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Father Arseny, 1893-1973

Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

Published by St Vladimirs Seminary Press .
Written in English.

About the Edition

It is one of the great mysteries of life that in atmospheres of the harshest cruelty, a certain few not only survive but emerge as beacons of light and life. Father Arseny, former scholar of church art, became Prisoner No. 18736 in the brutal 'special sector' of the Soviet prison camp system. In the darkness of systematic degradation of body and soul, he shone with the light of Christ's peace and compassion. His sights set on God and his life grounded in the Church, Father Arseny lived by injunction to 'bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:2). This narrative, compiled from accounts of Father Arseny's spiritual children and others whom he brought to God, gives stirring glimpses of his life in prison camp and after his release. It also tells the stories of people whose lives, often during times of almost unimaginable crisis, were touched and transfigured through their connection with Father Arseny. Emerging from the context of the particular tragedies of Soviet Russia, this book carries a universal impact certain to be felt by readers in the West today.

Table of Contents

Translators Foreword
I The Camp
The Prison Camp
The Barracks
The Patients
The Silly Priest
"Stop This!"
A Summons to the Major
Life Goes On
"Where Two or Three Are Gathered in My Name"
"The Fair One"
"O Mother of God! Do Not Abandon Them!"
"Whose Side Are You On, Priest?"
The Confession
"I Will Not Leave You"
A Hard Trek
"I Order You to Stop!"
A Joy
Life Continues
The Interrogation
Major Changes
II The Path
Introduction to Part II
I Remember
Notes of a Woman Named Tatiana
We Meet Again
Letters: Excerpts from the Memoirs of O.S.
Returning from the Past
I Remember
The Journalist
The Musician
Two Steps to the Side
I Am Freezing
The Boots
III Spiritual Children
"O Victorious Leader of Triumphant Hosts!"
Father Matthew
Father Platon Skorino
Mother Maria
O Mother of God, Help Me!
On the Roof
An Admission
A Note
A Panikhida
I Deliver Letters
A Few Sad Thoughts
Pavel Semionovich
A Few Words in Conclusion
Translator's Afterword

The Physical Object

Number of pages
9 x 6 x 1 inches
1 pounds

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