Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Hamah (ca. 282). Martyrs Zachariah the Cobbler and his wife Mary (3rd c.). Martyrs Gregory, Victor, and Geminus, of Heracleon in Thrace (304). 150 philosophers converted by St. Catherine and martyred at Alexandria (305). St. Longinus of Egypt (4th c.). St. Maximus (Maximian), archbishop of Constantinople (434). St. Vulfolaic, stylite, of Trier (6th c.). St. Gregory, bishop of Tours (594). St. Hilda, abbess of Whitby (680). St. John the Cobbler, of Olumba, Cairo, and Sinai (7th c.). St. Gennadius, steward of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (14th c.).
What is needed to restore Eucharistic communion between the Phanar and the Russian Orthodox Church? Is there a threat to Ukrainian Orthodoxy from the Muslim world? How should the Church and its clergy carry out their mission today, and how do today’s trials affect the spiritual life of the faithful?
How did you become so dear to us, Vladyka? Certainly, it wasn’t your rank as a metropolitan, but rather that, without your title, the white klobuk and panagia, you were like a father who taught his flock to stay away from lies, phariseeism, deceit, empty talk, betrayal, faintheartedness and idleness. You taught us to be sincere, honest, kind, and, above all, wise; to help our neighbor whenever possible, and to cherish every minute of our lives and fill them with good deeds.
Vladyka never forced anyone to do good deeds. He was a good shepherd. His spiritual children had a list of needy residents of the northern capital and Moscow whom he helped from time to time. Vladyka tried to help anyone who needed assistance.
Purpose in life emerges when faith in, and the striving towards, God are present, along with the ideals and values that are confessed in the Gospel of Christ. It is imperative that we learn this independently of where we live and what views we hold.
He didn’t care for empty words. If he spoke, it was a clear, dogmatic expression and the concrete application of it in the life of the Church. The peculiarity of his activity, of his lively preaching, was that he thought very dogmatically.
We recall, “Serve ye the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling.” But there is no trembling here! Only terrible intoxication. Such people are stubborn; they do not obey the Church and reason. These people are suicides, who only later understand it. These people are involuntary murderers—they kill the souls and lives of many people.
The witness of Met. Nikiforos and his new book is especially important because it demonstrates that, despite the loud insistences of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Ukrainian scandal is not about Russians rejecting the special role of Constantinople and the Greek people within the Church, but rather, it is a question of fidelity to the Orthodox canons and theology.
When I see footage of people in camouflage with Right Sector armbands, swearing and shouting, with rebar and weapons in hand, throwing bloodied elderly people out of churches, beating priests, cutting locks, kicking down church doors—in a word, rioting—my heart bleeds.
We should be very attentive, because the devil attacks ascetics primarily via their thoughts. First, you have no idea in what direction one or another thought may lead you, and what temptation may be hidden within it.
We parents were completely surprised when other, non-standard, actors were pulled into another play, Hamlet. The scenes where the Danish prince uses naïve wandering actors to reveal the crime of his uncle and mother were played by the actors of the “Theater of the Innocents”. These were people with Down’s Syndrome.