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

In Memory of Bishop and Confessor, Metropolitan of Almaty and Kazakhstan Joseph (Chernov) (1893-1975)

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)

Uh! Ukazes (that will make your ears red)!

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)!

On the Saints

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

Prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ for a Woman upon Birthgiving

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

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

Two Takes on Sects

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

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!

On My Husband’s Death – Matushka Julia Sysoyeva

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

General Polyanovskii, “New Israel”

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[1] 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”

On St. Nikolaj (Velimirovic)

The following translation is an excerpt from the chapter "White Church" (a village in Serbia) from the book Establishment of Unity by Archbishop John (Shahovskoy). "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God ... But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."… Continue reading On St. Nikolaj (Velimirovic)

Letter Eleven of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father

Please forgive the close to four month absence, it seems a four + month old doesn't leave much spare time for translation. But we'll continue in the series of Fr. Clement's letters; however, I don't know when the next installation will turn out to be. Christ is Risen! In Truth He is Risen! I heartily… Continue reading Letter Eleven of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father

Letter Ten of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father

In your last letter you asked me how I, without an alphabet [the basics?], want to make a grammatical, historical exegesis in order to penetrate into the meaning of Scripture. Academic exegesis is, all the same, an invention of the mind, and the mind did not come from exegesis, therefore, even though it helps many,… Continue reading Letter Ten of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father

Letter Nine of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father

In my last letter I asked you the question: do you think that the Gospel or something else is the foundation and characteristic of Christian truth? You answered that from this you see how far we still stand apart from one another, and say that I am lacking much before we come to general agreement… Continue reading Letter Nine of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father