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  • StephenATL/????????
    I know the first saint, St. Argyra is commemorated on April 30th. Does anyone know when the latter two saints are commemorated?? Thanks, Stephanos
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 11, 2004
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      I know the first saint, St. Argyra is commemorated on April 30th.
      Does anyone know when the latter two saints are commemorated??

      Thanks,
      Stephanos


      byakimov@... wrote:

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      > Published by Pravoslavie.ru, February 3, 2004
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      > WOMEN SAINTS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AND ISLAM
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      > In the recent years due to the increased migration and not less strong
      > proselytism many of us have found ourselves if not in Moslem environment
      > but at least with many Moslem neighbours. Those neighbours as all people
      > are different but as a rule they don't hide their faith, their conviction
      > in its superiority and rather often take attempts to make people
      > acquainted with it.
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      > Alas, such a sad event when, baptized in the Orthodox church girls and
      > women, get married Moslems and some of them even adopt Islam, happens
      > rather often. Those who do not adopt it personally have to be prepared to
      > their children becoming Moslems ? such are laws of Islam. And as shows the
      > practice it results in the family misfortune, sufferings and grief of
      > those women.
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      > If to contemplate, it is not surprising. Not by mere chance the church
      > forbids to marry those belonging to different faith. Such marriage will
      > not be consecrated by the church canons, hence, blessed by God, also the
      > main thing is that in its essence the married couple should be single in
      > everything. It is a natural law and desire of human souls. But if such
      > unity is missing in the most essential thing ? faith ? it will not be
      > present in other things. In the beginning it can be easily disguised with
      > mutual affection, but without the real unity as grounds, the affection is
      > fading away fast and the inner discord inevitably shows up on the surface
      > and under this or that pretext it will start darkening the relations, with
      > time more and more.
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      > Some unhappy women, realizing this by intuition, adopt Islam. But, as
      > practice shows, such a step doesn't make the tempted women happy, as
      > apostasy is a heavy sin which, if no repentance follows, invokes severe
      > recompense still in this life. A lot of terrifying examples are known from
      > the life of such "Russian Moslem women" whom their husbands threw away
      > from homes, took away children, beat, treated as beasts. God can not be
      > profaned: what we sow we shall mow...
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      > Vice versa, there are cases, not numerous though, when orthodox girls
      > succeeded in persuading their Moslem fiances to adopt the true faith. And
      > after baptism and church wedding such marriages were very strong and
      > happy. In this regard we will remember several cases when orthodox women,
      > strong in faith and love for Christ, after having conflicted the Islam
      > world, could bring the great fruit of sacredness, proving the superiority
      > of the true faith.
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      > Saint Argery (Argyrie)
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      > Icon of Saint Argery (Orthodox church of St Cosmos and St Damian. Avignon,
      > France)
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      > In the early 18th century in the Oman Empire in the provincial town of
      > Prusse there lived a beautiful Greek girl called Argery. She was brought
      > up by pious parents and in her youth years she met her love ? a kind Greek
      > youth. They got married in the church and their honeymoon was happy. But,
      > their Turkish neighbour was inflamed with lust towards Argery and tried
      > with his sweet words to talk her into committing adultery in the absence
      > of her husband. The pious wife declined his encroachments. Then the
      > embittered Turk slandered her before the judge of Prusse by telling that
      > she had promised to become Moslem. According to the laws of Sheriyat, a
      > person who expressed the wish to become Moslem must adopt Islam; if he
      > denies thereafter he must be punished: for a man ? death penalty, for a
      > woman ? life imprisonment. The judge, having believed the plaintiff,
      > immediately put Argery into prison. Her husband, wishing to avoid the
      > biased judgment demanded its transferal to Istanbul.
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      > But it didn't help. Both Argery and the Turkish plaintiff came to the
      > court of the capital and the Moslem claimed against her, giving the false
      > evidence about her before the judge. Argery replied that she had never
      > said anything like she was charged with and was not going to betray her
      > faith, that she was a Christian and wanted to die as a Christian.
      > According to the judge's order she was beaten and thrown into prison, and
      > sentenced to the life imprisonment.
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      > Fear, bitter separation with her beloved husband, difficulties of
      > imprisonment, not to say of the regular insults from her criminal Moslem
      > neighbours. Torment of the body, of the soul, of the heart ? without
      > interruption, from day to day. And she could stop all this at any moment ?
      > once she agrees to adopt Islam...
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      > But spiritual joy helped her to overcome the sufferings and temptations.
      > The martyr herself exhausted her body with fasting and other kinds of
      > abstinence as was witnessed by other Christian women who were imprisoned
      > together with the saint and later released.
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      > So, she laboured in the prison during seventeen years. With such joy was
      > filled the saint's heart because she was imprisoned for Christ, for such
      > consolation she considered her imprisonment that when one Christian called
      > Manuil Curtsibasis offered her freedom she refused choosing the prison
      > better than the tsar chambers. In such a way, imprisoned for the sake of
      > Christ, she passed away on 30th April 1725. Her holy relics were laid in
      > the church of St. Paraskevi by the blessing of Patriarch Paisios, and till
      > nowadays patriarchs, bishops, priests and rulers bow before them.
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      > Martyr Khadijah-Maria
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      > Among Bulgarian new martyrs stands apart a Rodopian martyr Khadijah-Maria
      > who lived in 19th century. Born in islamized Bulgarian family, Khadijah
      > came back to the bosom of the Orthodox Church. Baptism of Khadijah took
      > place in the old chapel in Vylkushin hay, to keep the secret. There was a
      > big barrel and the priest Konstantin (future bishop and metropolitan of
      > Xanphia Illarion), who lived in Memkin house in Radkov family, baptized
      > the girl. The new-born Christian concealed it for the whole year so that
      > nobody would know, and she passed the candles and communion bread to the
      > church with other people while at home she was praying and made bows.
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      > But by word of mouth the rumour was spread all over the whole village.
      > Women secretly called her Tijah-Maria (Tijah is the Bulgarian version of
      > the girl's Turkish name), because her Christian name was Maria. It became
      > known to her fanatic brothers who came to Derekjoy, found out if it was
      > true but she denied that she had been baptized. The next year Tijah-Maria
      > was preparing herself for meeting Paskha: coloured the eggs, cooked the
      > Easter cakes, made candles, kneaded dough for the Communion bread, in
      > anticipation of the Feast. Her brothers who lived in another village came
      > secretly in order to check the rumours. On the Maundy Thursday she came
      > back from the church and stepped away to her neighbours, while her
      > brothers entered her house. There they found the coloured eggs, Easter
      > cakes, burning icon-lamp and became sure that she had become "giaour". Her
      > brothers hid themselves in the hay. In the evening Tijah-Maria returned
      > and, after long prayers, went to bed and fell asleep. In her sleep her
      > embittered Moslem brothers started strangling her, when half-strangled,
      > they filled her mouth with rags, took her out of the house and put under
      > the big blossoming plum tree and there killed her with two shots. The next
      > morning the women sent their children to find out what had happened in
      > Tijah's house. They saw her lying killed under the blossoming plum tree.
      > There she was lying as she was for three days, ? everybody was afraid to
      > come and see that she was dead. Over her grave a rose was planted, on St.
      > George's Day the women sent for picking up flowers from Tijah's coffin
      > which they were keeping through the year for "healing".
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      > Martyr Platonide
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      > In the same 19th century in Russia another girl was living in the Tartar
      > family. Having learnt from missionaries about the Orthodox Faith and
      > having loved Christ with all her heart, she decided to be baptized. Her
      > parents however conceived to give her in marriage to a fellow-villager
      > without asking her opinion and consent. But the love for Christ turned out
      > to be stronger than the love for parents and on the eve of the wedding she
      > escaped from home.
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      > She found the shelter in a convent. There she was baptized, learnt the
      > church canons, there, with time, she took the veil with the name
      > Platonide. Some years later she was blessed for the hermit life, and
      > having left for solitary places of Yekaterinburg region, in wild forests
      > close to the town of Revda matushka Platonide laid up a cell and close to
      > it, upon her prayers the spring burst out. There she laboured, leading her
      > life in spiritual deeds.
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      > Fanatic natives of Platonide were seeking for the chance to kill her but
      > for the sake of holiness of the ascetic a bear protected her. Later the
      > bear was killed and they succeeded in killing her with the gun as they
      > were afraid to approach her closely. Thus for witnessing Christ the
      > ascetic acquired the martyr's halo.
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      > She was buried in the place of her deeds. Her worshippers erected a chapel
      > over matushka's grave, which was standing until the revolution came. Her
      > spring called by the name of Platonide became famous as wonder-working and
      > many pilgrims before the revolution as well as in Soviet times came there
      > to worship the martyr. Even up till nowadays cases of wonderful miracles
      > worked through it are known. For example, last year the local newspaper
      > informed about a little boy who lost his way in the forest, that he was
      > found alive and sound near the spring Platonide. This is how God glorified
      > her disciple.
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      > Nowadays, too, many Moslem girls and women find Christ and get the same
      > joy protecting against all burdens, as the above saints. For example, in
      > Perm Tartar parents drove her daughter out of home because she was
      > baptized. The Kazakh artist of culture, documentary filmmaker Elza
      > Dilmukhammedova was converted into the Orthodox Faith. Recently Nazima
      > Khanafi Muhammed, the direct grand-daughter of Imam Shamil, the head of
      > Chechen people in the war against Russia in 19th century, has been
      > converted into the Orthodoxy. Thus the power of God overcomes the human
      > sickness and wins over all adversities.
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      > Yuri Maximov
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