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You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;'                but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.                If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.                If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.                'It was also said, 'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,'                but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.                'Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, 'You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,'                but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;                nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.                Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.                But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.                'You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'*                But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.                If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.                Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.                Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you.                'You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor,* and hate your enemy.*'                But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,                that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven.               
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Saint Angelina of Serbia

Saint Angelina was the daughter of the famous Albanian hero George Skenderbeg (1414-1467). She married St. Steven, the Serbian ruler who inherited the title of Despot from his father Prince George Brankovich. At that time Serbia had already been conquered by the Turks, so St. Angelina and St. Stephen had to bear many adversities and even humiliating exile to Italy. Among all tribulations the holy couple brought up their two sons, Maxim and John, in a truly Christian and ascetic spirit: St. Maxim became a bishop and St. John was the last ruler of Serbia (from 1493) prior to a long period of enslavement of the country.

Becoming a nun on her husband’s death, she devoted herself to prayer and works of charity. She was especially well known for her taking care of Serbian and Russian churches and monasteries. When she saw she could no longer support all the monasteries, she sent a message to the Great Prince Basil III of Moscow with a touching request: "Our country is declining these days, and yours is rising. Do take upon your shoulders the responsibility and care for our holy churches and monasteries built by your and our faithful ancestors." Prince Basil’s donation was used to build the Krusedol monastery. She reposed at the beginning of the 16th century and it was in that monastery that her imperishable relics were buried together with those of her spouse, St. Stephan, and of her two sons, the archbishop St. Maxim and Prince St. John. Their names are associated with protection of Serbia from heathen invaders. In the years of Serbia’s subjugation to Turkey, Serbian people prayed to them for liberation of the country from the conquerors. Even non-Christians received healing from their relics and marveled at the greatness of the Christian faith.

Saint Angelina along with St. Militza is the most loved and revered saint in Serbia. People call her "maika" (mother) Angelina.


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