This reminds me of another Fr. Kypian story. As many know, Father
Archimandrite Kyprian was the spiritual father for thousands of Orthodox Christians
during his life, and was the spiritual father for scores upon scores of seminarians
who became priests. His iconography (and the school he established) make him,
in my view, a theologian. His icon of the New Martyrs of Russia has become
the symbol of the Russian Church Abroad in Russia. Archimandrite Kyprian was a
true authority throughout our Church.
In the summer of 1990 (when I was still a seminarian), a monk from the Pskov
Percherski Monastery, Fr. Anastasius, was visiting Holy Trinity Monastery in
Jordanville. I had met Fr. Anastasius the previous summer when I was in Russia.
He was extremely helpful to me. Not knowing that he was in the Monastery, I
was walking back to my room to the Seminary building from the Monastery
printshop when I saw him in the reception room, through the window. He was talking
to Fr. Kyprian. [Vladyka Laurus was away for several weeks (I think he was in
Jerusalem) and Fr. Kyprian was in charge of the Monastery during Vladyka's
absence.] As I looked through the window, Fr. Kyprian was showing so much
kindness and joy. When I walk in and greeted Fr. Anastasius (or rather, interrupted
their conversation) Fr. Kyprian rejoiced that he saw two friends saying hello.
He treated Fr. Anastasius with love, respect and honor. He never said that
"you can't serve here," because he knew Fr. Anastasius knew that already. I
was "ordered" by Father Kyprian to take good care of our guest, and every day
he asked "how is Batushka, does he need anything." What Fr. Anastasius saw
that week in Jordanville was the true Russian Church Abroad. He encountered our
Church's anchor and roots.
Some have asked "why the rush to dialogue." Dear Orthodox-Synod list
members, the process began no later than that summer day in 1990. It is true that
that spirit was not followed up by others, even in the Monastery, but I have no
doubt that Fr. Kyprian is rejoicing as he watches his spiritual children lead
our Church back, as Vladyka Kyrill noted, "by miraculous means," ..."to its
original path, the path of its founders." Last Monday would have been Fr.
Kyprian's name's day. May his memory be eternal!
Priest Victor Boldewkul
In a message dated 10/3/03 3:49:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> At the age of 12, my saintly spiritual Father, Archimandrite
> Kiprian of Jordanville taught me a lesson I remember to this day.
> I expressed to him my indignation over the fact, that one
> hieromonk had received a " nagrada" that day, while my favorite was
> overlooked. I protested. Father Kiprian turned to me and said,
> " ZABILI TEBYA SPROSIT ".
> I am truly grateful.
> sinful deacon victor
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