Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
From this Saint, we perceive many important messages:
1. One's age, experience, intelligence or possessions are not prerequisites for holiness, as our Church has many examples (from the Holy Innocents to St. Kerykos the Child-martyr to Sts. Faith, Hope and Love the Virgin-Martyrs), of infants and children who have lived lives of holiness, and have suffered for Christ. And Christ glorified them as faithful servants who were faithful unto death.
2. The demons, and twisted, sadistic and sick people under their influence are not new phenomena. But despite the extreme darkness that could enable one to go so far as to kill an innocent child, the light of Christ will ultimately triumph.
3. This triumph through the Resurrection of Christ is vivdly demonstrated through the revelation of the incorrupt relics of this Saint, and their great wonderworking through the Holy Spirit. To paraphrase the Divine Chrysostom: Christ is risen, and the demons have fallen! Christ is risen, and not one dead is left in the tombs!
The holy youth Martyr Gabriel was born in 1684 in the village of Zverka,
Zabludov diocese, to apious peasant couple, Peter and Anastasia Govdel. He was
baptized in the Dormition church of the Zabludov monastery and received the name
Gabriel in honor of the Archangel.
meekness and guilelessness normally found in children, the young Gabriel was
marked by characteristics uncommon to his age. He had, for example, a reflective
nature and a mature perception of the action of Divine Providence in people's
lives. It is not surprising that he inclined more towards prayer and solitude
than towards the amusements which occupied his peers.
In 1690 tragedy
visited the GovdeI family. One day the unsuspecting mother, leaving the six-year
old Gabriel alone in the house, took some food to his father who was out plowing
the fields. While she was gone a local tenant came to the house. Taking
advantage of the parents' absence and the child's trusting nature, he kidnapped
Gabriel was taken
secretly to the town of Bialystok and given over to sadistic torture. His side
was pierced and a special instrument was inserted which gradually drained his
blood. After nine days of such treatment the boy died. Desiring to conceal such
a vile deed, the murderer secretly took the body and threw it onto the edge of a
field near some woods in the vicinity of the boy's home village.
The holy Feast of
Pascha approached. Hungry dogs began gathering around the lifeless body,
predatory birds circled overhead. Miraculously the body remained untouched. Not
only did the dogs refrain from devouring it, they even guarded it against the
The body of the
young martyr was eventually discovered and taken to Zabludov. An investigation
brought to light the particulars of the crime which was duly entered in the town
records. With the participation of many local inhabitants, deeply shaken by the
committed atrocity, the body of the martyr Gabriel was laid to rest near the
cemetery church. There it remained for close to thirty years.
Early in the 18th
century, the whole territory surrounding Bialystok was seized by an epidemic.
Thousands fell victim to the disease and crowded the cemeteries. Many children
from the neighborhood of Zvevka and Zabludov were buried near the grave of the
child-martyr Gabriel whom many revered on account of his innocent suffering and
martyric death. Many sensed an abundance of grace present at his grave,
Once, during a
burial, some grave diggers inadvertently came up against Gabriel' s coffin. When
it was opened witnesses were astonished to see that after the passage of so many
years, the child's body was incorrupt. News of the miracle spread with
lightening speed among the faithful, strengthening and increasing veneration for
the holy child. His relics were reverently transferred to the village church in
Zverkov and placed in a special crypt below the church.
In 1794 a fire
destroyed the church but, miraculously, the relics were spared. Only a portion
of one hand was partially burned and this, undoubtedly, in accordance with God's
Providence for the sake of strengthening faith and piety among the Orthodox
people, for when the holy relics were subsequently transferred to the Zabludov
monastery, the injured hand was supernaturally restored; it was found to be
newly covered with skin.
The living memory
of the child-martyr, the honor accorded him, and the desire to promote his
veneration inspired the building of a church on the site of his grave. On the
day of Holy Pascha 1894, took place the festive consecration of the church.
Sadly, only eight years later this church also burned. But on this occasion
likewise there occurred a miracle. Although the church was completely destroyed,
the icon of its heavenly patron, child-martyr Gabriel, was preserved
For many years St.
Gabriel's relics lay in the Zabludov monastery. External circumstances, however,
forced upon the area a tense situation which was heightened by the ill will of
some of its heterodox inhabitants. For the sake of security the relics were
transferred to the Holy Trinity Monastery in Slutsky--which explains how St.
Gabriel came to be called "Slutsky," a fact which clouds the true origin of this
Zabludov saint. From Slutsky the holy relics were eventually transferred to the
city of Minsk and then to Grodno where they exist at the present time.
But the believers
of the Polish Orthodox Churchhave faith that in God's good time the holy relics
of the child-martyr Gabriel will be returned to his homeland, to the place of
his birth, where his memory is reverently preserved in prayer even to this
(Translated from the Life, in Russian, published together
with an akathist to the Saint through the efforts of the Orthodox parish in
n days 21-22 September 1992, with blessing of a Bialystok and
Gdansk Archbishop Sawa and also with blessing of a Grodno and Volkowyck Bishop
Valentin, the relic of Saint Gabriel was festively transferred from Grodno to
St. Nicola's Cathedral in Bialystok."
Troparion of the Saint
Holy Child Gabriel, in the name of the One pierced for us, bad people had pierced your body, and for the One who blooded for us, your whole body was bleeding and ha terrible wounds, but now and in eternal glory you are enjoying with Him. Remember there about us, who here on earth are worshipping you, pray for the health of our bodies and the salvation of our souls!
Thou wast born in God-preserved Zverka, O Martyr of Christ Gabriel, where thou didst pass thy childhood. From thy father's house thou wast cunningly stolen away by evil people, and having endured cruel torments, thou didst settle in the heavenly homeland. Preserve us from all attacks and misfortune, and, we beg of thee, entreat the Lord that we too may partake of thine eternal inheritance.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, bestowing life!
Truly the Lord is risen!
This is a catholic blog, therefore it should tell the facts as they happened. Why on earth did you fail to mention that Gabriel was a victim of a jewish blood ritual murder? Telling the truth and exposing facts and actions is not anti-Semitism, ok? criticism of actions is not hatred of race...you have been infected with Zionist and jewish ancient, 'fear of the jews'...you are terrified of being labelled an 'anti-semite'....that is shameful
First, this is an Orthodox Christian blog.
Second, the sources that I have referenced do not mention that the murder of St. Gabriel was from a Jew. Others may, but this information was taken from the cited source site.
If it were the case that St. Gabriel was murdered by a Jew, I would not have a problem mentioning this. However, it is irrelevant who murdered St. Gabriel and for what reason. This was clearly a demonic act, and whoever killed him will have to give an account for this. But the most important thing is that Christ's light continues to shine through the darknkess, and the darkness has not overtaken it.
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Agiogi... it's not my fault that you are badly informed regarding this type of kidnapping, torture and killing; only the jews are known to commit such crimes, as catholic history has recorded many of these cases. The Jewish Encyclopedia 1905 ediction mentions 123 of these cases up to the beginning of the 20th century; these were all caes the jews couldn't possibly deny, as they were all carefully researched by kings, queens and princes. Bare in mind that throughout the centuries, many jews converted to catholicism, and many of them revealed what rabbis normally do at Easter time... you see, these crimes aren't done by common jews, but by rabbis - as in catholicism only clergy can perform rituals, the same happens in judaism/pharisaism, only rabbis are allowed to perform rituals and this is an annual ritual!!
But read what one influenctial and known jew said about jewish ritual murders:
Charles Weisman, jewish author, “Who is Esau-Edom?”:
- “During the middle ages jews were found guilty of ritual murder of christians in England; in Norwich in 1146, and Lincoln in 1225; in France at Blois in 1171 and northern Italy at Trent in 1475. The jewish encyclopedia lists 121 ritual murder cases from 1146 to 1900, which were tried in courts. Many of the listings show convictions and the mode in which guilty jews were executed… From 1900 to 1939 there have been about another 20 cases of ritual murder by jews. Even to this day there are reports of ritual murder of children by certain extremists hasidic orthodox jewish sects. Abortion has become an overt means of child sacrifice which jews have instituted under their de facto law. A more covert of child sacrifice has been by their infamous 'ritual murderers', which jews have been accused through the ages. In this practice, the blood of the sacrificed gentile is mixed with flour to make unleavened bread eaten at Passover. Even God commanded circumcision, there is no way a reading of Scripture shows that God intended that the procedure turn into a bloody ritual. Besides that, it seems apparent that when Christ nailed the blood ordinances to the Cross, He also nailed the circumcision to the Cross. “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye' be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.”
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