"Fr. Kirill lived according to the Gospel, unswervingly fulfilling the commandments of Christ. He found a Gospel in a building destroyed by shelling during the war, when death was hovering all around. Thus the Lord called him. He carried the Gospel with him and read it, and every word of Christ remained in his heart until the end of his days. In this way the desire to devote his whole life to God was born."
“Every time the Divine Liturgy is celebrated, it is celebrated for all the world” says Father Arsenios, “It is a global event. An elder from Mount Athos has said that the Second Coming will take place when the Liturgy ceases to be offered up on earth…” Even when their numbers are few, Saint Catherine’s monks do not cease to liturgize every day of the week—not only in their great basilica at the foot of Mount Sinai, but in the surrounding desert chapels; on the Holy Summit where Moses received the Ten Commandments, and at the cave where Saint John Climacus spent 40 years in ascetic solitude—never omitting to pray for the peace of a world in travail, and all those in it, that hope never cease...
Seminarians Gleb and Paul of the St. Petersburg's Orthodox Spiritual Academy took the angelic oath and became monks of the Orthodox Church, giving up their worldly possessions, passions and will, and embracing every obedience to the Mother Church.
Last July I sat down with Fr. Silouan (Brown) to ask him about his upcoming mission trip to Kenya, on behalf of the charitable organization “Orthodox Africa” he founded as a way for the global Orthodox community to be able to participate in the furtherance of God’s Kingdom by providing a means for the average layman who may not be able to travel to faraway lands, to participate in global missionary work. The organization works with several mission and shelters in Kenya. In this follow-up interview, Fr. Silouan shares his thoughts and reflections on the trip, how it compared to expectations, what he learned about how to better serve the people of Africa, and about the bond of Orthodox Christians worldwide, rooted in our common faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Friends and foes, our times, in my humble opinion, are the best times. They don’t pay us for Orthodoxy, but they don’t knock our teeth out for it either. What more could we want? After all, the churches are full—full with those who are not threatened for praying in a holy place, and, at the same time, who have nothing to gain from it. Is this not grace? Truly it is the best of times.
Every year, on the first Sunday of Great Lent, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Triumph of Orthodoxy, when the heresy of Iconoclasm was defeated and the veneration of icons was restored to the Church. In this vein, we also read the Synodikon in which the Orthodox faith is declared to be the one true faith, and we sing eternal memory to those who have defended this faith, and declare anathema all those who have fought against this faith.
During the 19th century the hermitage became widely known for its sages who achieved the designation starets, or "elder". Although the concept of starchestvo was brought to the monastery by the Church hierarchy in the 1820s, the starets designation came primarily through popular respect for certain monks who led an ascetic existence at the hermitage and in whom charisma merged with deep spiritual wisdom. The Church venerates all 14 monks known as "starets" at Optina Pustyn.
In an interview with MMA News, Emelainenko spoke openly about his Orthodox faith, and in the video below he states that while in America he was excited to travel to San Francisco to visit the Russian Orthodox Holy Virgin Cathedral and venerate the relics of the great wonderworker St. John Maximovitch.
The Christian truths are woven into many literary works with invisible threads. In order to find the precious pearl of the Gospel truth in the huge field of human thoughts you need to have sharp spiritual sight, a sensitive soul and internal intuition. This path is open for all.
"I was standing in these amazing night services and thinking that women can’t go to Mt. Athos, so visiting the Monastery of St. Anthony the Great and the others founded by Elder Ephraim is a unique opportunity for women to feel the spirit of Athos. You’re touched by the prayers of the holy Athonite elder Joseph the Hesychast, through the prayers of his spiritual children who have themselves become great elders. This prayer and love can be felt anywhere on earth, even at a distance of a thousand miles. You pray in your mother tongue, and in some miraculous manner, by the grace of the Holy Spirit Who gave the apostles the gift of speaking in other tongues, the elder, having acquired this grace, understands you."
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, arrived in Russia to celebrate the 70th birthday of Patriarch Kirill and All Russia. Anyway, he found some time to meet with an Interfax-Religion correspondent and share his opinion about the recent presidential campaign in the United States, ongoing crisis in Ukraine and share some interesting facts about Orthodoxy in America.
My work is full of inspiring conversations. When I meet such people I understand, that our ministry is needed. People need our help. As the poets say, we cannot foresee how people will respond to our words. However, we hope that our ministry will never be forgotten by the people whom we have helped.