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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






MP Fabricates Prophesy Against ROCOR

Saying that Schema-Archimandrite Lawrence spoke against ROCOR


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http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/77399.htm  MP Propaganda website  February 2015
This propaganda article is being reposted by pro-MP unionites in various places on the internet.  It is not possible for a true saint to speak against the ROCOR.  Either the elder did not say that, or else he is not a saint.  One or the other.   (The Elder Lavernty, as far as I can tell, is not canonized by the ROCOR, but his sanctity is recognized.)  

ST. LAWRENCE OF CHERNIGOV: SOME PROPHECIES AND STATEMENTS ON THE UKRAINIAN SITUATION


Schema-Archimandrite Lawrence, in the world Luke Evseevich Proskura, was born in 1868 in the region of Chernigov. He reposed on the Feast of Theophany, 1950, and after his death his relics were found to be incorrupt. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized him as a saint in 1993 (commemorated on December 29/January 11 and January 6/19). Besides the gift of healing, St. Lawrence was known for his gift of prophecy, especially concerning events surrounding the end of the world and the coming of Antichrist. His words have striking significance for us today.
Chernigov is located in the northern Ukraine, a region that before the Bolshevik revolution and Lenin’s redrawing of the map was more considered a part of Russia. St. Lawrence would have felt deeply for the fate of both peoples without preference, and his prophecies concerning the Ukraine have come down to us. Here are some of those prophecies, translated from the book: St Lawrence of Chernigov: Life and Service to the Saint [Russian] (Lestvitsa: Moscow 2003). They are also found in the book [Russian], St. Lawrence of Chernigov: Life, Teachings, Prophecies and Akathist (Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra, 2001).
Defender and Protector of Holy Rus’”
He was all things to all people (cf. 1 Cor. 9:2)
St. Lawrence of ChernigovSt. Lawrence of Chernigov
The spiritual people who had contact with Fr. Lawrence—Metropolitan Joseph (Chernov) of Alma-Atin and Kazakhstan (1839-1975); Archbishop Simon (Ivanovsky) of Vinnitsa and Bratslav (1888-1966); Archbishop Veniamin (Novitsky) of Irkutsk and Chitinsk (1900-1976); Archbishop Evmeny (Khorol’sky) of Zhitomir and Ovruch (1886-1967); Bishop Iakov (Zaika) of Chernigov; Archimandrite Kronid, Vicar of the Kiev Caves Dormition Lavra; Schema-Archimandrite Prochor of Pochaev and St. Kuksha of Odessa were witnesses to Fr. Lawrence, that he was a great ascetic and Starets—like St. Ambrose of Optina and St. Varnava of Gethsemane Skete.
They all conversed with the holy Elder Lawrence, received consolation and help; and to each of them the clairvoyant elder partially revealed the future, which was fulfilled in reality.
The late Metropolitan of Kiev, John,1 deeply revered Schema-Archimandrite Lawrence’s memory and always mentioned him with reverence during conversations about him; he himself had the opportunity to become convinced of the Elder’s clairvoyance, and would say, “Great and marvelous is this elder!”
According to accounts of Fr. Alexander (dean of the Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral and secretary of the Diocesan administration), Hieromartyr Vasily (Bogoyavlensky), Archbishop of Chernigov used to say (in 1915 or 1916) that the Holy Spirit dwelt in Fr. Lawrence, and that he was like the ancient ascetics. And concerning the archbishop himself he added, “Oh! What a man Archbishop Vasily was! He was a real hierarch! And he won’t say a single idle word—it was really so with him, that a hierarch’s word is law, and holy.”
Archbishops Simon and Andrei and Bishops Iakov and Nestor called Fr. Lawrence a great luminary and pillar of Orthodoxy.
Yes, he was indeed a light of the Orthodox Faith and its bulwark and champion, for he himself never wavered in the unity of the Church and did not associate with the Living Church-Renovationists or the Ukrainian nationalist-self-ordained groups.2He strengthened the faithful in Orthodoxy. He said that—according to St. Theodosius’ (of Chernigov’s) example—one must hold to unity and not split off. He was always faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate, and enjoined everyone to do the same.
Before the closing of the monastery in Chernigov, the servant of God M.M. travelled with a petition to the Moscow Patriarchate, where he was received first by Archbishop Cyprian, and then by Patriarch Alexei I. The conversation was long; the subject turned to the miracles of St. (Bishop) Theodosius [of Chernigov], and at this His Holiness began to talk about Schema-Archimandrite Lawrence, saying that Metropolitan Stephen of Kharkov had told him that Fr. Lawrence was holy. He added, crossing himself, “Holy Father Lawrence, pray unto God for us!”
Long he burned, not burning up,
Enlightening hearts – so many!
Before him the gates of Paradise opened up
Because he loved aplenty.
Monastics and laymen, not only of Chernigov but also throughout Rus’, who remembered and personally knew the Elder-ascetic and helper in all kinds of need, who turned to him or who heard or read about him, always believed that the soul of the righteous Elder had taken up its abode in the heavenly mansions, intercedes before the Throne of the Lord and Ruler of the Universe, and prays for our salvation. And the Lord did not put their faith to shame: Elder Lawrence was numbered among the choir of monastic saints in 1993.
The Psalm-Singer David—saint, king, and prophet—said: “Wondrous is God in His saints!”3 And we the faithful children of the Orthodox Church also say, wondrous is God in Fr. Lawrence.
The basis of the material being published here is the Elder’s personal account and the memoirs of his spiritual children, nuns of the convent, who to the last day of his life were with him and near him. I am personally adding what has not been included in previous “Lives” of the Elder, but which has been preserved in various manuscripts. I knew personally and had conversations with all the people about whom I give account and whose accounts I cite.
Schema-Igumen Cherubim (Degtyar)
faChernigov
St. Lawrence’s Prophetic Words About Heresies and Schisms in the Ukrainian Church”4
Batiushka—such a loving man—told us: “When a little freedom appears, when the churches and monasteries are being opened and restored, then all false teaching will come out, and the demons and secret atheists (Catholics, Uniates, Ukrainian self-ordained, and others) and will fiercely take up arms against the Orthodox Russian Church, its unity and its conciliar nature.5 A godless authority will support these heretics, and therefore they will take churches away from the Orthodox and slaughter the faithful.
“Then the Metropolitan of Kiev (not worthy of the name) together with his like-minded hierarchs and priests will strongly shake the Russian Church. The whole world will be amazed at his lawlessness and will be frightened. He himself will go off into eternal perdition, like Judas.6
“But all these slanders of the evil one and false teachings will disappear in Russia, and there will be One Orthodox Russian Church."
Elder Lawrence’s Words about Rus’, about the Concept of “Russian,” about Heresies and Schisms, and about Faithfulness to the Mother-Church7
St. Lawrence spoke emphatically and strictly, with warning, that the word for our native land and people is Rus’ and Russian.8 "And it’s absolutely necessary to know, remember, and not forget that it was the Baptism of Rus’ (Russia), and not the baptism of Ukraine. Kiev is a second Jerusalem and the mother of Russian cities. Kievan Rus’ was together with Great Russia. Kiev without Great Russia and separate from Russia is completely unthinkable.
"There was a secret Jewish capital in Poland.9 The Jews forced the Poles to try to conquer Rus’. When the Poles conquered part of Rus’ (Russia),10 they rented it to the Jews, including Orthodox monasteries, churches and priests. The priests and Orthodox people could not perform any rite whatsoever without their permission. They pressed and oppressed the Orthodox [Christians] from every side, protecting Poland, Catholicism, and the Unia.11 It is not without reason that 'Golden Gritz'12 of blessed memory—Fool-for-Christ Grigory—used to cry out at the bazaar when they would beat him: 'Oh! The Jewish fists hurt!'
"The Jews hated the words 'Rus' and 'Russian,' so at first they called the Russian lands conquered by the Poles and rented out to them 'Malorossia' (Little Russia). Then they realized that it contained the word 'Ros,' and they named it Okraina13. The word okraina is a disgraceful and humiliating word! What 'remote, outlying district'? What 'outback'? Why and for what is it 'okraina'?! You see, beyond this supposed Judeo-Polish 'outskirts' there lie other countries and states. And later, on their same orders, the Poles legitimatized the concepts of the Ukraine and Ukrainians to us, so that we would willingly forget our own name of 'Russian' forever, so that we would be torn away from Holy and Orthodox Rus' forever.
St. Theodosius of ChernigovSt. Theodosius of Chernigov
"St. Theodosius, Abbot of the Kiev Caves Lavra, wrote that we should never praise anyone else's religion and on no account should we unite with the Catholics or leave the Orthodox Faith. People close in spirit to him, the great Archbishop Lazarus Baranovich and St. Theodosius of Chernigov—whose relics are before us (saying this, Batiushka Lawrence did a prostration towards the Cathedral), and St. John, Metropolitan of Tobol'sk—all strove with all their strength according to the word of the Lord Jesus: That they all may be one, may be with Orthodox Russia, so as together to constitute Holy Rus'. And so to be freed once and for all from Polish domination and from the oppression of the Jews and their leasing,14 and be freed from soul-destroying Catholicism and the Unia, so foreign to us, which were introduced and planted by threats, torture, and death." And Batiushka used to say further: "As it is impossible to divide the Most Holy Trinity, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, for it is One God, so also it is impossible to divide Russia, the Ukraine and Belorussia, for these together are Holy Rus'. Know, remember, and do not forget.
"There was never any Patriarch in the city of Kiev—the Patriarchs were in Moscow and lived in Moscow. Beware of Ukrainian samosviatsky15 groups (churches) and the Unia."
The Vicar of the Kiev Caves Lavra, Fr. Kronid, took objection to Batiushka’s words, because the samosviaty and the Uniates had already vanished in the Ukraine. Batiushka answered mournfully and sadly, "A demon will enter them and they will take up arms with satanic malice against the Orthodox Faith and Church, but they will have a disgraceful end, while their followers will suffer heavenly retribution from the Lord, King of the Heavenly Hosts."
What precious words of Batiusha's—they are priceless! Batiushka foresaw everything and knew everything ahead of time. Now a Ukrainian samosviat self-ordained hierarch has appeared, calling himself the [head of] the Kiev Patriarchate—and where, no less? In America. He doesn't know and has forgotten that there has never been a Patriarch in Kiev... We, however, need to bring to everyone's attention: How could there be a Kiev Patriarch in America?! And some people cry out in their folly, to their eternal torment and to their shame: "Our Patriarch."
Batiushka forewarned us to be faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate and under no circumstances to enter any schism. He warned that the hierarchs and priests who have led the faithful into a revolt have done great harm to themselves and have brought a multitude of Orthodox souls to perdition.
Be cautious of the so-called Church Abroad, and know that it is not in the Diptych of the Orthodox Churches.16 It is not a church, but part of the Russian Church.17Our much-suffering Church held its own in the godless state. To her [the Church] be honor and glory and eternal praise! Our country is not abroad, and our Church is not abroad! Our country has never ceased to exist! We do not have any “abroad” churches.
“The 'Free Church' is a heretical name.18 All our churches and monasteries are Orthodox, even the closed ones and the desecrated ones.
“The only ones who go into schism and heresy are those unworthy of God’s mercy, and are great sinners, who do not want to know: “I believe in One Holy Catholic (“conciliar”) and Apostolic Church!” Nor do they wish to know that the Orthodox Church is the Body of Christ (can it be possible to divide the Body of Christ?), and finally, that the Church is the seamless robe of the Lord (which, although Arius tried, one must not divide).
“And they do not remember, that there is One God, one Faith and Baptism.19
“The Lord Jesus Christ created one Church (and not churches), over which even the gates of hell cannot prevail. There is only one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The others, which call themselves churches, are not churches, but tares of the devil among the wheat, and an assembly of the devil.”
At these words, Batiushka said a prayer for all who have gone astray from or renounced Orthodoxy; he began to cry and said, “No, the Lord will not call them to repentance, they will not be saved, for they are unworthy of God’s mercy. This was revealed to me by the Queen of Heaven and my holy Guardian Angel.” Batiushka testified: “The Queen of Heaven has appeared to me several times, has visited me both by Herself, and with the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.” “In those who have gone astray from and have renounced the True Faith20 there is no salvation or receiving of the Kingdom of Heaven. We, the Orthodox, do not need anything—only the Orthodox Faith, the salvation of our souls, and to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. And we have all this in our Mother, the Russian Orthodox Church. Thanks be to God! But to break off from it and leave it is the greatest sin, which is unforgivable both in this life and in the life to come—it is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.”
And at this Batiushka lit up with a light not of this world, finishing his conversation with the words, "Hear thou and see!" as the Holy Evangelist says, and added: "They will be deaf and blind!"21
Schema-Archimandrites Theophan, Nikifor and Varlaam
Prophecy of the Holy Spirit-Bearing Elder Lawrence about Russia
Schema-Archimandrite Theophan also related that St. Lawrence used to say with a smile, joyfully: "The Russian people will repent of their deadly sins—that they allowed the Jewish impiety22 in Russia, that they did not defend the Tsar anointed of God, the Orthodox churches or monasteries, the choir of the holy Martyrs and Confessors and all that was holy in Russia. They disdained piety and loved demonic impiety. And [they will repent of the fact] that for many years they lauded and glorified, and went a-worshipping the destroyer of the country—the soviet-atheist idol, and also the graven image, Stalin, venerating his name as immortal."
Batiushka said that when the demons threw Lenin into hell, there was great rejoicing among the demons—a celebration in hell. And he added, that when Stalin arrives in hell, the same thing will happen. Their memory will perish with a resounding noise.23
Russia, together with all the Slavic nations and lands, will constitute a mighty Tsardom (kingdom). At its helm will be an Orthodox Tsar, Anointed of God. The Tsar will be from God. All schisms and heresies will vanish in Russia. There will not be any persecution of the Orthodox Church. The Lord will have mercy on Holy Rus', because in her there had been the horrible, terrible time preceding the antichrist. The great regiment of the Martyrs and Confessors has shown forth, beginning with the highest spiritual and civil ranks. Metropolitan and Tsar, priest and monk, children and even nursing infants, ending with laypeople. All these will beseech the Lord God the King of Hosts, the King of Kings, glorified in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
One must firmly understand that Russia is one of the portions24 of the Queen of Heaven, and She cares for and intercedes for it especially. The whole choir of Russian Saints, together with the Mother of God, begs [the Lord] to spare and have mercy on Russia.
There will be a flowering of the Orthodox Faith and the former rejoicing will return—only for a short time. For the Dread Judge will come to judge the living and the dead.
The Russian Orthodox Tsar will be feared even by the antichrist himself.
During the times of the antichrist, Russia will be the most powerful Kingdom in the world. But the other countries—except for Russia and the Slavic lands—will be under the power of the antichrist and will experience all the horrors and torments described in Holy Scripture. Russia, repent! Glorify God with rejoicing, and sing to Him: Alleluia.
Schema-Archimandrite Theophan, Schema-Nun Alexandra and Nun Olympiada
Dimitria Dwelley
19 / 02 / 2015
1 Most probably Ioann (Sokolov) (1877-1968), as he is mentioned elsewhere in this book.Trans.
2 There was a nationalist movement afoot in Ukraine in the early 20th century, which caused a schism in the Church.
3 Ps. 67:36.
4 P135 of Life, Teachings, Prophecies and Akathist (LTPA). Page 185 of Life and Service to the Saint. –Trans.
5 Sobornost’ –Trans.
6 (Footnote in printed Russian book St. Lavrenty of Chernigov: Life and Service to the Saint. Преподный Лаврентый ЧерниговскийЖитие и служба святому. Лѣствица: Москва 2003):
“The prophetic words of the saint are being fulfilled in our day, especially regarding the situation in the Ukrainian Church. With great spiritual trepidation we are forced to cite the Decree Concerning the Excommunication of monk Philaret (Denisenko), former Metropolitan of Kiev, who has flung many souls into schism: "The Holy Hierarchical Council examined the case of the anti-Church activity of monk Philaret (Denisenko), who has been deprived of all degrees of the priesthood by the court order of the Hierarchical Council of June 11, 1992, and was warned by the Hierarchical Council of 1994 that "in the case of continued... misconduct, he will be excommunicated from the Church through anathematization." The Holy Hierarchical Council is forced now with sorrow to state that monk Philaret did not heed the call to repentance addressed to him in the name of the Mother Church and in the period between councils continued his schismatic activity, which he stretched out beyond the bounds of the Russian Orthodox Church, contributing to the deepening of the schism in our brother-Church of Bulgaria and receiving into his communion schismatics from other Local Orthodox Churches. Criminally disregarding the well-founded ban pronounced by the lawful Church authority—that is, his defrocking—he continued to perform sacrilegious "divine services," including blasphemous ordinations; not having any priestly rank, monk Philaret, to the seduction of many, dared to call himself "Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus'-Ukraine,"While the ancient Kiev See is lawfully occupied by the canonical Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is in canonical communion with the Russian Orthodox Church, and through her with the whole Ecumenical (vselenskoy—of the whole inhabited earth) Orthodox Church—continuing to cripple Orthodoxy in the Ukraine by his criminal acts. In view of the above, based on the 28th Apostolic Canon, which says: "If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, having been justly deposed upon open accusations, shall dare to meddle with any of the divine offices which had been entrusted to him, let him be altogether cut off from the Church," and likewise the 14th Canon of the Council of Sardis, the 4th of Antioch, the 88th of St. Basil the Great—the Holy Hierarchical Council unanimously determines: to excommunicate monk Philaret (Mikhail Antonovich Denisenko) from the Church of Christ. Let him be anathema before all the people." (Anathema. History and the 20th Century. 1998. Pp. 396-397.)
7 P. 148 LTPA.
8 St. Lavrenty was from what is now called (the) Ukraine; therefore, the word “our” here refers in particular to people living there—the word for native land there is “Rus’” and “Russian,” not “Ukrainian.” –Trans.
9 The King of Poland invited Jews to his country, finding it profitable, whereas in the Middle Ages or later many European countries had expelled their Jewish population, much of which then moved to Poland, where they were welcome. Thus, there was a high concentration of Jews in Poland, and they were indeed allowed to have great control and influence there. The word "secret" may have been used because they were still segregated from the Christian population in many ways, voluntarily or involuntarily. —Trans.
10 Poland—Kingdom of Poland/the Polish-Lituanian Commonwealth—annexed Kievan Rus', subjecting Russian peasants, especially, to the arenda system. (See note 16 under arenda.)
11 The Union of Brest (1595-1596), wherein many Orthodox bishops in Little Russia succumbed to Jesuit pressure and went over to the Pope of Rome.
12 Grigory Miroshnikov of Sednev, Chernigov, Fool-for-Christ. He lived at the beginning of the 19th century.
13 "Okraina" means "outskirts," "outlying districts," "remote area."
14 Leasing—arenda. System in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (which had annexed Kievan Russia), whereby a few oligarchs owned vast estates and even peasant villages. The landowners were unwilling to spend the time necessary to administer such vast holdings, so the commonly-accepted solution was to rent out one's lands (hence, arenda) to Jews, who managed the lands and collected taxes for the owners. This was the same as the ancient Roman tax-collection method of Biblical times, whereby the tax collectors were not actually paid by the Romans, but who were allowed to exact more—sometimes much more—than the sum for taxes in order to "pay" themselves. The Jewish middlemen even collected taxes from Orthodox Christian clergy, often held the keys to the church, and not a single treba (service of need, such as a wedding or baptism) could be performed without paying them. Russian Christian attitudes towards them were therefore similar to Jewish attitudes towards the tax-collectors (publicans) for Rome in the Bible accounts.
15 Samosviat—self-ordained group, not lawfully ordained by another Patriarch or bishop, but by one's own self; a group not ordained by or recognised by the canonical and lawful Orthodox Church. Such an invalid ordination puts the group outside of the Church.
16 (This endnote is in the original book [Note 48], written by the compiler of that book:) "Now the Ecumenical (vselenskaya--of the whole inhabited earth) Orthodox Church consists of nine Patriarchates. In the order of the Diptych these are the patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Moscow, Georgia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria; and the six autocephalous Churches headed by Archbishops (Cyprus, Greece, and Albania) and by Metropolitans (the Orthodox Churches in Poland, [then] Czecho-Slovakia and America)” (Protopriest Vladislav Tsypin. Tserkovnoe Pravo. Moscow:1994. P. 217). –Compiler of the Russian book.
17 The ROCA herself acknowledged this in the Epistle of 1927, Decision 3: “The part of the Russian Church that finds itself abroad considers itself an inseparable, spiritually united branch of the Great Russian Church. It does not separate itself from its Mother Church and does not consider itself autocephalous.” (from Archpriest Roman Lukianov; "The Path of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Observations and Thoughts of an Old Priest", OrthoChristian.com.) St. Lavrenty’s statements appear to be a prophetic response to some segments of the Russian Church Abroad who began to consider it to be separate from the Church in Russia, and to consider that after 1928 the Russian Orthodox Church somehow ceased to exist.—Trans.
18 Again, did St. Lavrenty foresee the FROC (so-called “Free Russian Orthodox Church”)—the name for the uncanonical presence of ROCOR parishes on Russian soil under Metropolitan Vitaly—which was in essence saying that none of the parishes and monasteries in Russia were Orthodox.
19 Ephesians 4:5,6.
20 Pravoverie— “right faith,” which is basically another way to translate Ortho (right) doxia (praise or teaching). “Orthodoxy” in Russian is pravoslavie, and pravoverie is always used as a synonym.
21 Cf. Mat. 13:14-16 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive...
22 1) The Bolshevik institution of atheism and 2) the plots to assassinate Tsar and Royal Family. The Tsar is considered to be anointed of God and defender of the Orthodox Christian Faith. The high involvement of Jews in this, as being antagonistic to the Tsar, has been noted by such as Winston Churchill, National Geographic (1907), and Jewish historians themselves:
"Summing up the situation at that time, Israeli historian Louis Rapoport writes:19
Immediately after the [Bolshevik] Revolution, many Jews were euphoric over their high representation in the new government. Lenin's first Politburo was dominated by men of Jewish origins.
Under Lenin, Jews became involved in all aspects of the Revolution, including its dirtiest work. Despite the Communists' vows to eradicate anti-Semitism, it spread rapidly after the Revolution—partly because of the prominence of so many Jews in the Soviet administration, as well as in the traumatic, inhuman Sovietization drives that followed. Historian Salo Baron has noted that an immensely disproportionate number of Jews joined the new Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka And many of those who fell afoul of the Cheka would be shot by Jewish investigators." (Louis Rapoport, Stalin's War Against the Jews (New York: Free Press, 1990), pp. 30, 31, 37. See also pp. 43, 44, 45, 49, 50. as cited in The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia's Early Soviet Regime: Assessing the Grim Legacy of Soviet Communism by Mark Weber).
23 Stalin was still alive at the time of this prediction. He died in 1953, three years after St. Lawrence.—Trans.
24 According to tradition, the four "lots" (zhrebiy, oudely) of the Mother of God on earth are: Georgia, Mt. Athos, the Kiev-Caves Lavra and the Seraphimo-Diveyevo Convent.



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  The Prophetic Gift – Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty of the Chernigov-Trinity Convent 


      The prophetic gift of clairvoyance, which distinguished so many saints and ascetics in ages past, is rarely manifest today.  Nevertheless, even in this age of impoverished faith there are those who have been found worthy of the prophet's mantle.  Such as Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty (Laurence) of the Chernigov-Trinity Convent.
With his illumining gift of clairvoyance, he proved a sure guide for hundreds of monastics and laity struggling to find their way through the manifest entanglements of these last and difficult times.

Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty, in the world Luke Evseevich Proskura, was born in 1868 in the region of Chernigov.  His parents were simple peasants.  Of their seven children, Luke was among the youngest.  He had a difficult childhood; his mother was often bed-ridden and, after his father died, the boy had to manage both a man's and a woman's chores.
      Luke was a good student.  He was especially gifted in music; he sang and played the violin.  Children at that time were taught to sing in church, and here Luke found his element.  He quickly learned not only the notes but also the structure of the services and soon grasped the intricacies of the typicon.  He was only fourteen when he became a choir director.  It was a talent which he continued to exercise for the rest of his life.
      He was still young when he felt drawn to the monastic life, and he inspired a number of his friends with the same desire.  Respecting his mother's wish, he waited until she died before entering a monastery.  At the age of 23 he was numbered among the brethren of the Rikhla Monastery, where he fulfilled his obedience as choir director.  His outstanding musical capabilities brought him to the attention of Archbishop Anthony, who requested his transfer to the Chernigov-Trinity Monastery.  The archbishop not only appreciated Luke's talent; he also foresaw that the young monk would become a great man of prayer.  The abbot and brethren were jealous: "What is this. Luke, always Luke. As if there's no one else."   "This is not an ordinary Luke," replied the bishop, "but one whose counsel will be in demand.''  This indeed came to pass.
      There in the Trinity Monastery he was tonsured and given the name Lavrenty.  He was ordained a hieromonk in 1895, and then raised to the rank of hegumen.  Always joyful, his face radiated the love he felt for everyone.  This love was the fruit of prayer to which he had accustomed himself at an early age.
      Fr. Lavrenty's niece, Evfrosinia, related that once, when he came for a visit to his village, it was a feastday, and after serving in the village church he came back soaking wet. "It's difficult for you to work the soil, but it's just as difficult for us to pray for everyone. We also perspire a good deal."
      He encouraged girls from the village to sing in the parish choir.  With his keen spiritual insight he sensed which girl was inclined towards monasticism; he would pray for her, invite her to sing, nurture a love for prayer.  In this way his flock began to grow.  Secretly he gave these girls cassocks and prayer ropes; he taught them to sing and read in church, and found them jobs.
      Times changed.  Churches were closed "for repair" (1930) and everyone was advised to leave.  Batiushka found temporary lodging in the home of a pious widow.  There he gave himself to fasting and prayer.  Only at night could his spiritual children knock at Batiushka's window.  He did not receive everyone, but with his gift of clairvoyance he knew beforehand who should come to him and (text missing...)
      When the war began, Batiushka gathered his monastic children and established a women's Trinity convent where there had been a men's monastery.  Later he established a second convent, the Domnitsky.
      Batiushka loved all kind of work.  When extensive repairs were being made at the convent, he participated everywhere: he instructed the workers and the foremen, whether they were making partitions, laying a floor, replacing a roof.   When the foremen complained that the boards were bad, Batiushka replied, "They'll do for twenty years, and then we'll see what God's wills."
      It happened that they had to work with stucco in bad weather.  The material froze and they were unable to do the job.  Just then Batiushka approached.  He made the sign of the cross and the material became pliable and the rest of the job proceeded smoothly.
      In wartime, during the German occupation, rye was sown on the monastery fields.  The land was appropriated and partitioned, and the authorities would not let them bring in the harvest.  The nuns went to the office to complain, but they were roughly turned away without being given a chance to speak.  The stewardess of the convent returned in tears and went to share her grief with the elder.  The next morning he blessed her to go again to the office, bidding her not to speak with anyone along the way.  Trusting in the elder's prayers, the nun approached the same authorities.  This time they were very obliging, and gave permission for the harvesting of the rye.  The nun returned, delighted, and told Batiushka of the amazing change in the attitude of the personnel.  He smiled. "You see. When a person is wicked he has a demon within, but when you pray, the demon scampers away, and the person becomes kind and good."
      When the Elder was still a youth and lived at home, he told his sister-in-law, Maria, "It's so difficult for a Christian to live in this world. The devil doesn't give him any peace. I'll be walking along in the evening, and he'll be right beside me. Then I cross myself and make the sign of the cross on everything around me, and he backs away. Then again he draws near."
     Elder Lavrentv acquired some skill as a tailor and often worked on orders at people’s homes. "I was sitting, sewing, and 'he' (a demon) was lying under the table. I couldn't tolerate it any longer, and said to the man of the house, "Do you see who is lying under the table?"  "Who?" asked the man, frightened. 'A demon. Don't you see him?"
    Even before becoming a monk, Fr. Lavrenty had acquired the practice of the Jesus Prayer, and he encouraged others to develop the same habit.  One of his spiritual daughters, Nun M., relates:
      "I worked among well-educated people There was a lot of work, mental work. In conversation with Batiushka he asked me if I do the Jesus Prayer at work. I replied--'No.' 'You must,' he said sternly. His words made no sense to me. I wanted to object: in such a busy place this was not possible. But, humbling down, I began to develop the habit, and, by the Elder's prayers, in time I reproached myself for being so obstinate. 'Where God so wills, the laws of nature are overturned.'"
      Another spiritual daughter, I.M., told the following about the power of his prayers:
      "I often asked Batiushka to pray for my father who hadn't partaken of the Holy Mysteries for a long time. He said merely that he was repenting. One morning, however, he got up and said, 'I must receive Holy Communion. Someone is praying for me.' That night he had had a dream, 'It was as if I were lying in a grave with earth on top of me. There came a priest who began to dug me out and said, 'Get up, Ivan.' And I arose."
     Later that same year the man died.  Here is yet another example.
      The Second World War began.  A man received a summons to go to the front, and came to Elder Lavrenty for a blessing.  The elder was quite ill but received the man nevertheless. "When I came in, Batiushka rose from his bed and blessed me. He then put on his epitrachelion, prayed, and said, 'Always be with God, and your Guardian Angel will be with you; with his wings he will protect you from bullets on all sides. Do not doubt, and do not be afraid. Try not to be captured by the enemy, because people perish there. Everywhere be first in helping your neighbor. If your comrades object, tell them these are your orders. Most importantly—don’t be afraid. Nothing will happen to you.'
      "I was bewildered by the elder's words and only hoped in his holy prayers and likewise m God's mercy and His almighty power towards me. a weak and sinful man. When we were sent into battle, I felt an extraordinary, wonder-working power over me. There was gunfire everywhere bullets--like rain. I crawled around boldly, carting the wounded to the first-aid station, willingly, helping my comrades, and nothing happened to me. I went through the whole war without once being wounded, not even a scratch..."

    The Elder's power of prayer was often united with his gift of clairvoyance. The God-fearing M. relates:
      "My mother became gravely ill--her lungs. and no one had any hope left for her recovery. Everything was being prepared for her death. My father sent me to Elder Lavrenty. I went, and m tears told him of our grief. He listened, his head bowed, and then consoled me, saying, 'No, your mother will not die. She will live a long time yet: she will even outlive your father.' And truly. through the Elder's holy prayers, my mother got well and lived to the age of 90."
      A young woman came to Fr. Lavrenty for his blessing to enter a convent; many of her frrends had received such a blessing.  But Fr. Lavrenty looked at her and said, "Get married."  She began to object and wouldn't agree.  "Then who," asked the Elder, "will give birth to priests and bishops?"  His prophetic words were fulfilled.  The woman married and had a son who became an archpriest.
      One mother came to Fr. Lavrenty complaining that she hadn't heard from her son in a long time.  The Elder told her that she wouldn't have time to reach home before receiving a letter, and said, "Know that a mother's prayers will not burn in a fire nor drown in water."  As the woman was returning home, the postman met her on the street and gave her a letter.
      E., a woman of strong faith, describes another case of the Elder's clairvoyance:
      "During the war I received news that my son had been killed. I decided to have him commemorated, but I had a dream in which my son contradicted me and said, 'Don't, mother.' I came to Batiushka with my doubts, to ask what I should do. He said it was not necessary to have my son commemorated. 'You are bound to receive more news from him. But if you receive a second notice, then have him commemorated.'
       "And so it came to pass. Not long afterwards my son wrote that he had been wounded, and that now he was again being sent to the front and didn't know if he would return. He was killed. A second notice arrived, as the Elder had foretold. In tears I again want to see Batiushka. He blessed me to have a funeral served. As I left I met two women who were hurrying to the Elder. Curious, I stopped and heard Batiushka's voice: 'What do you take me for, a fortune-teller? I'm not a fortune-teller. I don't know anything. Go, finish eating your fritters with sour cream and don't bother me.'  'But I want to know about my husband,' said one of the women. 'I don't know anything,' answered Batiushka sternly, and closed the door. I later found out that one of these women was not a believer at all and had indeed gone to the Elder as to a fortune-teller; she even called him that. She had baked some fritters and taken some sour cream, but decided to eat them along the way, thinking to herself, 'What will he know. I'll eat them myself.' But Batiushka saw through everything and didn't receive her."
     The Elder often liked to converse with his beloved spiritual children about the end times, about how one must be vigilant.  "Today we vote-that's all right; it's still not for a single leader over the whole world. But if a vote should be taken for one--this is already [the antichrist] and one mustn't vote."  He also said: "The war will be such that no one will remain anywhere, only in the ravines."
       He said there will remain only two or three governments, and they will say: "Let us choose for ourselves one king over the whole world."
       "In the last times they will banish the true Christians; then let the old and feeble at least grab onto a wheel and run after them.
       Batiushka often repeated his talks about antichrist: "The time will come when they will petition for one king on earth. And people will be strictly registered. [The census takers] will come into the house, and the wife will begin to persuade her husband: 'Come, husband, let's sign up. After all, we have children, else we won't be able to buy anything for them.' And the husband will say: 'Dear wife, do as you please, but I am ready to die rather than sign up with Antichrist.' .... Such a moving picture of the future," concluded the elder.
        "The time will come," said Fr. Lawenty, "when they will renovate even the closed churches, and fix them up not only outside but also inside. They wilt gild the cupolas of both churches and belfries. But when this is finished, it will usher in the reign of antichrist. Pray that the Lord grant us an extension of time that we might strengthen ourselves, because a frightful time awaits us. Do you see how craftily everything is being prepared? All the churches will be absolutely magnificent, as never before, but one must not go into those churches. Antichrist will be crowned like a king in a grand cathedral in Jerusalem, with the participation of the clergy and the Patriarch.
      "There will be free access, both in and out of Jerusalem for everyone. But try not to go there then, because everything will be done in order to deceive.
      "Antichrist will be born of a harlot--a Jewess from the twelfth tribe of debauchery. While still a youth he will be very capable and smart, especially after he, as a boy of twelve, walking with his mother in the garden, meets satan, who will come from the very depths and enter into him. The boy will shudder with fright, but satan will say: 'Do not be afraid, I will help you.' And this boy will mature into Antichrist in human form. At his coronation, when the Symbol of Faith is read, be will not allow it to be read correctly; where the words describe Jesus Christ as the Son of God, he will renounce this and acknowledge only himself.  And then the Patriarch will exclaim that this is Antichrist, and for this he will be killed...
       "The prophets Enoch and Elijah will come from heaven, and they, too, will explain to all the people and cry out: 'This is Antichrist, do not believe him.' And he will kill them, but they will resurrect and fly into heaven.
       "Antichrist will be very knowledgable in all manner of satanic cunning, and he will make false signs. The whole world will hear and see him. He will stamp all of his people with a mark. He will despise all Christians. There will begin the final persecution of the Christian soul which refuses the mark of satan.
       "Persecution will begin immediately on the soil of Jerusalem, and then everywhere in the world blood will be spilled for the name of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.  Many of you, my children, will live to this frightful time.
       "The mark will be such that it will be immediately apparent whether a person has received it or not. The Christian will not be able to buy or sell anything. But do not despair. The Lord will not abandon His children. One mustn't fear!
       "There will be churches, but Orthodox Christians must not go into them, because the Bloodless Sacrifice of Jesus Christ will not be offered there; instead, there will be satanic gatherings. And because of this lawlessness the earth will cease to bring forth fruit; from drought the land will crack, forming such crevices that a person could fall [into them.
       "They will kill Christians or banish them to desert places. The Jews will also be chased into one place. Some Jews, who truly lived according to Moses' law, will not accept the mark of Antichrist. They will wait and observe his deeds. They know that their ancestors did not recognize Christ as the Messiah, but here, God will grant their eyes to be opened and they will not accept the mark of Antichrist but will acknowledge Christ and will reign with Christ.
      "But the entire feeble populace will go after satan, and when the earth will produce no harvest people will come to him with the request to give them bread, but he will answer: 'The land does not give any grain. I can't do anything.'
      "There will likewise be no water; all the rivers and lakes will dry up. This disaster will last for three and a half years. But for the sake of His chosen, the Lord will shorten those days. In those days there will still be strong warriors, Orthodox pillars, who will be under the powerful influence of the Jesus Prayer. The Lord will cover them with His almighty grace, and they will not see those false signs which will be prepared for all people.
      "Again, I repeat, one mustn't go into those churches; they will be devoid of grace."
      Hearing this discussion, one sister asked: "What's to become of us? I don't want to live to see that time."  "But you are young and can live until then," said the Elder. "How terrifying!" exclaimed the sister.  

     "Choose one of the two--either the earthly or the heavenly." [Fr. Lavrenti]

       "There will be a war," continued Batiushka, "and where it takes place no people will remain. But before this, the Lord will send weak people minor sicknesses, and they will die. During the time of Antichrist, however, there will be no death.
       "The third World War will be not for repentance, but for destruction."  A sister asked: "Then all will perish?"  "No, if believers are washed with blood they will be joined to the ranks of martyrs, but the non-believers will go to hell," replied Batiushka.  "And until the number of fallen angels is restored, the Lord will not come to judge.
       "But in the last time [i.e., at the very end] the Lord will add to the number of angels from those living who are written in the Book of Life, in order to make up the number of the fallen.
       "The restoration of churches will continue up to the very coming of antichrist, and everywhere one will see unprecedented magnificence," said Batiushka. But be moderate in your renovation of our church, its exterior. Rather, pray more, go to church while there is still time, especially for Liturgy, during which the Bloodless Sacrifice is offered for the sins of the whole world. Confess and partake of the Body and Blood of Christ more often, and the Lord will strengthen you."
      Batiushka spoke with a certain hierodeacon (George) about the last times, his face covered with hot tears, and said: "Many clergy will perish at the time of Antichrist."  Fr. George said: "How can I not perish, for I am a deacon?"  Batiushka said: "I don't know."  Fr. Deacon began to weep, fell to Batiushka's feet and asked him to pray that he might escape hell.  Batiushka arose, prayed, and said: "All right. It happens that a person gets sick, dies and enters the Kingdom of Heaven."
       And this prophecy was fulfilled.  We knew this deacon from the Kiev Caves Lavra.  He was active in doing good and a singer; all of a sudden he fell ill and soon died.
       Batiushka often grieved and tearfully prayed or related something with tears.  The sisters comforted him, but he objected: "How is one not to weep when the abyss is full of people's souls?"
       After an illness of a few months, Elder Lavrenty reposed on the Feast of Theophany, 1950. as he himself as foretold.  His body remained in the lower church for forty days.  One of the nuns related how at three o'clock in the morning she clearly heard the singing of a many-voiced choir.  She, ran into the cell where the reposed was lying but found that all was quiet there; only a priest who was quietly reading the Gospel.  Frightened, she, told him that she had heard singing.  He was amazed and said that the soul of the reposed was being met in heaven by the angels. 
 (Translated and condensed from Nadezhda #14, pps 298-304)




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Recently MP has added Elder Lavrenty's "voice" to the propaganda justifying their invasion in the Ukraine:

An excerpt from an article in an independent new magazine titled:  "Ukraine – Part of Russia"
http://survincity.com/2012/06/ukraine-part-of-russia/  March 2012
"As it is impossible to divide the Most Holy Trinity, Father, and Scion, and of the Holy Spirit, it is one God, so it is impossible to divide Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. This is a shared Holy Russia. Be aware and do not forget to remember." (St. Lawrence Chernigov).
So it was! And so it is!
Editor Survincity,com

And from a similar article in another news magazine:
http://russiannewsonline.blogspot.com/2015/02/that-spoke-at-rally-year-of.html  February 2015
Let us remember the words of the great elder Lawrence of Chernihiv – by the way, he was Ukrainian. He said: “As it is impossible to separate the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so it is impossible to separate the Holy Russia – Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. This is the truth. So this is a temporary lie – we will win. Russia will rise from the ashes, united, powerful – at it has all the predictions.
Oleg Tsarev, President of the Parliament of New Russia 

But others find this to be not so believable:
An excerpt from article written 2015  by Kiev resident, Professor, and Ukraine Historian:
...Orthodoxy, unlike Catholicism, does not give the church property of the First Hierarch of infallibility, even when he speaks et cathedra, that is, from the pulpit.  That is an attempt to attribute Cyril worldly undivine state of education in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, the constitutions are also, sadly, secured the Protestant principle of separation of church and state, the property of indivisibility in the same way, what is the extent of the inseparability of the persons of the Holy Trinity, in the dogmatic sense of reverence is something mundane, that is the creation (in the terminology of the creature Orthodox dogma), to the same extent as the Divine.  Such reverence for creation in the same way as the Creator, is the terminology of orthodox dogma idolatry.  First Hierarch of the Orthodox and need to be careful in their comparisons, even if borrowed from a church not subjected to censorship biographies of Orthodox saints.  Here we are talking about that in the life of St. Lawrence of Chernigov is the place where St. Lawrence are attributed to the word on the indivisibility of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus to the same extent to which the person of the Holy Trinity are inseparable.  From my point of view, the First Hierarch of the Orthodox is unacceptable to speak of comparison, that in terms of orthodox dogma can be qualified as idolatry.  I mean, I think that from the standpoint of orthodox dogma Ukraine, Russia and Belarus can not be as inseparable as an inseparable entity of the Holy Trinity.  And if Kirill (Gundyaev) will repeat the words of his sermons that Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are also inseparable as inseparable the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, then, I think, is not a sin to show him that he is mistaken...


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Ukraine Religious News article, 2011, indicates that the Elder was very against the idea of joining the MP.

ST. LAVRENTIY OF CHERNIHIV (1868-1950)     January 19 (which is January 6 on the Julian Calendar), the Feast of Theophany, marks the 61st anniversary of the repose of a Ukrainian saint of modern times, the Venerable Lavrentiy of Chernihiv. During my visit to Chernihiv in the summer of 2006 I had heard of this remarkable man who kept the Faith as a Monk in the some of the most difficult days that the people of Ukraine have ever known. He is much revered in this district of Ukraine which has given the Church many Saints.
     St. Lavrentiy was born Luka Yevseviyevych Proskura, one of the youngest of seven children, in the village of Kyryls’ke in the oblast’ of Chernihiv. Coincidentally, the surname of this Man of the Church comes from the Ukrainian word “proskurka”, from the Greek “prosphora”, the Bread upon which the Eucharist is celebrated and which is given to the faithful after Divine Liturgy. Luka’s father died when he was still quite young and his mother was ill a good deal of the time. It often fell upon young Luka to do the work of both parents.
     He loved to sing in Church and became the choir director at an unusually young age. After the repose of his mother he fulfilled his dream of entering a monastery, the Rykhla Monastery, at the age of 23. His skills and zeal were noted by the Archbishop of Chernihiv, Anthony, who directed that he be transferred to the Holy Trinity Monastery in Chernihiv. He was ordained a Hieromonk (a monastic Priest) in 1895. He was quite soon made the Abbot of the Monastery.
Lavrenity served faithfully and joyfully. His face radiated the quiet joy and love for people which came from his life of prayer. He had started to praying the Jesus prayer even before becoming a Monk and always recommended it to every one, sometimes quite sternly.
     The rule of the Bolsheviks brought severe persecution to the Church. In 1930 the Monastery was closed “for repairs” and Fr. Lavrentiy found shelter within the home of a member of the Church faithful. He continued his life of prayer and stayed the course until during the Second World War when it again became possible to organize monastic life. He then founded two monasteries for women.
     During the severe Communist persecution he had been active in the catacomb Church. In the 1940’s official Orthodox Church life in Ukraine resumed under the spiritual jurisdiction of Bishop Symon (Ivanivs’kyy) of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Poland. Fr. Lavrentiy immediately recognized his spiritual authority. When the Communists returned, they pressured the Church of Ukraine to renounce this authority and return under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Moscow. Some, of course, chose to return to the catacombs. The communities of the former catacomb Church continue today under the leadership of a number of hierarchs, some of whom are in communion with each other while eschewing the Patriarchate whose leaders they continue to regard with great suspicion as being unrepentant of their past collaboration with the militantly atheistic state – and possible an all too subservient to the current secular rulers.
     Under Stalin the Church had been formally re-instated but this certainly did not mean the end of persecution. Instead the refined persecution of the Church having to become a servant of the state was intensified. Fr. Lavrentiy saw all this and his discourse and counsels became very apocalyptic. He foretold the outward restoration of the Church in all its splendor, but warned that this would only be so it could serve “the Antichrist”.
     When Fr. Lavrentiy began to be quite ill, he did not see this as a hardship for he firmly believed that it was through tests and tribulations that one could serve God and fulfill his vocation. He reposed in the Lord, as he had foretold, on the Feast of Theophany. He had prepared a wooden coffin for himself and after his repose services were served over it for many days. He had requested that his body be interred in the cemetery with the rest of the people. Instead it was interred in a specially prepared place in the Monastery.
     Fr. Lavrentiy was and continues to be particularly venerated by the Orthodox of the former catacomb Church. Nonetheless he also found his place among those canonized by the official Church in 1993.
Fr. Lavrentiy’s words cited above were directed to a young man fearful of what would become of him in the battles of the Second World War. The man always recalled those words and was fearless in helping his comrades in the thick of battle. He credits the Saint’s blessing as a chief factor in his having survived the war.
     The humble man of God, Fr. Lavrentiy, would often weep as he prayed and spoke of the hard times which the people would endure and sighed at the thought of so many souls in danger of perishing. We pray that his tears and prayers might continue to guide the Church to follow the path of the Saviour Who came to us and took the sins of the world upon Himself for the salvation of all.



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Prophesies circulated around earlier do not mention anything against the ROCOR:
http://www.pigizois.net/agglika/starets/01.htm

The PROPHECIES of Starets Lavrentii (+1950)From ‘Prepodobnyistarets’ [“The Venerable Elder”], originally published in the May 1996 issue of the Russian Orthodox newspaper ‘Zhizn Vechnaya’ [“Eternal Life”] 
The Second Coming of Our Lord! Starets (Elder) Lavrentii was a Schema-Archimandrite monk at the Chernigov-Trinity Convent. With his illumining gift of clairvoyance, he served as a guide for hundreds of monastics and laity struggling to find their way through the manifest entanglements of early 20th century life. He reposed in 1950. 
YOU WILL LIVE TO SEE ANTICHRIST! Accompanied by two keleinitsy [lay-sisters], the igumeny [abbess] of the Domnitskaya Convent came to have tea with batiushka [father (dim. aff.)] Lavrentii. During dinner, he said: “You and I, matushka - igumenya [abbess-mother (dim. aff.)], will not live to see antichrist; but, these -- your kelelnitsy, will live to see him!” That was in 1948. Both nuns had been born in 1923. Monakhinya [nun] N. was the one who told the story. 
I NEED TO SEE Whenever Fr. Lavrentii would sit down at table to dine, while waiting for everyone to gather together, he would say: “I am not hungry, but I need to see you all, and to speak with you a little concerning what lies ahead for all of you.” Then he would weep and say: “If you but knew what fate awaits men and what lies ahead for you. If you but knew how people suffer in hell!” 
AND HOW HE WILL RECOIL! This was recorded from the words of Sister M. Batiushka Lavrentii would say: “Do not be astonished when you hear that people are praying in every which way in the churches. When those in their golden-caps [archi- and proto-hieratical mitres] forbid the reading of the Psalter -- and, later, of the hours -- then will the Lord endure but a little; and, O how He will then recoil from them! The Second Coming is now no longer far-distant!” 
REMEMBER THIS! “This happened when my father was yet alive,” I. M. would recall, concerning her conversation with batiushka Lavrentii. “We were extremely poor, incapable of regaining our senses after the destruction of the war. I went to see starets [elder] Lavrentii, in order to ask him to bless me, that I might secretly wear a podriasnik [an under-cassock, (to be a secret nun)]; but he said to me: “Not all who are in the world will perish; nor will everyone in a monastery be saved! Do you understand? It is not yet time.” Again I began to implore him [to grant me his permission] to enter a women’s monastery, for it is so extremely difficult for one to save oneself in the world, but batiushka said to me: “Monks and schema-monks in the monasteries will attain unto the seventh Heaven; but if you only knew what awaits those virgins who live in the world! The Lord will tell those schema-bearers to make way for these secret ones who did not live in a monastery. And these latter will exceedingly precede the former ! Do you understand that, before God, the secret ones will be superior to those in the monasteries? Do you understand?” the starets asked. “I understand nothing,” was my reply. “Then remember what I just told you, at least!” batiushka said.” 
IF ONE LIVES ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF LOVE A certain pious widow had a dream: “I saw, as it were, batiushka Lavrentii of Chernigov in the Trinity Convent, with its inhabitants. There were many sisters there, and the choir was chanting: “Rejoice, O Tsaritsa”. Then, suddenly, the starets rose up in the air, but there were only a few matushki (mother nuns) with him seven or eight total! I ran to ask him: “Why had so few nuns risen up?”, but upon uttering these words, I awoke, without having received an answer.”
     ”When I went to see Fr. Lavrentii, he said: “It is as you dreamed it! Had they lived in accordance with the Law of Love, then everything would have been fine. If someone has a piece of bread, it is in order that he might share it with another, who would then offer up a prayer for him. Thus, both would receive their largesse, and all would have been saved! But, with us, it is just the opposite: the one who has the piece of bread stirs up great rows. That is why there are so few who are lifted up, because there is no love!” 
FEW ARE SAVED The venerable Fr. Lavrentii of Chernigov would frequently repeat that souls go to hell just like people come out of a church on a feastday; but they go to Heaven like people go to church on a weekday. Batiushka would frequently sit and weep: he pitied the people who were perishing. “How many people there are, who are packed in the inferno like herring in a barrel,” starets Lavrentii would say. His spiritual children would console him, but he would reply, through his tears: “You do not see. If you could but see... How pitiful it is! And in the last days, hell will be filled with young people.” 
TWIRL THIS AROUND YOUR MOUSTACHE “And I say unto you, and with great regret do I say it, that you will be buying houses, and killing time by adorning large and lovely monastic buildings. But you will have no time for prayer, although you made a vow of non-possession! It will not be difficult to be saved during the last days, but wisely so. The one who overcomes all these temptations, the same will be saved! Such one will be among the first. The former will be like unto lamps; the latter will be like the sun. You have other dwellings prepared for you. So listen, and twirl this around your moustache!” Thus did the venerable starets, gazing into the future with his perspicacious mind, admonish his many, many spiritual children. 
A FRIGHTFUL TIME “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 splendour,” Starets Lavrentii would say.
     “Do you see how craftily and insidiously all this is being prepared?” Batiushka would continue, tearfully. “All the cathedrals will be exceedingly splendid, as never before, but you must not attend these cathedrals, for the Bloodless Sacrifice of Jesus Christ will not be offered there. Remember, there will be churches, but Orthodox Christians must not attend them, as the entire ‘synagogue of Satan’ (Apoc. 2.9) will be gathered there! I repeat yet again that one must not attend those cathedrals; there will be no grace in them!” 
CONCERNING ANTICHRIST “Antichrist will be crowned king in a splendid rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, with the clergy and the Patriarch of Russia participating [in his coronation]. There will be free ingress and egress from Jerusalem for everyone, but do not attempt to go there then, as everything will have been done so as to ‘deceive.’ (Matt. 24.24) He [antichrist] will be exceedingly learned in all satanic wiles and will show great signs. The entire world will hear and see him. He will ‘stamp’ his people with satan’s seal; he will hate Orthodox Russia,” the venerable Starets Lavrentii of Chernigov would say. 
THERE IS NO NEED TO BE AFRAID To a certain deacon who is yet alive, but who is now quite aged, Batiushka Lavrentii forthrightly said:
“You will live to see the time when antichrist comes to power. Do not be afraid, but tell everyone that this is he -- and that there is no need to be afraid! There will be a war, and where it passes, there will be none left alive! But, prior to that time, the Lord will send minor ailments to the weak and they will die, for during antichrist’s time there will no longer be any death. The Third World War will not be for repentance, but for annihilation; but the Lord will leave the strongest alive, that they might confront him [antichrist]. 
THE SUPREME “PEACE-MAKER” The venerable Starets Lavrentii of Chernigov spoke frequently of antichrist, saying:
“There will come a time when they will fight and fight, and a world war will break out. And in the very thick of it, they will say, ‘Let us choose for ourselves a single king over all the inhabited earth.’ And they will elect him! They will elect antichrist as the universal king and supreme ‘peace-maker’ of the world. It will be necessary to listen carefully; it will be necessary to exercise caution! As soon as they begin to vote for one single man in all the world, know that it is none other than himself, and that it is forbidden [to Orthodox Christians] to vote [for him].” 
ALL [MY] WORDS ARE TRUE! Batiushka Lavrentii was sitting in the choir-loft, speaking of the last days and of the end of this world, relating the details of antichrist’s enthronement over those who have fallen away from God... And priests Nikifor, Grigorii and Vasilii Ganzin objected to Fr. Lavrentii that he had also spoken differently concerning these things. But he replied to them: “Fathers and brothers, there is one thing that you neither know nor understand; I speak not only of Russia, but of the whole world! All my words concerning future events are true, because the Holy Spirit has revealed them to me by [His] grace.” 
FOR A SHORT WHILE Schema-Archimandrite Feofan related that Batiushka Lavrentii would joyfully say, with a smile: “The Russian people will repent of deadly sins: that they allowed ... [antichristian] impiety to hold sway in Russia; that they did not defend God’s Anointed Tsar, the Orthodox churches and monasteries, and all that is holy and sacred in Russia. They despised piety and came to love demonic impiety. But there will be a spiritual upheaval! And Russia, together with all the Slavic nations and lands, will constitute a mighty Tsardom. She will be governed by an Orthodox Tsar, by God’s Anointed One. Because of him, all schisms and heresies will vanish away in Russia. There will be no persecution of the Orthodox Church. The Lord will have mercy on Holy Russia because the dreadful time preceding that of antichrist has already taken place in her. Even antichrist himself will fear the Russian Orthodox Tsar - Samoderzhets [Tsar - Autocrat]. But all the other nations, save only Russia and the Slavic lands, will be ruled by antichrist and will undergo all the horrors and torments written of in Holy Scripture. In Russia, however, there will be rejoicing and a blossoming of faith -- but only for a short while, for the Dread Judge will come to try both the living and the dead.” 
CONCERNING ANTICHRIST’S PERSON IN THE HOLY PLACE “Blessed and thrice-blessed is the man who will not desire to do so and, hence, will not see the God-abominated person of antichrist. Whosoever will see him and hear his blasphemous words promising all earthly blessings, the same will be seduced and will go forth to worship him. And they will perish, along with him, as far as eternal life is concerned; they will burn in eternal fire!” We asked the venerable one, “How shall this be?” And he answered us with tears, [saying]:”The abomination of desolation will stand in the holy place and will show-forth the foul seducers of the world who, working false miracles, will deceive all such men as have fallen away from God. And, after them, antichrist will appear! The entire world will see him at one and the same time.” To the question “Where in the holy place -- in church?” venerable Lavrentii said; “Not in church, but in the home! Beforetimes, a table used to stand in the corner wherein the holy icons were. Then, however, that space will be occupied by seductive instruments for the deception of men. Many who have departed away from the Truth will say, ‘we need to watch and hear the news.’ And it is in the news that antichrist will appear; and they will accept him.”

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