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Re: [ustav] St Macarios, Concerning Unprotected Vessels

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  • Gene B.
    Dear Nikita, The file does not open. I could perhaps be of some assistance, depending on the scope (I teach two courses etc.). Did you receive the scans of the
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      Dear Nikita,

      The file does not open. I could perhaps be of some assistance, depending on
      the scope (I teach two courses etc.).

      Did you receive the scans of the 1624 MS Menaion for June that I sent you?

      Yours in Christ,

      Rdr Gennady

      On 25 October 2012 23:10, starina77 <starina77@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > Greetings, all
      >
      > I have been asked by a couple members of my parish to provide a
      > translation of an interesting article, from Church Slavonic to English.
      > This article (or rather "spiritual teaching") is derived from a medieval
      > Russian manuscript source and was printed by a well-meaning but
      > poorly-educated typographer in a small booklet around the turn of the last
      > century. I have searched through the available writings and not found an
      > authentic source for this "teaching" among the works of St. Macarios, but I
      > have found testimony to its existence going all the way back to medieval
      > times. (In all probability it is "apocryphal".) Apparently it circulated in
      > many versions, and it has been somewhat popular among Old Believer
      > communities, where it has been well preserved in both the written and oral
      > tradition.
      >
      > Essentially, it tells the story of how a certain Macarios (the Great?) was
      > travelling in a wilderness area and he encountered a demon, and they had a
      > conversation. St. Macarios asked the demon a number of questions about how
      > he tries to enter into the bodies of Christians and claim their souls, and
      > it is revealed that the demon can hide in a vessel of liquid, and if a
      > Christian makes the Sign of the Cross to protect himself, he will drive the
      > demon away. Old Believers specifically draw on this "teaching" to support
      > our tradition of Crossing ourselves before drinking any liquid, especially
      > alcoholic beverages.
      >
      > I am requesting a bit of help in translating this article into English, if
      > anyone is inclined to assist me. My schedule is very full because of work
      > commitments over the next couple weeks, and I am not able to find the time
      > to do this. Please keep in mind that the spelling is confusing because the
      > typographer did not know his grammar very well, and there is a considerable
      > amount of misplaced and misused punctuation. However, it is quite an
      > interesting article, and I think it will shed some light on an interesting
      > cultural tradition.
      >
      > I have uploaded the PDF to the files section:
      >
      > http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/wAqKULqzI4cJ7F0leh0Gh6LwDCgXGgtzC3SKmtKrwbjOxMeXUVdQ9-_optllOpc4KGL_TnxS-x6dbTcyR69hstdH42g69Fk/StMacarios_vessels.pdf
      >
      > Any assistance that can be offered would be gratefully accepted.
      >
      > In Christ,
      >
      > Nikita Simmons
      > Woodburn, Oregon USA
      >
      >
      >


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