Last Romanov rulers of Russia and martyrs. Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra are considered martyrs for the Russian people and were canonized soon after the Russian Orthodox Church was established in exile, following the Russian Revolution and the assassination of the Tsar and his family. Joining the Tsar and Tsarina as saints were their children, Alexis, Tatiana, Olga, Marie, and the famed Anastasia, along with a large number of monks, nuns, and priests who died because of their direct associations with the imperial family. The veneration of the last of the Romanov rulers of Russia has been especially heightened in the last decade, given the collapse of the Soviet Union and the lifting of the oppression against the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in Russia.
Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on January 13, christened Nicolette, and called Colette. Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes