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

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

Homily on Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (Luke 23:42) The Holy Church treats us like mothers treat children when teaching them to speak. To do this, they make children repeat after them the names of people and things which are most necessary for conversation. The Church does the same. In as much as… Continue reading Homily on Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Homily before Confession – Friday the Second Week of Lent

It is good to give praise*[confess] unto the Lord (Psalms 91:2 LXX in Holy Transfiguration Monastery translation) *Translator's note: The Slavonic text reads "confess." Other examples of use of the same verb in the Slavonic are Ps. 96:12, 6:6, 29:10, 117:1, 78:13, and 75:11. The Slavonic verb can mean both to praise and to confess.… Continue reading Homily before Confession – Friday the Second Week of Lent

Homily One on the Prayer of St. Ephrem

I picked up a new book the other day-homilies of St. Luke (Voino-Yasenetskii), Archbishop of Simferopol, on the prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian. As I've seen very little of St. Luke's work in English I've added this book to the translations for lent list so hopefully I'll get in one or two a week.… Continue reading Homily One on the Prayer of St. Ephrem

Homily on the Kontakion of St. Andrew of Crete’s Canon

This is a homily from the second week of the fast on a kontakion from the first week but it's appropriate for any time your soul needs a wake up call. Homily on Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and… Continue reading Homily on the Kontakion of St. Andrew of Crete’s Canon

Homily on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

What does it mean that all the anathemas just proclaimed by the Church refer to false teaching and heresy and not one condemns impiety and vice? Is an impious life really less contrary to the Gospel than incorrect faith? No, impenitent vice is more criminal than impenitent unbelief. If a vice was not condemned by… Continue reading Homily on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

Letters to Spiritual Children, Part XII

... Concerning the spiritual life, I don't think I need to write to you. The most important thing demanded of you is to try with all your strength to preserve peace with your household and if you get upset then ask forgiveness and grant forgiveness as soon as possible. The enemy will try to take… Continue reading Letters to Spiritual Children, Part XII