In the Orthodox saints calendar, the months are marked by the names of important religious figures. These include Andrew, Philotheos, John the Baptist, and Romanos. They are considered to be the most important saints in the Orthodox church and are considered to be holy. Several are celebrated on different dates throughout the year. For more information on these and other Orthodox saints, please read on.
The Russian Orthodox saints calendar of Optina Hermitage has a special focus on developing music. It is a monastic sanctuary that uses an ecumenical and European musical style. This means that it combines Anglican, Bulgarian, and Russian styles. Music directors have commented that the church services are easy to sing.
Archimandrite Ignatius had always wanted to live a hermit life. So he decided to stay for eleven months in the Optina Hermitage, and when he was ready to return, he was appointed Bishop of St. Petersburg and the Caucasus. He lived in complete seclusion for a year, and afterward he resumed his duties as the Superior of the Saint Sergius Hermitage.
His father hoped that he would find his way to Optina, and invited him to visit. When Demetrios arrived, however, he was greeted sternly. Eventually, he was reunited with his brother Michael. Despite the fact that the monks did not trust their son, Michael was able to make them trust him.
St Romanos is a name in the Slavic church which is worth a mention. While not a saint himself, he was a deacon in the Great Church of Constantinople and is almost certainly the author of the great Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God. His other claim to fame is being the patron saint of Orthodox musicians.
The best thing about Saint Romanos is that his music is still being performed in some of the world’s most beautiful monasteries. One of his works, the Great Horologion is published by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
On a more serious note, Saint Ambrose was an accomplished physician and a demon buster. He lived a rather austere life, consuming vegetables and birds. In addition, he is credited with bringing back Arian heretics to the fold.
John the Baptist
John the Baptist, also known as the Forerunner, is a Prophet of God. He is celebrated on many occasions throughout the year. Among the feasts are those commemorating his baptism, his life and his death.
During Christ’s public preaching, John the Baptist was the first Martyr. His execution came about when a man named Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee in the Roman Empire, feared that John the Baptist would incite a rebellion against him.
When Herod Antipas heard that John the Baptist was calling for repentance, he arrested him. When he was put in jail, he decided that it was better to kill him than to let him live. This was because he knew that if he left the prison, it would be impossible to punish him.
In September 1923, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Meletios (Metaxakis), resigned in the face of pressure from the Greek government and the Archbishop of Athens. The Greek Ambassador in Washington, D. C. reported that he had venerating the Holy Table. He misstated that the new calendar was accepted by all Orthodox Churches.
A protest broke out in Constantinople. Priest-monks were suspended until they publicly repented. Some monks went to Russia and others to Yugoslavia. Several monasteries were closed. Others were exiled or expelled from the monastery.
The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, later known as the Uniate Metr., was established to assist the Ukrainian rebel army. Hundreds of Ukrainian Orthodox priests were murdered. They also helped destroy many Orthodox churches. Eventually, they were joined by the Ukrainian Nationalists.
Andrew was the first of the Twelve Apostles of Christ. He was also the first to receive the crown of apostle. After being baptized by Saint Mark, he was tasked with evangelizing the ensuing regions. In the name of piety and zeal, he scoured the known world for spiritual gold.
Interestingly, he found it in Constantinople. There, his solitary life was filled with the mundane, the mundane and the miraculous. Although he was a slave to a plethora of rich men, his neophyte status was not enough to deter his zeal for the divine. So he travelled the length and breadth of the Empire barefooted, begging for charity in the summer and snoozing under the guise of a monk in the winter.