Wednesday, May 4, 2011

St. Basil of Vostok

Christ is risen! Joyous feast! Today is the feast of one of North America's missionary saints from the Russian Empire, the Hieromartyr Basil (Martysz), who served in Alaska, the northeastern United States, and western Canada. After his return to Eastern Europe, St. Basil served in the Russian Orthodox Church and then, following the collapse of the Russian Empire, in the young Polish Orthodox Church. The Saint was eventually martyred by thieves during World War II and glorified by he Church of Poland in 2003. More on his life can be found here. May his blessing and prayers be with us all!

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