Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 3

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

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Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 2

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

Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 1

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

Serbian Conversations, Part 2

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

Serbian Conversations, Part 1

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

The Power of Love and Not Force – Interview with Fr. Vladimir Vorobyov

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

The Final Interview with Father Daniel Sysoyev: Hasten to Heaven!

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!

Feast Day of Sts. Kirill and Methody

To fill a small part of the void while ROCOR United is on vacation, I am reporting on one of Sunday's happenings in Moscow on the feast day of Sts. Kirill and Methody (also, by the way, the name's day of the Patriarch). I started translating the following article and got worn out with the… Continue reading Feast Day of Sts. Kirill and Methody

St. Gabriel (Igoshkin), Confessor of Melkess

Today is the feast day (according to both Gregorian and Julian calendars) of St. Gabriel (Igoshkin), Confessor of Melkess. Below I present my translation of his life. Troparion, Tone 3: The brightness of thy life of struggle has been shown to us/ confessor of Christ Gabriel;/ for the sake of the love of Christ thou… Continue reading St. Gabriel (Igoshkin), Confessor of Melkess