This text initially appeared on a brand new web site concerning the Christian renaissance in Russia, referred to as Russian Religion. Their introductory video is at finish of this text.
St. Anatole the Youthful of Optina (1917)
“There shall be a storm. And the Russian ship shall be smashed to items. However folks could be saved even on splinters and fragments. And never everybody will perish. One should pray, everybody should repent and pray fervently. And what occurs after a storm?
…There shall be a peaceful.’
At this everybody mentioned: ‘However there isn’t a extra ship, it’s shattered to items; it has perished, every part has perished.’
‘It’s not so,’ mentioned Batiushka. ‘An incredible miracle of God shall be manifested. And all of the splinters and fragments, by the desire of God and His energy, will come collectively and be united, and the ship shall be rebuilt in its magnificence and can go by itself approach as foreordained by God.
And this shall be a miracle evident to everybody.” [Orthodox Russia, 1970, no. 1, p. 9].
St. Seraphim of Sarov (+1833)
“Earlier than the beginning of the Antichrist there shall be an ideal, protracted warfare and a horrible revolution in Russia passing all bounds of human creativeness, for the bloodletting shall be most horrible: the rebellions of Ryazan, Pugachev and the French revolution shall be nothing compared with what is going to happen in Russia.
Many people who find themselves trustworthy to the fatherland will perish, church property and the monasteries shall be robbed; the Lord’s church buildings shall be desecrated; good folks shall be robbed of their riches and killed, rivers of Russian blood will circulate…
However the Lord can have mercy on Russia and can deliver her alongside the trail of nice sufferings to glory.”
St. John of Kronstadt (+1908)
“I foresee the restoration of a strong Russia, nonetheless stronger and mightier than earlier than.
On the bones of those martyrs, bear in mind, as on a robust basis, will the brand new Russia we constructed – in keeping with the previous mannequin; robust in her religion in Christ God and within the Holy Trinity! And there shall be, in accordance with the covenant of the holy Prince Vladimir, a single Church!
Russian folks have ceased to know what Rus’ is: it’s the footstool of the Lord’s Throne! The Russian particular person should perceive this and thank God that he’s Russian”.
“The Church will stay unshaken to the tip of the age, and a Monarch of Russia, if he stays trustworthy to the Orthodox Church, shall be established on the Throne of Russia till the tip of the age.”
Elder Aristocles of Moscow (+1918)
“An evil will shortly take Russia, and wherever this evil goes, rivers of blood will circulate. It’s not the Russian soul, however an imposition on the Russian soul. It’s not an ideology, nor a philosophy, however a spirit from hell. Within the final days Germany shall be divided.
France shall be simply nothing. Italy shall be judged by pure disasters. Britain will lose her empire and all her colonies and can come to nearly complete spoil, however shall be saved by praying enthroned ladies. America will feed the world, however will lastly collapse. Russia and China will destroy one another.
Lastly, Russia shall be free and from her believers will go forth and switch many from the nations to God.”
“Now we’re present process the occasions earlier than the Antichrist. However Russia will but be delivered. There shall be a lot struggling, a lot torture. The entire of Russia will turn into a jail, and one should significantly entreat the Lord for forgiveness. One should repent of 1’s sins and worry to do even the least sin, however try to do good, even the smallest. For even the wing of a fly has weight, and God’s scales are precise. And when even the smallest of fine within the cup ideas the stability, then will God reveal His mercy upon Russia.”
St John of Shanhai and San Francisco (1938)
“Shake away the sleep of despondency, O sons of Russia! Behold the glory of her struggling and be purified; wash yourselves out of your sins! Be strengthened within the Orthodox Religion, in order to be worthy to dwell within the dwelling of the Lord and to decide on His holy mountain!
Leap up, leap up, come up, O Russia, you who from the Lord’s arms have drunk the cup of His wrath!
When your struggling shall have ended, your righteousness shall go along with you and the glory of the Lord shall accompany you. The peoples shall come to your gentle, and kings to the shining which shall rise upon you.
Then Carry up your eyes and see: behold your youngsters come to you from the West and the North and the Sea and the East, blessing you in Christ eternally.Amen” [Ibid, p. 94].
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