6017He Who Restraineth
- Jul 12, 2002Very few people realize the impact on Orthodoxy of the
murder of the last Orthodox Emperor. Here is a way to visualize the
impact. Think of the largest country in the world. Moving from West
to East you leave St. Petersburg with its many churches, go to Moscow
with its hundreds of churhes, cross the Urals, go thousands of
miles across the vast steppes, through Siberia, Yakutsk to Kamchatka
to the Pacific Ocean (and into Alaska for Orthodoxy had spread
there). From Arkangelsk and Murmansk in the far North and all of its
latitudes, South to Odessa on the Black Sea thence East past the
Caspian Sea, past the Turkik regions, past the Aral sea, past Lake
Baikhail to Vladivostok. Where ever there were people and villages
there existed an Orthodox church. Thousands and thousands of them.
Each of these churches had a consecrated altar with relics of the
saints. In each Church there was a priest, some not educated, but
all the more pious, who gave the holy mysteries to all who asked.
Each parish priest instructed his flock and gave sermons about
Christian living from the amvon. The totality of this my friends is
purity. Great purity and strength beyond what we can comprehend
today. And this strength is so vast; millions of believers and great
spiritual power. In this pious Orthodox land there existed hundreds
of monasteries. In this nation all the Orthodox Christians who
attended church prayed for the salvation of the world and for all
other Orthodox Christians.
This great Emperor and his father not only attended to the spiritual
needs of Russia; they were the defenders of Orthodoxy throughout the
world. They protected Holy Mt. Athos and built St. Pantelaimon's
Monastery,the Prophet Elias skete, and other monasteries. The Tsar
protected Orthodox Christians in Eastern Europe by gently (and not so
gently sometimes) reminding the heterodox that they will not allow
Orthodox lands to be swallowed up by the corrupt Hapsburg Empire and
other Western powers. They kept the militant and secular Turks of the
Ottoman empire in check by letting it be clear that Holy Russia
viewed the saving of Constantinople as a fundamental element of
Russian foreign policy.
They built Orthodox churches, monasteries and convents in the Holy
Land and were the ONLY world power to defend Orthodoxy in Palastine.
They built Orthodox churches here in America and defended the faith
even as far from Moscow as New York, throughout all of Pennsylvania
to Clevland and into Detroit. This was all before the Russian
Now give this Christian emperor a faith so strong that he will look
Satan and death in the face and not shirk or cower. That he will not
bow down to Satan and make his pact with him, but would accept the
pain and torture of a martyr's crown; not only for himself but for
his family whom he loved and cherished. This was a Tsar who had all
the riches in the world, who could have had all the Things of This
World if only he had made his pact with the evil one. Yet he, St.
Nicholas, was strong in his faith and the love of his country and the
Holy Orthodox Faith. He gently accepted this great passion for
himself and his family.
St. Nicholas died for his people; for their sins and for the faith.
That the pseudo church, the MP, questions whether or not this man,
one of the greatest saints of all time, is indeed a passion bearer,
is a testimony to their spiritual bankruptcy. After all, their
hierarchs are only legitimate if Stalin is legitimate. Met. Sergius
and all the MP Patriarchs received their apostolic succession from
Lenin and Stalin. Why would they say anything else?
Each of the thousands of Orthodox churches in Russia has been
desecrated. Yes, some have been rebuilt. With blood money from
murder, drug trafficing and smuggling. The churches have no doubt
been reconsecrated by KGB agents wearing a saccos, mitre, panagia and
great omophorion. But are these men dressed as bishops Orthodox?
This is the impact of the murder and sacrifice of St Nicholas, The
One Who Restraineth. Instead of great spiritual power throughout
Russia, there is despair. There are churches that have been
restored; some are beautiful no doubt, but their priests commemorate
the spiritual descendents of the murderers of St. Nicholas.
Mt. Athos has no earthly protector. There is spiritual chaos now on
the Holy Mountain because the Orthodox champion no longer exists.
The Holy Land has no Orthodox defender. The Orthodox holy sites are
swallowed up by evil people.
Orthodoxy in America is like unto the Tower of Babel with more
jurisdictions than the Protestants.
The One Who Restraineth is no more my friends. He suffered his
earthly passion and now wears a martyr's crown in heaven. And that
is why each one of us must fight the good fight, even unto
the end, because there no one else today who restraineth Satan.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Let each one of us recommit ourselves
to this spiritual fight for today there is no one who will fight for
Holy Father, St. Nicholas, pray unto God for Us!
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