After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Lenten Troparia

Letters from Fr. Seraphim (written to Fr. Alexey Young)
p. 105

Jan. 17/30, 1974
We returned safely [from Etna] and will start the new Orthodox Word as soon as our generator returns from repairs.  It seems that so much is added to the list of what is absolutely “urgent” to print while there is still the opportunity, but we can only try our best.  Enclosed is the last tape of Archbishop Averky’s commentary on the Apocalypse.  On side 17, after the end of the Apocalypse text, I’ve recorded some troparia and kontakia for you [from the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee], just in case you hadn’t realized that they are to be sung from now on until the Fifth Sunday of Lent.  These are sung at Matins, but they are so typical and characteristic of the preparatory weeks for Lent that we used to sing them at the early Liturgy at the cathedral during the priest’s communion.  You could sing them at the end of the Hours.1 They give a good “tone” to the beginning of the Lenten season, and Russians begin to sigh or weep when they hear them again after another year has passed.

1. It was our custom to read the Hours and Typica as Reader Services each Sunday morning in our chapel.

Fr. Seraphim would translate into a tape recorder, and a member of Fr. Alexey's Etna group was working (volunteer) on transcribing the tapes.

(Tone 8)
Open unto me, O Giver of Life,/ the gates of repentance:/ for early in the morning my spirit seeks Thy holy temple,/ bearing a temple of the body all defiled.// But in Thy compassion cleanse it by Thy lovingkindness and Thy mercy. 

Now and ever...
Guide me in the paths of salvation, O Theotokos:/ for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins/ and have wasted all my life in slothfulness.// By thine intercessions deliver me from all uncleanness. 

(Tone 6) 
Have mercy upon me, O God,/ in Thy great mercy:/ and according to the multitude of Thy compassion// blot out my transgressions. 

As I ponder in my wretchedness/ the many evil things that I have done,/ I tremble for the fearful day of judgment./ But trusting in Thy merciful compassion,/ like David do I cry to Thee:// Have mercy upon me, O God, in Thy great mercy.
Triodion, p. 101
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More about St. John and Tolstoy

What Archimandrite Constantine Ziatsev says in the introduction to his article titled:
"The Spiritual Face of Father John of Kronstadt" 

The first thing Fr. Constantine does is give an example of how some (apparently Orthodox) people could misinterpret St. John.  They recognize his spirit is supernatural, but they do not discern the dark supernatural from the heavenly supernatural when they are faced with it in a life situation.

excerpt from introduction of
   by Archimandrite Constantine
    from Orthodox Life magazine 1964 (1)

Let us attempt, first of all, to see Father John from the outside. . .

We have before us a young man, a follower of Tolstoy. In his search for God, obscured by the blunderings of the age, he was led to the feet of Leo Tolstoy.  He greedily devours the writings of the new “teacher of life” — but his heart remains cold.  He does not see God! He retains boundless admiration for Tolstoy, reverence even.  But empty is the soul.  And then — a chance encounter . . . . 
"Once. at that time. I happened to be walking along the river bank.  At first I did not notice the unusual gathering of people.  Then I see that many people are running toward the docks.  I also went.  A priest I knew ran past.  His looks amazed me.  Usually I would find him deliberately sedate, but here he was running, pushing and holding up the edges of his cassock.  I could not understand what had happened.  Finally someone said that Father John had arrived.  This was the famous archpriest of Kronstadt who was passing through our city on his way to his birthplace.  Until then I had only seen photographs of him.  Now he stood on the ship, on the captain's bridge — a priest. with a kind, affable face.  People's eyes looked at him. and in them could be seen happiness. rapture. deep emotion.  Tears flowed from the eyes of many.  What was this?  They had discovered something familiar. dear, but until then hidden in the depths of each one's soul: they had not found this within themselves. but in another person. but that was all the same: they felt that man could be beautiful, and there is such a man, and here he is standing in front of them.  And all that was beautiful within each one, all this rose up in them, and they drenched their ideal with tears of rapture and joy.  The priest began to speak.  It is claimed that gospel scenes no longer repeat themselves in our Church.  Not so, for this was undoubtedly a scene out of the gospels.  He spoke sincerely and simply, that he was happy to see us, that he wished us all th ebest and was fortunate, seeing that we believed in God and in this Christ.  Eyes shone from kind beatific eyes happy tears.  If the intensity of faith and holy joy were to be weighed on the scale of God's Truth, I think that this moment would be indicative of the great faith of our city.  If at that very minute Father John had told the people to leave all behind and follow him I am convinced. many would have done so.  Such words were not uttered, but it is evident that having touched the edge, merely the edge, of the holy and the truthful, these people began to come to life‘. . . .” 
This description has been taken by us out of a ‘‘leftist'‘ religious magazine, “The New Way,” for which both Tolstoy and Father John were “religious phenomena” of equal strength.  Characteristically, as an epigraph to the article from which the above excerpt was taken, was the announcement that the Council of the University of Juriev had elected as honorary members, simultaneously Count Leo N. Tolstoy and archpriest Father John Sergiev of Kronstadt — and the latter had as is known demonstratively rejected the honor especially on the strength of the “simultaneity” of this election.  The actual article was brought about by the fact that, exactly at that time Father John had, in a special statement to the Press, expressly branded the magazine "The New Way," loudly witnessing, that there is only one  s u r e  way to salvation —— the old one of Christ, while every  n e w  way is the way, not to salvation, but perdition.  Thus the editors of the journal were attempting to explain Father John’s statement and his decisive rebuke, as some “misunderstanding,” demonstrating on their own part, the broadness of their religious outlook.  The more expressive is this description for coming from so far!  While his final impression of the meeting with Father John, was depicted by the young Tolstoyite thus: 
"Together with the others it seemed as if I, too, had found my soul.  This was for me exactly that  p r o o f  in favor of God and Christianity, for which I had searched with such intensity.  This was proof of the same strength. alive and mightily active, as the arguments of Tolstoy.  There was the genius of artistic strength; here, the genius of moral influence.  He showed that the Church can, as nothing else, renew man, for there came a servant of the Church, wrapped in God's truth, and there spoke in people the beautiful and good spirit of Christ."

(The two previous posts are related to this post.)

Fr. John, Tolstoy, and the Intellectuals

Waking up this morning I was still pondering the strong protest of St. John (previous post).   I wonder if it were not revealed that this is St. John writing, then certainly some people (especially those fond of Tolstoy's intellect) would accuse the author, not knowing he is a saint, of "judging," or sinning, or being unChristian.   What would cause such a strong protest from St. John?  The first commandment: to love God with all our heart.  Love of God demands such a separation from those who slander Him.   And what would prevent a reader from discerning that and misjudging the saint's response?  Maybe, humanism...   maybe political correctness disease... maybe misapplying the Philokalia...   I wondered how I might put my thoughts in another post using St. John's letter as a springboard.  I decided it was not something I'd likely be able to convey, too much conjecture, I would need some proof that St. John would be misjudged.

Then I opened my email and lo!  Minas has sent me an old magazine article from 1903 that says it all.  The article itself is one in a series of articles defending the Jews.   The writer criticizes St. John saying he is unChristian, even hateful of Tolstoy for the very letter being considered here.    -jh

Free Russia: The Organ of the English Society of Friends of Russian Freedom
Vol. XIV, No. 6, June 1903, page 67

"Father John," L. Tolstoy, and the Jews.

Perhaps the most nauseating and exasperating feature in the dealings of the Russian Government and its supporters is their boundless and ever-ready hypocrisy.  Father John of Kronstadt, that very popular priest, who is in high favour with the Tzar, has written an article in the St. Petersburg Novosti, in which he says:

The heart of the Tzar, who is concerned for the general weal of the people, has been filled with great sadness by the awful atrocities and cruelties committed at Kishinyov.  Russian brethren, why did you transform yourself into murders, why did you perpetrate such slaughter?  You have thereby severed your connexion with Christianity.  The spirit of murderers and plunderers is the spirit of the devil, which derides and scoffs at the sublime Christian teaching of love and charity.  The innocent blood of those unfortunates which has been shed cries to heaven!

These are fine words, and it is only to be regretted that Father John does not act in accordance with the same "sublime Christian teaching of love and charity," whenever the Tzar's interests require that priest's Christian intercession.  Some time ago the Council of the Dorpat University, having elected Count Leo Tolsty its honorary member, later on conferred the same honour on Father John of Kronstadt.  Here is the latter's reply to the learned assembly:–

"Your Excellency, highly honoured Rector of the University of Uryëv [Russian name of Dorpat -Ed.]!

After perusing the honourable letter addressed to me – a letter so respectful and full of fine courtesy, – and having weighed its meaning, I reply to you and to the whole University of Uryëv whose majority have elected me honorary member with a determined refusal to accept that honour.  I do not wish in any circumstance to be a member of a corporation which has put me by a lamentable misunderstanding on the same level with the ungodly Count Leo Tolstoy, the worst heretic of our times, who has surpassed in his self-conceit and pride all heretics that have ever existed.  I do not want to be side by side with Antichrist.  At the same time I feel amazed at the indifferentism which characterizes the attitude of the University Council towards that satanic writer to whom it slavishly burns incense.  This is my reply to your much honoured letter.

– Prior of the Kronstadt Cathedral, Senior Priest John Sergiev

The amount of subserviency to the Tzar, of stolid self-conceit and the intensity of hatred towards the most large-hearted and "Christian" soul living, displayed in the narrow-minded production would be ridiculous were it not so disgusting!  We all know what the "great sadness" of the Tzar's heart is worth when compared with that of the "satanic writer," "Antichrist" Leo Tolstoy.  . . .


Also I notice that St. John points out in his response letter that the University's letter to him was "so respectful and full of fine courtesy."   I notice this in our day, this pompous overdone honoring verbiage by the intellectuals that crosses over the line from respect into flattery.  I also notice that this flattery does appear, in our Church today, in connection with the "intellectual pride" St. John mentions – intellectual pride known by us commoners as the "worship of the Ph.D."  We have in Tolstoy an example of where intellectual pride leads – to error in thinking and maybe even to heresy.

Related post:

St. John Kronstadt Calls Tolstoy Antichrist

Syndicated Newspaper article from April 4, 1903

Father John of Cronstadt Declines to Serve With Count Tolstoi

ST. PETERSBURG. April 3 (Friday.) —Father John of Cronstadt has refused to accept honorary membership in the council of the University of Dorpat to which he was elected with the view of appeasing the wrath of the clerical party at the election of Count Tolstoi thereto.  Father John in a letter to the University, declines the "degrading honor of being placed on the same footing as that godless man, Count Leo Tolstoy, the worst heretic of our evil days, and surpassing in intellectual pride all former heretics."

"I do not want to be associated with anti-Christ," he said.  "Moreover, I am astounded that the council burns incense to an author who is the personification of Satan."

Father John of Cronstadt (Jolnn Sergieff) is known by name to almost every person in the Russian empire.  When he is expected at a railroad station or a house thousands of people gather to see him, and the words "Father John is going to pass" are sufficient to cause the congregation of an immense crowd anywhere.  He is the son of poor parents and from very early years showed that he possessed remarkable power.  As a bachelor of theology he worked among the poor in the Russian capital and in 1855 he was appointed prothonotary of St. Andrew's cathedral, Cronstadt, which post he still holds.

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Services for first week of Lent

Out-of-Print books offered by RocorMP Jordanville in memory of Monk John
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Monk John (in the world, Laurence Cambell) reposed peacefully in the Lord on Monday November 3, 2014. He  spent much of his life preparing English language texts of the Divine Services and private prayers, most notably the 4th edition of the Jordanville Prayer Book, the Unabbreviated Horologion, and Orthodox Life. For all the years that he was member of the Holy Trinity Monastery brotherhood, Fr John was active in the publications department. We are pleased to offer these PDFs of his translation of the services for the first five days of Great Lent in his memory.

May the Lord grant rest to his soul! 

The First Week Service Book for the First Week of Great Lent
Great Lent begins on Clean Monday, seven weeks before Pascha.  In 2003 Brother Laurence prepared the second edition of a set of five services books (in English) for the first five days of Lent as served at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY
These five books are no longer in print; however, HTP makes them available here as free PDF downloads in memory of  Monk John (Campbell), the compiler and editor of these volumes.  


• Monday: The Midnight Office, Matins, the Hours, Typica, Vespers, Great Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew. 284pp

• Tuesday: The Midnight Office, Matins, the Hours, Typica, Vespers, Great Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew.  296pp

• Wednesday: The Midnight Office, Matins, the Hours, Typica, Vespers with Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Great Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew.  298pp

• Thursday: The Midnight Office, Matins, the Hours, Typica, Vespers, Great Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew.  298pp

• Friday: The Midnight Office, Matins, the Hours, Typica, Vespers with Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Supplicatory Canon to Great-Martyr Theodore, Blessing of Kolyva.  238pp

Duplication of these liturgical materials is permitted for personal or church use.  No Internet display or republication or duplication for distribution or for sale is permitted without written authorization from Holy Trinity Publications. 

Our Future

from Joanna's notepad

 It is given to the parishes to raise up potential bishops for the Church.

It is not the job of the parish to reform defective bishops already ordained. 

Newly-Retired Bishop Sergios of Portland

Sunday January 26, the church was full.  Many people came, and from as far as Seattle, to the Cathedral in Portland where newly-retired Bishop Sergios served Divine Liturgy in Fr. Constantine's absence.   After liturgy Vladiko was given a retirement gift accompanied by tears that were assuaged only by the bishop's cheery bearing.   It might be awhile before this flock has finished mourning their loss of this good bishop.

Vladiko gave a lengthy sermon explaining the preparatory Sundays for Great Lent.  And he assured us that the Cathedral website will continue.

Vladyka joins mourners in Malin

Vladyka Agafangel visits Malin:
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Metropolitan Agafangel, accompanied by Deacon Michael Torba, and subdeacon Nepomyaschego Victor, and with nun Raphaela, from 24 to 25 January, visited the town of Malin, in the Zhytomyr region in Ukraine.  Vladyka was accompanied by and brought with him, the mobile house trailer, which had been originally planned for the use of Fr. Vasily Demchenko, [as his house had recently been burnt down by arson], but after his sudden death, it will now be used for the needs of the parish.  Upon his arrival, Vladyka Agafangel, served a pannihida at the grave of  the newly departed parish rector, Fr. Basil.  The next day, Metropolitan Agafangel celebrated the Divine Liturgy, along with the acting rector, Priest George Storozhitskogo and with Deacon Michael.  After the service, there was a meeting with the parishioners who all expressed their loyalty and love for the deceased rector.  It was suggested to construct a chapel [perhaps added onto the existing church structure?] with its own altar table, in honor of St. Basil the Great [the patron saint of departed Fr. Vasily], – in memory of the late founder and builder of the temple.  Also agreed by the parish council, there were some details discussed relating to the continued protection of the temple from the encroachments of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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Athens, January 21, 2015
The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece decided to establish a committee of three bishops, whose task is to prepare the necessary materials for the release of a prisoner of the former Patriarch of Jerusalem.

According to exclusive information Rhomphaia, at the upcoming meeting of the Standing Holy Synod will set up a commission to investigate any possibility of ending years of the conclusion of the former Patriarch of Jerusalem, Irenaeus in his cell at the Patriarchate.

Proposal for the establishment of such a commission made to the Synod, Metropolitan Kalavritsky Ambrose, who has put a lot of efforts for the release of the Patriarch Irenaeus.

According to the same sources, the Metropolitan Ambrose was originally requested to establish a commission of four bishops chaired by the Archbishop of Athens Hieronymus, but this proposal was rejected by the Archbishop to "did not raise tensions with other sisters of the Church".

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Report on Fr. Vasily's funeral

from Malin mourner

Father Vasily was buried yesterday
(21 January 2015)

Saying goodbye to him was a huge number of people.  Into the temple it was almost impossible to enter, while many people were in the church yard.  Even grown men, stood with tears in their eyes.  Fathers Nikolay and  George preached  good sermons.  Relatives and friends testified that, their Father Vasily, was a good man.  Parishioners remembered how much time and effort he had given to the construction of the temple.  How he did spend his time inside of it, giving it all his time: he painted it late into the night, he gave his all to the temple, not caring about himself or his health.  He worried: how to protect it, about the many attacks it suffered.  All agreed that his church, by all means it is still necessary to protect from further attacks (unfortunately, which further attacks will happen, no doubt).

Father  Vasily was buried in the churchyard, in front of his church.  Thank God, there were no provocations or incidents.  When people returned to the scene at dusk, this picture appeared to them: the temple, and the skeleton of a burnt house and its burnt roof, next to the church, and a fresh grave in front of the church.  It is symbolic.  After all, the priest does not have anything of his own.  All that he had, was burned in the fire.  But his temple remains, built with God's help.  May God grant each of us to leave behind such a memorial, as has Fr. Vasily.

The Kingdom of Heaven! be to deceased Archpriest Vasily!
Hope Vatolkin      

Funeral  P H O T O S  here - inside church

Vechnaya Pamyat

On the feast of the Theophany (19 January, 2015), in the morning, at 7:30, at the age of 54 years, as a result of a stroke, went to the Lord, Rector of Protection Church in the town of Malin, Zhytomyr region in Ukraine

Archpriest Basil

The Kingdom of Heaven to him!

Blessing of Water at Cave Spring

This is Cave Spring in Liberty, Tennessee.
Annunciation Orthodox Church, ROCA
Archpriest Gregory Williams

Cave Spring is about 1 mile down the mountain from Annunciation parish church.  It was the first baptismal pool used before another baptistry was built nearer to the church.  

Healings and other miracles have occurred at this spring.

Once (year 2000) a young mother parishioner, who was with her two babies, stopped at the spring and started to sing a psalm.   Someone further away heard a beautiful chorus of many voices coming from the area of the cave spring, and he went to investigate.  When he got to the spring he saw only the mother there singing, and then the chorus was heard no more and he heard only the one voice singing of the mother.


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Youth Conference in Canberra this week

 children's camp at Serbian Monastery

1camp-services.jpgThe traditional annual children's camp at the Free Serbian Monastery of St Sava will take place from January 18 to 23.  The camp is open for children aged 7 to 12 years old of all nationalities.

Lessons in the Law of God at the camp are given in English by Fr John Smelic (ROCA).  There are short daily morning and evening services, which the children chant and read themselves.  

Accommodation is in separate girls 'and boys' dorm houses on the grounds of the monastery.  There is opportunity to play tennis, fish in the monastery lake, and an excursion.  At the end of the camp, all the children take Confession and Holy Communion.
The St Sava Festival will take place at the monastery the weekend of 24-25 January, and is open for all pilgrims.

Vladyka Agafangel Festal Greetings

Metropolitan Agafangel: Congratulations to the Epiphany and the Feast of 

Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The baptism of John - which is repentance - a testimony that God has revealed Himself to the world in the greatest humility.
Let this divine humility is a good example for all of us. And having the force and power in this world - yes imitate Christ!
Congratulations to all the Feast of the Epiphany, Epiphany!
+ Metropolitan Agafangel

About the iconography of the Epiphany
The phrase "I baptize you with water" shows once again that John baptized by full immersion in water. Otherwise, in this context, it would say "baptize water" but not "water." Catholics do not agree, and show all the pictures baptism by pouring.

Orthodox Icon of baptism is similar, but, nevertheless, it depicts the dive. On the icon by Andrei Rublev Savior depicted under water, and John concerning His fingers chapter. This is evidenced by a crouching posture John. Unfortunately, many modern painters do not understand it, and repeat, in fact, Catholic paintings.


Pannikhida scheduled for Eugene Magerovsky

Panihida for Eugene L. Magerovsky
January 25, 2015
Sixth Anniversary of his passing memorial

Dr. Eugene Levovich Magerovsky, a life long tireless fighter against Godless communism and for the freedom of his Russian Church and people, and he was also a loyal and devoted American citizen. May he, a truly just man,  now rest with the God of all truth, as he fought for the truth most of his life, while many others gave in to lies, and they attacked him for his righteous  and heroic stand. He spoke out, when others were silent.
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Russian Icon from an Art Gallery Collection

Vladimir Djambov sharing 

More notes on Old Believers

excerpts from:
  Church History
   A Seminary Textbook translated by Isaac Lambertson
    Chapter 54 – "The Disintegration of the Old Believers Schism into Sects"

Our Church history is amazing and this is an amazing chapter.   As the story progresses it becomes apparent that the explosion of Protestant sects in the west parallels the explosion of Old Believer sects in the east.  The western sects ended up with corresponding misbeliefs parallel to the eastern sects.  There was even an Old Believer sect of "charismatics"! 

...To the Great Council of Moscow (1666-1667) were summoned the principal spreaders and defenders of schismatic opinions and rites.  Of them several (the monk Ephraim Potemkin, Hieromonk Gregory [the former Archpriest John Neronov], Abbot Theoctistus, et al.) offered repentance and received forgiveness from the Council.  But Archpriest Avvakum, the Priest Lazarus, the Deacon Theodore remained unrepentant, were anathematized and exiled to a place of imprisonment far away.  The decision of the Great Council of Moscow was also sent to the Solovetsky Monastery; but the rebels who had gathered there refused to carry out the Council's demand and sent the Tsar a petition to leave the monastery alone; and when this petition was rejected, they decided upon an open war against the government, so that it became necessary to dispatch an army to put them down.  For eight years (1668-1676) the siege of the Solovetsky Monastery was waged, ending in its fall.  Those responsible for the rebellion were punished; those who submitted to the Church and the Tsar were forgiven and left in the monastery.  Six years later, a rebellion of schismatics took place in Moscow itself.  There the militia (streltsy), under the leadership of Prince Khovansky, took the part of the schismatics.  An immense mob of schismatics appeared in the Kremlin, loudly demanding a debate on the Faith.

An immense mob of schismatics appeared in the Kremlin, loudly demanding a debate on the Faith. 

After lengthy negotiations, a discussion was appointed to take place in the Faceted Palace, in the presence of the Regent, Sophia Alexeyevna, the Patriarch and bishops, among whom was St. Metrophanes, Bishop of Voronezh.  The schismatics entered the palace with shouting and noise, set up analogia and benches, placed icons and old books on them, let candles before the images, and presented the Regent with a petition.  While the petition was being read, the defrocked priest Nikita the graceless (one of the main leaders of the schism), who had drunk quite a bit to keep up his courage, began to cry out and impertinently denounce the Patriarch and all the clergymen.  Bishop Athanasius of Kholmogorsk wanted to have the defrocked cleric silenced.  In the presence of all, however, Nikita threw himself at the bishop and struck him.  The Tsarevna Sophia Alexievna screamed at him, and only then did he come to his senses.  With tears Patriarch Joachim admonished the schismatics and pointed out to the Gospel which had been transcribed and corrected by the Greek Bishop Alexis, as proof that the fact that necessary corrections in the Church's liturgical books can and should be made.  But the schismatics did not wish to listen and, raising up their hands with two fingers joined, they cried: "This is how! This is how!"  Finally, they were driven from the palace.  Then they swarmed into the square screaming: "We won! We won!" They went from the Kremlin to the Yaza singing, and beyond the Yaza they entered one of the churches, served a moleben, and rang the bells for three hours.  The next day the militiamen brought a profession of guilt to the Tsarevna and handed over Nikita the graceless and his cohorts..  Nikita was executed; the rest of the rebels were sent to various monasteries.  Prince Khovansky planned to raise another rebellion, but was arrested and also executed....

. . .

...The Khlysty base their errors on the word of the Scriptures: "I will dwell in them, and walk in them" (II Cor. 6:16; Lev. 26: 12).  They believe that God, in making His abode in a certain man, totally destroys his personality, and that man becomes a son of God by nature, a living god, or christ.  All his actions and words are, as it were, the actions and words of the divinity itself: he is sinless, Omnipotent; his will is the will of God and his disciples are obligated to submit to it unconditionally.  The founder of the Khlysty was Daniel Filippov, a renegade soldier from the peasant class.  The Khlysty believe that the Lord God of Hosts became incarnate in him.  This took place in 1645.  Four years later, Filippov declared John Timofeyevich Suslov, a peasant of Murom, to be his son and transmitted his own divinity to him.  Suslov in turn declared a certain young woman to be the "Theotokos" and appointed twelve apostles.  This began among the Khlysty a series of incarnations of Christ in the person of their prophets.  Having discarded the rites of the Church, the Khlysty devised their own liturgical hymns.  The prayer meetings of the Khlysty are marked by so-called rites of zeal, i.e., ecstatic movements (jumping in place, spinning like a top, running through a tank of water, and beating each other with plaited cords) and dances.  With these movements and dances, the Khlysty of both sexes whip themselves into a frenzy, which they take to be religious ecstasy, during which they begin to laugh, weep, utter incomprehensible words and phrases and, they would have us believe, prophesy....

This book is available through SJKP, print-on-demand,  234 pages, 63 chapters, (pre-revolution history).
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