In this interview, His Grace Bishop Irenei (Steenberg) of London and Western Europe speaks again about the recent Bishops’ Council that elected ROCOR’s new First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, ROCOR’s relations with other jurisdictions, assistance to Ukrainian refugees, and more.
Because that pain, blood, and death are the outstretched hands of Christ on the Cross. Christ’s labor was manifested clearly in the Garden of Gethsemane, when His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground; but it started much earlier than that, at the moment of His Nativity, or rather, even at conception.
My wife and I serve God and the people. Without her, I wouldn’t have any kind of success. I remember how Archpriest Vladimir Rodzianko said during a pre-marriage conversation with us just before our wedding that on the day of a man’s ordination to the priesthood, his wife is as if ordained along with him.
To believe in people, you should set out on a long journey. That’s when you realize that not all is lost, because we still have so many caring and good people. You rejoice if once in a while you get to meet such “pearls.”
On a pilgrimage to Russia in 1988, Vladyka unofficially served one of the first panikhidas for Tsar Nicholas II and his family in the USSR. It happened right on the 70th anniversary of their murder in Ekaterinburg, which I heard about from Vladyka’s spiritual daughter Marilyn Swezey, who was with him on that pilgrimage. As she believes, the service became a kind of prologue to the glorification of the family and faithful servants of the last Tsar, which took place twelve years later.
Now I would like to share some of these wonderful letters of St. John of those years in order to honor the memory of this saint of God, through whose prayers and deeds we all came safely to the end of our refugee path.
Although Abbot Tryphon (Parsons) had a tortuous journey towards Orthodoxy, which included a departure from Lutheranism, work as a psychologist, and a passion for Trotskyism, now the wise priest shares his experience with hundreds of his spiritual children who come to him for support and consolation.
This year, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) is marking its centennial. His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of ROCOR, discusses what has been accomplished over the century and what challenges the Church faces today.
“Vladyka really loved the Kursk Icon. He explained many things to me that I didn’t understand as a child, but he never spoke about the icon with me,” Batiushka says. “I saw many icons in his room, a whole small iconostasis, but somehow I wasn’t even interested in which icons they were.”
During the recent Great Lent, one of the most senior protodeacons of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in the Unites States, Fr Joseph Jarostchuk, who last year celebrated his 50th anniversary of clerical service, contracted the coronavirus and was even preparing for death.
The priest, who in his youth was a radical socialist, shared his thoughts on how faith can help overcome tribulations, and also compared today’s events in the USA with the pre-Revolutionary situation in Russia in 1917.