The Holy Fathers of Christendom said in ages past that "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." In light of this expression, no part of the Orthodox Church has contributed more to the Faith in the last 100 years, since the Church of Russia produced in the 20th century a vast field of new martyrs and new confessors for Christ, who watered that land with their blood. Their prayers eventually freed the Russian lands from Communist control, and the awakening to Orthodoxy and faith in God that has followed constitutes a powerful force in the modern world. Find out more on our website about the new martyrs, their lives, their icons, their struggles, their miracles. Holy New-Martyrs of Russia, pray to God for us!
What follows is a rather detailed account of the life and martyric end of the holy hieromartyr Benjamin of Petrograd. Holy Hieromartyr Benjamin, pray for us!