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St. Sergius. The monastery, which is believed to have opened in the 14th century, suffered much during various wars and in the Communist regime. The most recent restoration was in 1989, and Valaam is the site of a thriving monastic community today. Among other aspects, it is known for its highly skilled choir.
St. Philip. Philip was one of the Apostles. He is commemorated on November 15.
|This saint, who preached along with St. Methodius and was called the "Apostle to the Slavs," helped devise an alphabet. To this day, it is used to write Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Serbian.
Who was he?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity
St. Cyril. The alphabet was named "Cyrillic," after the saint. Methodius was Cyril's brother.
|This saint was captured in 1711 during Russia's war with Turkey. Despite being sold into slavery, he refused to convert.
Who was he?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity
St. John the Russian of Evia. It is said that his relics, now kept at New Procopion of Euboia in Greece, remain incorrupt (that is, they have not decayed).
|This saint first worked as a shepherd. Later on, he became a bishop. He was an important speaker at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, and his arguments helped defeat those who held to the heresy of Arianism. Who was he?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity
St. Spyridon the Wonderworker. He is honored on December 12.
|This saint was a bishop, and is credited with the conversion of an entire country. He is also revered in the Roman Catholic tradition.
Name him?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity
St. Patrick. In Orthodox tradition, he is referred to as "the Enlightener of Ireland." He is commemorated on March 17, just as in the Roman Catholic Church.
|This Syrian-born saint was a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He is credited with devising the "kontakia," or short hymns in someone's memory.
Who was he?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity
St. Romanos. He is commemorated on October 1. He was influenced in his musical works by St. Ephraim of Syria.
St. David the Righteous of Thessalonika. Asceticism is the practice of a way of life in which one shuns worldly pleasures, in order to concentrate on peace and spirituality.
St. David is said to have lived for years in an almond tree.
He is commemorated on June 26.
|This saint was called "Father" not because he was a priest-- he was a monk-- but because of his kind and generous demeanor, and his warm rapport with the people to whom he preached. Who was he?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity
St. Herman of Alaska. He is called one of the "Saints of America," due to his mission to the native people of Alaska.
|These saints were given the names Roman and David at birth. Their father was Prince Vladimir of Kiev. His oldest son, Sviatopolk, resented Vladimir's decision to pass over him in the succession in favor of the younger brothers. Sviatopolk had the two killed. He was in turn overthrown by Prince Yaroslav. The two young brothers were canonized under different names. Who were they?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
Boris and Gleb. The princes were called the first Russian saints. Their feast day is July 23.
|St. Simeon the Stylite lived in Antioch, Syria, in the fifth century. He was believed to be a healer, and converted many people as well. "Stylite" is a term that does not refer to those qualities, however. What is a stylite?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
Someone who lives atop a pillar. In Simeon's time, living atop a pillar was seen as a way to practice dedicated prayer and resist temptation. Some pillar-dwellers occasionally left their places to come down and heal people. However, in one icon, Simeon is depicted as healing someone simply by leaning over the side of the post and speaking to them.
|St. Mary of Egypt was born in Alexandria. She took up residence in the desert in Jordan. Toward the end of her life, she met a monk, Zosimus, whom she asked to bring her Communion. This he did. Zosimus returned to his monastery, where he stayed until the following year. He then went to visit St. Mary again, but found that she had passed away. According to legend, who or what helped Zosimus bury St. Mary?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
A lion. St. Mary is especially revered in the Coptic Orthodox Church. She was the subject of a biography by St. Sophronius.
|During the reign of the Roman emperor Licinius, a group of soldiers who refused to give up their Christian faith were sentenced to death. Licinius ordered that they be left to die of exposure on a frozen lake. How many people were in this group of martyrs?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
40. They are known as the Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste. The icon of the event shows the older men holding up the younger ones. They try to provide comfort, even as the ordeal gets worse.
|This saint was a monk, and later in life became bishop of Thessaloniki. He founded the "hesychast" school of monasticism, in which one quietly contemplates the presence of God. Who was he? ||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
St. Gregory Palamas. St. Gregory Palamas was so loved by the people that calls for his canonization began just after his death. These were granted only nine years later.
|This saint was believed to be so filled with the spirit of God, that when he was assumed into heaven, his cloak was left on Earth and stood by itself. Who was it?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
Elijah. In one icon of the prophet, he is taken into heaven by the whirlwind, as the prophet Elisha watches and kneels in reverence. Elijah's cloak can be seen in the corner, standing empty but with arms out, as if someone were still wearing it.
|St. Catherine converted the Roman emperor's Maximinus' wife, and many other people, to Christianity. For this, she was arrested and tortured. Legend has it that when Catherine was to be broken on the wheel, a very unusual event interrupted the process. What was it?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
The wheel was destroyed. The most popular version of the story holds that "she touched the wheel, and it was destroyed." When the wheel failed, Catherine was beheaded. Thus she is called "Great Martyr." Her feast day is November 25.
|This saint holds the distinction of having been the first composer of hymns in the Church to add singing roles for female vocalists to his works. Who was he?||Saints of Orthodox Christianity II
St. Ephraim the Syrian. St. Ephraim lived in the fourth century. He was nicknamed "God's Harp" for the beauty of his writing.
Jan. Jan Crouch is a striking figure with her big blonde hair and sugary Southern accent. She and Paul were married in 1958.
The 700 Club. Pat Robertson made an unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, but remained a highly influential spokesman for the "Christian Right".
Enjoying Everyday Life. Based just outside of her hometown of St. Louis Missouri, Joyce Meyer was named by "Time" magazine in 2005 as one of the "Top 25 Evangelicals in America", coming in at number 17.
|The late Jerry Falwell was noted for his conservative beliefs. After the Dixie Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines made a controversial remark about then President George W. Bush, what nickname did Reverend Falwell give them?||Spreading The Word--A Quiz About TV Evangelists
Three French Hens. Natalie's remarks were made in London during an overseas concert tour. Many country radio stations boycotted their recordings after that. Reverend Falwell also once criticized the popular children's show "The Teletubbies", saying that one of the Teletubbies was gay.
|Herbert W. Armstrong was the founder of the Worldwide Church of God. His son took over his ministry following his retirement, but eventually fell into his father's disfavor and was removed. Who was his son?||Spreading The Word--A Quiz About TV Evangelists
Garner Ted Armstrong. Garner Ted Armstrong hosted the radio program "The World Tomorrow" for years before being expelled from the Worldwide Church of God by his father who was quoted as saying "He's in the hands of Satan". Garner Ted passed away in 2003.
Rex Humbard. Rex passed away on September 21, 2007. His wife Maude Aimee died in May of 2012. Rex was one of the last people to see Elvis Presley alive, having visited him a few days before his death.
Hour of Decision. Billy's health steadily declined since the death of his beloved wife Ruth in 2007 and he virtually retired, making only rare public appearances. But his son Franklin set out to carry on his father's ministry in honorable fashion.
Jim Bakker. Jim Bakker did time for fraud, but later returned to television with a new wife and new ministry. Tammy Faye went on to co-host a talk show with actor Jim J. Bullock. She passed away from cancer in 2007.
Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts retired shortly after that and lived until 2009. He had the distinction of founding a first-class university that is named after him. Their basketball team became one of the top college teams in the country.
Joel Osteen. Lakewood Church is in the former Compaq Center, once home to the NBA Houston Rockets. Joel Osteen has authored three best-selling books at this writing and has traveled worldwide to deliver his message.