Quotes from the Saints very relative to these (our sad) times.
- Quotes from the Saints very relative to these (our sad) times.
From the Russian Orthodox Church Council of 1917-18 (this is the same
Council that elected St. Tikhon as Patriarch): " The Patriarch of
Moscow and all Russia in his epistle to the beloved in the Lord archpastors,
pastors and all faithful children of the Orthodox Church of Christ has
drawn the spiritual sword against the outcasts of the human race
the Bolsheviks, and anathematized them. The head of the Russian Orthodox
Church adjures all her faithful children not to enter into any communion with
these outcasts. For their satanic deeds they are cursed in this life
and in the life to come. Orthodox! His Holiness the Patriarch has been given
the right to bind and to loose according to the word of the Saviour. Do
not destroy your souls, cease communion with the servants of Satan the
Bolsheviks. Parents, if your children are Bolsheviks, demand
authoritatively that they renounce their errors, that they bring forth
repentance for their eternal sin, and if they do not obey you, renounce
them. Wives, if your husbands are Bolsheviks and stubbornly continue to
serve Satan, leave your husbands, save yourselves and your children
from the soul-destroying infection. An Orthodox Christian cannot have
communion with the servants of the devil. Repent, and with burning prayer call
for help from the Lord of Hosts and thrust away from yourselves the hand
of strangers the age-old enemies of the Christian faith, who have
declared themselves in self-appointed fashion the peoples power. If
you do not obey the Church, you will not be her sons, but participants in the
cruel and satanic deeds wrought by the open and secret enemies of Christian
truth. Dare! Do not delay! Do not destroy your soul and hand it over
to the devil and his stooges ..
St. Nilus the myrrhstreamer: "After the year 1900, toward the middle
Of the 20th century... Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become
vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right-hand way from the
left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and of the
Church will change... The Churches of God will be deprived of
God-fearing and pious pastors, and woe to the Christians remaining in the world at
That time; they will completely lose their faith because they will lack the
opportunity of seeing the light of knowledge from anyone at all. Then
they will separate themselves out of the world in holy refuges..."
St. Anatoly the younger of Optina: "...From that heresies will spread
everywhere and deceive many people. The enemy of the human race will
act with cunning in order to draw into heresy, if possible, even the
elect...He will not begin by crudely rejecting the dogmas of the Holy Trinity, the
divinity of Jesus Christ and the virtue of the Theotokos, but he will
begin imperceptibly to distort the teachings and statutes of the Church and
their very spirit, handed down to us by the Holy Fathers through the Holy
Spirit. Few will notice these wiles of the enemy, only those more experienced
In the spiritual life. HERETCS WILL SEIZE POWER OVER THE CHURCH and will
Place their servants everywhere; the pious will be regarded with contempt.
Therefore, my son, when you see the violation of patristic tradition
And the divine order in the Church, the order established by God, know that
The heretics have already appeared, although for the time being they may
conceal their impiety, or they will distort the Divine Faith
imperceptibly, in order to succeed better in seducing and enticing the inexperienced
into the net... True Christians will remain until the end of this age, only
they will choose to live in secluded, deserted places."
Elder Lavrenty of Chernigov: "Not long before antichrist is
enthroned, even those churches that have been closed will be repaired and restored
not only their exteriors, but their interiors, as well. They will gild the
cupolas of bell-towers and cathedrals, alike; and when they have
completed the main one, then will the time have come for antichrist to be
enthroned. Pray that the Lord might lengthen that time, that we might be
encouraged and sustained: it is a frightful time that awaits us. The restoration
of the cathedrals will continue up to the very moment that antichrist is
crowned. We will have unprecedented splendor," starets Lavrentii of
Chernigov would say.
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