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St. Dimitry of Rostov: The lives and praises of the saints are like the stars in brilliance. Because of their number, we do not know the names of all the saints; still, they . . .

Icon of All Saints“The lives and praises of the saints are like the stars in brilliance. Because of their number, we do not know the names of all the saints; still, they amaze us by their radiant majesty, as do the stars, which while fixed in their position in the heavens, illumine all that is below, being seen by the Indians, yet not concealed from the Scythians, shining upon the land and guiding by their light those at sea. Similarly, the radiance of the saints, though their relics be entombed in sepulchers, is not bounded by the ends of this earth here below. Therefore, we marvel at their lives and are amazed at how God has glorified them that please Him.”

+ St. Dimitry of Rostov, The Great Collection of The Lives of the Saints, Vol. 1

St. Silouan: Holy Relics are the earthly remains of those . . .

Icon of St. Silouan the Athonite“Holy Relics are the earthly remains of those who have been taught by none other than Christ Himself to love their enemies even unto death, the death of the Cross, which is His glory, and which by grace becomes their glory too. Love for enemies is not a moral injunction, it is the fundamental criterion for the Christian way of life. This is Salvation.”

— St. Silouan the Athonite