Saint Alexander Schmorell is Glorified

February 6, 2012

H/T: Ad Orientem

Saint Alexander Schmorell was glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia over the weekend. Born in Russia in 1917 and baptized in the Orthodox Church his family fled to Germany to escape the Bolshevik Revolution.  He remained deeply religious throughout his short life.  A gifted artist St. Alexander was a medical student when he was recalled to military service in support of the Nazi invasion of the USSR.  While serving as a combat medic on the Eastern Front he was horrified by the treatment of enemy prisoners of war and civilians.  In 1942 he returned to his medical studies in Munich where he helped organize the “White Rose” society dedicated to resisting Hitler and the Nazi regime.  In due course he and the other members of the resistance were arrested by the Gestapo.  Following a kangaroo court trial St. Alexander Schmorell was executed on July 23rd (NS) 1943 at the main prison in Munich.

Holy St. Alexander Schmorell pray for us!


St. Nicholas is Coming to Town

November 27, 2011

At this time of year we’re going to see more and more of the commercialized version of the holy man of Myra, St. Nicholas. His actual feast day is December 6th. A great video explaining who St. Nicholas really was:

For further reading:

Calculating Christmas

The Pagan Origins of Christmas?

Christmas and “Pagan Origins”


St. Peter

December 4, 2010

Several Orthodox priests discuss the life of St. Peter:

[vimeo  http://vimeo.com/11711217%5D

Spiritual Instructions of St. Seraphim of Sarov

September 15, 2010

A reading from the Spiritual Instructions of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Included are:

1. On God
2. On the Mystery of the Holy Trinity
3. On the Reasons Why Jesus Christ Came into the World
4. On Faith

5. On Hope
6. On Love of God
7. On the Fear of God
8. On the Keeping of Recognized Truths

9. On Loquacity
10. On Prayer
11. On Tears
12. On Sorrow

13. On Boredom & Despondency

These readings are from Vol.1 of the Little Russian Philokalia published by the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.