This text initially appeared on a brand new web site concerning the Christian renaissance in Russia, referred to as Russian Religion. Their introductory video is at finish of this text.
St. Anatole the Youthful of Optina (1917)
“There can be a storm. And the Russian ship can be smashed to items. However folks could be saved even on splinters and fragments. And never everybody will perish. One should pray, everybody should repent and pray fervently. And what occurs after a storm?
…There can be a peaceful.’
At this everybody stated: ‘However there isn’t a extra ship, it’s shattered to items; it has perished, all the things has perished.’
‘It isn’t so,’ stated Batiushka. ‘An incredible miracle of God can be manifested. And all of the splinters and fragments, by the desire of God and His energy, will come collectively and be united, and the ship can be rebuilt in its magnificence and can go by itself approach as foreordained by God.
And this can be a miracle evident to everybody.” [Orthodox Russia, 1970, no. 1, p. 9].
St. Seraphim of Sarov (+1833)
“Earlier than the beginning of the Antichrist there can be a terrific, protracted warfare and a horrible revolution in Russia passing all bounds of human creativeness, for the bloodletting can be most horrible: the rebellions of Ryazan, Pugachev and the French revolution can be nothing as compared with what is going to happen in Russia.
Many people who find themselves devoted to the fatherland will perish, church property and the monasteries can be robbed; the Lord’s church buildings can be desecrated; good folks can be robbed of their riches and killed, rivers of Russian blood will stream…
However the Lord can have mercy on Russia and can deliver her alongside the trail of nice sufferings to glory.”
St. John of Kronstadt (+1908)
“I foresee the restoration of a robust Russia, nonetheless stronger and mightier than earlier than.
On the bones of those martyrs, keep in mind, as on a powerful basis, will the brand new Russia we constructed – in line with the previous mannequin; robust in her religion in Christ God and within the Holy Trinity! And there can be, in accordance with the covenant of the holy Prince Vladimir, a single Church!
Russian folks have ceased to know what Rus’ is: it’s the footstool of the Lord’s Throne! The Russian individual should perceive this and thank God that he’s Russian”.
“The Church will stay unshaken to the tip of the age, and a Monarch of Russia, if he stays devoted to the Orthodox Church, can be established on the Throne of Russia till the tip of the age.”
Elder Aristocles of Moscow (+1918)
“An evil will shortly take Russia, and wherever this evil goes, rivers of blood will stream. It isn’t the Russian soul, however an imposition on the Russian soul. It isn’t an ideology, nor a philosophy, however a spirit from hell. Within the final days Germany can be divided.
France can be simply nothing. Italy can be judged by pure disasters. Britain will lose her empire and all her colonies and can come to nearly whole smash, however can be saved by praying enthroned ladies. America will feed the world, however will lastly collapse. Russia and China will destroy one another.
Lastly, Russia can be free and from her believers will go forth and switch many from the nations to God.”
“Now we’re present process the occasions earlier than the Antichrist. However Russia will but be delivered. There can be a lot struggling, a lot torture. The entire of Russia will grow to be a jail, and one should tremendously entreat the Lord for forgiveness. One should repent of 1’s sins and worry to do even the least sin, however try to do good, even the smallest. For even the wing of a fly has weight, and God’s scales are actual. And when even the smallest of excellent within the cup ideas the steadiness, then will God reveal His mercy upon Russia.”
St John of Shanhai and San Francisco (1938)
“Shake away the sleep of despondency, O sons of Russia! Behold the glory of her struggling and be purified; wash yourselves out of your sins! Be strengthened within the Orthodox Religion, in order to be worthy to dwell within the dwelling of the Lord and to decide on His holy mountain!
Leap up, leap up, come up, O Russia, you who from the Lord’s fingers have drunk the cup of His wrath!
When your struggling shall have ended, your righteousness shall go together with you and the glory of the Lord shall accompany you. The peoples shall come to your mild, and kings to the shining which shall rise upon you.
Then Raise up your eyes and see: behold your kids come to you from the West and the North and the Sea and the East, blessing you in Christ without end.Amen” [Ibid, p. 94].
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