The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy

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The conversion of French

Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel)

to Orthodoxy

Photographer Gérard Gascuel who worked with Marcel Marceau and Salvador Dali and now is Hieromonk Gerasimos says he decided to become a monk after hearing an Athonite monk singing.

«I was 33 when the editor in chief of an influential Japanese magazine sent me to Greece to make a report about the life of Athonite monks,» Father Gerasimos was quoted as saying by the Rossijskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday.

Going around the monasteries he came upon a monastery where there is an ancient tradition to keep skulls of deceased monks.

«I went into the crypt and then life was divided: ‘before’ and ‘after’. When I was going back I met a Greek monk and we talked about the meaning of life. His English was poor… And suddenly he started singing!» Father Gerasimos recalls.

According to him, it was then that he decided to become a monk.

«I made a decision in few seconds. Having returned to France, I delivered my report to the magazine, sold my estate and became an ordinary monk on Athos. I spent many years in the Holy Land at St. Savvas Monastery in the Continue reading “The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy”

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Living places of Saint John Maximovitch (+1966)

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ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH OF SAN FRANCISCO

LIVING PLACES OF SAINT JOHN MAXIMOVITCH

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ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH IN FRANCE

Reminiscences of his Spiritual Daughter

by Zinaida V. Julem

The period of Blessed John’s life in France has so far been rather obscure, and not much information about it has been available. A devoted spiritual daughter of his, the author of these memoirs, Zinaida V. Julem, fills in this gap, giving us a view from the “inside” and disclosing the mystical world of perhaps the holiest man of the 20th-century. Surely a prophet of such calibre could not get by without evoking envy and hatred, just as did the prophets of old. But to conceal this righteous man from the view of the thirsting new generation would be a sin, because the glory of God, revealed in the lives of the righteous, serves to enkindle that divine fire which Christ our Lord wishes to have burning upon this earth. (St. Luke 12:49).

In anticipation of the forthcoming 20th anniversary of Blessed John’s repose, which will occur on June 19/July 2, 1986, we here present a spiritual portrait of this wonderworker who once walked among us. This account comes from a simple loving heart, guarded by the Patristic awareness of sobriety. Realizing that Blessed John was touched by Divinity and was in contact with the mind of his Creator, the author was able to peer into the mystery of his sanctity. Although her observations only give us glimpses, they offer clear testimony to the close presence of the other world for which the Holy Orthodox Church prepares its children, and to the ability of God’s saints to penetrate that realm even while on earth. That mystery, that revelation beyond our glimpses, remains hidden in God. It is opened to those who, like Blessed John, ascend on the wings of divine love for God and their neighbor. And those of us who watch from below are given renewed hope and the inspiration to increase our upward striving.

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ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

REMINISCENCES OF NUN EUPHEMIA, AS TOLD TO THE NUNS OF HOLY CROSS SKETE

from THE ORTHODOX WORD, No. 189, pp. 176-181

THE ORPHANAGE

There were always wars in China. The Chinese had large families with many children, and there was very little to eat. To save on food, they would get rid of newborns, placing them out on the street to freeze to death. Vladika John would pick them up and bring them to the orphanage. On these outings, the deacon of the cathedral would follow him in order to help and protect him. Once Vladika said to this deacon about a child, “Pick him up.” The deacon objected, “But he’s Chinese.” “But he is made in the image of God,” said Vladika. 

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Video: Blessing of the Kindling – Celtic Prayer for the Morning

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Blessing of the Kindling – Celtic Prayer for the Morning

Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia, Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania – St Catherine’s Vision – PDF

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Some Orthodox Saints from Ireland, Russia,

Norway, Holy Land, France, Egypt, England, Serbia, Asia Minor,

Italy, Bulgaria, Spain & Romania

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France currently home to 500-700,000 Orthodox Christians and growing

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France currently home

to 500-700,000 Orthodox Christians and growing

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The Handbook of the Orthodox Church has been published in France, providing comprehensive information and practical information about Orthodox life in France. It presents a detailed map showing the location of all Orthodox parishes, monasteries, and dioceses in France by region, and provides information about Orthodox bishops (members of the Association of Orthodox Bishops), priests, and deacons, and also about clergy who have reposed in recent years. The new publication also contains information on icon workshops, Orthodox choirs, Orthodox periodicals, documentaries and art publications, candle and bookstores, and Orthodox movements in France, reports Sedmitza.

The number of Orthodox is growing steadily in France according to the Handbook, which places it at 500,000. The Catholic publication “La Croix” places the number at 700,000, with a preponderance of Russians and Continue reading “France currently home to 500-700,000 Orthodox Christians and growing”

On two types of love – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

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On two types of love

Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

March 31

In this world there are two kinds of love: one that takes and one that gives. This is common to all types of love — not only love for man. One can love a friend, one’s family, children, scholarship, art, the motherland, one’s own ideas, oneself — and even God — from either of these two points of view. Even those forms of love which by common consent are the highest can exhibit this dual character.

Take, for example, maternal love. A mother can often forget herself, sacrifice herself for her children. Yet this does not as yet warrant recognition as Christian love for her children. One needs to ask the question: what is it that she loves in them? She may love her own reflection, her second youth, an Continue reading “On two types of love – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)”

Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945) – 31 mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945)

31 mars

Mère Marie Skobtsov ou sainte Marie de Paris, née Élisabeth Iourievna Pilenko le 8 (21) décembre 1891 à Riga, dans le gouvernement de Livonie qui faisait alors partie de l’Empire de Russie et morte le 31 mars 1945 à Ravensbrück, est une poétesse, mémorialiste et membre de la résistance française, devenue religieuse orthodoxe. Elle a été canonisée comme martyre de la Foi par l’Église orthodoxe (Patriarcat de Constantinople) le 16 janvier 2004.

En Russie

Mère Marie était la fille d’un magistrat de l’Empire russe, Youri Dmitriévitch Pilenko, qui exerçait à Riga, sa mère était issue de la famille aristocratique des Dmitriev-Mamonov. La famille déménagea à Anapa, ville balnéaire des bords de la mer Noire, en juin 1895, à la retraite du père de famille. Celui-ci avait hérité dans le village de Djemet, à six verstes de la ville, d’un domaine viticole. Youri Pilenko fut nommé directeur du jardin botanique Nikitsky en Crimée, au Continue reading “Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945) – 31 mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

Santo Abel de Reims da Irlanda (+751) – 5 de agosto ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese

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Santo Abel de Reims da Irlanda (+751)

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Santo Abel de Reims (Irlanda, ? – Lobbes, 5 de agosto de 764) também conhecido por Abel McAedh, foi um abade de Lobbes e bispo de Reims. Está incluído nas Vidas dos Santos irlandeses.

Abel nasceu na Irlanda, viajou com outros professores cristãos como Bonifácio e Willibrord para a Francônia. Parece ter inicialmente conseguido um posto na abadia de Lobbes. Em 3 de março de 744, tornou-se bispo de Reims no Sínodo de Soissons.

Apesar do apoio do rei Carlomano I, Abel não caiu nas graças do Papa Zacarias. O papa recusou-se a dar o pálio a Abel e entregou-o ao arcebispo Hartbert de Sens. Sendo assim, Abel não pode mais permanecer em Reims e retornou à abadia de Lobbes (provavelmente em 748), onde continuou a propagar o Evangelho até sua morte em 764.

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Lobbes, Bélgica

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Hl. Johannes Maximowitsch von Shanghai und San Francisco (+1966) – 2. Juli ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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Hl. Johannes Maximowitsch

von Shanghai und San Francisco (+1966)

2. Juli

Hl. Johannes von Shanghai und San Francisco (weltlicher Name Michail Borissowitsch Maximowitsch, russisch Михаил Борисович Максимо́вич; * 4. Juni (jul.)/ 16. Juni 1896 (greg.) im Dorf Adamowka im Gouvernement Charkow (heute Ukraine); † 2. Juli 1966 in Seattle) war Bischof der Russischen Auslandskirche und ist ein Heiliger der Orthodoxen Kirche. Von vielen orthodoxen Christen wird er als Wundertäter verehrt.

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Michail ist aus der Familie Maximowitsch, der auch der in ebenfalls in der orthodoxen Kirche heiliggesprochene Johannes von Tobolsk (1651–1715) entstammt. Der Vater Michail war adeliger Marschall und sein Onkel Rektor der Kiewer Universität. Von 1907 bis 1914 besuchte er die Militärschule von Poltava, 1918 schloss er sein Studium an der rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität in Charkiw ab. 1921, in der Zeit des Continue reading “Hl. Johannes Maximowitsch von Shanghai und San Francisco (+1966) – 2. Juli ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German”

Saint Aredius the Abbot of Limoges, France (+591) – August 25 & November 17

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Saint Aredius the Abbot of Limoges, France (+591)

August 25 & November 17

Saint Aredius (c. 510–591), also known as Yrieix, was Abbot of Limoges and chancellor to Theudebert II, King of Austrasia in the 6th century. He founded the monastery of Attanum, and the various French communes called St. Yrieix are named after him.

Aredius was from a prominent Gallo-Roman family of Limoges. Early in his career he served as chancellor to Theudebert I, King of Austrasia. Nicetius bishop of Trier persuaded Aredius to leave the court. Upon the death of his father, Aredius returned to the Limousin to care for his mother.

Aredius built churches on his estates, and founded a monastery at a place south of Limoges that is now called Saint-Yrieix. People in the area believed him to have the gift of healing. He supported the honor of Saint Medard of Soissons and probably built the church in his honor at Excideuil. He was a friend of Gregory of Tours, and bequeathed some of his wealth to the church at Tours.

He was the son of Jocundus, a wealthy Roman. As a young boy he was sent to monastery at Vigeois to study. At the age of 14, he was sent to Metz, under Theudebert. He became the chancellor. Aredius left the court, where life was dissolute, to join Nicetius, of Trier. He converted to Christianity; when he was singing psalms, a dove came down from the sky and flew around him, Aredius tried to shoo it away, but this one was placed above his head. The dove remained with Aredius during thirty days. When his father died, he joined his mother Pelagia in a villa in Attanum (Attane).

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