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Euphrosinia, whose name translated from Greek means prudent, was born in the early 5th century in Alexandria, Egypt. She grew up in a Christian family and was raised in the good traditions of the faith. At that time was the heyday of monasticism in Egypt, and therefore Euphrosinia, when she reached the age of majority, also went to a monastery and fought in holiness until her last hour.
Saint Sergius was born in 1314 in a village near the town of Rostov the Great, but in his teenage years the family moved to Radonezh, hence the nickname of the saint. He devoted himself with great zeal to a hermit life not far from Radonezh, and gradually he was joined by other monks. This is how the Holy Trinity Monastery was founded, then still known as the Troitsko-Sergius Lavra.
With his spiritual instructions and skillful leadership of the monastic community, St. Sergius established himself as a model of pure and strict monastic life at a time when hesychasm was spreading on Mount Athos and in the Bulgarian lands - a form of new, high spirituality. He forbade the acceptance of handouts and established the rule that all monks should support themselves on their own labor, giving an example himself. His fame as a holy man spread, many people settled in the monastery and around him.
Because of his godly life, Fr. Sergius was honored by God with the gift of miracles. He healed the sick, comforted the afflicted, gave hope, and strengthened the faith of all who communed with him. With his life and deeds, the saint had a great influence on the spiritual life throughout Russia. The Moscow princes sought his advice and blessing for their actions not only in the defense of their lands, but also for the unification of the separate Russian principalities.
He rested in 1392 and soon began to be revered as a saint.
We celebrate the memory of the Holy First Martyr and Equal to the Apostles Thekla and Saint Silouan of Mount Athos