Born on October 26, 1651, in Makarovo, Ukraine, Daniel Savich Stavrovetsky (later to be known as Demetrius) showed a keen interest in religious studies from an early age. After completing his initial education at the Kiev Mogila Academy, he took monastic vows in 1675, adopting the name Demetrius.
Demetrius became the Bishop of Rostov in 1702 after refusing several other offers of becoming a bishop, insisting he preferred the life of a monk. He worked to strengthen the faith of his flock and was particularly devoted to improving the education of priests. His efforts towards education were instrumental in improving the quality of homilies and thus spiritual life in Russia.
A noted scholar and writer, Saint Demetrius's most significant contribution to the Orthodox Church is "The Lives of the Saints," a twelve-volume set in which he documented the lives and works of numerous saints for each day of the year. This work continues to be a source of spiritual nourishment and an educational tool for Orthodox Christians worldwide.
Demetrius reposed peacefully in the Lord on October 28, 1709. His incorrupt relics remain in the Dormition Cathedral in Rostov. He was glorified (canonized) as a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1757.
Saint Demetrius of Rostov is celebrated for his profound spiritual writings, his passion for religious education, and his stalwart defense of the Orthodox faith. His life serves as an example of dedication, scholarship, and devout faith.
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This book contains the full length, unabridged lives of the saints for each day of the month, including: Basil the Great, the 70 Apostles, Anthony the Great, Xenophon and Mary and their sons John and Arcadius. Softcover.