Translated from the original Slavonic text by Fr. Thomas Marretta
The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints features: full length, unabridged Lives of the Saints for each day of the month, about 50 full length Lives in each volume, homilies for the major feastdays and for certain saints by Saint Demetrius and other Holy Fathers, and an Index of Saints and feasts.
Each national Orthodox Church has published in its own language a treasury of the Lives of the Saints, not only those who flourished in the early centuries of the Church, but also those saints of that particular national church who lived during the second millennium. Typically these collections followed the same traditional structure: twelve volumes, one for each month, with full length Lives of the saints for each day of the month.
This offering of the famous Russian collection of Lives of the Saints by Saint Demetrius of Rostov (1651-1709) marks the first time any of these national collections have been published in their entirety in the English language.