Igumen Michael (Semenov), deputy abbot of Klykovo Monastery, speaks on Matushka’s role in the appearance of the monastery, on the difficulties and victories of the brethren, on the continuity of love, and much else in this candid conversation.
This letter should become a classic of Orthodox writing and witness to the faith that sustained so many and is today being resurrected in so many places. The triumph of the Resurrection so transcends his prison cell it’s a wonder that the walls remained.
When the Church of the Theophany, the last Orthodox church in Vyshny Volochek was shut down, this was the house where the parishioners held secret worship services. When the owners of the house were arrested and all their relatives and friends, stricken by fear, turned their backs on the “children of the enemies of the state”, this house witnessed another act of courage as the children were saved by selfless people who became their guardians.
ew of us can imagine what it was like during the transition period from soviet times into our own times in Russia to begin the herculean task of restoring the desecrated churches. These reminiscences paint a fragment of this picture in describing the life of one true man of God in Moscow, Archpriest Alexei Zotov.
After a number of media, mostly tabloid, picked up a story that President Putin supposedly equated communism with Christianity and Lenin’s embalmed but nevertheless decomposing remains with holy Christian relics, I was hoping to see an article somewhere discussing this sanely in either Russian or in English.
Only a handful of specialists now know about a liturgical rite called “the Furnace Act” practiced in Russia from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and mentioned as early as the tenth century in Byzantium. It was a rite that was celebrated on the great feasts. With this rite also began the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
In this article, Vasiliy Shchipkov, who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, discusses the Christian approach to remembering the terrible time of Soviet repressions vs. a mentality of retribution.