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St Nikolai Velimirovich: Woman as a Symbol of Christ

ST NIKOLAI VELIMIROVICH Our Lord described Himself as a woman because women are more careful than men in looking after property, in keeping the house in order and in receiving guests The Ten Drachmas: The Lord in the Guise of a Woman The Lost Drachma, Illustration from “The life of Our Lord Jesus Christ” by James Jacques Joseph Tissot Can ... Read More »

A Hymn of Praise for the Teachers and Prophets of the East

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich  All the prophets have from the beginning cried out to my soul, imploring her to make herself a virgin and prepare her­self to receive the Divine Son into her immaculate womb; Imploring her to become a ladder, down which God will descend into the world, and up which man will ascend to God;1 Imploring her to drain the ... Read More »

The salvation of the soul by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

After a large number of people had gathered around our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord spoke these words: “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” In addition, He spoke these words: “What can a man give in exchange for his soul?” This means that a man’s soul has more value ... Read More »

St. Nikolai Velimirovich and Mahatma Gandhi

A Letter of St. Nikolai Velimirovich to British Noble “Charles B.” As a man of faith, you are troubled by the thought — what will Providence do with Gandhi? And what is the meaning of the appearance of this strange person among the statesmen and politicians of our time? A warning from God. That is surely the meaning of the leader of ... Read More »

The Feast of the Three Hierarchs

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Each of these saints have their own feast day. St. Basil the Great, January 1; St. Gregory the Theologian, January 25; and St. John Chrysostom, January 27. This combined feast day, January 30, was instituted in the eleventh century during the reign of Emperor Alexius Comnenus. At one time a debate arose among the people concerning ... Read More »


By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Because John’s main role in his life was played out on the day of the Epiphany (Theophany), the Church from earliest times dedicated the day following Epiphany to his memory. To this feast is also linked the incident with the hand of the Forerunner. The Evangelist Luke desired to remove the body of John from Sebaste, ... Read More »

St. Nikolai Velimirovich On the Holy Theophany

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich When our Lord reached thirty years from His physical birth, He began His teaching and salvific work. He Himself signified this “beginning of the beginning” by His baptism in the Jordan river. St. Cyril of Jerusalem says, “The beginning of the world – water; the beginning of the Good News – Jordan.” At the time of ... Read More »


By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Prologue From Ochrid, December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son” (Galatians 4:4) to save the human race. And when nine months were fulfilled from the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel had appeared to the Most-holy Virgin in ... Read More »


By St Nikolai Velimirovich, Bishop of Ochrid and Zica FOREWORD FROM ST JUSTIN POPVICH OF BLESSED MEMORY Immured by the flesh and blood of a nation, the soul or our people has for centuries been stuttering and struggling as she searched for a tongue to express her pains, her sorrows, her aspirations and her prayers. And she has found her ... Read More »

A Homily on the Long-Suffering and Patient Job

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away” (Job 1:21). Brethren, let the righteous one fear nothing; all shall be well with him. The whole of Sacred Scripture shows us that God will never forsake the righteous. The example of Job shows us this as clearly as the sun. Job had seven sons and three ... Read More »