I've recently begun a new project, a Church Slavonic Primer, which will be published on my newer site: Русскій ладъ. The Church Slavonic page on this blog will remain but any updates will be posted at the new site.
Everyone knows to what extent children actually live in quite another world. And if I do not remember much about myself, I will write down something from the lives of other children. One child of three, whose grandmother wrote me, was suffering with whooping cough for a long time. Before going to bed, he said… Continue reading Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 3
I also remember how my grandmother (Nadezhda who was holy and humble; may she be granted the Kingdom of Heaven!) took me to the church that stood on a hill, about two versts from our house, to receive the Holy Mysteries. I was dressed in a clean, colored shirt, I remember, and it was in… Continue reading Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 2
This is the beginning of the serial publication of the book Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt by Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov) (1880-1961), an extraordinary bishop who wrote a number of directly autobiographical memoirs and other books that include many interesting facts from his life (concerning not only his own life but also different aspects of Russian culture), which was lived,… Continue reading Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 1
The below text is a memorial/introduction to a unique Russian bishop of the last century. It is also, perhaps, something on which to ruminate in regard to a recent council that took place. No judgements, however, on my part (and don't give your opinion in the comments–I will delete it; I will scandalize some by… Continue reading In Memory of Bishop and Confessor, Metropolitan of Almaty and Kazakhstan Joseph (Chernov) (1893-1975)
Here are three hardcore ukazes of St Luke of Simferopol. I, personally, see these ukazes as addressing particular issues he had at the time (and, mind you, these were Soviet times!) and not as applying to all times and in all situations. I want to give an idea of the spirit in which St Luke… Continue reading Uh! Ukazes (that will make your ears red)!
The following are a few selections from Bozhii lyudi (Moi dukhovnye vstrechi) [God's People (My Spiritual Encounters)] by Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov). Of course they [remembrances] do not include every aspect of monastic life; they do not speak about the selfless struggle of monks, which only they themselves, their spiritual father, and God Himself knows. I… Continue reading On the Saints
I present to you a homily given on Forgiveness Sunday 2010 by Fr. Maxim Kozlov at St. Tatiana's Orthodox Church in Moscow, Russia. Entering into Great Lent, let us be faithful when we get down to business In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Today, dear brothers and sisters,… Continue reading Homily on Forgiveness Sunday
With my wife about to give birth to our second child, as some may have noticed, I have not had much time for translations for some time. Though this may be in a book somewhere, when we looked online for a prayer for a woman who is about to give birth, we found none and,… Continue reading Prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ for a Woman upon Birthgiving
At long last, I present the second interview with Fr. Daniel Sysoyev and Yuri Maximov which they gave in Serbia. "O Lord, open Thou my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise" Stanoje Stankovic: The first question: What do you think about missions in the world, that is, in Africa, in Russia, in Serbia,… Continue reading Serbian Conversations, Part 2
While you're waiting for the second part of the interview with Fr. Daniel Sysoyev and Yuri Maximov (which is very close to being finished), contemplate some understandings on sects from some Russian points of view. The essence of every sect consists in deviation from correct Orthodox religious-moral teaching, and the essence of schism consists in… Continue reading Two Takes on Sects
The following is the first part of a translation I've slowly been working on in my web-log absence. It is one of the last interviews that Fr. Daniel Sysoyev gave. Serbian Conversations Father Daniel Sysoyev and Yuri Maximov "Shining as a star" A few words about Father Daniel Sysoyev from Yuri Maximov Late on the… Continue reading Serbian Conversations, Part 1
Islamists claim killing of Russian priest Russian Orthodox believers light candles in memory of slain Orthodox priest Daniil Sysoyev at the murder site in the church where he served, in Moscow, on November 20. An Islamist militant group based in Russia's North Caucases has claimed the killing of Sysoyev who was an outspoken critic of… Continue reading No comment necessary.
A little parable that I believe all of us in general and especially in the "blogosphere" should dwell upon. A few people came to an elder and said, "Such and such a priest charges a lot of money for a sacrament, such and such smokes a lot and goes to the coffee bar, another is… Continue reading The Fly and the Bee
On September 5, 2009, at approximately 4 p.m., Fr. Vitaly Zubkov, the second priest at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Moscow (where recently martyred Fr. Daniel Sysoyev served) was attacked by three unidentified persons while he was walking down the street (dressed in his cassock) on his way to serve the Vigil… Continue reading Second Priest of the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Moscow Attacked
During the patriarchal ministry of Patriarch Alexey II a completely new task stood before the Church: to learn to be self-sufficient and be independent in relationship to the government. According to Archpriest Vladimir Vorobyov, the rector of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Humanitarian University, not one patriarch of Russia had so much work to do. Until Patriarch… Continue reading The Power of Love and Not Force – Interview with Fr. Vladimir Vorobyov
An interview conducted by Andrei Zolotov, Jr., with Vladimir Legoida, the head of the Information Agency of the Russian Patriarchate. more about "One year without Patriarch Alexy | To...", posted with vodpod
The following short interview (if one question comprises an interview I will not argue with as that is how it is stated in the original) is from the November issue of "Neskuchnyi Sad," a popular mission- and social-oriented Orthodox magazine. Source. Citizens of heaven were what the Christians of the pagan Roman Empire called themselves… Continue reading The Final Interview with Father Daniel Sysoyev: Hasten to Heaven!
I am sure that I do not need to acquaint you with the basic fact that Fr. Daniel Sysoyev was martyred on November 19/20. However, I hope to be translating more details about his life (including, as time permits, some of his writings). The following is a note of Fr. Daniel's wife, Julia, which was… Continue reading On My Husband’s Death – Matushka Julia Sysoyeva
The following is a short chapter from Establishment of Unity by Archbishop John (Shahovskoy). He had been taken as a seven year old boy, from a Jewish family of the Chernigov province, into the Cantonists during the time of Nikolai Pavlovich [Nicholas I]. When he was a colonel at General Headquarters and a talented astronomer,… Continue reading General Polyanovskii, “New Israel”