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St. Jacob of Alaska

Commemorated July 26     Father Jacob (Netsvetov) of Alaska was born of pious parents in 1802 on Atka Island, Alaska. His father, Yegor Vasil’evich Netsvetov was a Russian from Tobolsk. His mother, Maria Alekseevna, was an Aleut from Atka island. Yegor and Maria had four children who survived infancy; Jacob was the first born, […]

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St. Herman of Alaska

Commemorated August 9       Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America. A spiritual mission was organized in 1793, made up of monks of the Valaam Monastery. They were sent to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of northwestern America, who only ten years before had come under the sovereignty […]

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Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of Optina

Although the beginning of monastic life in Optina monastery dates to at least as early as the sixteenth century, it is most known for its tradition of spiritual eldership in the tradition of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) of Moldavia, which flourished there in the nineteenth century—particularly in the monastery’s Skete of St. John the Forerunner. This […]

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St. Eskil of Tuna

Today, June 11, the Church celebrates the memory of St. Eskil of Tuna, the Apostle of Södermanland.  Eskil was one of the many missionaries who came to Sweden and Scandinavia from England in the mid 1000’s. He was a monk and was ordained a bishop in order to establish churches with full hierarchical authority – […]

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