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)
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
As you have seen, I did not manage to complete the last few weeks Matin's Gospels, so hopefully the next time around I'll get them finished. For now, here is the current reading.
By Initiative of the Syktyvkar Eparchy in the Republic of Komi Will be Celebrated the Day of Orthodox Grandmothers The press secretary of the Syktyvkar and Vorkuta Eparchy, Igumen Philip (Filatov) announced that on July 24, believers of the eparchy will for the first time celebrate the day of Orthodox grandmothers. According to him, it… Continue reading Have You Thanked Your Babushka Today?
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
I just have to say that I think Patriarch Kirill is a much better spontaneous speaker. (note: If you turn it up loud enough you can probably hear the simultaneous English translation. Also look out for the patriarchs few replies in English.) more about "The Patriarch and the President", posted with vodpod
Just completed the Gospel reading for today's (meaning Sunday's) Matins.
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
Just letting the four of you who downloaded the communion prayers file know that, after noticing and correcting a few minor errors, I have uploaded a new file. You can download it here.
For those of you on the other side of the globe I have, just in time, finished a Church Slavonic interlinear text of the third Gospel reading for Matins (to be read today at vigil or in the morning). You can download the pdf here.
At long last I have finally completed to completion the first text to be added to a new section of this weblog dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge of Church Slavonic. The first text is a collection (in parallel) of prayers in preparation for Holy Communion according to a booklet published by Jordanville. I… Continue reading Church Slavonic
An Iconostasis for Blind and Poor-sighted Children to be Unveiled in Lipetsk A house-church with a special, three-dimensional wood iconostasis will be opened for the next school year in the Lipetsk specialized (correctional) general education boarding-school of the III-IV type for blind and poor-sighted children reports Blagovest-info with reference to the information agency Lipetsk Regional… Continue reading Icons for the Blind
...maybe, if we began to measure our progress and awarded belts in the Church, things would change... (Source)
You think, dearest father, that I should in my letters, and in the exchange of our thoughts, not only to work to please you but to look for my own benefit and to check my one-sided view. It seems to me that I am not holding to a one-sided but to a general view. Besides,… Continue reading Letter Seven of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father
Another selection from the reminiscences of Archbishop John (Shahovskoy). My pastorship was dynamic: I loved people and was not afraid of them. Here is a small example to help understand what I mean. I remember a characteristic incident from the beginning of my pastoral path. I noticed also in White Church [Serbia] a habit familiar… Continue reading New Idea for Church Discipline
I've been reading this book, which is a compilation of autobiographical writings of Archbishop John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco, and came across the following little-known (so I asked two people who should have known and they didn't...) story. I particularly closely knew Olga Alexandrovna [Romanova]. Of her remembrances, the biggest impression was made on me… Continue reading A Striking Symbol
Thank you, dearest father, for your kind letter of June 8. You write that since Pascha you have not been in the condition to write anything, and that you must postpone all your speculative problems. If you cannot write anything philosophical, then maybe it would be seemly, according to your circumstances and current mood, to… Continue reading Letter Six of Fr. Clement Sederholm to His Father
There is no forgiveness, and there will be none. The last I checked such a precept was not in the Orthodox catechism. Also see here.
The final part of the speech, continued from part III. And now the last thing which I would like to say. As a human civilization we have truly entered into a very difficult period, a period of a crisis existence. It is a big mistake to think that somewhere some kind of mortgage problems are… Continue reading Patriarch Kirill’s Speech at Students’ Forum Faith and Works, IV
Continued from part II. Here I would like to proceed to a very important issue, that of values, for, firstly, a norm, upon the foundation of which one can filter incoming information, is a system of values, which are inherent in man. However, the informational flow inundating man also presumes to form certain values according… Continue reading Patriarch Kirill’s Speech at Students’ Forum Faith and Works, III