In the words of Tertullian, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” In 2001, another martyr for the Orthodox Christian Faith took his place among that cloud of witnesses: Priest Igor Rozin of Russia’s predominantly Muslim Kabardino-Balkar Republic, located in the northern Caucasus Mountains. An alpine rescuer who saved those lost in the mountains, he was baptized at the age of 36, ordained to the priesthood at 42, and martyred by a Muslim extremist at 44. During his brief life as a pastor, he attained his true calling: the rescue of souls lost in the moral wastelands of modern society. His life was one of total self-sacrifice for the sake of those around him, whether Christian or Muslim.
Translated from Russian sources, this is the touching story of a man who lived to the fullest the Gospel teaching: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Despite frequent threats to his life by those who wanted to silence the preaching of Christ’s Gospel of peace, Fr. Igor remained heedless of his own personal safety in order to minister to those thirsting for words of life. Although he was a strong man, able to defend himself, he did not strike down his murderer, but meekly accepted his fate, thus witnessing to his flock and to the world that the Christian Faith is precious, even more than one’s own earthly life. Confirming that his sacrifice was pleasing to God, Fr. Igor met his martyric end on the commemoration day of a saint he greatly revered—St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, in whose diocese he lived and served.
This book contains the complete biography of Fr. Igor published in The Orthodox Word no. 291, plus several more photographs and additional material on the new Fr. Igor—Fr. Igor Rozin’s former altar attendant—who was ordained as a priest to serve in the parish of his martyred spiritual father.
The saints of our Church, even the greatest elders and ascetics, were once children!
On one summer day, in Konitsa of Epirus (Northern Greece), the young Arseny beheld the “Light of the world” with his own eyes. Over the years, this very child grew up to become the beloved saint we know today as St. Paisios the Athonite.
In this book, children will learn about the life of St. Paisios through sweet and moving stories, filled with wisdom and joy.
Author: Anna Iakovou
Illustrator: Christina Papatheou-Douligeri
A wonderful new tool for Orthodox children! A Child's Guide to the Divine Liturgy is designed as an aid to help children negotiate their way through the Divine Liturgy and learn more about the Church and our faith. Small and easy to hold, with engaging illustrations, the guide is divided into six color-coded sections:
This guide is written to appeal to children ages two to ten. The very young child will learn basic vocabulary and come to recognize the various milestones in the Divine Liturgy. For the older child, the guide includes several longer psalms, quotes, and prayers; the 12 feast icons and kontakia; plus an extensive glossary filled with terms and vocabulary often heard throughout the liturgical year.