Advisor to the Chairman of the Russian State Duma, doctor of political science Alexander Shchipkov talks about the liberal Orthodox subculture and the political phenomenon of a “church within a Church”, and explains how the idea of the secular reformation in Russia is bound up with postmodernist practices.
For us, a monastery should represent the best of Christian life: love of God, love of family/brotherhood, love of friend and stranger, hospitality to all, joy, delight, and above all, life in abundance through Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Among these crises, two have restricted the Church's movement, distorted her, created within her an abhorrent duplicity and to a significant degree hindered her from existing within the sphere of living spiritual theology and preaching the Gospel throughout the world. By this I am referring to the crisis of racism and the crisis of Constantinople.
After several days and nights of unceasing prayer we had my Christian patient anointed with holy chrism, after which I came into the operating room, praying and wholeheartedly relying on the will of God. It was like obedience for me—I was praying whilst performing surgery!
In Pakistan and all over the world, Orthodox Christians are proud of their faith and the Holy Cross of Jesus is strengthening their faith and giving them courage to face the challenges of life with vim and vigor in all circumstances.
Constantinople, in aggressively advancing its supremacy in the Orthodox world, is acting inexcusably and brazenly, humiliating its brother bishops and priests from Russia. This policy of open discrimination according to jurisdictional allegiance leads us down a blind alley, the exit from which requires both time and great effort. It imposes upon the Orthodox Church an internal confrontation, divides and weakens Orthodoxy. It is all the sadder that what is happening is not a mistake but the conscious choice of the Phanar.
“I firmly believe that familiarity with Prokudin-Gorsky’s photographs (not just a superficial glance) would be a great help to all who want to get to know Russia at least a little better and more sincerely—better than television, blogs, and newspapers. Bear in mind that nostalgia for the “good old days” should motivate us to work for the good of Russia and pray for it instead of plunging us into deep despondency.”
The faithful shared their stories of the miracles of Sts. Sergius of Radonezh and Seraphim of Sarov in their lives that were wrought through their powerful intersession and prayers, and how they have experienced peace and comfort in their lives, the sick have recovered from illnesses, and the jobless have found jobs.
On July 1998, a significant event for our Church took place which was the re-gathering of the Holy Synod after the long atheistic darkness. The enthronement of His Eminence Ignat, the ordination and enthronement of His Eminence Joan as well as the ordination of Bishop Kozma completed the whole process of the canonical revival of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania which started on 24 June 1992