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Saint Olga (c. 890 - 969, Kiev) was a ruler of Kievan Rus' as regent (945–c.963) for her son, Svyatoslav, who was only 3 yrs old when his father died. She was the first Rus' ruler to convert to Christianity, either in 945 or in 957. Olga was one of the first people of Rus' to be proclaimed a saint, for her efforts to spread the Christian religion in the country.However, she failed to convert Svyatoslav, and it was left to her grandson and pupil Vladimir I to make Christianity the state religion.
Icon of St. Mary Magdalene for Mother Leigh Hall. [by Kenneth Hosley] In the early Church, St. Mary Magdalene was given the title “Equal to the Apostles” or more importantly “Apostle to the Apostles.” While Roman Catholicism has vilified her as a prostitute since Pope Gregory the Great in 591 until the Vatican finally yet quietly withdrew the remark in 1969, the Eastern Church has always honored her for the exceptional role she played in the life of Jesus and early Christianity.
St. Luke's day - 18 Oct (15th century Byzantine icon, Recklinghausen, Germany; "This is probably the first time this rarely painted theme appeared on an icon.")
Vladimir icon of the Mother of God. According to Tradition, the evangelist, physician and iconographer Luke painted three icons of the Theotokos. When Our Lady looked at them, She said, “May the grace of the One Who was born of me, and my grace, be with these Holy Icons.”
wonderful article - "Saint John, the 'Apostle of Love'" christianorthodox... (John and his disciple Prochorus)
A Prince, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves (12th century) left his family to become a monk. He worked in the monastery's kitchen, served as gatekeeper, and grew a garden around his cell; also, he funded two churches in the area. Saint Nicholas was the first Russian prince to accept monasticism; his brothers ridiculed him, and his doctor told him fasting had weakened him. Saying this the doctor fell ill and was only cured by the saint's prayers. (Oct 14)