Holy Fathers: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)

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Holy Fathers:

Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai

& San Francisco (+1966)

“Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men’s needs, and upon their supplication they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God.” (St. John Maximovitch)

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What better description could be found to portray the essence of a man whose love for Christ drew him to such heights of spiritual perfection that he enkindled the faith of thousands from East to West? The life of St. John Maximovitch demonstrates more vividly than any words that true Christianity far exceeds the bounds of human “goodness”. Here is a shining reflection of the supernatural love of God which works miracles, a living proof that the burning faith of the early Christian saints still warms the earth at a time when the love of many has grown cold.

St. John did not isolate himself from the world, but he was not of this world. First and foremost he was a man of prayer. He completely surrendered himself to God, presenting himself as a “living sacrifice” and he became a true vessel of the Holy Spirit. His work as an apostle, missionary and miracle worker continues even now.

This saint of the latter times was born June 4, 1896 in the province of Kharkov. At baptism he was given the name Michael. As a child he was serious for his years and he later wrote: “From the first days when I began to become aware of myself, I wished to serve righteousness and truth. My parents kindled in me a striving to stand unwaveringly for the truth, and my soul was captivated by the example of those who had given their lives for it.”

Following the desire of his parents, he entered law school in Kharkov. He was a naturally gifted student but spent more time reading the Lives of Saints than attending academic lectures. “While studying the worldly sciences,” he wrote, “I went all the more deeply into the study of the science of sciences, into the study of the spiritual life.”

After the Revolution, he was evacuated together with his family to Belgrade where he entered the faculty of theology at the University. In 1926, a year after his graduation, he was tonsured a monk and given the name John, after his own distant relative, St. John of Tobolsk. In November of that same year, he was ordained hieromonk. Soon he became a teacher at Continue reading “Holy Fathers: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)”

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) 

and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

Source:

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George, a young man of sixteen or seventeen, came to Mount Athos in Greece to go from one monastery to another. Though Greek by blood, he had been raised abroad from early childhood among Tibetan Buddhist monks in their monastery. He had made a great deal of progress in meditation, and he had become an accomplished sorcerer, able to summon any demon he wanted. He was also an expert in the martial arts. Using the power of Satan, he made impressive displays of his abilities: he broke hazelnuts in his palm, and tossed away the shells while the nuts remained attached to his hand. He could read closed books. He struck large rocks with his bare hand, and they shattered like walnuts.

Some monks brought George to Saint Paisios so that he could help him. George asked Saint Paisios what powers he had, what he could do, and the St Paisios answered that he himself didn’t have any power, and that all power is from God.

George, wanting to demonstrate his power, concentrated his gaze on a large rock in the distance, and it shattered. Saint Paisios took a small rock and made the sign of the Cross over it, and told him to destroy it too. He concentrated and performed his magic, but he couldn’t shatter it. Then he started trembling, and the satanic powers―which he thought he controlled―since they weren’t able to break the rock, turned against him and hurled him to the opposite bank of the river. Saint Paisios picked him up in a miserable condition.

“Another time,” recounted St Paisios, “while we were talking, he suddenly stood up, grabbed me by the arms and spun me around backward. ‘Let’s see Hadjiefendis get you lose, if he can,’ he said. I felt it was like blasphemy to say that. I moved my hands a little, like this, and he was jerked away. He jumped up in the air and tried to kick me, but his foot stopped near my face, like it had hit an invisible wall! God protected me.

“At night, I kept him there, and he slept in my cell. The demons dragged him down into the pit and thrashed him for failing. In the morning he was in a bad state, injured and covered in thorns and dirt. He confessed, ‘Satan beat me up because I couldn’t defeat you.’”

St Paisios convinced George to bring him his magical texts, and he burned them. “When he came here”, St Paisios recalled, “he had some sort of charm or amulet with him. I went to take it, but he wouldn’t give it to me. I took a candle and said, “Lift the leg of your pants up a little.” Then I put the lit candle against his leg―he yelled and jumped up. “Well,” I said, “if the flame from a little candle is for you, how are you going to endure the fire of hell that you’re going to end up in because of what you’re doing?”

St Paisios kept the young man close to him for a little while and helped him, so long as he was willing to be obedient. He felt such compassion for him that he said, “I would leave the desert and go out into the world to help this boy.” He made an effort to learn if he had been baptized and even found out the name of the church where his baptism had taken place. Shaken by the power and the grace of the Elder, George wanted to become a monk, but he wasn’t able to.

Saint Paisios would refer to George’s case to show what a delusion it is to think that all religions are the same, that everyone believes in the same God, and that there’s no difference between Tibetan Buddhist and Orthodox monks.

From the Book:

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

©2012 For the English Language by The Holy Monastery Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian

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February 2017: Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits Vietnam

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February 2017:

Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits Vietnam

From February 11-13, 2017 Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate in East and South Asia, was on a visit to Vietnam.

On February 11, His Eminence and his party were met at the Hanoi airport by Russian Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam K. Vnukov and Russian diplomats.

On the same day, His Eminence met with the deputy head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs, Duong Ngoc Tan. They exchanged opinions on organizing the Russian Orthodox Church’s pastoral care for Russian-speaking compatriots in Vietnam, noting the positive experience of the work carried out by the Parish of Our Lady of Kazan in Vung Tau, which has been established by the ROC Holy Synod after the visit made by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (now Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia) to Vietnam in November 2001. They also discussed prospects for cooperation and development of humanitarian interaction in the religious sphere between Russia and Vietnam.

In the evening, Archbishop Sergiy met with Ambassador K.Vnukov. They considered a wide range of issues concerning organization of pastoral care for compatriots in Hanoi and other cities in Vietnam. The archbishop presented the ambassador with the ROC jubilee medal ‘In Memory of the Millennium of the Demise of Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles’ awarded him by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

On February 12, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Archbishop Sergiy celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Hanoi. It was attended by numerous faithful from Russia, Greece, various cities in Vietnam and other countries; over 50 people communicated. Among the worshippers were Russian diplomats and members of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Addressing the worshippers, Archbishop Sergiy conveyed them greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, who was the first hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to visit the capital city of Vietnam, in 2001. His Eminence spoke at length about the spiritual meaning of the Sunday divine services preceding Lent.

Mr. A. Gankin greeted His Eminence on behalf of the Russian Orthodox community in Hanoi. He thanked Patriarch Kirill for his care for the faithful in Asia including Vietnam. He also thanked Archbishop Sergiy for the celebration, his homily and his work to organize the life of Orthodox communities in South-East Asia.

In response to an earlier request of the compatriots to establish a ROC parish in Hanoi, Archbishop Sergiy, after a discussion with the faithful, gave his blessing upon the forming of a community dedicated to Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg and called everyone to lift up ardent prayers to this woman of God, now the patron saint of the parish in Vietnam.

On February 13, Archbishop Sergiy left Vietnam for Cambodia.

DECR Communication Service

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RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN SINGAPORE

旧約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場前。 新約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場後 Holy Bible: Old and New Testament ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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日本人 JAPANESE ORTHODOX SITES

旧約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場前

新約聖書=イエス・キリスト登場後

聖書の原典は、旧約聖書がヘブライ語で、新約聖書がギリシャ語で書かれてる。

なので、「英語聖書」とか「日本語聖書」というのは、正確には「各国語に翻訳された聖書」。

Saint Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure – 26 Novembre ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Saint Stylianos de Paphlagonie, Asie Mineure

26 Novembre

Choisi par Dieu depuis le sein de sa mère, Saint Stylianos se détacha des illusions de ce monde, distribua ses biens aux pauvres et embrassa la vie monastique. Il s’illustra avec vaillance dans les combats de l’ascèse et, au bout de quelques années de vie commune, partit pour mener la vie solitaire dans une grotte. Il y recevait sa nourriture de la main d’un Ange et devint bientôt intercesseur efficace auprès de Dieu pour le soulagement des malades: en particulier pour la guérison des maladies infantiles et pour la délivrance des femmes restées stériles. C’est dans ces circonstances que la prière du Saint reste toujours efficace pour ceux qui l’invoquent avec foi de nos jours.

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양구 성 안드레아 수도원 Yanggu Orthodox Monastery, South Korea ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Korean

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양구 성 안드레아 수도원

주소: 강원도 양구군 동면 바랑길 189-12
전화: 033 481 5740

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Link: Philippines of my heart – Orthodox Philippines

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Philippines of my heart – Orthodox Philippines

Link: Pilipinas ng aking puso – Simbahang Ortodokso Ng Silangan ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Filipino

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Pilipinas ng aking puso

Simbahang Ortodokso Ng Silangan

Link: Timotheos Shutagalung – Orthodox Indonesia

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Timotheos Shutagalung – Orthodox Indonesia