August 22, 2014

Russian monasticism and the legacy of Communism

The Zenit news service interviews Fr. Peter Mescerinov, vice-director of the Center for the Spiritual Formation of Children and Adolescents of the Moscow Patriarchate, about the "new and enduring challenges of Russian monasticism." ZENIT: What is the reality of these [monastic] communities today? Father Mescerinov: The principal tragedy of our ecclesial life today is the absolute lack of community. There are communities that are born in contrast to the position of the Church in a general sense; however, there are no communities as such as a norm of community life. This is linked no doubt to the Soviet legacy, because in that period every aggregation was regarded with suspicion and in danger of being repressed; in fact, an anti-solidarity instinct has been created in the very conscience of many generations of persons. When people enter the Church today, educated according to this mentality, it is very difficult [for them] to feel and even to understand that it is a … [Read more...]

Cultural Treasures of the Church of Greece

Greek manuscript

Solidarity, the main charity organization of the Church of Greece, has launched "The Cultural Treasures of the Church of Greece," a multimedia site rich with art, architecture, manuscripts and a digital map where these can be sorted by location. The GR Reporter news site says that more than 30,000 Church treasures can be found in the digital map. "The project was one of the dreams of the deceased archbishop Hristodoulos, who started it," it says. The information is presented in Greek, English, and Russian. The site also makes available the Greek Christian Monuments documentary which has beautiful scenes of monasteries, frescoes and other works of art. … [Read more...]