Uryupinsk diocese hosts festive celebration in honor of canonization of Abbess Arsenia (Sebryakova)
is the sole state of the soul through which all the spiritual gifts
come to a man. It is a door which opens the heart and makes it
capable of spiritual feelings. Humility brings to the heart an
unflappable tranquility, to the mind—peace, to the
thoughts—attentiveness. Humility is a strength enveloping the
heart, alienating it from all earthly things, granting it
comprehension of the feeling of eternal life, which cannot sprout in
the heart of the fleshly man. Humility gives the mind its original
purity. It begins to clearly see the difference between good and evil
in everything, and knows the name of every state and movement of the
soul within itself, as the first-created Adam named the animals
according to the characteristics which he saw in them. Humility
relies on the seal of silence in all that is human, and the spirit of
man stands before the Lord in prayer in this silence, heeding His
words… Without the feeling of humility in the heart, there can be
no pure, spiritual prayer. St.
celebration in honor of the inclusion of Venerable Arsenia into the
ranks of locally-venerated saints was held in the Ust-Medveditsky
Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Around 5,000 people took part on
November 12 and 13, reports the site of
the Volgograd diocese.
were practically continuous in the monastery’s main church, with
some parallel services in the lower church of St. Arsenios the Great,
that as many faithful as possible could pray and commune during the
midnight the All-Night Vigil flowed into the Liturgy, several of
which were served in the festive schedule: at 4:00 in the Kazan
Cathedral, and at 7:00 in the lower church.
hierarchical Liturgy began at 10:00 in the Kazan Cathedral with the
rite of glorification of St. Arsenia of Ust-Medveditsky, celebrated
by Metropolitan Herman of Volgograd and Kamyshin along with Bishop
Elisha of Novoanninsk and Uryupinsk, Bishop John of Kalachev and
Pallosovsk, Archbishop Justinian of Elista and Kalmykia, Bishop
Tarasia of Balashov and Rtischevskiy, and Bishop Sergius of
Borisoglebsk and Buturlinovka.
all, about eighty clerical representatives of the Volgograd Diocese
and other dioceses of Russia, Georgia, Greece, and Ukraine
participated in the festive Divine services. The Liturgy was attended
by the governor of the Volgograd region Andrei Bocharov.
icon of Venerable Arsenia was painted for the festival in a Moscow
workshop by order of the monastery. A troparion, kontakion, and
magnification were composed for St. Arsenia of Ust-Medveditsky’s
glorification, which were performed by the men’s choir of the Kiev
Caves Lavra. The choir of the Sion Cathedral in Tbilisi also
participated in the services.
who could not fit into the Kazan and Arseny churches watched the
services on large plasma screens set up on the territory and outside
the fence of the monastery.
for receiving guests to the monastery began immediately after
receiving the news of the Holy Synod’s decision on October 21 to
canonize the fifth and most famous saint in the history of the
Ust-Medveditsky Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Abbess Arsenia
Arsenia (1833-1905) came from the notable family of the
Lieutenant-Captain and treasurer of the Don Cossacks Michael
Vasilievich Sebryakov. At the age of seventeen Anna Michailova
entered the Ust-Medveditsky Monastery of her own accord. The
monastery reached its highest peak in the years of her abbacy, from
1864 until her repose.
her educational and charitable activities, the main fruits of
Venerable Arsenia’s labors were the Kazan Cathedral, which was
erected from 1785 to 1885, and the famous caves, dug in the image of
the Kiev Caves. Today the monastery’s main shrine is there—the
miraculous stone slab with hand and knee imprints of people kneeling
of St. Arsenia:
is impossible to acquire pure, undivided prayer if it’s not
preceded by selfless acts. But we must daily believe or affirm in our
heart the dispensation to reject every act, word, feeling, or thought
that is unpleasing to the Lord, to direct every deed according to the
commandments of God, to educate every feeling with His word, and
direct every though by His truth. In such activity, or at least in
the purpose of such activity every alien feeling or thought entering
into the soul should be examined and prayerfully rejected from the
soul. With such inclination of soul the Name of Jesus autocratically
acts in it and severs every thought contrary to Itself, removes every
feeling not pleasing to It, and illumines the soul with knowledge of
His will, settling in it peace of heart and stillness of thoughts.
the commandments of God, we sin before God and before men and before
our own conscience, and we come not only under the judgment of God,
but under human judgment. Offending the Lord, dishonoring His glory
in ourselves and by ourselves, we constantly harm our loved ones,
tempting them, luring them into sin, giving them an example of a
sinful life, not giving them their due for our common welfare on the
path to salvation, and in all truth, we hand people over to judgment.
This judgment, expressing itself in condemnation, slander,
defamation, hatred and all deeds coming from such an attitude within
us, is a kind of persecution, torture, and death—we must receive
this as a worthy recompense and always feel ourselves debtors before
unrelenting path of salvation is brutal sometimes and the word
expressed about it is a two-edged sword, cutting our passions, our
sensuality, and together with that it causes pain in our very heart,
from which they are excised. And will there be a time when this sword
has no more work in our heart? No, it will always have work, there is
no end to spiritual purification, and in every heart there is a
particle of impurity which must be cleansed. I recognize in myself a
clear sign of negligence, when my heart ceases to ache and fight—it’s
a sign of serious obscuration. When this darkness is dispersed by the
word of God, then the heart aches, but without pain the soul cannot
be illumined—it would be dreaming.
Edited by Kusanagi, 15 November 2016 - 08:44 PM.