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The Lives of the Saints


Murdock Press 1898

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In 1863, Sebastian Dabovich was born in San Francisco to Serbian immigrants. He became both the first Orthodox priest and tonsured Orthodox monk to be born in the United States. He devoted himself to teaching and missionary work. Travelling tirelessly all his life by horse, rail, and foot, he brought pastoral care to people across the United States, as well as Russia, Japan, and the Balkans, to communities large and small, urban and rural, and rich and poor. In this volume, Dabovich, in unadorned language, teaches us about the lives of 14 saints, including John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, John the Evangelist, and several other Eastern saints. He presents the facts simply acknowledging “the facts in the histories of the lives of holy men and women speak for themselves.” He also includes several sermons on Orthodox tradition and the mission of the church, colored by the experiences of his never-ending missionary journey and his love for God’s diverse flock.

Dabovich’s simple, lively accounts, translated by him from his own original text, are rooted in Scripture and ancient histories. He includes none of his own commentary. Instead, demonstrating great faith in the power of the facts, he seeks to represent nothing more than the most accurate knowledge of the lives of the saints available in his time. He humbly passes on to others the knowledge he humbly received himself.

In the Logos Bible Software editions Dabovich’s accounts will link with your library’s wealth of modern and historical encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other histories, allowing you to compare versions of events from sources as diverse as the Bible, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Alban Butler’s own Lives of the Saints. The fully indexed text enables near-instant search results for words, people, places, and ideas, while Scripture references appear on mouseover in your preferred translation, lending unmatched depth and efficiency to your study.

Key Features

  • Clear and lively accounts of 14 saints
  • Several sermons on Orthodox tradition and mission
  • Early twentieth-century perspective


  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. Mary Magdalene
  • St. John the Evangelist
  • St. Panteleimon, the Great Martyr
  • St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
  • St. Nina, the Missionary of Georgia
  • A Sainted Brother’s History of a Sainted Sister
  • St. John Chrysostom
  • Something About an Evening Hymn
  • St. Pelagia
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles of the Slavenians
  • St. Sabbas, the First Archbishop of the Serbians
  • St. Alexander Nevsky
  • St. Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow
  • Why Christians Bring Loaves to the Divine Liturgy
  • Address at the Celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Great Missionary in North America
  • Since Religion
  • Sermon on Orthodox Sunday
  • Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity
  • Sermon on Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
  • How the Church Cares for Her Sheep and Lambs

Product Details

  • Title: The Lives of the Saints
  • Author: Sebastian Dabovich
  • Publisher: The Murdock Press
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 236

About the Author

Sebastian Dabovich was a Serbian priest for the Russian Orthodox missionary movement in America at the end of the nineteenth century. He was responsible for the foundation of several Orthodox churches in the United States, and authored multiple volumes on the Orthodox faith. He served the churches of America in several locations, including Sitka, Alaska, San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois, and Tenafly, New Jersey. He finished his life serving the Church of Yugoslavia, reposing there on November 30, 1940. He was buried at the monastery of Zicha, and is under consideration for glorification as a Saint in the Orthodox Church.

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