Hosted by Pittsburgh’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, about 500 people attended a dinner and reception following a church service led by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
A Vietnam veteran, Father John lived in California and later Alaska, where he worked as a hospice chaplain for a number of years before enrolling in Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. After his ordination to the priesthood, he served regularly as a supply priest, turning over his stipends to the diocese without keeping a penny for his time and travel. While in the Bronx VA Hospital, he has provided pastoral care to other patients—while being a patient himself.
Nun Lydia (Derzhavina) was born in 1936. She is the widow of Archpriest John Derzhavin and the mother of eleven children. All the children in the Derzhavin family have connected their lives with the Church: three sons are priests and two daughters are matushkas. In this interview Matushka Lydia speaks about the spiritual significance of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) for the Russian people, on the severe trials that befell the Church in the twentieth century, and on contemporary temptations.
The wives of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia travelled a bitter and sorrowful path. They bore a high service amidst a godless world, raising children, enduring deprivations, repression from the authorities, hunger, and poverty. How did they survive? How did they remain true to Christ? This is what our article is about.
Seventy-five years ago, our homeland was engulfed by a wave of mass repressions, implemented by the government against its own citizens. Thousands of Orthodox people—men and women, laity, monastics and clergy—fell victim in this tragic period, suffering for faith in Christ. Many of the victims of the repressions of that time are now glorified by the Church in the Assembly of New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. Their podvig has particular significance for preserving the Orthodox faith in Russia, and for its spiritual rebirth. What moral lesson should we, living today, extract from this chapter of Church history? In what way are we called to imitate the New Martyrs?
“The work of a psychologist with this category of women is the work of eroding growing doubt. A woman has come to register for an abortion; she’s already made a choice, a decision, but she always has remaining doubts—something on the other side of the scale. The work of a psychologist is to uncover these doubts, ‘to give them’ Which way the balance is tipped we cannot know, because the woman has made a decision. But, all the same, you can try to ‘shatter’ a woman’s bad confidence.”
In his interview with the Segodnya Ukrainian newspaper the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate looks back on 2016. He speaks about proper prayer, how to avoid hatred, intrigues in the Church, expectations for the future, and his wishes for 2017.
Today the Church in Syria is going through a difficult period of persecutions. Churches, monasteries, convents, and cultural monuments are being destroyed, and people are being killed. In his interview with the Pravlife.org website Bishop Qais (Sadiq) of Erzurum, Vicar of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, relates how the Church in Syria is trying to survive during the war.
I cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that our government continues, with our tax-payer dollars, to fund and arm those who are raping, murdering, and displacing Christians (who represent about ten percent of the overall population) and other religious minorities in Syria.
Under state militant atheism believers of all faiths were imprisoned, tortured, and executed simply because they chose to believe in God. Fr. George Gulin gives a first-hand account of the horrors people of faith had to endure in the Soviet Union.