This coming Saturday, the brotherhood and parishioners of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery in Florence, Arizona, will solemnly commemorate the first anniversary of the repose of Elder Ephraim (Moraitis), the great Athonite elder who founded St. Anthony’s and nearly 20 other monasteries in America and Canada.
Fr. Vladimir knew that he would never return. He blessed everyone and said to his daughter, “We are not likely to see each other again my child.” The two novices Tatiana and Maria were also arrested with him.
Where did he get such power that two thousand years on, his story should so enliven our hearts? A man who was not a writer, who two thousand years ago wrote only one book, did what all the professional authors in the world could not do.
How did you become so dear to us, Vladyka? Certainly, it wasn’t your rank as a metropolitan, but rather that, without your title, the white klobuk and panagia, you were like a father who taught his flock to stay away from lies, phariseeism, deceit, empty talk, betrayal, faintheartedness and idleness. You taught us to be sincere, honest, kind, and, above all, wise; to help our neighbor whenever possible, and to cherish every minute of our lives and fill them with good deeds.
Vladyka never forced anyone to do good deeds. He was a good shepherd. His spiritual children had a list of needy residents of the northern capital and Moscow whom he helped from time to time. Vladyka tried to help anyone who needed assistance.
The idea for such an exhibition came about a long time ago, according to the airport management. The main issue was figuring out how to display the items without interfering with passengers, which turned out to be a difficult task in the small terminal.
He didn’t care for empty words. If he spoke, it was a clear, dogmatic expression and the concrete application of it in the life of the Church. The peculiarity of his activity, of his lively preaching, was that he thought very dogmatically.
On Sunday, November 8, St. Alfred, King of the Anglo-Saxons from 886 until his death in 899, was liturgically commemorated at Holy Apostles Church in Beltsville, Maryland, a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The art, the handiwork of the young artist Matija Popović, depicts His Holiness Patriarch Pavle, who led the Serbian Church from 1990 until his repose in 2009, and His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro, who reposed just last month.
We parents were completely surprised when other, non-standard, actors were pulled into another play, Hamlet. The scenes where the Danish prince uses naïve wandering actors to reveal the crime of his uncle and mother were played by the actors of the “Theater of the Innocents”. These were people with Down’s Syndrome.