Tsar Nicholas II, Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their five children, glorified by the Orthodox Church as the Royal Passion-bearers of Russia, are now among the most widely venerated saints in Russia and are likewise extremely popular among Orthodox Christians of other lands. This popularity is due in large part to their profoundly pious characters and the way that piety was expressed in their lives, both public and private. Superb examples of Orthodox rulership, they also present a model of harmonious and truly Christian family life, something especially needful in the present godless era.
Although the Bolsheviks, hating both Orthodox monarchy and all things Christian, martyred this family and tried in every way to eradicate all traces of them from the earth, in the end it is the Bolshevik legacy that is being forgotten, while icons of Tsar Nicholas and his family can be found in every church in Russia. Likewise, although the house in which they were murdered in 1918 was bulldozed to prevent their veneration, there is now a magnificent cathedral on that site and a museum commemorating them.
Presented here is a Life of Russia’s Royal Passion-bearers, compiled from the many writings on them in both Russian and English, as well as a complete Church Service to the saints, published by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2002 and translated from the Church Slavonic.
48 pages, illustrated, two-color text throughout, large format, staple-bound.
Did you know there was a saint who used a dogsled for transportation? Or a saint who turned down a marriage proposal from the Roman Emperor? How about the saint who jumped from building to building during a siege to bring the Eucharist to his parishioners?
Discover all of these stories and more in 101 Orthodox Saints. Written for children and those with a childlike curiosity, this visual encyclopedia will enhance your family’s understanding and celebration of the saints of the Church. Each page is filled with illustrations, icons, graphics, and fascinating facts about the martyrs, monks, and mothers who boldly lived out their Faith to the glory of God.
About the Authors:
Presbytera Sarah Wright is an Orthodox Christian, wife, mother of three, and teacher. As a teacher, the highlight of her job is helping kids get hooked on reading. She hopes to write books that will encourage that love of reading and, more importantly, a love for Christ and His Church. She and her family live in Waco, Texas, where her husband is the priest of a lovely and loving parish. Sarah also writes the popular blog Orthodox Motherhood, and she can usually be found at her Texas home watching an old movie, hiking, or eating Mexican food with her family.
Alexandra Schmalzbach is a lifelong Virginian and Orthodox Christian. Alexandra was born in Arlington to second-generation Greek Americans. Alexandra majored in American history and religious studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, graduated in 2007, and three weeks later married her husband, Brian. They now reside in Richmond with their five children: Stella Virginia, Peter, Josiah, Sebastian, and Raphael.
About the Illustrator:
Nicholas Malara grew up in Denver, Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration. Over the course of his twenty-year-long career, he has illustrated books, designed games, and created products of all kinds for children. Using his talents to serve the Kingdom of heaven is his greatest passion. He currently resides in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and two children.
Page Length: 120 pages
At the height of World War II, a small band of students in Munich, Germany, formed a clandestine organization called the White Rose, which exposed the Nazi regime’s murderous atrocities and called for its overthrow. In its first anti-Nazi tract, the group wrote, “...Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be ‘governed’ without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct...” The students risked everything to struggle against a world that had lost its moorings. Early in 1943 key members of the group were discovered and executed.
Among those put to death was Alexander Schmorell, a young man of Russian birth whose family came to Germany when he was a small boy. This biography eloquently recounts the journey of an energetic and talented young man who loved life but who, deeply inspired by his Orthodox Christian faith, was willing to sacrifice it as a testimony to his faith in God that had taught him to love beauty and freedom, both of which the Nazis sought to destroy. In 2012, the Russian Orthodox Church officially recognized him as a martyr and saint.
The story of Alexander’s life and death is made available to English readers here for the first time, vividly illustrated with black and white photographs.
Author: Elena Perekrestov
Copyright Holy Trinity Publications
In 1794 a group of Russian missionaries from Valaam Monastery arrived in Kodiak, Alaska. For the next forty years one member of their party would remain, enduring hunger, cold, and mockery. Today he is universally recognized as a Saint of the Orthodox Church: St. Herman of Alaska.
St. Herman's love for the Kodiak natives manifested itself in his service to them throughout his life. He was the protector of the persecuted, a nurse to the sick, and a father to orphans. As a hermit on Spruce Island, he was a friend of God and of angels. Even today the natives of Alaska refer to him as their father, a connection that has never been broken.
In 1914, F.A. Golder, a leading scholar on the American Northwest at the turn of the century, spent two weeks at Valaam Monastery located on Lake Ladoga (between present-day Russia and Finland). Golder went to Valaam to learn of this missionary monk who was sent to America to bring the Orthodox Faith to the natives of the land.
The present volume contains Golder's Life of St. Herman and a collection of the Saint's miracles, spanning from the time of his repose to our own times. Included is a contemporary pilgrim's description of Spruce Island, the site of St. Herman's labors, miracles, and repose.
Author: F.A. Golder
Format: Paperback, illustrated with paper-cut illustrations
Saint Luke was a remarkable man who blended his amazing talent for surgery, research, and drawing into a very influential personality. He had incredible physical endurance for work and during hardships, he was hard-working with a good work ethic, he was strong-willed, courageous, and kind-hearted, consistent, and responsible. He loved his people, especially those who suffered. Through all these traits, he was completely devoted to God, the Church, and his people.
Paperback, 150 pages.