July 20 – Maria Skobtsova; Elijah the Prophet

Maria Skobtsova (1891–1945) (née Elizaveta) (aka Maria of Paris or Mother Maria) (Мария Скобцова) was born in Riga (now in Latvia) but grew up “on the shore of the Black Sea” (tide pool?). Her father, devoutly Orthodox and mayor of Anapa, died when she was 14, prompting her conversion to atheism. Her mother, devoutly Orthodox… Continue reading July 20 – Maria Skobtsova; Elijah the Prophet