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Posted 09 October 2005 - 04:17 AM
Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:48 AM
As Edward indicated I really did have an amazing time while on pilgrimage in Russia. To a great extent this was due to the incredible preparations made by Fr Victor Potapov and also all of the personal contacts he has made in Russia over the years (even before the collapse of communism he was well known in Russia due to his religious broadcasts there via VOA). We were able to visit not only the well known places such as Optina and Sergiev Posad but also holy places well off the beaten track that possibly even many Russians do not know about. We did not simply 'visit' the holy places- the pilgrimage was designed in such a way that we were able to remain in each place for half a day or so and soak in the holiness of each place before moving on. This led to the pilgrimage being a truly ascetic experience where by the end of each day (and often well before!) we were exhausted but felt spiritually full like sponges that had soaked in as much water as possible.
Besides the religious angle we were also exposed to the social/cultural side of Russian life which helped round off the overall significance of what we encountered. All of us in the group (about 34 or so) strongly agreed that this pilgrimage was truly extraordinary. Due to the holiness of the places we visited & the kindness shown us while in Russia all of us in the group will likely be marked by what we encountered for a long time to come.
In Christ- Fr Raphael
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Posted 28 October 2004 - 11:12 PM
I was told this is safer when I asked about praying to Fr Sophroni in Essex Monastery in England.
I fell many will remember him for their whole life, Photini, at least He will always be on your other address book that is beyond time, it's also much faster and the most effective at getting the message across, when is the next memorial? the 6 month one.
with Love in Christ
Posted 28 October 2004 - 11:46 PM
In Christ- Fr Raphael
Posted 29 October 2004 - 12:26 AM
Posted 29 October 2004 - 04:32 AM
He has used Heiromonk Averky, Father A, Father Averky - I think, as I remember anyway. Father used the Father A in his latest posts.
I have used this search many times after Father pointed out to me questions I had asked had come up many times in the past.
Father would be happy if his posts continue to help people. He gave people including myself blessing to quote him to others if it could be of any help to them spiritually.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:31 AM
I think nurse-aid meant that they felt they shouldn't be talking about food etc. You are fine with your question here in the casual conversation part.
I saw your question but didn't even know about the basil so thought someone else would answer. I did a internet search but didn't come up with any answers for you either, sorry.
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