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


Russian New Martyr Abbess Sophia of Kiev

from the life of Russian New Martyr Abbess Sophia of Kiev:
commemorated March 22 (†1941)

...A new calendarist bishop was forced into the convent by GPU agents to serve Liturgy.  When the women who attended it came up to kiss the Cross at the end, one after another they spit on the bishop’s hand that held the Cross, and thus an end was put to "renovation” in the Protection Convent, and the bishop learned his lesson and repented.  

Hearing about this, Bishop Damascene (Tsedrik, NM †1935) exclaimed with bitterness: "If it were not for women, who else would defend the Church?  Let them at least defend it however they can!”

issue #57 July-Aug 1974

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