Ένα προσωπικό θαύμα του Αγίου Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς (+1966) στη Μαρία Τσάλλα των Pollux Band

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COMING HOME – ORTHODOXY

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Ένα προσωπικό θαύμα του Αγίου Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς (+1966)

στη Μαρία Τσάλλα των Pollux Band

Το 2007, όταν ήμουν 15 χρονών και όντας ορφανή από πατέρα, οι προσευχές μου κάθε βράδυ έκρυβαν παράπονο γιατί ο θεός μου πήρε πολύ νωρίς τον πατέρα μου και παρότι τον παρακάλαγα να τον δω έστω και στα όνειρα μου, οι επιθυμία αυτή δεν εκπληρωνόταν.

H απάντηση του Θεού στα παράπονα μου δεν άργησε να έρθει. Η απάντηση ήρθε μέσα από ένα όνειρο. Είδα στον ύπνο μου ότι βρισκόμουν σε μία παράξενη εκκλησία και Continue reading “Ένα προσωπικό θαύμα του Αγίου Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς (+1966) στη Μαρία Τσάλλα των Pollux Band”

Η συνάντηση του π. Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ με τον Άγιο Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς (+1966)

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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

Η συνάντηση του π. Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ

με τον Άγιο Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς (+1966)

 Ό Ευγένιος ένιωσε αμέσως την αλλαγή. Όταν πήγαινε στις Ακολουθίες στον καθεδρικό ναό, έβλεπε το νέο επίσκοπο να συμμετέχει με όλη την καρδιά του- μερικές φορές μάλιστα, αφιέρωνε Λειτουργίες σε σχετικά άγνωστους άγιους, ειδικά δυτικοευρωπαίους. Υπήρχε κάτι απόκοσμο σ’ αυτόν τον μικροσκοπικό σκυφτό άνδρα, ό όποιος σύμφωνα με τα κοσμικά κριτήρια δεν έμοιαζε τόσο «αξιοσέβαστος».

Τα μαλλιά του αρχιεπισκόπου Ιωάννη ήταν ακατάστατα, το κάτω χείλος του προεξείχε και είχε μια αισθητή δυσκολία στην άρθρωση πού καθιστούσε τον λόγο του σχεδόν ακατάληπτο για τούς ακροατές του. Μερικές φορές μάλιστα κυκλοφορούσε ξυπόλητος, γεγονός για το όποιο δεχόταν δριμεία κριτική. Αντί της λαμπερής και διακοσμημένης με πολύτιμους λίθους μίτρας πού έφεραν άλλοι επίσκοποι, εκείνος φορούσε ένα καπέλο «πτυσσόμενο» και στολισμένο με εικόνες κεντημένες από τα ορφανά του. Το ύφος του ήταν μερικές φορές αυστηρό, αλλά συχνά έβλεπες να λάμπει στα μάτια του ένα παιχνίδισμα χαράς, ιδίως όταν βρισκόταν κοντά σε παιδιά.

Παρά το πρόβλημα ομιλίας του, είχε απίστευτη επικοινωνία με τα παιδιά, τα όποια τού ήταν απολύτως αφοσιωμένα. Υπήρξαν περιστάσεις πού οι κληρικοί ένιωθαν άβολα βλέποντάς τον στην μέση τής ακολουθίας, να σκύβει και να παίζει με κάποιο μικρό παιδί (ποτέ όμως μέσα στον ιερό).

Ό Ευγένιος, σχολιάζοντας μετά από χρόνια τις φαινομενικά παράξενες κινήσεις τού αρχιεπισκόπου, έγραφε: «Αν και δεν τις καταλάβαινα, διέβλεπα σ’ αυτές κάτι βαθύτερο- και μού δίδαξαν να μην είμαι ικανοποιημένος μόνο με την τέλεση τού τυπικού μέρους των ακολουθιών… ».’ Τέτοιες κινήσεις είχαν σχέση μ’ αυτό πού Continue reading “Η συνάντηση του π. Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ με τον Άγιο Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς (+1966)”

Condensed biography of Saint John Maximovitch (1896-1966) – July 2

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Condensed biography

of Saint John Maximovitch of Shangai & San Francisco (1896-1966)

July 2

Saint John was born on 4 June 1896 in the village Adamovka in the province of Kharkov in Southern Russia. He was a descendent of the aristocratic family Maximovitch, a member of which was pronounced a saint in 1916, the hierarch John Maximovitch, Metropolitan of Tobolsk, whose incorrupt relics are in Tobolsk to this day. This holy hierarch reposed at the beginning of the 18th century but he carried the torch of his grace to his distant nephew, Michael (the baptismal name of Saint John, who later received the name of his uncle when he was tonsured a monk). His father Boris was a marshal of the nobility in a region of Kharkov and his uncle was rector at the University of Kiev. His relationship with his parents was always excellent. Throughout his youth, Michael was sickly and ate very little. He was a quiet kid, very polite and deeply religious. When he played he would dress his play soldiers as monks, collect icons and religious books and enjoyed reading about the lives of the Saints. At night he would stand praying for long periods. Because he was the eldest of five siblings, it was he who knew the lives of the Saints very well and became their first teacher of the Faith. He was very austere with himself in the application of ecclesiastic and national traditions. So much did he impress his teacher, who was a French woman and Catholic, that she was influenced by young Michael’s Christian life and was baptized Orthodox.

He had a country house near a monastery where little Michael would visit often. At the age of 11 his parents Boris and Glaphyra sent him to the Military School of Poltava where he continued to live, with his faith deeply rooted. For when kids are absent from their home for long time, their youthful souls are easily influenced. He, however, remained steadfast in his faith. There he also met the Bishop of Poltava, Theophan, a much loved hierarch, who influenced Michael. At a military parade while passing by the cathedral, little Michael (who was 13 then) crossed himself, and his classmates laughed at him and mocked him, and he was punished by his officers for the action. However Prince Constantine, who was a benefactor of the school, told them not to punish cadet Michael for with his action he showed deep and healthy religious feelings. In 1914, he completed the military school and wished to continue his studies at the Theological School of Kiev. However, his parents insisted that he go to law school and Michael obeyed them. His classmates observed that he read about the lives of the saints even more than his lessons and yet he was a good student. Time passed and he completed his studies. However, at that time the anti-Christian movement had started to spread in Russia, but Michael had deep faith inside him and he was bold. The ecclesiastic council of Kharkov was discussing whether to take down the silver bell of the church to melt it.

They all agreed to do it. Others were afraid to go against the decision and were getting ready to do this but the saint, together with a few others, disagreed and arrests started. His parents told him to leave and hide but Michael told them: “There does not exist a place where one can hide from the will of God and that without the will of God nothing happens, not even one strand of hair can fall from our heads”. So he was jailed and after a month they set him free. He was then re-arrested and after having determined that he could not care less whether he was free or jailed, they discharged him. Michael lived in a different world and yearned for God. In Continue reading “Condensed biography of Saint John Maximovitch (1896-1966) – July 2”