Born in the 19th century to a Protestant family of German nobility,
Grand Duchess Elizabeth grew up surrounded by wealth and glory. Through the
care of a merciful and loving mother, Elizabeth became one of the most
beautiful and wise young women of her time. At the age of nineteen she married
a Russian Grand Duke and through him found the Orthodox Faith. After her
husband was brutally killed, Elizabeth totally renounced her fortune and the
illustrious life of princess. Fulfilling the longing of her heart, she became
an Orthodox nun and founded a convent which combined charitable work with the
life of prayer. But this wonderful work was interrupted after the Bolshevik
revolution, when Abbess Elizabeth was arrested, tortured and finally became
worthy of a martyr’s crown.
This is the story of a real princess, who through the power of faith
left all temporal things and became the abbess of a convent - even a martyr -
in a time of great oppression against the Orthodox Church.
At the end of the 19th century, into a rich family of Tsarist Russia,
little Michael came into the world. In spite of the fact that he was born with
one leg shorter than the other and had a speech impediment, young Michael
pursued his journey with determination and faith. Although exiled from his
homeland, he became a Russian Cadet, and then monk, seminary teacher and,
eventually, Archbishop John of Shanghai and San Francisco. A great man of
prayer and tireless traveler to wherever his help was needed, Saint John Maximovitch
left many testimonies of his miracles up to this day on the five continents he
His angelic life was a true comfort to people who were in need and in
all kinds of pain. It brings forth an exhortation to children to show love and
understanding themselves to all those in sorrow.
Born of the people of Israel, but raised in the treasure filled palace belonging
to the Pharaoh of Egypt, Moses was called by God to take His people out of the
bondage of the pagans and to guide them to the land promised to their fathers.
He would become the prophet who, strengthened by faith and the desire for
freedom, and endowed with the power to perform miracles, received from the very
hand of God the Ten Commandments for the people of Israel before the coming of the Saviour.
The entire Orthodox Church lives today following the same commandments.
The attractive text and vivid illustrations teach children that the true
slavery is the lack of faith in the true God, which no wealth can replace or
Several thousand years ago, when God’s chosen people were guided by angels
and by the righteous people of the Old Covenant, Jacob, the last patriarch,
lived together with his twelve sons in the land of Canaan. Joseph, the most
beloved of them, was sold by his brothers out of envy and was taken into exile
in the land of the Pharaohs. After going through many trials, Joseph received
the gift of explaining dreams and through this became the Governor of Egypt. By
divine providence and by his great wisdom, he managed to deliver his father and
brothers, as well as the entire Egyptian people, from the terrible famine that
struck the area.
The dynamic text and expressive illustrations show children an example
of trust in God, and how people should be forgiven, as every Christian should
Baby Constantine, the future Abbot Calinic of Cernica Monastery, was
born in Bucharest in the 18th Century - a time of great upheaval and troubles
caused by the Turkish dominion. A man of prayer, comforter of the sick, great
founder of monasteries and an innovative printer, as well as an ardent
supporter of the Union of the Romanian Principalities, the Holy Hierarch
Calinic managed to renew the Christian life of the Church in a short span of
Through a text filled with his teachings and wrought with warm illustrations,
children will find an example of great courage and self-sacrifice, and learn
that the True Faith overcomes all obstacles.
Little Anastasios was a meek child, thirsting for knowledge. As a young
man, he decided to serve God in a Monastery and became a monk. For his love and
obedience, he received many gifts from God, among which was the gift of wonderworking.
His pure life showed him to people as a great Saint of the Orthodox Church, a
protector of children and healer of ailments of all kinds.
The simple and graphic text and the bright watercolor illustrations
carry the soul to another realm, like an exhortation to discover the sweet
smell of sanctity, of which any child can partake.