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


Valentina Harvey reposed

June 26, 1924 – March 11, 2017

from Reader Daniel Sharing...
 Death Notice: 
AND: This morning, Saturday March 11, 2017, and a servant of St. Archbishop John Maximovitch,  a life-long member of the old ROCOR,  Handmaid of God, VALENTINA HARVEY quietly passed to the Lord, on the US east coast, [ she was of the original China migration with Archbishop John], after a long life and a recent but difficult  battle with cancer]. MEMORY ETERNAL! Please pray for her soul!

The Message of her passing: "The handmaiden of God, Valentina, [ a life-long devotee of St. John Maximovich and who came with him from China, and a devoted member of the old ROCOR ] from her long life and her recent struggle with cancer, reposed in the Lord at around 10:00 am EST this morning, on the East Coast, USA. March 11, 2017.  According to Sandi, her daughter,  it was very peaceful.  One last breath and then silence.  May God grant her an eternal memory!"

Funeral and Burial performed in ROCOR-MP
St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral is located in Howell Township, New Jersey and is under the jurisdiction of the ROCOR-MP.  Rector: Fr. Valery Lukianov

Valentina Harvey was a friend of Fr. Seraphim Rose
On his way to Seattle, where he died, St. John stopped in to see his spiritual daughter from Shanghai, Valentina Harvey, in Redding California.  While at Valentina's home, he looked westward for a long time, and then gave a blessing in that direction with the Kursk Icon.  Valentin watched and wondered, but knowing that St. John had his own unexplainable ways, she decided not to inquire about it.  (see NoTW p. 305)

After his tonsure in 1970, Fr. Seraphim wrote to a friend, "...We didn't come here (to Platina) to 'establish a monastery,' but to save our souls and print The Orthodox Word. ... we are prepared to accept anything that God sends us in the furtherance of the cause which Vladika John blessed and which brought us here (to Platina): the mission of the Orthodox printed word, especially in English."

Fr. Seraphim was already seeing the fulfillment of Archbishop John's prophesy of a missionary monastery in California.  They learned of another such prophetic sign from Valentina Harvey, whom they ran across while doing errands in Redding.  Hearing for the first time that the fathers had settled in Platina, Valentina suddenly realized the meaning of Archbishop John's "strange" behavior when he had stopped at her house on hs last and fateful trip to Seattle.  He had been looking, praying and blessing in precisely the direction that the Platina hermitage would one day be, forty miles to the west. (see NoTW p. 409-410)

1 comment:

Joanna said...

St. John's blessing certainly expired after Fr. Seraphim died when Platina left ROCOR. The Orthodox Word magazines that Fr. Seraphim produced during his lifetime, up to and through 1982, are worth preserving. Anyone trying to collect a set, contact me, I might be able to help you find issues you are missing. joannahigginbotham@gmail.com

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