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

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

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

Video of Enthronement of Patriarch Kirill

The enthronement of Patriarch Kirill was broadcast live here in Russia. Here is a link to that broadcast. Before you get too upset at the fact that there is commentary you should know that the commentator is a professor from the Moscow Theological Seminary and that this was broadcast on what you could call the… Continue reading Video of Enthronement of Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill the TV Show Host

Moscow. February 2, 2009. Interfax - Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus, following his pick as first-hierarch, will continue to host the program 'Word of the Pastor,' which for nearly 15 years has been broadcast on Saturdays at nine AM on First Channel. 'His Holiness, the Patriarch, plans to continue to address his arch-pastoral… Continue reading Patriarch Kirill the TV Show Host

Archimandrite Neophytus (Osipov) Canonized

At a regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday, January 23, 2009, the following act was issued. Into the List of Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia is Added the Name of Archimandrite Neophytus (Osipov) On Friday there was a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian… Continue reading Archimandrite Neophytus (Osipov) Canonized

Martyr Nikolai Ivanovich Gusev

Today, besides being a feast day of St. Patriarch Tikhon and St. John the Theologian, is also the feast day of St. Nikolai (Gusev), a martyr at a mere 18 years of age. I present here my translation of his life. Gusev, Nikolai Ivanovich (1919-1937), martyr. (Icon located in the Church of the Protection of… Continue reading Martyr Nikolai Ivanovich Gusev

Canonization of Four Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

The following is a recent press release regarding the canonization of several New Martyrs. I have gathered as much information about each as I could find (about one I could find no information), compiled it and translated it. The short lives of each follow the press release. New Names Included into the List of Holy… Continue reading Canonization of Four Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

Let the bells peal

Act of Canonical Communion We, the humble Alexy II, by God’s mercy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, jointly with the Eminent Members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, having gathered at a meeting of the Holy Synod (date) in the God-preserved city of Moscow; and the humble… Continue reading Let the bells peal