Our righteous father '''Maxim Sandovich''' (also ''Maximus'') was a Carpatho-Russian [[hieromartyr]] who, in practicing his Orthodox faith as [[priest]] under the rule of the [[Unia]], as enforced by the Roman Catholic Austrian imperial government, was arrested and then executed for his faith in August 1914. His [[feast day]]
is celebrated on [[August 6]].
Maxim Sandovich was born into the family of a prosperous farmer, Timothy Sandovich, and his wife, Christina, in the village of Zdyna, Galicia. His father served as the choir director in the local parish. After finishing four years of study at the local high school in Novy Sanch, Maxim crossed the border into Russia to become a [[novice]] at the Pochaev Lavra in Volynia. Subsequently, he attended the Orthodox [[seminary]] in Zhitomir. Completing his studies he married a young Orthodox woman, Pelagia, and was [[
ordain]] ed as a [[deacon]] and then to the [[priest]]hood before returning to his home.
It was not very long before the Austrian militia discovered his Orthodox pastoral and [[missionary]] service as he was denounced by a Ukrainian teacher by the name of Leos, in 1912. Immediately the Austrian gendarmes put Fr. Maxim in chains and sent him to prison in Lvov. There he was held for two years without a trial or inquest while being abused horribly and living in equally bad conditions. Then as World War I was to begin he was released for lack of evidence.
Fr. Maxim Sandovich was
canonized by the [[Church of Poland|Polish Orthodox Church]] in 1994. His feast day in August 6.
St. Maxim's son, Maxim, would later return to Gorlice and lead a thriving Orthodox community there.
There is a liturgical service and an [[akathist]] hymn in his honor.
*[http://www.lemko.org/religion/maxim/ Holy New Hieromartyr Maximus Sandovich: His Life and Martyrdom]
*[http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/pages/Orthodox_Life/fr_maxim.htm The Persecution and Death of Fr. Maxim Sandovich: A 20th Century Carpatho-Russian Martyr for Orthodoxy]
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/zcj06.htm St. Maxim Sandovich]
*[http://www.networks-now.net/litresswraoc/LRPSandovich.htm St. Maximus Sandovich]