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


St. John: Before the Shroud

St. Ioann, arhiyep. Shanghai and San Francisco († 1966): Before the Shroud

Author: Nun Faith incl. . Posted in Archive ROCOR (Views: 14)

Mournful gathering. A sad sight. Before us is a dead man, moreover, an extraordinary dead man. The King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the whole universe, lies before us. For us He died. We have sinned, but He suffered. People violated the banishment of God, they departed from God, and God, wishing to attract Himself to Him with His love, suffers and dies for them. God could not suffer and die with the Divine, therefore he incarnates, and suffers and dies with his human nature, without ceasing to be God. All this He does for us, to show His love for us.

How thankful to Him our hearts must be filled!

How can we thank Him with dignity?

His flowers are brought to the grave, they are kindled. He is holy. The Lord also does not reject these sacrifices, but He wants the other from us, and only with Him will he accept the rest of the offering. Son, give Me your heart, "God said through another Holy Letter of the Old Oneslaught. Our Lord is waiting for our hearts; This is what we must give to Him. To love to keep and teach him and to fulfill them is a gratitude to the Victim for us, which is pleasing and pleasing to Him.

Approaching to kiss the face of the lifeless Savior, let us firmly resolve to follow the path indicated by Him. And if we have to endure adversities and difficulties in this way, Christ Himself will be the helper, who will be crucified with Him and will give them endless blessings in His heavenly Kingdom, which we also will be honored. Amen.

Source: Words of the Father in the Saints of Our Father John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco-Wonderworker. A collection of propoveds, precepts, messages, instructions and decrees. / Compiled by (traitor ROCOR-MP) proto-priest Petr Perekrestov to the glorification of Saint John. - San Francisco: "Russian Shepherd", 1994. - P. 107.

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