Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952) – April 19 & May 2

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Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952)

April 19 & May 2

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Saint Matrona was born in 1881 into a poor family in the village of Sebino-Epifaniskaya (now Kimovski) in the Tula region of Russia. Blind from birth, she bore her infirmity with humility and patience, and God made her a vessel of grace. At the moment of her baptism, the priest saw a cloud above the child, which shed forth a sweet fragrance as a sign of divine favor. From the age of six or seven, she exhibited an extraordinary gift of insight, discerning sicknesses of soul and body in the many people who visited her, revealing to them their secret sins and their problems, and healing them through prayer and wise counsel. Around the age of fourteen, she made a pilgrimage to the great holy places in Russia along with a devout benefactress. When they arrived at Kronstadt to receive the blessing of St. John, they became lost in the crowd. St. John suddenly cried out, “Matrona, come here! She will be my heir, and will become the eighth pillar of Russia.” At that time, no one understood the meaning of this prophecy.

When she turned seventeen, Matrona became paralyzed and was unable to walk from then on. Knowing that this was God’s will, she never complained but thanked the Lord. For the rest of her life – over fifty years – she lived in a room filled with icons, sitting cross legged on her bed. With a radiant face and a quiet voice, she received all who came to seek divine consolation through her presence. She foretold the great misfortunes that were to sweep down upon the country after the Bolshevik revolution, placing her gift of Continue reading “Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952) – April 19 & May 2”

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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.

Abbot Herman of Platina

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. 

Thus the orphanage grew. Vladika John asked my mother Lydia to Continue reading “Living places of Saint John Maximovitch (+1966)”

Préparation pour la Confession Saint – Jean de Kronstadt, Russie (+1908) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Saint Jean de Kronstadt, Russie (+1908)

20 décembre

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Préparation pour la Confession

Saint Jean de Kronstadt, Russie (+1908)

Méditation pour ceux qui s’apprêtent à se tenir devant le Créateur et la communauté de l’Église devant le mystère imposant de la sainte confession, à qui est ainsi donné le renouvellement d’un second baptême.

Moi, âme pécheresse, je confesse à Dieu Notre Seigneur et Sauveur Jésus-Christ, tous les actes mauvais que j’ai faits, dits ou pensés depuis le baptême, jusques à ce jour.

Je n’ai pas gardé les vœux de mon baptême, mais je me suis rendu indésirable devant la Face de Dieu.

J’ai péché devant le Seigneur par manque de foi et par des doutes concernant la foi orthodoxe et la Sainte Eglise, par l’ingratitude pour tous les dons importants et continuels de Dieu ; j’ai péché malgré Sa patience et à Sa providence pour moi, pécheur, par manque d’amour pour le Seigneur, ainsi que par la crainte, par le fait de n’avoir pas accompli les saints commandements de Dieu et les canons et règles de l’Église.

Je n’ai pas gardé l’amour de Dieu et de mon prochain et je n’ai pas fait assez d’efforts, à cause de ma paresse et de ma négligence, pour apprendre les Commandements de Dieu et les préceptes des Saints Pères. J’ai péché en ne priant pas le matin et le soir et au cours de la journée, en n’assistant pas aux offices, ou en ne venant à l’église qu’à contrecœur.

J’ai péché en jugeant les membres du clergé. J’ai péché en ne respectant pas les Fêtes, en rompant le jeûne, et par ma démesure dans l’absorption de nourriture et de boisson.

J’ai péché par orgueil, par désobéissance, par entêtement, par autosatisfaction, et par la recherche de l’approbation et de la louange.

J’ai péché par incrédulité, par manque de foi, par doutes, par désespoir, par découragement, par des pensées de violence, par le blasphème et les jurons.

J’ai péché par fierté, par une haute opinion de moi-même, par le narcissisme, par la vanité, par la suffisance, par l’envie, par l’amour de la louange, l’amour des honneurs et par la prétention.

J’ai péché en jugeant, par la médisance, par la colère, en me souvenant des offenses, par la haine et en rendant le mal pour le mal, par la calomnie, les reproches, le mensonge, la ruse, la tromperie et l’hypocrisie, par les préjugés, la controverse, l’entêtement et la réticence à céder à mon prochain, par jubilation, méchanceté, railleries, insultes et moqueries, par les commérages, en parlant trop et en parlant pour ne rien dire.

J’ai péché par le rire inutile et excessif, par les injures et le retour à mes péchés antérieurs, par un comportement arrogant, par l’insolence et le manque de respect.

J’ai péché en ne tenant pas mes passions physiques et spirituelles en échec, par ma jouissance des pensées impures, par la licence et l’impudicité en pensées, en paroles et en actes.

J’ai péché par manque d’endurance dans mes maladies et mes douleurs, par une dévotion aux commodités de la vie et en étant trop attaché à mes parents, mes enfants, mes parents et mes amis.

J’ai péché par le durcissement mon cœur, par une volonté faible et, en ne me forçant pas à faire le bien.

J’ai péché par avarice, par amour de l’argent, par l’acquisition des choses inutiles et par l’attachement immodéré aux choses.

J’ai péché par l’auto-justification, un mépris pour les avertissements de ma conscience et en ne confessant pas mes péchés par négligence ou par fausse fierté.

J’ai péché à plusieurs reprises par ma confession: en rabaissant, en justifiant et en gardant le silence sur mes péchés.

J’ai péché contre les Très Saints et Vivifiants Mystères du Corps et du Sang de notre Seigneur, en venant à la Sainte Communion sans humilité ou sans crainte de Dieu.

J’ai péché en acte, en parole et en pensée, sciemment ou inconsciemment, volontairement et involontairement, de manière réfléchie et sans réfléchir, et il m’est impossible d’énumérer tous mes péchés à cause de leur multitude. Mais je me repens vraiment de ces péchés et tous ceux que je n’ai pas mentionnés à cause de mon oubli, et je demande qu’ils soient pardonnés en vertu de l’abondance de la Miséricorde de Dieu.

Kristen ydmyghed og kenose ifølge den Hellige Silouan du Mont-Athos i Grækenland fra Rusland (+1938) – Af biskop Kallistos Ware ╰⊰¸¸-•¨ Danish

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DENMARK OF MY HEART

Kristen ydmyghed og kenose ifølge den Hellige Silouan

du Mont-Athos i Grækenland fra Rusland (+1938)

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Af biskop Kallistos Ware

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DEN ORTODOKSE KIRKE I DANMARK

[Nedenstående tekst er et indlæg af biskop Kallistos, Oxford, England, som blev holdt på en konference i Bose, Italien i 1998 i anledning af 60-års dagen for Hl. Silouans død.

Litteraturhenvisningerne i teksten gælder alle: Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov); Saint Silouan the Athonite, Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights, 1991. Værket anbefales på det varmeste til videre læsning]

Tradition og personlig erfaring i Hl. Silouans liv

I Paris i slutningen af fyrrerne, da arkemandrit fader Sophronij netop var vendt tilbage fra Athos, viste han den russiske teolog Vladimir Lossky nogle manuskripter fra sin læremester, starets Silouan. Fader Sophronij havde utvivlsomt det håb, at Lossky ville hjælpe ham med at få staretsens skrifter udgivet; og at Lossky måske selv ville bidrage med en introduktion eller kommentar. Men fader Sophronij blev skuffet. Lossky returnerede manuskripterne med følgende kommentar: “Jeg kan ikke få øje på nogen dogmatisk vision i dette her.” Lossky betvivlede hverken staretsens inderlighed eller personlige hellighed; men han kunne ikke i Hl. Silouans skrifter finde nogen særlig originalitet eller noget nyt og markant teologisk synspunkt. Fader Sophronij måtte således give afkald på Losskys hjælp og handle selv.

Ved første øjekast forekommer Losskys afgørelse meget overraskende. Ikke mindst når man tænker på den enorme indflydelse, Hl. Silouans skrifter har fået fra de først udkom i 1952; og på, hvordan Silouan har talt direkte og skelsættende til hjertet hos mænd og kvinder i sidste halvdel af det 20. århundrede; på hvilken bemærkelsesværdig facon han har markeret sig som en hellig af vor tid, en helgen uden grænser! Men fra en anden vinkel er Continue reading “Kristen ydmyghed og kenose ifølge den Hellige Silouan du Mont-Athos i Grækenland fra Rusland (+1938) – Af biskop Kallistos Ware ╰⊰¸¸-•¨ Danish”

About our Guardian Angel – Fr. John Krestiankin (+2006) & Nicholai Sergeyevitch Leonov, Professor of History, Russia

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HOLY ANGELS OF YOUR HEART

About our Guardian Angel

Fr. John Krestiankin (+2006) & Nicholai Sergeyevitch Leonov,

Professor of History, Russia

 

Source:

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Guardian Angels not only suggest to us good thoughts for eternal salvation—they truly guard us in our life’s situations. The word, “guardian” is not at all an allegory, but the living and precious experience of many generations of Christians. There is a good reason why, for example, in the prayers for travelers we ask the Lord for the special protection of our guardian angel. It’s true—when else but while traveling do we especially need God’s protection?

About thirteen years ago, I was in the Pskov Caves Monastery with one of our parishioners, Nicholai Sergeyevich Leonov, a professor of history and lieutenant general in military intelligence, with whom we had been working for many years on the television program, “Russky Dom” (Russian House). There in the Pskov Caves Monastery, Nicholai Sergeyevich had met Fr. John (Krestiankin) for the first time. As Nicholai Sergeyevich later related, the elder had not only made a very deep impression on him, but had greatly helped him by his prayers.

During those years, Nicholai Sergeyevich was just beginning to enter into the life of the Church, and he still had many questions. One of those questions he asked me was regarding the Orthodox teaching on the angelic world; about guardian angels. I tried very hard, but to my dismay, I still felt that he was disappointed by my artless explanations.

That early summer morning, Fr. John saw us off as we left the monastery for Moscow. The road ahead of us was a long one, and so I asked the mechanics in the monastery garage to look over the car and check the oil before we left.

We sped along the deserted road. I was at the wheel, listening attentively to a story about one of his overseas assignments. He had long promised me that he would tell me that one. I have never met such an interesting storyteller in Continue reading “About our Guardian Angel – Fr. John Krestiankin (+2006) & Nicholai Sergeyevitch Leonov, Professor of History, Russia”

Russia, 1965: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker & Archbishop of Myra (+343) appears on an atheist on the bus

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

Russia, 1965: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker 

& Archbishop of Myra (+343) appears on an atheist on the bus

In February, 1965, a bus full of people was going towards a city. Next to the driver there was sitting an old man with a white beard, tall, and full of vigor.He wore a heavy coat with a fur collar, and a fur cap with flaps. The bus was going slowly because of the snow which was falling outside. At one turn, the chains of the back wheels came off. The bus skidded and almost collided with another full bus. All these things happened very quickly. The driver lost control of the bus, and everyone’s heart jumped. Finally the two busses halted at a distance of barely three-quarters of an inch apart, without any mishap.

Then the old man made the sign of the Cross and cried out: ”Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee! Blessed be thy name, O All-holy mother of God, who has saved us . . .” In a few moments the other bus left. The driver and his assistant went out to put on the chains.

Smiling, one young man opened a conversation with the old man. “Forgive me elder,” he said, “but I could not hold back from laughing when I heard you call upon the non-existent Heavenly Powers and saw you make your Cross. Habit, of course, is second nature. I see that you wear the distinguishing mark of a scientist. But in our times, in the year 1965, it is an incongruity.”

The conversation attracted the attention of all. The old man, without becoming troubled, said, ”Gladly, My young comrade, shall I answer you. And if you want I shall make a self-criticism . . . Wherefore, do you know what I think? All of us are somewhat hypocrites. All of us pretend that we are atheists, dedicated members of the Party, with profound knowledge of Marxism and many other things. And yet there comes a moment every once in a while when the real man expresses himself. Behold, just as it happened even now! This mishap was sufficient to demonstrate it. Since you sit in that place, you of course did not see what happened behind you. I, however, who sit sideways, saw at least another eight or ten making their Cross. It is something within us which we will never be able to uproot, because it would be like uprooting our very bowels. Thus, every day all of us fall into ‘errors-—that is, we remember that there exists a certain great, unknown, and good Power Whom we pretend to ignore . . .”

“I assure you that this personally never happens with me,” said the young man.

The old man chuckled and said, “You will permit me to prove you false, beloved comrade, because just previously you said, ‘These things in our times, in the year 1965, are an incongruity.’ What was the reason for you to remember that one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five years have passed from the time when the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, was born!”

”This,” said the young man after having been taken aback a little, “is an evil remnant of an evil past, which must definitely be wiped out. The way you are speaking, you are going to convince us that even miracles take place!”
The old man was silent some moments, and afterwards said, “Yes my beloved one, there are even miracles of God which you yourself will believe, just as all that are here will also believe. When, however, you see them, you will be obliged to keep silent because, if you speak, there is danger that they will close you in some psychiatric clinic.”

The bus had come into the main artery. The heavy snow stopped and thus the driver was able to increase the speed. At one moment, all—as many as were looking at and listening to the old man—saw his place empty! Two or three that were close to his seat made the sign of the Cross, saying, “Holy, holy is God the Almighty.” One of them turned toward the back of the bus and shouted, “Do you understand now who saved us from the collision? He himself, the old man with the white beard, was the Protector of our People . . . Saint Nicholas!” “I do not know what we are going to do comrades,” said one other in the meantime, “but wherever I may be, I am going to tell of this miracle of Saint Nicholas! And let them lock me in a psychiatric ward if they can. I have you all as witnesses; and especially you, comrade . . .” The young communist covered his face with his hands for a long time.

After about two hours, the bus stopped and all got down to drink hot tea. The young communist approached several of his fellow]passengers, full of emotion. He asked for their addresses. He also gave them his. All the other others did the same among themselves. “Do you know what I purpose, comrades?” said one young woman, “Let us not lose contact with one another. This which we saw today and heard with our ears is a great thing. Very great. What can it forbode? Certainly something good, because the little old grandfather was the Protector of our People.”

The above miracle was written by an eyewitness. “I cannot write more,” he says, “because I am overcome with emotion and am weeping. I also was on the bus.”

Source:

From Contemporary Miracles in Russia by Archimandrite Haralampos Basilopoulos, 1966

Saint Isidore the German Fool-for-Christ in Rostov, Russia (+1474) – From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

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FOOL FOR CHRIST – FULL OF CHRIST

Saint Isidore the German Fool-for-Christ in Rostov, Russia (+1474)

From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

Saint Isidore Tverdislov (“Constant of Word”), Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Rostov. He was born in Germany of rich parents. From his youth, he led “an unsullied life and had a compassionate understanding.” Leaving his parental home and “desiring the Kingdom of God,” Saint Isidore distributed his wealth to the poor. Taking up the staff of a wanderer, he visited many lands and cities.

It is not known where he accepted the holy Orthodox Faith, but he was raised in Catholicism. Finally, he arrived in Russia and decided to live in Rostov. Here Saint Isidore, “in filth and snow and rain and cold” and “enduring every outrage,” settled in a rickety wooden hut that he himself had made. He chose a foolish manner of life for the sake of Christ, which Saint Paul describes in his Epistle” (1 Cor.4:10-13).

Saint Isidore spent all his time at unceasing prayer, not allowing himself much sleep or rest. “He stood at all night vigil and praise” to dedicate his body “everlastingly to God.”

By day the blessed one made the rounds of the city, acting like a fool. “Like Job of old in his patience,” Blessed Isidore, while still alive, was “an earthly angel and a heavenly man,” “a compassionate soul, and pure of thought, and vigilant heart and faith unassailed, and true love without pretense.” During his life he received the grace to work miracles.

Saint Isidore reposed in the year 1474. They learned of his death only when passing by his hut they noticed a special fragrance. At the place of his burial in the city of Rostov the church of the Ascension of the Lord was built, in which his relics rest in a crypt as a source of miracles to the present day.

Blessed Isidore is termed “Tverdislov” [“Constant of Word”] since that he spoke constantly. [The title “Tverdislov” seems unique to Saint Isidore. This supplemental account of him is from Bulgakov’s NASTOLNAYA KNIGA (1900).]

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Protection of the Mother of God

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HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

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Protection of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1. The feast is celebrated additionally on October 28 in the Greek tradition. It is also known as the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Cerement.

In most Slavic languages the word “cerement” has a dual meaning of “veil” and “protection.” The Russian word Pokrov (Покров), like the Greek Skepi (Σκέπη), has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the name of the feast is variously translated as the Veil of Our Lady, the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, the Protection of the Theotokos, or the Intercession of the Theotokos.

The feast

The feast day celebrates the appearance of the Mother of God at Blachernae (Vlaherna) in the tenth century. At the end of St. Andrei (Andrew of Constantinople) Yurodivyi’s life, he, with his disciple St. Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, and several other saints and angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates. The Blachernae Palace church was where several of Continue reading “Protection of the Mother of God”

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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St Catherine’s Vision

The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

The Gift of Orthodoxy

by Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2010/05/the-gift-of-orthodoxy-by-elizabeth-huestis/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

St. Paul speaks of being “an Apostle out of due time” in the sense that he did not know Jesus first-hand, and did not travel around with Jesus the way that the other Apostles did. Yet God chose him particularly to have a special and useful place in the Church. In the same way, converts are not natural inheritors of Orthodoxy in the same way as are those people born in traditionally Orthodox countries and cultures. But God takes us from all sorts of places, adopting us in a special way, making us a part of His Church in a way that we would have no natural inherited right to. (Someone born Greek or Serbian or Russian would normally inherit Orthodoxy.)

Because God has chosen to give us Orthodoxy outside of normal means, perhaps we tend to cherish it more and also to feel the obligation to share it with those who do not have the gift and also to help those who have inherited it to understand and appreciate it better. This becomes more true when in retrospect it is possible to see that our becoming Orthodox was not just a Continue reading “The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia”