The devil is a liar and a deceiver. He has been deceiving the human race with his theory of infinitely expanding storehouses for thousands of years. Even today, people still believe this lie. But the lie consists in the fact that the storehouses are not within the devil’s power, because they are in essence nothing other than the time of our earthly lives—which is in God’s hands.
Many of us may think, “Yes, but this testimony to the existence of the angelic world happened long ago, in the Old Testament, or in the early years of Christianity. But what about now?”
Elder Kirill said to her, “My dear, let’s have a look at what’s in the envelope.” “No!” she said. “Under no circumstances! That healer told me that as soon as I open the envelope I’ll die.”
Today, when the holy Church celebrates the memory of all the saints who shown forth in the Russian lands, we prayerfully turn our spiritual gaze towards the hosts of warriors for the Heavenly King, the immortal Divine regiment.
The life filled with blessedness, which according to the Savior’s words, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (Jn. 10:10) man is called to inherit, is taken away from the wretch by the demon through passions and sin. Instead of becoming the foal of an ass upon which Christ seats Himself and leads him into the Kingdom of Heaven, the Jerusalem on high, he becomes a filthy swine, drowning in the sea of sins and passions.
Today, brothers and sisters, on Great and Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper, when our Lord Jesus Christ established the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and served the first Divine Eucharist, giving his disciples and apostles His Most Pure Body and Blood in the image of bread and wine.
Pravoslavie.ru has been running a series dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of the restoration of monastic life in Sretensky Monastery, featuring monks who live there. One of the most recent talks was with Hieromonk Pavel (Shcherbachev), the deputy secretary of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, which is run from within the monastery walls.
Dr. James H. Billington, the distinguished scholar and Librarian of Congress, recently visited the Moscow Sretensky Monastery. We asked Dr. Billington about how he came to love Russia, about Christianity in America, and about his impressions of the Sretensky Monastery Choir and the book, Everyday Saints and Other Stories.
When Fr. Andrei began serving at that church, the area was surrounded by agricultural fields and forest. There were no roads leading to the village, which consisted of a few old houses. Nevertheless, parishioners travelled from Moscow and sloshed through the thick mud to reach that holy place. Fr. Andrei welcomed all who came to pray at the Divine Services, and a warm meal was always ready afterwards.