Over the past century a keen interest in this unique saint has developed among Orthodox, Catholics and Anglicans in East Anglia; more recently the prominent Suffolk historian Carol Twinch has thoroughly researched St. Walstan. Let us recall his Life.
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…
Every person has an instinctive need to belong to a nationality, and this is natural—we were not created as dry sand, but as a body, an organism; and each of us needs to find his place in the family of man. There is no such thing as abstract people; people always belong to some form of social group, like a family or a nation, and losing this belonging deprives a person of something very important.
A very talented man by nature, under the influence of other fathers among his contemporaries, Aldhelm became a prominent scholar, writer, poet, musician, singer, pastor, archpastor, teacher and builder of churches.
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.
Today we commemorate the fortieth day of the repose of the ever-memorable Archimandrite Adrian (Kirsanov), the last elder of the Pskov Caves Monastery. He was known for his simple words, efficacious prayer, exceedingly important revelations, and unforgettable meetings. Those who were fortunate enough to have communicated with the Pskov Caves elder Archimandrite Adrian (Kirsanov) remember this “incredibly happy person.”
We call the Holy Spirit “upon us and upon these gifts set forth” in order to accomplish the transfiguration of life, that life would acquire incorruptibility, that the gifts themselves and every man partaking of them would be transformed into a new creation, not subject to death—transformed into the Body of Christ.
Humiliated at his inability to make the seventeen-year-old girl change her mind, the Albanian Muslim tied Bosiljka to a horse and dragged her to the edge of the town, where he and several of his friends slowly cut the martyr into pieces while she was yet living, as they screamed “Death to the filthy Serb!”
The famed Valaam Monastery opened its pilgrimage season with a procession in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the translation of whose relics to Bari, Italy was celebrated by the holy Orthodox Church yesterday. The brothherhood and the monastery's many pilgrims joined in the holy march around the island, carrying icon banners and a reliquary containing a piece of the relics of St. Nicholas.