Iconography and Hand painted icons

God rules the world—only God, and no one else. fr. John (Krestiankin) of the Pskov-Caves

Ιησούς Χριστός_Jesus-Christ_Иисус-Христос-Byzantine Orthodox IconfileSaint Cyriacus the Anchorite, Hermit, of Palestine (556)
Gobdelaas, son of Sapor, King of Persia, Casdous, Casdoa, Gargalus the former magus, and Dada of Persia, Martyrs (4th century).
Martyr Gudelia (Govdelia) of Persia (4th century)
Petronia Martyr
Martyrs Tryphon, Trophimus, and Dorymedon, and 150 Martyrs m Palestine
Saint Theophanes the Merciful of Gaza
New Hieromartyr Malachi of Rhodes, tortured and roasted on a spit over live coals (1500)
Venerable monk-martyrs in the Strofades (1530 or 1537)
Saint Onuphrius the Wonderworker, of Gareji, Georgia (1733)
Three New Martyrs of Vrachori, Agrinio (1786)
Repose of Blessed Anthony Alexeyevich, Fool-for-Christ, of Zadonsk (1851)
Repose of Archimandrite Gerasim (Schmaltz) of Alaska (1969)
Uncovering of the relics (1993) of St. John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1966)
Saint Kuksha of Odessa-the uncovering of his holy relics (1994)

Commemorated on September 29

The bitterness of the onions you warded off Kyriakos,
Giving them a sweet taste, or else you would be condemned to die.
Onion-eating Kyriakos made his end on the twenty-ninth.

Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
of the Pskov-Caves Monastery in Russia

“The world is governed by God’s Providence alone, and in this is salvation for one who believes; in this is the strength to endure earthly sorrows.”
“My dears, the world is governed by God’s Providence and not by us mortals.”

Such a time has come when only faith that God’s Providence orders life can overcome all the hardships of life.”

There are no forgotten people in God, and God’s Providence watches over everyone. God rules the world—only God, and no one else.”

Lord! You know all things; do with me as You will. Amen.”


St. John of Kronstadt

If God does not leave a blade of grass, a flower, or a small leaf of a tree without His good providence, will He leave us? O, let every man be convinced with his whole heart that God is true to Himself in His providence for even the least of His creatures. Let him understand that the Creator invisibly dwells in all His creatures. In the words of our Saviour, God clothes the grass of the field, feeds the fowls of the air.
We must trust in God in all temptations, in all desolate conditions of the soul. The Lord will deliver.
Give yourself up entirely to God’s providence, to the Lord’s Will, and do not grieve at losing anything material, nor in general at the loss of visible things; do not rejoice at gain, but let your only and constant joy be to win the Lord Himself. Trust entirely in Him: He knows how to lead you safely through this present life, and to bring you to Himself — into His eternal Kingdom.

Χριστός ο Αναπεσών-Βυζαντινή Εικόνα_Christ Reclining (anapeson)_ Orthodox icon_koimwmenosSaint Nikolai Velimirovič

O, if only we could enter into the mystery of God’s Providence in the lives of men! We would be filled with fear and trembling before every evil deed and before every sin of men. “I understood Your works O Lord and I am amazed.” In certain great events, the mystery of God’s Providence is obvious even to men of lesser spirituality, for example in the fate of the Crown-Prince Dimitri and the bloodthirsty and power-loving Boris Godunov. In order to arrive at the first place among the noblemen in the court of Tsar Theodore, Godunov poisoned many of the nobles. When he reached the position of being first to the Tsar, he even planned to poison the brother of the Tsar, the eight-year old Dimitri. On several occasions, through hired mercenaries, he administered the most bitter poison to the young Crown-Prince but the poison had no affect. Providence permitted that the criminal murder his victim, not secretly and quietly, but openly. Godunov dispatched the murderers who, openly in the middle of the day, murdered the Crown-Prince. Thus did Dimitri become an open martyr and Godunov became an open criminal for all of Russia. After that, Dimitri surfaced and proclaimed that he was the Crown Prince (as though he was the rightful Crown-prince Dimitri and that someone else was murdered) and set out with an army against Godunov. He defeated Godunov and drove him to such dispair that Boris prepared poison and took the poison himself. He, who poisoned others, poisoned himself! He who murdered the innocent Dimitri was himself defeated by a man with the name of Dimitri! He, who has spiritual eyes to see, let him see the mystery of God’s Providence.

Apolytikion in the First Tone

Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Kyriacos, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.

Troparion — Tone 8

By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, / and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. / By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! / O our holy father Onuphrius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!


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