At the relics of St. Ambrose of Optina they were serving a moleben. The elderly lady fell down before the relics with the desire to repent, but then suddenly boiled over with anger. So—someone has stolen your boots and you’re supposed to repent?
These vignettes by Fr. Adrian’s spiritual daughter Nina Pavlova, also well known as the author of Red Pascha, a book about the three Optina monks murdered by satanists in 1993, wonderfully describe a day in the life of Fr. Adrian and his spiritual children in Pechory. It’s a picture of heaven and earth meeting at the elder’s blessing…
Nina Alexandrovna Pavlova, the author of the book on the Optina New Martyrs best known in Russia, Red Pascha, was the spiritual daughter of Archimandrite Adrian (Kirsanov) for many years. Until her very death she wrote down stories of the famous elder of the Pskov Caves Monastery, and this story became a living witness.