Persecution of the Faithful


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Topic of the Week – Persecution of the Faithful

Throughout Church history the faithful have been persecuted by those outside of the Church, but sometimes by those within the Church. While the former is mostly easier for the faithful to recognize at the time that it is happening, sometimes the latter is only revealed to the entire body of the Church years later. What is important for us to take away from these examples is the patience and humility with which the saints endured their predicament knowing that God who is all-seeing and all-knowing is aware of the truth even if the people are not. We should also be aware that sometimes situations where we think we know all the facts and what is going on, things are not always as they appear to be.

As St. Paisios said, “What I see around me would drive me insane if I did not know that no matter what happens, God will have the last word.”

Watch this short one minute clip about what you should do when you are persecuted When Men Persecute You, Go Outside and Dance – YouTube


The more piously a man lives, the more the Devil forces men to anger against him, as was the case with Saul against the pious David. The more holy a person is, the more such a one is blasphemed…”Excerpted from My Life in Christ by St. John of Kronstadt, p527
At the present time, people in the world consider us believers to be foolish and stupid. They do not approve of our Orthodox faith, or ecclesiastical rules, laws and customs. They scornfully laugh at everything that is holy to us. You can often hear from believers, who are forced to live in a hostile environment, how difficult it is to endure constant mockery and derision. You should consider such treatment an honor: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. (I Peter 4:14) If people laugh at us, if they do not love us, it means that we are not of this world. We should not be grieved or upset over such treatment.” – St. Nikon of Optina


A Christian without a cross is no Christian at all.” – St. John of Kronstadt

What does St. John of Kronstadt mean by this? Is he talking about the cross we wear around our necks? If not, what other cross is he talking about? Why is it that if we don’t have a cross, we are not a Christian?


Middle School/High School

Read about the persecution of St. Nektarios here.

Watch this beautiful movie about his life Man of God – YouTube


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I am passionate about our Orthodox Christian faith and seek to help others learn as much as they can about it. My purpose here is to share online resources that help strengthen our relationship with Christ and bind us closer to His Church. I believe they are invaluable in learning about our precious Orthodox Tradition, and are a great aid for teaching family members, friends and others about Orthodoxy. ~Maria

Two of my favorite quotes:

“A true Christian behaves in this life so that it may be a preparation for the future one and not only a life here below. In his actions, he does not think what will be said of him here but of what will be said there in heaven; he represents to himself that he is always in the presence of God, of the angels and all the saints, and remembers that someday they will bear witness of his thoughts, words, and deeds.”  — Saint John of Kronstadt


Of all the holy works, the education of children is the most holy.”
— St. Theophan the Recluse