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Re: [orthodox-synod] The Cry of the New Martyrs ? Redeem the Time!

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  • Rev. Sergei Overt
    More stuff from the ROCOR past........ Gleb Yakunin now belongs to some new fashioned catacomb group I don t know which one exactly. Things have changed Fr.
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2004
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      More stuff from the ROCOR past........

      Gleb Yakunin now belongs to some new fashioned "catacomb group"
      I don't know which one exactly.

      Things have changed Fr. Vasilii.........

      Why do you post this stuff.......holding on to this past......
      Yes, it was a nice time in ROCOR.........building churches,
      Russian parish life in Diaspora......the days of Metropolitan Philaret.
      It was easy to define our ROCOR.
      We were fighting communism, ecumenism and so on.........

      You probably also read "Nasha Strana"?


      Dear Father Vasilii,
      Now is a different time. I respect everything from our
      ROCOR past, I was raised with it, but we have to go on.
      Russia has also changed. I'm not saying everything is perfect though.
      Respectfully,
      Fr. Sergei



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      Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 12:26 AM
      Subject: [orthodox-synod] The Cry of the New Martyrs ? Redeem the Time!


      >
      > The Cry of the New Martyrs ? Redeem the Time!
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      >
      >
      > Brothers and Sisters:
      >
      >
      > Let us glorify the Saviour of mankind and magnify His Most Pure Mother!
      >
      >
      > The Holy Virgin kept for us in her heart the glad tidings which the
      > shepherds heard from the angel (Luke 2:17-19). And she will likewise find
      > room in her heart for our prayers of this holy season. With this
      assurance,
      > let us fulfill the will of God, "redeeming the time, because the days are
      > evil" (Eph. 5:16).
      >
      >
      > Just now, we have yet another, a special reason to value the years that
      > lie immediately ahead of us. A thousand-year period in the history of the
      > Russian Orthodox Church is drawing to a close. Five years separate us from
      > that significant day in 1988 which marks the thousand-year a anniversary
      of
      > the Baptism of Russia. Some of us have but five years left to live, others
      > a few more, others less. This should make us stop and think.
      >
      >
      > At the same time, by the prayers of the New Martyrs and Confessors of
      > Russia, we have in Russia new witnesses, bold accusers of the violence
      > against the Church. Among them is Deacon Vladimir Rusak who set himself
      the
      > task of writing the history of the Russian Church in the period since
      1917.
      > His archives and the most nearly completed copy of his work were, of
      > course, confiscated by the KGB. Whether we shall ever have a chance of
      > reading this book, I do not know. But we are grateful to the author for
      its
      > title: "The Incriminating Evidence". For this evidence-Fr. Vladimir
      > already lost his position as one of Moscow's leading clergy, and for his
      > lenten sermon in Vitebsk--in which he spoke exceptionally powerfully
      > concerning Russia's New Martyrs--Fr. Vladimir was sent to a monastery.
      What
      > more awaits him?
      >
      >
      > May the Lord remember him, together with Fr, Gleb Yakunin, Igor
      > Ogurtsov, Zoya Krakhmalnikova, and others there who have valued the truth
      > and have labored to redeem the time, taking advantage of the short time
      > that was theirs.
      >
      >
      > Here are the words of Fr. Vladimir concerning the New Martyrs:
      >
      >
      > "Not only have we sacrilegiously forgotten the blood they shed and the
      > sufferings which they endured, but we have criminally slandered their
      > deeds. Instead of pointing to those who have been the cause of their
      > martyrdom, we resort to casuistry and lay the blame on these martyrs
      > themselves: we blame them for having been disloyal to the government
      > authorities. Yet what position should a normal churchman adopt towards the
      > atheistic, and furthermore, anti-Christian government?"
      >
      >
      > How can we, here in freedom, worthily make use of the years ahead? In
      > Russia, despite the persecution, not a little has already been said--and
      so
      > powerfully, if only by a few.
      >
      >
      > The "builders of socialism and communism" have thought up their
      > godless five-year plans. Let us counteract their ruinous activity. Asking
      > God's blessing, let us today declare our own five-year plan, a five-year
      > crusade towards that cherished goal: the millennium of Russia's Baptism.
      > And with this millennium, we make bold to hope for the freedom of our
      > Church, the freedom of Russia, and our common spiritual rebirth.
      >
      >
      > Let us dedicate these next five years to what Bishop Theophan the
      > Recluse termed, "attuning ourselves the spiritual life":', Let us consider
      > the years ahead as a time of extreme urgency. And let us not spare
      > ourselves in working towards our goal.
      >
      >
      > May our labors in these next five years serve as our gift to the
      > Christ Child, and may they be as precious in His sight as gifts of gold,
      > frankincense, and myrrh.
      >
      >
      > Archbishop Anthony of Western America and San Francisco
      > Nativity, 1983
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