable Silvanus of Nerekhta

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Venerable Euphrosynus the Wonderworker, Abbot of Pskov

Saint Euphrosynus of Pskov, in the world Eleazar, was born in about the year 1386 in the village of Videlebo, near Pskov, the same village where Saint Nicander of Pskov (September 24) had also been born. His parents wanted Eleazar to marry, but secretly he withdrew to the Snetogorsk monastery (on…

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Venerable Serapion of Pskov

Saint Serapion of Pskov was born at Yuriev (now Tartu), which then was under the rule of Germans, who sought to stamp out Orthodoxy. His parents were parishioners of a Russian church in the name of Saint Nicholas. Saint Serapion was well versed in the Holy Scripture, and more than once he entered…

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Saint Achilles, Bishop of Larissa
Saint Achilles, Bishop of Larissa

Saint Achilles, Bishop of Larissa, lived during the fourth century, during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great. Glorified for his holiness of life and erudition, he was made Bishop of Larissa in Thessaly. Saint Achilles participated in the First Ecumenical Council, where he boldly denounced…

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