Historically it was part of the Land of Sanok and the Ruthenian Voivodeship.
This historic city is situated on the San River at the foot of Castle Hill in the Lesser Poland (Małopolska) region.
Mary of Egypt and Sunday – the last Sunday of the Great fast – we remembered St. Saint Sophronios says that she would not charge her many sexual partners, but survived instead by begging and spinning flax.
Mary of Egypt was, as Simon the Pharisee observed today about the woman of the city, “a sinner.” Though she is often thought of as a prostitute, her sin was not so much prostitution as fornication.
Rather, she went in a large group for the purpose of seducing many partners.
Some might question how such a sinner could even think to enter the holy city and its holy places.
Today, an eerie calm presides over the Balkans — “the powder keg of Europe.” Lost in the confusion were Yugoslav minorities — Greek Catholics, Jews and Protestants.
) is a proper geographical exonym for Kievan Rus' and other, more local, historical states. The word Ruthenia originated as a Latin rendering of the region and people known originally as Rus'.
Although Rus' is used as the same root word for Russia in the Russian language, the allusion holds a direct link to the ancestors of the Rus', Varangians or Varyags, sometimes called "Vikings" in English publications.
But remember the sinful woman of the city in Simon’s house (Luke -38).
She goes right up to Jesus himself and, weeping, wets his feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair and kisses his feet and anoints them. And Jesus, who is more than a prophet, knows that she has sinned, yet allows her to touch him.