Archimandrite Naum (Baiborodin), the beloved elder with a great many spiritual children throughout all of Russia and beyond, who reposed on Friday at 90 years of age, was buried on Sunday at the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, where he labored in asceticism for decades.
On October 13, 2017, at ninety years of age, the oldest monk of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, the elder and spiritual father known throughout all of Russia Archimandrite Naum (Baiborodin) departed to the Lord. We here publish the words of the elder on the essence of what happened in Russia 100 years ago, and on the essence of our modern times.
And thus, we celebrate the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Virgin, remembering her most glorious appearance in the Blachernae church, seen by Sts. Andrew and Epiphanios. We celebrate, giving thanks to our Protectress for her great mercy shown to the Christian race, and we earnestly pray to her that she would now and always prayerfully protect us who seek her protection.
Approximately 25,000 faithful Orthodox Christians and over 100 priests prayerfully processed through the downtown streets of Iași yesterday, bearing the relics of their greatly-beloved St. Paraskeva, as well as relics of the holy Martyr Thekla, as part of the “Way of the Saints” pilgrimage.
On October 6, the day of the glorification of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna and apostle to America, celebrations were held in the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra for the 220th anniversary of the saint’s birth and the 40th anniversary of his canonization.
The historic trail connecting Moscow with the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in the city of Sergiev Posad has recently been revived, bringing back an ancient tradition of going on pilgrimage by foot to the centuries-old center of Russian Orthodox monasticism.
At a session held on Friday, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church heard the report of the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk on the canonization of the holy hierarch Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) and Hieromonk Sebastian (Dabovich) by the Serbian Orthodox Church at its May 29, 2015 session.
After the Liturgy the people took their time as they ambled out of the church. The sun was shining and warm, the autumn leaves were golden, and the air was especially clear—everything on that day in October was festive, as if nature itself was rejoicing on the day of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
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His path of life was an unceasing, difficult podvig [spiritual labor]: he spent forty-five of eighty-two years of his life in journeys, preaching the Word of God to the peoples of Russia’s extreme north, Alaska and Aleutian Islands.
Emmeram came from the land of the Franks. He was born early in the 7th Century in Poitiers. He received an excellent education and became a priest, and later a bishop. Emmeram left his homeland and went to preach the Christian Faith in the neighboring land of the Avars, now known as Hungary.