Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Elder Zosima Sokur: “Be in a hurry to do good deeds… life is so short!”

Filed under: Christian,elders,Moscow Patriarchate,Orthodox life — 01varvara @ 00.00

Here’s a vid on Solovki… the chant’s pretty good…

Editor’s Foreword:

With all the news coming out on the sleazoids amongst the clergy, let’s look at the “good guys” too… they’re the ones who keep the Church alive and sweet. The last real elders we had in Russian Orthodoxy in America were Archimandrite Vladimir Sukhobok and Fr Michael Pomazansky (the great refuter of Schmemann… I find it interesting that this major figure has no OrthoWiki page… that proves this website’s acrid konvertsy orientation) (both men died in 1988, by the way). Priest friends abroad inform that there is only one elder in America today (none of the OCA or AOCANA poseurs even come close)… Archimandrite Ephraim of Philotheou, whose monastic roots are on the Mountain. There are NO elders in Western Europe, nor have there ever been in our days.

Here’s a spread on one of the truly holy ones of our time… Fr Zosima, pray for us sinners, especially this one!

BMD

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The late Schema-Archimandrite Zosima Sokur (1944-2002) was one of the elders of the early days of the late 20th Century Orthodox revival in Russia. When he died, all of his spiritual children were bereft and sad.

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Here’s what I wrote about Elder Zosima:

He was so YOUNG when he died… he was only 58! Of course, when one is 56… OUCH. Life is SO fragile, isn’t it? The Good Lord has given me good health… maybe little else, but good health is a precious gift, and I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world.

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“[Ukrainian President] Vladimir Yanukovich was converted by the clairvoyant elder Zosima, who then married him to his long-term partner”.

An MP priest

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Be in a hurry to do good deeds… life is so short. May your guardian angel be with all of you…

Schema-Archimandrite Zosima Sokur

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Here’s a link to good stuff on Elder Zosima:

http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/frzosima.htm

No, Virginia, not all the clergy are Feraponts… not all are cut from the same bolt of sleazy cloth as Lebedeff and Garklavs are. There ARE holy men walking amongst us…

Would all of you say a prayer and light a candle for Nicky’s cousin Denise (Dionisia)? She truly needs it, dear ones. I weep… I’ve come to love her so… shall we have to say goodbye so soon?

BMD

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