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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mission on the White Continent: Αn Interview with Hieromonk Pavel Gelyastanov - Fr. Pavel Gelyastanov


Mission on the White Continent:

Αn Interview with Hieromonk Pavel Gelyastanov

Fr. Pavel Gelyastanov

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/03/13/mission-on-the-white-continent-an-interview-with-hieromonk-pavel-gelyastanov/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

We often complain about life: Public transport is really annoying… Where are all these people going anyway?… We’ve had enough of this rain… Why is this heat so unbearable?… What do they want me to do anyway? I’m fed up with all this shouting and noise and fuss… We could go on listing the complaints, dreaming about being on our own and how nice it is everywhere else, and in general having a moan and making out we want to get away from it all. But once you are at the end of the earth, suddenly everything is the other way around and you look at the world in a completely new way.

These are the thoughts I had when I met Hieromonk Pavel (Gelyastanov) who had just come back from an obedience of 15 months in the Antarctic. I don’t know if it is correct to call the Antarctic the end of the earth, but it could probably be called the end of the planet or the end of the map. Though, on the other hand, you can’t really see any earth in the Antarctic, rather it’s all ice, snow, water and rocks and Polar birdlife. But on top of this you have the people who are always there, far fewer than the visitors, but they live there in the kingdom of snow for about a year on average: they come from various countries to carry out some special task and then go home. This is why the Antarctic, discovered in 1820 by the Russian explorers Bellingshausen and Lazarev, is called a free country: there are no politics, no economy, no citizenship, no social divisions…

How did Fr. Paul, a monk from the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow, end up there? I tried to find the answer to this question not among the ice, but in Minsk, in our monastery where Father had come to ‘thaw out’ after his very long winter stay.

Tell us, Fr. Paul, how come you went to the Antarctic?

At the request of Archbishop Theognost, the Superior of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Monastery, a decree was issued by his Holiness the Patriarch that I should be sent as a member of the 56th Russian Antarctic Expedition. I arrived there on 3 March 2011 to serve in the Holy Trinity church in

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fr. Paul Sawabe of Japan, the former Samurai (+1913)


JAPAN OF MY HEART


St Nickolas of Japan (+1912)


Fr. Paul Sawabe of Japan, the former Samurai (+1913)

Paul (Pavel) Sawabe was the first Japanese student and catechumen of St. Nicholas of Japan after he had arrived in Hakodate, Japan in 1861. Paul was the first Japanese to embrace Orthodox Christianity and was an ardent disciple of the future St. Nicholas and was an active missionary. Through his efforts the Japanese mission drew many new Christians and in time he became the first Japanese to be ordained to the priesthood.

Takuma Sawabe was born in 1833 in Kochi prefecture. His original name was Yamamoto Kazuma. He was a student, with a cousin, of the samurai art of Ken-do (Japanese swordsmanship) and philosophy. In 1857, while walking off some heavy drinking, Yamamoto ended up with two watches stolen by his cousin, but which he tried to sell. Yamamoto fled to Hakodate to escape the police who had identified him as having stolen the watches. In Hakodate, Yamamoto married the daughter of a Shinto priest named Sawabe. Yamamoto, after marrying the priest's daughter, became an adopted son of the priest and changed his name. Under his new identity Takuma Sawabe did not participate in the Shinto priesthood, but led a group that reverenced the Emperor and demanded expulsion of the foreigners. The Russian Consulate in Hakodate became a target of their plan for assassinations.

One night in 1865, armed with a sword, he confronted the Hieromonk Nicholas with the intent of killing him before he did any preaching. In the exchange of words that followed, Nicholas questioned why Sawabe would kill him without hearing about what Nicholas would have to say. So, Sawabe asked Nicholas to tell him about his Christian religion. As the young missionary talked, his words softened Sawabe's heart, his interest increased, and he began to study the Christian doctrine. Soon, Sawabe was joined by a doctor friend, Sakai Tokurei, in a discussion group. They in turn were joined by two more friends, Urano and Suzuki, and so the group of catechumens grew. They themselves began teaching about Orthodox Christianity to other Japanese people. Yet at this time, the Japanese policy was still to persecute Christians and forbid conversion to Christianity.

Then in April 1868, with the Reader Bissarion Sartoff guarding the consulate office door, Nicholas baptized Sawabe, Sakai, and Urano with the baptismal names for Paul, John, and James respectively. They had become the first Japanese people to accept Orthodox Christianity. With their baptism Paul and his friends went on to preach their new religion more fervently.

As the threat of imprisonment and perhaps even execution increased in the Hakodate area, Hieromonk Nicholas sent Paul and his friends to travel else where in Japan to preach their new faith, but ultimately to gain greater safety for them. Not hearing from Paul for some months, Hieromonk Nicholas was very glad to receive news from Paul of his successes in Sendai, in northern Honshu. In time the opposition to Christianity subsided, and the now Archimandrite Nicholas began to look to expanding his missionary work to Tokyo.

It was Paul Sawabe whom Nicholas sent to Tokyo to review the situation for missionary work in the Tokyo/Yokohoma area and advise him of the potential for such work there. Paul's report was one of optimism, and Paul advised Nicholas to come to Tokyo as soon as possible. So, in late January 1871, Archimandrite Nicholas arrived in Yokohoma and proceeded to Tokyo to set up his headquarters.

Local opposition to Christianity was still present. In February 1872, Paul Sawabe and many of his co-workers in Christ were arrested by the local police in Sendai. The officials were amazed that even among the children their answers to questioning showed a deep conviction to their Christian beliefs. Even though many had not been baptized none changed their position but were strengthened in their faith.

On July 12, 1875, at the second General Council of the Japanese mission, Archimandrite Nicholas decided that there was a need for native clergy, and named Paul Sawabe to be the first priest, and that John Sakai would be a deacon. A month later Bishop Paul of East Siberia came to Hakodate for the first sacraments of the Holy Orders in Japan and ordained the new priest and deacon.

Paul Sawabe continued to service his new faith as his church grew over the following decades. He was to survive his mentor and bishop by a year, dying in 1913.

Source:

Orthodox Wiki

PDF Books & Quotes of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) in 13 Languages


SAINT PAISIOS


PDF Books & Quotes

of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

in 13 Languages

English Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeGg5OGRvU21Sbmc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMVVDZW9FSzhVUjA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQV9VWFNpUkVITE0
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQzJqdVlzSHpqTjg

French Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXYml1Sy1iMk1JMm8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRkxRbzVSZXY0SVU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXNXdyYlNMT1RjUkk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVm5iS2JMU0liZVU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXTllPX3hOUmxFbXc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaTluSnNtbGprd0E
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOEhGQkZsXzdqNTg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVW5tcnRtNjdtc2M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOVY2VGRVcE5jNlU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcVEyN2hQY3ZtMUE

German Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXbHpoTnpkTjZVeGM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOTZ6TjIxd215dUk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVzNvMVZGWDFqLVE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXWGNZUXBETUdLaDQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRlF6RWd3Y21aczA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQmkzMmhTUlZYNms
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMi01TXZCVXY3aDg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXYW9kNmNqR01pNXM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSEkxcVhrZDV2UjQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcE1uS2xjTF9WOEk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXTDBvdWpZaDNsVUk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXYV8tOU9HYzhSVkU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRUpRWXlRbmlIbDQ

Greek Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcnRIY1U1YlIzSEE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXakhyWXRKaWZ2UnM

Spanish Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSU9tVUVMM2tTcGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaUt5ZHpLY3VNVFk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSGJQSURsWUlKbWs

Italian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRHZyOWRLYnc4Z3c
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVERpWkZMSl9iam8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXb2VFNGZiQ2l0c3M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSXFoRnJQbDIzRkk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcXFjdGg2Szk1ZzA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOHNJSkJsdkZFbGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdVlPd0lGY1IxUDA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdG03Z0E4akpNMkU
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXNGdyVktud25Lejg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMDlMcFh5SjNiNUE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQ1FiM1NUSlg5Vnc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdnFyY0w5d1g2LU0
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaTlIMEtLX0prOU0
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQkJHZXJ0NVNtWU0
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXS21fMkpWWTY2dm8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRmhtamhOVUdia2M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXM3R6RVpTaUVJT0U

Persian Book:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXWHctR2xPVHdvSDA

Russian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSFI5cnRDcTdXRUk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUnpPeEY2djVScFE
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRS1Sb2JNYjZGQ00
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc2hyZ0pmMFJpNzA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXbG8zYlJuOUNmdDQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXMkFFcmlxNFI1REk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXQ1VKRE5xSTF0aDQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc2JMaU9tWERZSTQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeUk4RFBrTDQtbGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXX2dkTmNndVdSSzA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc25hVWVYNDNRbjg

Serbian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXZ1BPejkyZ0dWd1U
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXSHJFVkN3OGcyTWM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaVlIbzVhYzEwU2c
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXY1JzT0IxRnlleXc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXVjVMZDVuaEVfZVE

Albanian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcnJ6RkpmSS1kbGc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXOFg1S2Flei16UGM

Arabic Book:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXd0tRdGMzWGsxd0E

Bulgarian Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeko0b1NOSFRsYzg
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXcGptdTRWZGlkdW8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXc1k3RXEtZC1iQkk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXaWdITVpyRDA0Nzg

Turkish Books:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXRlJIVGtJTlFuYWM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXdVBkZVVHN3VQTG8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeVV4SGUzcnRwSjA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjBRVW16eXctbDA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXeTEzMVh1TjFHZzQ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzdlO0t7MOiXUjV2R253c25nNjQ

Source:

http://paisiosekklisaki.blogspot.com