Tuesday, September 25, 2018

When Fr. Benedict Petrakis Resurrected his Dead Benefactor


Archimandrite Benedict Petrakis (+ September 8, 1961) developed a magnificent pastoral activity in the Metropolis of Aitoloakarnania and especially in Agrinio. Many spiritual branches of this region bore fruit through his systematic work and his exceeding love for God and neighbor.

When he was young and wanted to study theology, he was helped financially by a pious woman from Patras, Melpomeni Bulbasakos. And when he became a mature preacher in Aitoloakarnania, he received a phone call informing him that his benefactor was near death and he was requested to go and give her final communion.

Saint Euphrosyne of Suzdal (+ 1250)

St. Euphrosyne of Suzdal (Feast Day - September 25)

Saint Euphrosyne, Princess of Suzdal, was born in the year 1212. In holy baptism she was given the name Theodoulia and she was the eldest daughter of the Holy Martyr Michael, Prince of Chernigov (Sept. 20). Prince Michael and his wife Theophania did not have children and they often visited the Kiev Caves Monastery, where they prayed the Lord to grant them children. Princess Euphrosyne was their first daughter, sent from God in answer to their prayer. Three times the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to them and said that their prayer had been heard and that the Lord would grant them a daughter.

Saint Arsenius the Great, Catholicos of Georgia (+ 887)

St. Arsenius the Great of Georgia (Feast Day - September 25)

Saint Arsenius the Great, a pupil and spiritual son of Gregory of Khandzta, was the youngest son of a certain aristocrat, Mirian, from Meskheti in southern Georgia.

On their way to Abkhazeti, Saint Gregory’s companions Theodore and Christopher stopped in Meskheti at the home of Arsenius’ family. Mirian and his wife, Kravaia, asked the monks to bless their children and, astonished at the fathers’ virtue, they entrusted their youngest son to their care.

Gregory of Khandzta later traveled to Abkhazeti to visit Theodore and Christopher, and on his way back to the monastery he brought with him the young Arsenius, the future catholicos of Georgia, and the youth Ephraim, the future wonderworker and bishop of Atsquri. The monks Theodore and Christopher journeyed with them as well.

Saint Sergius of Radonezh Resource Page

St. Sergius of Radonezh (Feast Day - September 25)

About St. Sergius

Saint Sergius the Wonderworker, Abbot of Radonezh (+ 1392)

Saints Cyril and Maria, Parents of Saint Sergius of Radonezh (+ 1337)

The Appearance of the Most Holy Theotokos to St Sergius of Radonezh

Holy Martyrs Paul and Tatta and their children Sabinian, Maximos, Rufus, and Eugene

Sts. Paul, Tatta, Sabinian, Maximos, Rufus and Eugene (Feast Day - September 25)

Verses

Paul the father was martyred with his children,
Together with Tatta who was arrayed with the same mind.

Saints Paul and Tatta, who were yoked together, with their four children Sabinian, Maximos, Rufus, and Eugene, were from Damascus. Having been accused of being Christians, their feet were fastened in stocks and bound with chains. Having been sentenced, they were harshly beaten. The unbelievers then dislocated the members of their bodies, and by this they delivered their souls into the hands of God, from Whom they received crowns of martyrdom.


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