MN said: "St. Dimitry Rostovsky translated from Greek, Life of Saint in 12
books in "Chet'y Minei" and the life of Blessed Augustine is not in it.
Certainly his life is well known to people and if he was considered a saint
at that time in the Greek or Russian Church his life would have been
published in Greek Chery Minei when it was translated into Russian."
Firstly, I would like ask the following; it seems from your emails, that
1 - you are proposing that there exists a class of semi-saints
2 - you are stated that St Augustine is not a saint
Could you clarify your position.
In refutation of a number of points you have taken I will reference a number
In the monastery of Varlaam of the Meteora, there is a fresco of Saint
Augustine painted by Theophanes the Cretan(16th C). St Dimitry of Rostov
was born in 1651(17 C). Therefore your statement is incorrect, he has
always been considered a Saint..
Also, your premise that St Augustine was well known is incorrect. St
Augustine was not well know prior to the 18 C, when St Nicodemus the
Hagiorite entered St Augustine in his Synaxaristes. "[St Nicodemus] noted
that he regrets that very few of [Augustine's] works have been translated
into Greek for the spiritual benefit and edification of the Greek Orthodox
people. He says we are deprived (sterometha) of the spiritual wealth of
these valuable writings." After his addition to the Synaxaristes, St
Augustine began to appear in various books and calendars throughout Russia
Saint Gennadios Scholarios stated the following at the Council at
"if anyone does not believe and call Augustine saint and blessed, he is
Also of interest in this quote is that St Gennadios does not use the terms
'Saint' and 'Blessed' as seperate terms.
St Photios states the following concerning St Augustine & Ambrose:
"Though they were otherwise arrayed with the noblest reflections, they were
human. If they slipped and fell into error, therefore, by some negligence or
oversight, then we should not gainsay or admonish them. But what is this to
Also, I took notice that in the St John of Krondstadt Calendar they list him
as St Augustine the Blessed, bp of Hippo. I presume to avoid this sort of
word based attacks against the Saint.
I think it is interesting to go to the OCA website with the lives of the
Saints and enter 'Blessed' in the search. The results are greatly varied in
who is called Blessed. http://oca.org/FSlives.asp
yours in Christ,