The story of ROCOR’s mission in India is one of frustration, missed opportunities, and unfortunate errors, as well as great piety, ascetic struggle, and witness to the Gospel precepts, with the characters that come and go ranging from great examples of faith and holiness to the shady and downright bizarre.
We wanted to provide our readers with this interview with the brotherhood, in which we discuss the monastery’s history, its spiritual inheritance, its love of the Russian Royal Family and the American saints, and much more.
Abbess Elena (Zolotukhina) of the Spassky Convnet of the Voronezh Metropolia spoke with a correspondent of “Monastery Bulletin” about monasticism, her path to the monastery, and the difficulties faced by modern man seeking the monastic life.
Peasants from Trans-Carpathia under occupation by the Austro-Hungarian Empire made the long journey—these were Rusyns, Romanians, Bucovinians, and Galicians. The settlers were granted sixty-five hectares per family, equal status with other settlers, and the right to an education.
As many Swedes say, they have no choice because Orthodoxy is the only truth. True, everyone has their own path. But if a Swede becomes really interested in his faith and tradition, having failed to find Christ in his Lutheran tradition, then he begins to dig deep in history.
Metropolitan Anthony of Korsun and Western Europe, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Dormition located in the territory of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People’s Republic of China.
On September 29, 2019 a chapel dedicated to the new saints Paisios the Athonite, Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva and Iakovos of Evia was consecrated by Metropolitan Damaskenos of Didymotichon, Orestias and Soufli. The chapel belongs to the Holy Monastery of Hagia Skepi - Saint Paraskevi in Nea Vyssa.
“We are not a museum showpiece in the modern world. The way we serve is our means of communicating with God. We use English instead of Slavonic, and that is also part of the means of communicating with God.”
Faraway Athos, I will never see you: your mysterious mountains and austere monasteries, secluded kellias and kalyvias, rocky trails to Karoulia and the peaks of Katounakia; I will never descend to the blue waves of the Aegean Sea, will never awaken to the sound of the wooden tuaka in the pilgrim’s quarters—arxontariki. The monastic republic of Athos is inaccessible for women. But I can listen to stories about Athos from my first spiritual guide—Igumen Savvaty.