From childhood our parents teach us the magic words: “thank you”, “please” and “sorry”. Some learn these lessons perfectly well, but others, alas, forget to thank their loved ones for a delicious dinner or a fresh shirt. And we must admit that we do not often say words of gratitude to our Savior.
Fr. Nazary was born to a Moslem father and Catholic mother. But by Divine Providence, he converted to Orthodoxy at the age of eighteen. It took him much effort and patience to restore peace in the family. But studying at Sretensky Seminary strengthened his faith and helped him find experienced spiritual mentors and true friends.
There are more than forty active Orthodox churches, and their parishioners aren’t simply Slavs who have moved to Japan, as you might first think. The parishioners of the country’s main Orthodox church—the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Tokyo—are mainly Japanese. St. Nicholas of Japan was the first to bring Orthodoxy to the Japanese land.