Conseils du Saint Ambroise sur la Prière de Jésus ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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Conseils du Saint Ambroise d’Optina sur la Prière de Jésus

“Tu me décris dans ta dernière lettre comment une pensée t’a forcé à prier Dieu qu’Il fasse descendre ton esprit dans ton coeur. Mais chez aucun des Saints Pères nous ne voyons que l’un d’eux ait jamais prié ainsi. Il vaut mieux prier humblement :” Ô Seigneur, aie pitié de moi comme Tu le sais, Toi”. Nous avons reçu du Seigneur le commandement de prier : Notre Père ! Que ta volonté soit faite ! Mais chez toi on voit partout transparaître, même dans la prière, que tu veux que tout se fasse absolument selon ta volonté, ou selon la suggestion de l’ennemi. Que le Seigneur nous protège de tout mal, en particulier de la fourberie de l’ennemi dont le signe manifeste est la confusion désordonnée, la pensée de vaine gloire, avec ce qui s’ensuit: pensées froides ou désirs du monde, ou encore colère et irritation.” (1er mars 1869)

Source:

http://priere-orthodoxe.blogspot.com

http://priere-orthodoxe.blogspot.gr/2016/05/conseils-du-starets-ambroise-sur-la.html

PRIÈRE ORTHODOXE

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

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SAINTS BOOK – ORTHODOXY

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Saint Matrona of Moscow, Russia (+1952)

April 19 & May 2

Source:

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ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN

ARCHDIOCESE OF NORTH AMERICA

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”

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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HOLY CONFESSION OF YOUR HEART

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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

Kilde:

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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:

http://orthochristian.com

http://orthochristian.com/46500.html

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).]

Source:

https://oca.org

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/05/14/101376-venerable-isidore-the-fool-for-christ-and-wonderworker-of-rostov

OCA – ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA

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

The Gift of Orthodoxy

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”

ЧУДЕСА ПРИ СЪЕМКАХ ФИЛЬМА О СВЯТИТЕЛЕ ИОАННЕ ШАНХАЙСКОМ (+ВИДЕО) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian

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RUSSIA OF MY HEART

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ЧУДЕСА ПРИ СЪЕМКАХ ФИЛЬМА

О СВЯТИТЕЛЕ ИОАННЕ ШАНХАЙСКОМ (+ВИДЕО)

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http://www.pravoslavie.ru/104800.html

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Моя жизнь протекала достаточно размеренно, особых происшествий в ней не наблюдалось до тех пор, пока я не прикоснулась к истории жизни этого удивительного святого.

Я работаю в Харьковском университете, на кафедре журналистики. В начале моей трудовой деятельности мне пришлось делать материал об истории этого учебного заведения. Консультировавшие меня историки несколько раз говорили о том, что среди выпускников есть один святой, но тогда даже имя этого святого мы в материале не упомянули. Уже гораздо позже я узнала о Шанхайском и Сан-Францисском чудотворце и даже сподобилась несколько раз приложиться к Continue reading “ЧУДЕСА ПРИ СЪЕМКАХ ФИЛЬМА О СВЯТИТЕЛЕ ИОАННЕ ШАНХАЙСКОМ (+ВИДЕО) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian”

Sainte Xénia de Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie (+1803) – 24 janvier ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Sainte Xénia naquit dans la première moitié du XVIIIème siècle et fut mariée à un chantre de cour à Saint-Pétersbourg. La mort soudaine de son jeune époux sans qu’il eût reçu les sacrements de l’Église provoqua dans le caractère et la vie de sainte Xénia un bouleversement total. Elle prit conscience de ce qu’était la vraie grandeur et se détacha de tout ce qui était petit, futile et transitoire. Devenue veuve à 26 ans, elle prit sur elle la Continue reading “Sainte Xénia de Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie (+1803) – 24 janvier ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

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

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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”

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On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

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On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings

Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

In a rather unusual occurrence, a pod of dolphins “returned” an icon of the Mother of God to people on the beach in Sochi, reports The Russian People’s Line, and Orthodox England.

A colonel and his wife, relaxing and enjoying the beach atmosphere on May 17, were witnesses to the event, their attention being drawn when a group of twelve dolphins swam all the way up to the beach itself. The bewildered couple wondered what the typically smart animals were doing on the beach, when suddenly they threw something out of the water, immediately swimming off.

The object was covered in mud, and seemingly completely unimportant. Though other people were lounging on the beach as well, no one paid it much attention. Eventually the colonel’s wife asked her husband to go see what the object was, and, having cleared away the mud, the colonel was shocked to find that the dolphins had delivered an icon of the Theotokos, which they later realized was of the type “of the Sign.”
How the icon wound up on the ocean floor, and how the dolphins knew that it needed to be returned to shore, no one knows. Perhaps the dolphins recognized in the icon the grace of their Creator and of His Most Pure Mother.

The colonel then brought the icon to Moscow, with hopes of showing it to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and telling him the miraculous story of how it was “found.”

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Сочи, Май 17, 2017: Икону Божией матери (Знамение) в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Russian

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Эту икону Божией матери (Знамение) в этом году на побережье в Сочи принесли с моря 12 дельфинов. Ее в Москву привез человек который стоит рядом с о.Варнавой (он полковник в отставке. Ветеран группы Альфа.)

С его слов: он сидел на берегу моря с женой. Подплыли 12 дельфинов и что-то выталкивают на берег. После этого уплыли. Никто из людей к предмету не подходил. Жена попросила посмотреть что это. Он взял предмет в руки и начал очищать от тины и увидел что это икона Божьей матери.

Привезли в Москву чтобы рассказать об этом чуде .

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The Greatest Gift in the World – Orthodox Korean Ksenia Kim Talks About Her Path To The Church

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Today we are publishing an English translation of Fr. George Maximov’s interview with Ksenia Kim, an Orthodox Korean missionary. She talks about her difficult personal choice of faith, the history of Orthodoxy among the Korean people as well as the life of Korean Orthodox community in Moscow and their hopes and expectations.

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Orthodox Korean Ksenia Kim Talks About Her Path To The Church

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Fr. George Maksimov: Hello. You are watching My Path To God, a program about people who during their journey to Orthodoxy had to give up many things and re-consider their ways. We will talk to our guests about things that motivate them and give them strength.

Today our guest is Ksenia Kim, a descendant of Korean people who settled in the Russian Empire more than 150 years ago and seamlessly integrated into the family of peoples of our country. Even before the revolution of 1917, hieromartyr John (Vostorgov) wrote that every year many Japanese, Chinese and Korean people settle in the Russian Empire. He noted that Koreans are the most open to converting to Orthodoxy. Surprisingly, the initiative to convert often came from the Koreans themselves rather than from the Russian authorities or Orthodox clergy. This was the wish of their souls, although, of course, not all the newcomers had it. The revolution of 1917 was followed by a challenging period and the Russian Koreans, just like other peoples of our country, lived through the period of atheism that was forcefully imposed upon our society. Tell me what was the situation in your family and how did you start moving toward Orthodox faith.

Ksenia Kim: I was born in a regular Korean family. Koreans have a difficult spiritual legacy—It is a mixture of Buddhism and shamanism. I remember that my grandmother followed certain rituals. For example, she used to prepare special food and go outside to feed the fallen spirits to please them or ask for help. So if I followed in the footsteps of my ancestors, I would have probably gone in the same direction. However, God gives the right of choice to every person and after comparison and analysis we can make the best decision. My journey wasn’t easy. I studied Islam and Eastern religions, even joined Protestants for a short while. I understood that the truth was in Orthodoxy. It was the only faith that truly touched my heart and I really felt the presence of God there.

Fr. George: How did you truly discover Orthodoxy? Obviously, you saw churches earlier and maybe even walked into some of them. Yet at some point, you discovered the profundity of Orthodoxy. How did it happen?

Ksenia Kim: When hieromartyr Daniel Sysoyev was murdered in 2009, many people learned about him and started studying the legacy he left behind. My Orthodox acquaintance was one of such people. She gave me the book Instructions For Immortals, or What To Do If You’re Already Dead. I would recommend everybody to read this book. It is fairly short—one can read it in one day—but it totally changes the way you see the world. This is exactly what happened to me. In this book, Father Daniel discusses the Church’s teaching about what happens to people after death. After reading the book, I understood that my prospects were poor. In other words, I was heading straight to hell. But why should I go there, if there is a way to avoid this? I understood that I had to repent. For a long time, several months, I was preparing for confession. It was difficult to remember everything that was done in my lifetime. My first confession took place before Easter. It was a long confession—I entered the church on Holy Saturday at 9 am and left around 4 pm. I still keep in touch with the priest who heard my confession and he still supports me.

Fr. George: If you went to confession, this means that you were already baptized?

Ksenia Kim: Yes, I was indeed baptized in an Orthodox Church when I was 19, but this wasn’t serious for me then. My friend told me that she was going to be baptized and I decided that I’d do this as well, to keep her company. We memorized the Lord’s Prayer and went to the baptism ceremony. There was no mandatory catechesis at that time and I knew nothing about Orthodoxy, so this did not influence my life in any way. My real conversion happened after reading Father Daniel’s book and after my confession I started leading the church-based way of life. Later, I found the address of the Church of Apostle Thomas on Kantemirovskaya street in this book, so I came to this church and became a parishioner. So Father Daniel Sysoyev through his book influenced my life and my enchurchment. The blood of martyrs is indeed the seed of the Church. My conversion was directly influenced by the death that God bestowed upon Father Daniel. During the years of my enchurchment, I met other people who came to God either after the death of Father Daniel or after listening to or reading this works. Nobody really knows the number of such people, but I’m sure that this number is high.

Fr. George: Yes, I also know such people and I think their number will be growing. How did your relatives react to such change of your life priorities? Were they sympathetic, did they follow your choice?

Ksenia Kim: Their first reaction wasn’t very positive, but now my relatives (about thirty of them in Moscow) are fairly tolerant and even sympathetic to a certain extent. That is why I’m hoping that God will gradually grant them the joy of being Orthodox. My sister who lives in Irkutsk has already been baptized. This was quite a story—we had to fight fallen spirits for her, as they didn’t want to let her go. They tempted and scared her so much, that we had to ask the priests for help. A week before her baptism demons started visiting her, she actually saw them, they seized her by the throat, attacked her in other ways, knocked on the door. She couldn’t’ sleep a wink for a week. We were afraid that she would lose her sanity, so I called some priests I knew and they said that my sister should rejoice. I was very surprised to hear that as it seemed that there was nothing to be happy about, but the priest said:

“She should rejoice, for if God allows her to see them, it logically means that the opposite is true too, in other words that means that there are good spirits too and that God exists too”.

The demons try to make people stop believing in their existence and in the existence of supernatural world altogether, and here their actions were so obvious that they couldn’t be ignored.

Fr. George: Did those attacks of evil spirits stop after the baptism?

Ksenia Kim: Pretty much. They continued for some time after that, but soon stopped completely.

Fr. George: It’s important to emphasize this, because it is not only your sister; I also know about other similar cases that happened when adult people realized that they needed to be baptized. Sometimes evil spirits try to stop them. All of a sudden people don’t feel well, some even faint right before the baptism. Evil spirits try to attack or tempt such people. However, after baptism the evil spirits lose their powers and all the attacks stop, just as happened with your sister.

Ksenia Kim: It is interesting to note that I, as a participant in those events, was also affected. Despite thousands of kilometers between us (I was in Moscow, while she was in Irkutsk), when these events occurred over there, my faith was tested too. Once I came home and saw that my place was swarming with large flies, although when I left all doors and windows were closed and everything was fine. This was very strange. Where would those files come from all of a sudden? It took me several days to get rid of them. When later I mentioned this to my Orthodox friend, he said: “Didn’t you realize what that was? Do you remember that one of Satan’s names is Beelzebub? It is translated as “lord of the flies”. So, this means that he visited my home.

Fr. George: The hagiography of one ancient hermit mentions that to distract him from praying, Satan filled the hermit’s cave with a multitude of insects. But he didn’t succeed. The event you described clearly shows that Satan has very little power over Christians. We know that evil spirits would like to destroy the human race, but because God protects Christians, all the evil one could do was this petty trick in hope to confuse the person. God’s blessing protects Orthodox Christians who lead a church life. Of course, Satan would like to harm us more, but Got won’t let him. Whenever God allows any temptations to happen to us, including those that involve direct contact with evil forces, this is never beyond our strength. Only as much as a person can withstand. And God is always nearby; He is always willing to give His help to those who ask. The experience of every believer proves that.

Ksenia Kim: There was another event with my sister. I sent her Orthodox leaflets and books about baptism, confession and communion for distribution in churches before the Epiphany. When she had to go to the airport to pick up these materials, she felt so sick that she nearly died. They managed somehow to find people who picked the materials up. Later she told me: “Can you imagine, as soon as I delivered those materials to churches, everything was back to normal”. The sickness came out of nowhere and was gone inexplicably.

Fr. George: Thank God! I know that it is not only you and your sister, other Koreans also find their path to Orthodoxy. I even know that we have a Korean Orthodox community here in Moscow and that you are an active member. Could you tell us more about it?

Ksenia Kim: Yes, there is a Korean Orthodox community in Zaikonospassky monastery in Moscow. First attempts to establish this community were made in 2001 when we organized catechesis studies for Koreans. Later we also organized some children programs, field trips and pilgrimages. The activities were on and off. Finally, God’s will was to send us a priest, Father Alexander Son, and now the community has a priest of Korean descent who takes care of us.

Fr. George: Does your community cooperate with other public organizations of Russian Koreans?

Ksenia Kim: Yes, of course. We worked with the Korean Youth Club. There is also a newspaper, Rossiyskiye Koreytsy (Russian Koreans), which has a staff employee designated for interacting with the Orthodox Church. We also actively work with the Russian Association of Koreans. With the help of Zaikonospassky monastery and this association, we organized a big conference, Koreans and Orthodoxy, in the spring of 2014. This event was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Koreans’ settlement in Russia. We had a round table with the heads of regional branches of the Association of Koreans where we adopted a resolution on starting a project for development of regional missions in Russia. We wrote an application to His Holiness. Our hierocracy supported the project and active work to establish contact between the missionary departments of dioceses of Russian Orthodox Church and regional branches of Association of Koreans is currently under way. Three pilot projects are already in the works in Southern, Central and Far East federal districts.

Fr. George: Are there places in Russia where the Korean population is larger?

Ksenia Kim: Historically, many Koreans live in the Far East, specifically in Khabarovsk and Primorsky Krai. According to statistics, Koreans are the third largest ethnic group there. Naturally, our priority is working in those regions, but we hope that with God’s help we will expand into other cities.

Fr. George: I remember how I felt when I was reading the notes of missionaries and people who lived in Korea more than century ago. They saw that for a long time the Korean people were caught in the middle between China and Japan and were periodically subjected to oppression by their neighbours. Korean people did not benefit from it. I saw that as soon as Korea became an independent country, Korean people made a huge step in their development. It clearly shows that its potential was previously supressed. Korean people were exhausted by their long-time neighbours. At that time the Japanese and Chinese were fighting over the right to rule the Korean people. When the Koreans learned that they had a third neighbour, Russia, they were very happy. That was when the extensive immigration started. It is a known fact that the Korean Queen Min was assassinated because she was leaning toward Russia. King Gojong and royal prince were actually placed under house arrest.

They managed to escape to the Russian consulate and for more than a year the king was ruling the country from there because it was unsafe for him to leave the consulate. Everybody understood what was going on. This, basically, explains the choice the Koreans made about immigration to Russia and why the Koreans, both those who immigrated to Russia and those who stayed in Korea, began converting to Orthodoxy… It was a voluntarily decision of the people. That is why I hope that with God’s help the work that the Korean community is currently doing will be crowned with success. This would be the result of the choice many Koreans made over a hundred years ago, but that process was, one might say, frozen by the period of Soviet atheistic rule. I’d like to ask you your personal opinion: To what extent do contemporary Koreans have a need for Orthodoxy?

Ksenia Kim: Thank you for this historical side note and your question. Our current missionary activities in the region are primarily aimed at counteracting the Protestants who actively preach among the Russian Koreans, presenting Protestantism as the true Korean religion. They misguide our people, saying that it is the Korean religion, while in fact Orthodoxy is our historic legacy and spiritual tradition. When our ancestors received the citizenship of the Russian Empire, they also received baptism. It was a deliberate and voluntary action. That is why it is important to inform the people and do something lest 20 years from now all Russian Koreans are Protestants. I would not like that to happen, but risk of this happening is quite real because the Protestant missionaries are very active. First of all, we need to pray for deliverance of our people from this, dare I say it, sectarian slavery. There are many active sects in the Russian Federation and one of them has three hundred Korean members. Based on that we can estimate the size of those sects.

Fr. George: Of course, people have the right to learn the truth about Orthodoxy. They should know that Orthodoxy is not simply a part of the Russian culture, but that it is the Church founded by Jesus Christ Our Lord himself. That way rather than making their choice based on some unverified information, they can do so knowing where the truth is and where the true Church of Christ is. Naturally, this requires a lot of effort.

Ksenia Kim: Yes, the desire to find the truth is also needed. It is amazing, that despite the small number of Orthodox Koreans, God leads us to himself. Even more amazing is that people in South Korea, where the majority profess Protestantism, are also converting to Orthodoxy. We hope that God would give us a chance to build the church, because even now when we try to oppose Protestants in Moscow, we unfortunately can’t offer an alternative to people who are used to active community life. All Orthodox Koreans go to various churches and only gather in Zaikonospassky monastery for some joint events or studies. I think that for the purposes of missionary work it would be great to have a church that Koreans could visit for quiet prayer. So that there is no misunderstanding among the parishioners. If a hundred Koreans come to one church, this would probably give the Russian old ladies quite a scare (laughs).

Fr. George: By the way, how did the parishioners of Zaikonospassky monastery receive your community?

Ksenia Kim: They got used to us gradually. However we don’t go there in hundreds, usually there are about twenty of us there during the service. It’s not a large percentage of the total number of parishioners. They know that there is Father Alexander who takes care of us, so they are friendly toward us.

Fr. George: I also wanted to ask you if you had any contacts with people from Korea who temporarily or permanently reside in Moscow. Do you have a rapport with them? I once talked to an Orthodox Korean who grew up in the Far East, then moved to South Korea for some time and later came back to Russia. He told me that living in his historical homeland was difficult for him. Everything was strange and unclear. He even had some kind of culture shock. We have very few people from North Korea here, but what is your relationship with people of South Korean descent? If you had any experience, what was your impression?

Ksenia Kim: Yes, I’ve met South Koreans. As a rule, most of them are leaning toward Protestantism. Very few are Orthodox. In general, they adapt here without problems and get on well with the locals. Mostly they are businessmen from South Korea and students. We had an idea to organize Russian language lessons for these Koreans from Korea. The newly passed law requires foreign citizens intending to live in the Russian Federation to speak Russian, know Russian history and culture, and pass a special test. We would like to help people with this. And of course we wouldn’t be helping South Koreans only. For example, we recently received a letter from a priest from Siberia who baptized a North Korean. This North Korean didn’t even speak Russian, so I can’t imagine how this miracle could happen…That man was sick, and as he was in a grave condition, he stayed at a hospice. The priest asked us to send him Orthodox prayers in Korean as soon as possible. So we had to find Korean translations of Lord’s Prayer, “Theotokos and Virgin rejoice…” and Creed.

Fr. George: What else does the Moscow Korean Orthodox community do?

Ksenia Kim: With the help of Zaikonospassky monastery, our community holds theological courses for adult Koreans. The course subjects include liturgics, Church Slavonic language, catechesis, and Gospel according to the Holy Fathers. For missionary purposes, we also organized free Korean language courses in Zaikonospassky monastery. In addition, our community organizes various field trips, pilgrimages and meetings. We are also planning to cooperate with the Korean Youth Committee in social networks and websites.

Fr. George: This is a very valuable experience. I saw similar initiatives from Orthodox people of various ethnic backgrounds, for example Orthodox Kurds or Kazakhs that live in Moscow. They also wanted to get together in a single group in some parish, but unfortunately these attempts did not come to fruition even though it was a grassroots initiative that came directly from the people. Moscow Koreans, thank God, succeeded, so I think that the example of your Korean community could be useful not only for Koreans, but for other ethnic groups as well.

Ksenia Kim: God indeed is very benevolent toward us; we can feel it because we get a lot of help from everywhere. A lot of God’s grace too. Unlike Russians who have numerous saints and many people praying for them, it is very difficult for us. Every third Russian has people who served God somehow, maybe even saints, among his or her relatives. Russian people get tremendous spiritual support from this multitude of people who pray for them. We don’t have that. In many cases, we are descendants of atheists, pagans and shamans. Our people only now are gradually becoming Orthodox, and that is why God bestows us with His special grace. How Russian monks are rejoicing looking at us is particularly amazing. This is great. They are sincerely, almost child-like, happy to see that we, non-Russians, Koreans, are in fact Orthodox. It is very important to know that God is with us, that He doesn’t abandon us and gives us His support. This, of course, gives us a strong motivation to do more. We have many plans and a great desire to promote spiritual education of children, do social activities, work with youth, and many other things. We hope that God will help us and ask you to pray for the salvation of the Korean people. You know, God doesn’t differentiate between nationalities or ranks.

Fr. George: Of course, the truth is for everyone. I believe that God arranges the life of every person. It is not an accident that you and other Koreans are in Russia and that you were raised in a culture with Christian roots. This is God’s loving gift to you. I have another question for you: Can you tell us any stories about conversion of other members of Korean community? How does God lead them to Orthodoxy?

Ksenia Kim: Sure. There is a story of one woman that I remember particularly well. I won’t mention her name. She had a terrible experience—her child fell out of the window of a multi-storied building. This Korean woman was not a very religious person, but she knew about Orthodoxy and Mary the Mother of God. By some miracle, when she saw the open window and realized what happened, she threw herself down on her knees and cried:

“Mother of God, please have mercy on my son!”

When that woman came down, she saw that amazingly her child was safe and sound and didn’t even have a scratch. They called the ambulance, of course. It turned out that the child only had a broken ankle. His spine, head, arms and legs were not harmed. This made such a great impression on her husband and herself that they went to church and started living a church-based life. God moves in mysterious ways. Some people take a long journey seeking the truth, while others are converted through such incredible events.

Personally, I am eternally grateful to God for arranging things so that I was born in Russia, an Orthodox country, and making me an Orthodox Christian. I think this is the greatest gift in the world. I am even more grateful for it than I am grateful for my life. I can honestly tell you, that when I attend a service, my eyes are filled with tears, the tears of gratefulness for allowing me to be a part of this great spiritual legacy of humankind. And I am very sad when I see Russian people, people who have everything—a great number of saints and pious ancestors who pray for them—and yet these people do not participate in the Church life, do not receive Communion and do not go to church. I feel pain and sadness for such people. God led us, non-Russians, to this greatest legacy, this Noah’s Ark, this huge ship, while some people reject all this on their own accord.

Fr. George: I read hieromartyr Grigori’s (Lebedev) explanation of Jesus’s words A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. (Mark, 6:4). He said that this applies not only to Jesus Christ or a saint, but to Christianity in general. It is without honour in the community that has Christian roots and maybe even exists because in the past ancestors of these people became Christian. There is also a negative effect, when people from Orthodox ethnic backgrounds, not only Russians, are satisfied by a very superficial knowledge of Orthodoxy—they pick up holy water, bless an Easter cake, light a candle—and that is it. Even though that is all they know about Christianity, they have a false impression that since Christianity is ours anyway, it is not very interesting. When such a person starts his or her spiritual quest, he or she thinks:

“Well, Christianity is just Easter cakes and candles. This is not interesting. Spiritual things must be somewhere far way, it can’t be nearby”.

So sometimes Russian people have to make a very long journey and wander the darkest corners of the world only to discover with amazement that the Truth they were searching for is where they least expected it to be. Thank you for reminding us about this and for your story. I wish you God’s help in your spiritual journey and the activities of your community.

Ksenia Kim: Thank you.

Plus l’homme mène une vie spirituelle, plus il se spiritualise – Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Saint Jean de Cronstadt, Russie (+1908):

Plus l’homme mène une vie spirituelle, plus il se spiritualise. En tout il commence à voir Dieu, en tout il voit la manifestation de sa toute-puissance. Toujours et partout il se voit comme demeurant en Dieu et dans sa dépendance. Mais plus l’homme mène une vie charnelle, plus il devient entièrement charnel. Il ne voit Dieu en rien, même dans les manifestations les plus miraculeuses de sa Toute-puissance. Il ne voit partout et toujours que réalité charnelle et matière: “Il n’y a point de crainte de Dieu devant ses yeux”(Ps. 35:2).