Faith, experience and manifestation

After a profound spiritual
experience I converted to the
Orthodox Christianity;
the original church.

Afterward I was engaged as
a singer for many years
in the Russian Orthodox Church.

The material is put together by Simon,
picture from the hermitage
in the Swedish forest

"I am the light which has come into the world" St. John 12:45
"I am the light of the world" St. John 8:12
I have put together some of the holy texts from the Christian tradition and drawn spiritual pictures to some of the prayers of the church, and written texts about how I understand the message of Christ from the New Testament as it was practised by the desert fathers and by hesychasts* in Asia Minor, most of the countries included in the Balkan region, Egypt, Russia, Athos in Greece, and today even in the rest of the world.
I find this possibility the highest offer from Christianity to mankind - to experience one's inner truth and timeless identity. This identity is the same for all beings. Christ indicates Himself - the light in your heart - as your identity, and mean: be who you were baptized to be, be who you in TRUTH and ETERNITY are, and seek this eternal truth in the depth of yourself. "...God created man in His own image..."
Genesis 1:27 "God said: 'Let there be light" Genesis 1:3.
Lord Jesus said: "You, then, are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." St Matthew 5:48 This perfection is resting and accessible in each one of us individual christians, and is possible to experience, to identify oneself with and to realize; our true being - CHRIST within man.

* Hesychasm - (from the Greek word hesykia - conscious resting in God) Christian orthodox asceticism using the inner, incessant Jesus prayer, "the prayer of the heart", together with particular breathing exercises, to overcome one's lower, self-centred nature and regain identity with God.

Holy father
of Radonesh,
the national saint
of Holy Russia


My profound spiritual experience

"I am the light which has come into the world" St. John 12:45, "I am the light of the world" St. John 8:12

The Transfiguration of Christ
This is an attempt to describe my experience of the radiating light from God.
I read in the fifth book of Moses 4:9-
”Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; (10) Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God…”
Therefore I write the following; when taking my daily rest at the afternoon at my 33rd year of life I experienced someone calling me by name. I got up and looked around both inside and outside the house I was living in, but there was noone to see, still I knew that this calling came
from within myself! After some time I heard the same voice calling my name again, now two times in whereupon the voice said ”I am Lux”! ….. Hesitative I wrote these words on a piece of paper and found later at the library that ”Lux” means ”light”. I wept quietly and knew that this had to do with the Truth and Reality of God. (Later in life Christ’s teaching when saying: "I am the light which has come into the world"…"I am the light of the world" came to mean the utmost to me.)
Again some time passed and suddenly I experienced a whole night of dreams and visions about what I had experienced earlier in life, and about life in all, and just before dawn and awakening I was standing “among mountains at the very egde of the earth where the absolute darkness and silence of eternity began”. At a meadow nearby holy men in white cloths were sittting around a table, but my intense attention and longing desired what was hiding in this total darkness of eternity. The day came and went, and at falling to sleep I was in the same situation and at the same place as the night before. Suddenly I hear the voice calling my name from the darkness, now three times, and then a bright, radiant, intense light rise above me intensifying. Within this light a bright shining man with white cloths is standing. I fell to the ground with reverence and amazement. I didn’t understand what I was experiencing, though I had a feeling that this would get unexpected consequences in my life….. For some time I was unsure of how to relate to this experience. I saw light around me, often so intense that my normal eye sight ceased for a while and I saw nothing but light.
Once again I was at the library and I searched among books about different religions, I was at that time since long done with christianity as I knew it through the poor religiousness of the Swedish lutheran church, the orthodox church were still unknown to me, but I had a good relation to the catholic christianity through a catholic monk, whom I used to visit in his monastery. I stand in the library, suddenly holding a picturebook in my hands from the monk republic Athos in Greece looking at a page where I see an icon of ”the Transfiguration of Christ”, and immediately recognize this sight from my own experience the other night, this I had experienced, ”the Transfiguration of Christ”. At the next page was a wonderful text about how God can let humans experience Him in and through this light. I knew that this was true, and that this was what I had experienced, and understood that this divine wisdom is treasured by the hesycasts of the orthodox church. The orthodox church! I started to get myself aquainted through reading books. I got a culture scholarship and went to the former Soviet Union to visit monasteries and churches, among them St Sergius’ relics at the holy Trinity monastery. It was on Metropolitan of Moscow’s advise I went there, he said: ”fall on your knees by the relics of St Sergius and pray for anything your heart desires and it will be given to you”, I did so, and it was given to me. Therefore I choosed the name Simon, from the Hebrew name Symeon, which means ”he whos prayers have been answered”, when I converted to the orthodox faith.
I saw light, read the instructions of the holy fathers, and went to St Anna’s orthodox congregation on their different services in Swedish, and there I was taken up into the holy orthodox church through confession and myrrh chrism.
I longed intensely to also see this Divine light manifested in a revelation
outside myself, and I searched for years a place looking like the one I had experienced in my vision at night. On a grey day in February when walking on the ice of a lake I saw a bright light on top of the mountain by the shore. I looked intensely at this place, heading straight towards it. Getting there I felt that this was my choosen spiritual place for prayer. I cut some birch twigs, brought them home, cut small pieces, and thread them on to a tarred string, which I used as a prayer rope out on that mountain. I went there at dawn every morning during a long period and prayed the Jesus prayer according to the ”art of arts”, which is particularly described in the book “The Way of a Russian Pilgrim” . After that I let the prayer continue by itself inside of me together with breath and heart in my prayer life before the holy face of God.
All this culminateed after some more years when
I was brought into this great and intense fire, and I can’t find no words to describe what I was experiencing there. Just absolute fire, like in a stove, that noone normally would survive. When I was let out of it I was convinced that noone would recognize me after this experience, but to my great surprise was there no change to see, though I was aware of how I had been enclosed in a fire that did not burn me.
In these experiences I am now deeply rooted, and I know that everything else is not reliable, while these experiences have a totally different, spiritual and for me eternal value.
(There is two different traditions within the church, one of them warn for different kinds of light experiences. That my experiences of fire and light, and of a voice calling my name and telling His own name to me would be caused by darkness with an evil intent seems to me completely unthinkable since all these experiences have led me back to christianity and given me a deeper understanding of it and made me convinced about its eternal truth, reality and happiness.
There is also another opposite tradition where among holy fathers God is being praised as Light and partaken of God’s uncreated energies and rejoicing over the Spiritual secrets of life and God being everywhere present and filling all things with His wonderful light and life. I deeply trusting join this later tradition.)
Kind reagrds from Simon ”he whos prayers have been answered”

The Birth of Jesus

Common Greek Christmas icon

Christmas Day, the 25th of December, fall in most of the orthodox countries, according to the Julian church calendar,
on the 7th of January, 13 days later.

The Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ
The Troparion

"Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,

hath shown forth upon the world the light of wisdom;

for at it those that worshipped the stars were taught, by a star,

to adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness

and to know Thee, the Orient from on high

O Lord, glory to Thee"




“The Orthodox conception of Church is based on the primary idea, that Jesus Christ founded only one and visible Church. He gave it the power to announce His truth to the end of time
(…). According to the Orthodox conviction this one Church is just 'the Orthodox Church'. Because it is the very one, which (…) has preserved the unbroken line from the apostles. This Church is according to apostle Paul 'the body of Christ', which has only one authority Lord Jesus Christ Himself. What makes the Church to one unity is the same, true confession to Him and the uniform, sacramental and spiritual life in Him.”
Translation from the Swedish book "Den ortodoxa kyrkan" (the Orthodox Church) by Christoffer Klasson



“After some time a part of the Christian organization made an addition to the confession
(…), and added some other new precepts and usages in Church without first hearing the whole congregation. Instead the bishop in Rome was appointed Pope, who alone was in authority to decide in important doctrines, which concerned the whole Church. In this way a departure from the apostolic principle of solidarity was made. Gradually the gap was enlarged, to the unavoidable separation between the orthodox eastern and the western part of the catholic Christian organization, which had appointed the Pope. The separation was therefore a fact in 1054.”
Translation from the Swedish book “Grekisk-ortodox tro- och livssyn”, literally "Greek orthodox faith and wiev of life" by Tito Colliander

“The eastern (the Orthodox) Church doesn’t except any additions or renounces from the given form of the contents of the Christian faith; the truth is one and eternal and indivisible. Accordingly must the Church strive to carefully preserve the truth of Christianity and to express it without deviation.”
Translation from the Swedish book “Grekisk-ortodox tro- och livssyn”, literally "Greek orthodox faith and view of life" by Tito Colliander


“The Orthodoxy lay claim to be global – not exotic or oriental, but simply Christianity. The word 'orthodoxy' has the double meaning 'right faith' and 'right worshipping'. Therefore the claim of the orthodox’ may seem surprisingly high. They consider their Church the Church, which preserves and teaches the true faith in God, worshipping Him in the right way. It’s no less than the Church of Christ on earth.”
Translation from the Swedish version of “The Orthodox Church” by Timothy (Kallistos) Ware




January 19 (6)

The Baptism of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ

When in the Jordan Thou wast baptized, O Lord,
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest:
for the voice of the Parent bare witness unto Thee,
calling Thee His beloved Son,
and the Spirit, in the vision of a dove,
confirmed the certainty of the word.
Thou that hast appeared, O Christ our God, and dost enlighten the world,
Glory to Thee.


The first saint in Sweden

St. Anna of Novgorod

The National saint of Sweden

February 23 (10)


"Having shone forth from the West like a star of heavenly radiance,
thou wast vouchsafed to receive the Orthodox Faith;
and having brought forth right glorious fruit for the Russian land therein,
O holy right-believing Princess Anna, thou didst love Christ with all thy heart,
keeping His statutes and laws.
Wherefore, celebrating thy most holy memory today,
through thy supplications we receive remission of sins."

Ingegerd Olofsdotter was born around year 1001; she was daughter to Olof Skötkonung, the first christened Swedish king, who was baptized year 1008. She was married to Grand Duke Jaroslav of Novgorod/Kiev, with whom she gave birth to 10 children. She was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church and given then name St. Anna of Novgorod. St. Anna died year 1050 as Grand Duchess of Kiev. Her day of celebration is the 23rd of February.
There is a small town in Sweden, Eskilstuna, where there is a Swedish Orthodox church called after St. Anna where she is revered as the Swedish national saint.

Further reading:

"Viking Princess, Christian saint", by Rune Edberg, translated by Mrs Theodosia Tomkinson,
published by Sigtuna Museum in Sweden



3rd Sunday of Great Lent

Adoration of the Holy Cross





Russian Easter

The resurrection of nature – Life is stronger than death

"Every spring the Russians are witnesses to the resurrection of nature. After half a year of lifeless stillness the life is returning to the Russian country. With victory fanfares the rivers and lakes are breaking the ice, which has kept them captivated for several long months. Grass and flowers can during only one night spring forth on the ground, which has for 1ong been covered with a thick, white mantle; the birds begin to sing, the air is seasoned with scents, and humans and animals are feeling enlivened and as if born again. Life has once again proved to be stronger than death. … Through centuries have in Russia not only a few pious humans, but the nation as a whole prised and thanked God for the Resurrection of Christ. The Easter night’s service is an experience, which has no parallel in the religious life of other countries."
Text translated from the Swedish book "Den Ortodoxa kyrkan", (literally "The Orthodox Church"), by Nicolas Zernov

Lent - the time of fasting
"Lent begins in the East on a Sunday night, which is called the Sunday of Forgiveness. After Evensong the priest solemnly asks his parishioners to pardon all his shortcomings and offences, and they in return ask him to forgive them. Then the members of the congregation address a similar request to each other, and the same thing is done afterwards at home. Thus, reconciled with everybody, Christians of the East enter upon the period of fasting and mortification. Lent makes a profound impression upon the life of all Church members; their food is altered, their Church services, music, and vestments are radically changed. The rules of fasting are severe: meat, fish, milk and eggs are forbidden for seven weeks: the services are long and mournful, and include many prostrations. It is a time of purification, and reparation for evils committed in the past.
Eastern Christians choose usually one of the weeks of Lent for what is called in Russian Govenie. There is no corresponding word in English; Govenie means a period of self-examination, prayer and fasting, which ends with confession and communion. A person who starts Govenie I expected to spend his time as in retreat, though he usually remains at home. He attends all the daily services; he fasts rigorously, reads books of spiritual edification, gives alms, and seeks reconciliation with those with whom he has quarrelled. Govenie usually lasts for a week and it involves real bodily privation. The Lenten services take at least five hours a day, and regular attendance means standing or prostrating oneself for the whole of that period. If Holy Week is chosen for Govenie, this involves even longer hours spent in church. The severity of bodily mortification is, however, mitigated by the supreme beauty of the Lenten services, by their unique dramatic quality, and by their musical appeal. Some of the highest achievements of religious poetry and music are found in the hymns of Holy Week, and many of the more lax Christians who only seldom go to church, choose this time, since it is difficult to remain unmoved by the power and beauty of the Lenten worship."




"He endured the Crucifixion,

He hath destroyed death by death"

St John; verses 17-20



Orthodox Easter

"Lent ends abruptly on Easter Eve, the greatest feast of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The midnight service has often been described, for it has no parallel in the experience of other Churches. Matins begins by a procession, which leaves the church, goes round the building and returns singing the triumphant hymn “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tomb bestowing life.” Each worshipper procures beforehand a candle, and as soon as the procession starts the first candle is lit, its bearer then lighting that of his neighbour, and so on until the whole church is a blaze of light and warmth. There is no reading, and everything is sung to what seem almost like dance tunes, and the whole service is full of movements, life and joy. At its close the priest greets each parishioner with the threefold Eastern kiss, and the same greeting is exchanged between the members of the congregation. On their return home the Russian Christians have their Easter meal, with its special dishes served only for that feast.
Easter Sunday is unlike any other day in the year. There is no service in the morning, all ordinary customs and habits are brushed aside, and instead of usual greetings, everyone is welcomed with the words “Christ is risen”, and the Easter kiss is exchanged with everybody that one meets.
Because of the glory bestowed upon human nature by our Lord’s victory over death, Russian Christians do not kneel in church during the period between Easter and Pentecost. Easter is the culminating point of the whole Church’s year; all other Sundays are mere stepping-stones leading up to that unique day, and they are all therefore dedicated to the commemoration of the Resurrection. In fact, the Russian word for Sunday is “Resurrection”."
Text from "The Church of the Eastern Christians" by Nicolas Zernov.

Picture from the book "Kniga o tserkvi" (The book about church), published by Palomnik Moscow -98.






“The day of Resurrection!
Let us be illuminated, o ye people!”
“The fest of feasts and the triumph and triumphs – the Holy Easter. The Orthodox churches are filled with worshippers. All are received by the Risen Christ and the Holy Church gives everyone a chance to partake of the great feast of faith.
The entire Earth celebrates and rejoices at the Resurrection of Christ. Everyone who comes to Easter service, seeking the Risen Christ after the manner of the myrrhophores, puts on his best festal garments. Easter the beautiful…
”Now are all things filled with light”. The light of the Holy Easter penetrates the darkness of night and that night itself is called 'radiant'. The light of candles filling the crowded church, the light of quiet paschal joy illuminating the faces of the congregation, the sunshine of the first Easter morning, the glittering vestments of the clergy in the Easter procession…

‘O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?’

Christ is risen,
and life reigneth!

Text from the Moscow Patriarcate Journal


"Christ is risen from the dead

trampling Death by death

and to those in the tombs

He hath granted Life!"

St John; 20:1-24


Ascension into Heaven
40 days after Easter

"And I will send out upon you what was promised by My Father. But you wait here in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.'
Then He conducted them out as far as Bethany and, raising His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them He was parted from them and taken up into heaven. They worshipped Him and went back to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were constantly in the temple, praising God."

St Luke 24:49-53



10 days after Ascension into Heaven


"If you love Me,
keep My commands,
and I shall ask the Father and He will give you another Helper
to stay with you forever, the Spirit of Truth
whom the world cannot receive, because it neither perceives nor understands Him.
You know Him, for He remains with you and will be within you.
I shall not leave you as orphans; I shall come to you.
In a little while the world no longer see Me; but you will see Me, for I live, and you, too, will live.
In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me and I in you.
He who has my orders and observes them loves Me,
and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father.
I, too, shall love him and show Myself to him.

St John 14:15-21


"I am a beam of the light of truth"


"Solitaire, not involved with the world,
he is constantly communicating with God alone.
Seing he is seen, loving he is beloved,
light, unspeakable gleaming, he has become."
Simeon the new teologian


Newly writter prayer about the putity of the soul through the Holy Spirit;
Release O Lord our suffering world, from the deeds of the darkness,
Let the light of truth shine into all mankind, and preserve the purity of our souls through the Holy Spirit.





The Jesus prayer;
”Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me!”

About sanctification

"Blessed art Thou, O Lord;
teach me Thy statutes.
The Choir of the Saints have found the Fountain of Life
and the door to Paradise.
May I also find the right way,
through repentance and conversion,
I have failed in my life;
Call me, O Saviour, and save me."

”God, how wonderful You are in Your saints.”


These are two texts of many of the hymns of the Orthodox Church. The spiritual meaning of these texts indicates that one who is baptized to Christ by free will and consciously should purify himself from worldly habits and let himself become sanctified. Since the Baptism often is performed 40 days after the birth of the child, it is the godparents duty to make sure that this turning to Christ and identifying with Him is done. The christened child ought to learn listening to the inner, through the Baptism active Christ-identity, and in this way practise to realize God’s will in her life. By man being a true expression of God’s holiness, God can once again recognize His Creation through Christ within man, just like He once created man for His Paradise. This is the only way to be able to pronounce with apostle Paul:

“...nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me..." Galatians 2:20

“Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness...” St. Matthew 6:33 by letting the searching and listening permeate your everyday life, since “...the kingdom of God is within you” St. Luke 17:21, and one cannot imagine a kingdom of God without the presence of God. So if the kingdom of God is within man there must be a God longing to express Himself through the man every day. This God, through Lord Christ, is the true nature and eternal identity of man.
When this process is accomplished, and the Christian has annihilated his original sin of Adam, for the sake of Lord Christ, he is sanctified. Through the sanctified man this is how it can be done in a wonderful way “...in earth as it is in heaven...” St. Matthew 6:10.
This is how Lord Christ can return to earth individually through each one who does not only believe in Him, but let Him be born (the secret of Advent and Christmas) and realized in his life. God has then become everything in the man, and the man has fulfilled the purpose of life - i.e. God's purpose with man. This way God's image - man himself - has carried out God's dream about the rehabilitation of Paradise on earth.

Man was created in God's image, to be Him alike in every matter. He is born with the original sin of Adam, the first Adam’s disobedience to God, which Lord Jesus Christ removed when He let Himself be born into this world, through His teaching, and by giving His life – for us to convert and become an expression of Him and His holiness.
Everyone who is baptized is baptized to identify himself with and be like Him in every way, and in this manner let oneself be sanctified. When this purification is complete the God is, present in His kingdom in the heart of man, totally uncovered and apparent to the world and man has become a radiant image of God, who is the Life, cause and purpose of the world and all beings.
Someone who has made this renouncement and dedication of his life is called a saint in the Orthodox church - a sanctified human being through whom Lord Christ again can be recognized and revered. “Each one of us is called to be a Saint.”*
The church, times of fasting, asceticism and the Jesus Prayer, the prayer of the heart, are all tools to help us reach this gaol.

*Father Damascene, Russian monk, from “The orthodox Word” no. 221, page 277. Se also “The Saints lives in Christ”, page 262.


God said:
...Let there be light, and there was light.
Genesis 1:3

Lord Jesus said:
”I am the Light which has come into the world”
St. John 12:45

”I am the Light of the world...”
St. John 8:12


Remembrance as a consequence of your christening;
”Christ shines as a radiant light deep inside of me”

This light came fully to expression through Lord Jesus from Nazareth at
”The transfiguration on the mount Tabor”

and at the




The Seven Holy Sacraments (The Mysteries)

Baptism to Christ.
Unction with Chrizm (Confirmation).
Holy Orders (Priesthood), only for married men or monks.
Matrimony between woman and man.
Unction with oil (Extreme Unction).



"Meditations on the Divine Liturgy"

Nikolai Gogol

This book is printed by Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York.

Holy Trinity Monastery
P.O. Box 36
Jordanville, NY 13361
Tel: (315) 858 0940


(The Divine Liturgy is written by Johannes Chrysostomos. He was born year 347 in Antioch, Asia Minor, and died the 14th of December year 407. He was first working in Antioch in Syria, but in year 398 he became a patriarch in Constantinople.)

Picture from the book "Kniga o tserkvi" (The book about church), published by Palomnik Moscow -98.




"You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with your whole mind"
Deuteronomy 6:5, St Mattew 22:37

"You shall love your neighbour as yourself"
Leviticus 19:18, St Mattew 22:39


Holy fathers
Sergej and German
of Valamo monastery, Karelia
Day of celebration; July 11 (June 28)

"Like shining stars You rose above our Northern dark sky.
With the light of faith and sacred struggle,
You lit our country and taught us how to pray appropriate to God,
and to listen only for Him, and to serve Him with work and with hymns.

REJOICE, founders of Valamo monastery
REJOICE, fathers of Christ followers
REJOICE, You who preach conversion and improvement in our lives
REJOICE, You who did rise as examples in the struggle against the temptations
REJOICE, You who guide to the secret of God's Kingdom
REJOICE, You counsellors to the presence of Christ
REJOICE, You blessed fathers Sergej and German"

A part of the akatist

The Mother of God

The icon, which Father Serafim prayed, lived and reposed in front of.


"We remain created beings but can still come to unity with God, like Christ in His taking shape as a human throughout the incarnation preserved His divine nature. The created and perishable world is filled with God's creating force, like an uncreated and eternal light; the everywhere present God."



Holy father Serafim
of Sarov

Days of celebration; August 1 (19 July)
and January 15 (2)

The Troparion
Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one
and longing to work for Him alone
thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labour.
With penitent heart and great love for Christ
thou wast favoured by the Mother of God.
Wherefore we cry to thee:
Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim our righteous Father.




“The light of Christ”

“To receive and behold in the heart the light of Christ, one must, as far as possible, divert one’s attention away from visible objects. Having purified the soul beforehand by repentance and good deeds, and with faith in the Crucified, having closed the bodily eyes, immerse the mind within the heart, in which place cry out with the invocation of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; and then, to the measure of one’s zeal and warmth of spirit toward the Beloved, a man finds in the invoked name a delight which awakens the desire to seek higher illumination.

When through such a practice the mind enters into the heart, the light of Christ shines, illuminating the chamber of the soul by its Divine radiance, as the Prophet Malachi says: ‘But unto you that fear My name, the Sun of justice shall arise (Mal. 4:2)’.
The light is likewise life, according to the word of the Gospel: ‘In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (St. John 1:4)’.

When a man beholds the eternal light interiorly, his mind is pure and has in it no sensory representations, but, being totally immersed in contemplation of uncreated goodness, he forgets everything sensory and wishes not even to see himself; he desires rather to hide himself in the heart of the earth, if only he be not deprived of this true good – God.”
Text from "Spiritual Instructions of St. Serafim of Sarov", printed by Saint Herman of Alaska brotherhood, Platina, California 1978


"I shall not leave you as orphans; I shall come to you. In a little while the world no longer see Me; but you will see Me, for I live, and you, too, will live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me and I in you. He who has my orders and observes them loves Me, and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I, too, shall love him and show Myself to him."
St John 14:18-21



Russian icon


The Light of God


the Transfiguration of Christ

August 19 (6)

This light belongs to the non-created divine reality, but is for those blessed by God something fully possible to experience and literally see, be a part of,
and even become an expression of.


"Spiritual beauty as the criterion of truth of the Orthodox Church in
Pavel Florensky’s
'The Pillar and Ground of the Truth"

"The spiritual beauty can only accrue to the ascetic*, the one absolutely pure in heart. Only the ascetic can be transparent so that the radiant beauty of the Trinity God can shine through him."


"Why is the asceticism necessary? It removes the veil of the sin, makes the heart pure: 'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God'. It restores the human being to her origin as the image of God, radiant with beauty. It makes community with God, and uniting with the whole creation possible, prepares the coming of the Holy Spirit, that crowns the ascetic with beauty."
" What characterizes, according to Florensky, the beauty itself? 'Beauty, as a certain manifestation or disclosure of that which is objective, is essentially connected with light, for everything is precisely light. (…) Thus if beauty is precisely manifestation and manifestation is precisely light, then I repeat, beauty is light, and light is beauty. Absolute light is absolutely beautiful. It is Love in its perfection (…).'
Florensky, who worked in the Russian religious environment where the hesychasm was common, names it of course as the light of Tabor. It is the light of the Trinity God, The light of Truth, lit in the world with the birth of Jesus.

The whole liturgy and a great number of hymns testify about this, he points out, and adds that the holy liturgy where created by deeply spiritual people with experience of the light of God. The light is in itself beautiful, yet it makes everything illuminated beautiful. The light of Tabor transforms the body of the saint and makes it radiant."

"From the ascetic the veil caused by sin is removed, so that he is able to see the original, undestroyed, perfect creation – which Florensky calls Sofia** - radiant beautiful. Therefore he loves everything created: the human being and her physical body, the animals, nature and cosmos. He finds himself full of burning love for all living beings, and with an intensive compassion to them, he cannot stand any harm or pain being inflicted on anything created."

"The pure-hearted man has through asceticism restored the image of God from within, and has become a reflection of the radiant beauty of God."

"With their radiant beauty the great ascetics, saints and starets reveal the “true church”, the mystery of the life of church."

* Asceticism – methodical practising to overcome one’s lower self-centred nature to regain identity with God.

** (Teo) Sofia – (God’s) wisdom.

Extract from a research work of Anna Smidhammar, who also has translated the book “Salt of the earth”, of Pavel Florensky, into Swedish.




Picture from the book "Kniga o tserkvi" (The book about church), published by Palomnik Moscow -98.

"The Orthodox Church tries to give its members a definite view of life. One can sometimes hear people say it’s passive and ignorant of the world; but that is a misunderstanding of the essence and doctrine (teaching) of the Orthodox Church. The Church doesn’t reject this world – it is in a living way engaged with it, and invite it’s members to take part in the subjects for rejoicing. The priests‘ home life, with their often large families, the large and well-tended estates of the Russian monasteries and convents, and the starets'* awake interest in the actual problems of the people looking for their guidance, the official services including all human life and work, and the blessing the Church gives to all kinds of food except for meat – all these things show how well the Church recognize the goodness of all created and gladly participate in all gifts of life upon earth."
Translation from the Swedish “Den ortodoxa kyrkan” of Nicolas Zernov, p. 111.

* Starets – Spiritually experienced and conscious guide in spiritual matters.

Dear sisters and brothers
in Christ

I have participated in meals in congregations and in monasteries where priests or managers have requested blessings in the name of Lord Jesus Christ over food consisting parts of animals of all sorts. When we today are very well informed about the condition in slaughter-houses, chicken factories and pig farms etc. etc. etc. how can one even think that a merciful and loving Creator and Father of all beings would bless this infernal treatment man gives these innocent and suffering animals for no other reason than keeping up mans lower and sinful character. Man's richest, and from God Himself given, nourishment is to find among vegetables in the wonderful nature, where crops does not just contain everything man needs for his physical life, but is also called "food for health".

One could not imagine slaughter-houses, terrible roaring with agony of death, or the smell of blood in God's Paradise! This kingdom of God that we are invited to seek and manifest first of all, to make it come true we pray "...Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven..." St. Matthew 6:10. How will this ever happen on earth if we don't let God's will be realized in our lives?

The interest for vegetarian food increases today rapidly among young people defending the rights of animals and man to a worthy life, while many Christians still live as meat-eaters of no other reason than their habit.

There should be two different tables for the social gathering in churches and monasteries, one for vegetarian food, that are to be blessed*, and another table for other food.
The congregations and churches, monasteries and convents should exemplary emphasize reverence for the holiness of all beings and the whole creation and set good examples in compassion, mercy, and righteousness in their following and loving of Lord Jesus Christ.

Kind regards in Christ
from your brother

* "...the blessing the Church gives to all kinds of food except for meat..." Translation form the Swedish "Den ortodoxa kyrkan" (The orthodox Church) by Nicolas Zernov

The gospel of St. Luke 5
33. "And they said unto Him, 'Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but Thine eat and drink?' And He said unto them, 'Can ye make the children of the bride chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days." (i.e. eversince the first Easter.)

"Junk food for the soul"

By archbishop Lazar

Junk food is by artificial means flavoured and coloured, exceedingly sweetened and to a great extent habit-forming. It is harmful to the physical and mental health and the consumption of it counteract or even puts the beneficial and healthy nutrition out of order. Recently it was shown in the movie “Supersize me” (a film which runs down Mc Donalds) that junk food even causes diabetes.
The television is an almost exact spiritual equivalent to junk food. Almost all the content of the programs is uneducated and not nutritious, the opposite to sound mental health, and is full of values that are in opposition to a sound and healthy community. The lifestyle and the ideal presented there is artificial, corrupted and unpleasant. Besides the television is highly habit-forming.
Even cartoons intended especially for children contain cruel, aggressive and violent actions, that later is reflected in the behaviour of children in the schools and in playing. It is repeatedly shown in experiments done by University of British Columbia (Canada) and in studies and examinations in United States and in Europe, that TV-watching gives rise to negative ideal and pattern of behaviour in young people and that children tend to accept TV’s versions of life and behaviour as acceptable models.
TV’s commercial, which is designed to increase and make money out of the desire of every human, is very popular among children. Repeatedly we have seen that televisions commercial have a great effect not just on children’s senses, that are easily influenced, but also on many grown-ups. This commercial seems to start, build up, increase and then use all sorts of lusts and cravings.
If one would scrutinize the moral content of the TV-programmes, including cartoons for children and the commercial, one would realize that they are in complete opposition to Orthodox Christian ideal. When knowing this, please take a moment and compare the number of hours both children and adults spend under the influence of TV with the time they spend in church, praying and reading the Scriptures and other spiritual edifying books. Apparently the dark influence by satan and his ideal is established in our children’s lives in an early age and in our home.
This problem is often associated with the sad fact that many parents, who is proud of their TV set, at the same time is ashamed of the icon of our Saviour. The TV set is placed on an obvious place, almost a place of honour, in our homes and the icon corner does not exist at all; and if there is icons, they are taken away from the headroom, not to “cause embarrassment”.
Many parents, who allow their children to watch TV for hours, do not spend so much as ten minutes together with their children in prayer in front of the icons. The Saviour and His saints is embarrassing, they are not very welcome, while the Evil One’s liturgy, which is daily performed on TV, gets a place of great honour by the family members. The family who would never think of reading together about the lives of saints or the Scriptures, can eat in front of the TV, just like the pagans did share their celebrations with the idols; and often do these families also neglect to bless the food before eating it.
Later will the parents in those families be sorry for the lack of moral and spiritual standard of their children. How often do you read about the lives of the saints to your children? How much time do your family spend together in prayer in front of the icons? How often can your children see an icon of the Saviour or saints in your home? On the other hand, how much time do they spend with violent, aggressive and cruel cartoons? How much time do they spend with loud-voiced, aggressive, sensual and unmoral anti heroes on the TV?
No one is foolish enough to be of the opinion that a physical and mental healthy child can grow up if he eats more junk food, or even the same amount as healthy, natural and nutritious food. Why would anyone be that foolish and suggest that one can raise an emotional, mental and spiritual healthy child with spiritual junk food?
The television, as much as any other thing invent by humans, have been dedicated the demon of greedy and enviousness and it is manipulated especially for the purpose to increase and take advantage of every humans lust and cravings. Even the sporadic “proper” programmes are more then well compensated by commercials made to satisfy and gormandize on human cravings.
Some people say, for excellent reasons, that it is better to have a TV set at home where the watching can be controlled then to let one’s child watch TV somewhere else under uncontrolled conditions. There is great truth in this. But take a moment and ask yourself if your TV takes precedence over your icon corner, if TV takes the greater part in your children’s lives in relation to Christ. Do you feed your children with spiritual food, or spiritual junk food? Knowing that every parent is to be held responsible before everyone’s Judge about how they have raised their children, should be enough to make them take a moment and seriously reflect on this question, even though the parent’s decision alone is not enough to solve the problem.

Translation from a swedish text. Originally from Canadian Orthodox Message, which is published by OCA’s episcopate in Canada.
Father Lazar Puhalo is a retired archbishop in Ottawa in Canada.



Protection of the Mother of God
everywhere invisibly present

"Let us with hymns (and by a righteous and worthy life) praise the Mother of God and the Mother of Light."

Day of celebration; October 14 (1)



"Behold the life of innocent Adam in Eden"
Holy Pavel of Obnora
in peaceful company with the wild animals in the forest.


"The instruction
of starets Paisij Velitchkovsky, that monks should not eat meat"

(This should include all who are baptized to Christ, who are invited to live the holy life of Paradise through Christ. Our remark)

St. Paisij Velitchkovsky,
Put together and translated Philokalia into the Slavonic language

Day of celebration; Novmber 28 (15)

O Paisij, the joy of Russia, the boast of Athos and the wonder of Moldavia, by thy divinely inspired teaching, thou dost direct us to the found of wisdom and salvation. And now enjoying in heaven the vision of Christ God, entreat Him to grant us His great mercy, and save our souls.

"Starets Paisij sent his disciples from Secu to Bucharest in order to study the Greek language. To two such disciples...the elder wrote a letter of warning because they were being persuaded, with the blessing of a bishop, to eat meat. The elder wrote to them thus:

'It seems to me that, in accordance with the correct understanding and ordinance of the Holy Orthodox Church, one should not obey even an Angel in this matter. After the Flood the Lord, because of human weakness, permitted the eating of meat, but the order of monastic life corresponds to the life in Paradise, where there was no eating of meat. And although at the beginning of monastic life there was in places a falling away from this order, especially in large cities, nevertheless St. Sabbas the Sanctified confirmed the non-eating of meat; and such become the general order in all lands. Therefore, one cannot say that the non-eating of meat is only a local custom; and this cannot be left to the free choice of everyone, and it is not true that abstaining from meat harms the health. One should not be put under constraint by those who eat meat, but one must please God rather than men; and those who tempt you, when they see your firmness, will themselves praise you.' The Elder referred his disciples to the work of the Elder Basil of Merlopolyany on the monastic tradition of not eating meat,* and reminded them that the brethren of the monastery and the desert-dwellers would be scandalized and grieved if they knew that these brothers had begun to eat meat.**"


"* Slavonic text of this work in the Optina Life of Blessed Paisij, pp. 134-157.

** This paragraph is from Chetverikov, vol. II, pp. 45-46."

Text from "Little Russian Philokalia, vol. IV: St Paisij Velitchkovsky", page 145.


“You, then, are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect

St. Matthew 5:48

Genesis 1:26 "And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..."

1:27 "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."

1:29 "And God said; 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."



From “the Orthodox Word” no. 162, page 48.

"Teaching from the Bishop Ioan, hermit and hesychast* in the mountains at the Agaia monestary in Moldavia.

About the importance of the food for the true christian

In the Karpat Mountains in Moldavia bishop Ioan lived around the 1940’s, as a hermit. Father Theodulus, who was
confessor at the Agapia monestary at that time, met this hermit some times up among the mountains, when
wandering on the path between the Agapia and the Sihastria monasteries. His stories about his meetings with
the bishop and hermit, is to read in the book “Spiritual conversations with Romanian Elders”.

In one of these conversations father Ioan was teaching among other things about the vital importance of food
for the true practising christian.
This is how the great hesychast* give the food different kinds of qualities;

A. Carnivores, who always eat meat. These are in the lowest degree of fasting, even if they sometimes restrain themselves from food. They are never able to advance in prayer.

B. Lacto-vegetarians, who never eat meat, but only milk, cheese, eggs, and all kinds of boiled vegetables.
These are in the second degree of fasting, which is kept by monks in coenobitic monasteries and, very rarely by laymen.

C. Vegetarians, who eat only vegetables and boiled or raw legumes. This arrangement forms the third degree of fasting, and the most zealous monks of the common life keep it.

From here on begin the strictest degrees of fasting, which are usually kept by hesychast monks
and the most ascetic desert-dwellers.

D. Fruit-eaters, who eat bread and uncooked fruits once a day, without otherwise ever tasting food. He who attains this degree of fasting is able to master his body and thoughts without difficulty and can advance rapidly on the path of prayer.

E. Cereal-eaters comprise the fifth degree of fasting. To this degree belong monks – especially hesychasts* and
desert-dwellers – who eat once a day only black bread, cereals, and soaked (sprouted) grains of wheat, corn, millet, lentils, beans, peas, etc.

F. Dry food is the sixth degree of monastic fasting, which is usually attained only by the most zealous desert-dwellers. Those who live in this harsh asceticism eat only dried bread soaked in water, with salt or a little vinegar, once a day and by measure. This is how the hesychasts of the Nile valley lived.

G. Divine food or manna is the last and highest degree of monastic fasting, which is attained by very few ascetics after prolonged asceticism, being strengthened by the grace of the Holy Spirit. These are satisfied with the Most Pure Mysteries alone, that is, with the Body and Blood of Christ, which they receive once or twice a week, without tasting anything else but water only.
'After difficult temptation and asceticism, and by the grace of God, I have come to be satisfied with the Most Pure Mysteries alone, and no longer feel hunger, or have need of bread and vegetables. The Lord takes care of me, I feel neither the cold of winter, nor the intense heat of the sun, nor hunger, nor thirst, nor any other earthly need.'

Father Theodulus continues; 'I noticed then that this great hesychast* did not want to talk long, so as not to interruped the Jesus Prayer which he had in his mind and heart, I thanked him from my heart for the counsels and profitable words he had given me. I made a prostration to him, kissed his hand and asked his blessing to leave. And the holy Bishop Ioan blessed me with the sign of the holy cross and said to me': 'May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and forgive me'."

* The inner continous Jesus Prayer is characteristic of the hesychast (from Greek hesykia, state of piece, resting in God) spiritual activity of the eastern piety and mystery.

Revelation 2

17 “Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna...”


"The Fathers, being kindled spiritually, naturally did not need much of material food with calories. Their usual food was nuts, dried fruit and honey. They never ate meat, eggs, milk, butter or cheese, nor food cooked with oil...and they were very healthy.

Even for Easter instead of eggs they boiled potatoes and dyed them red."

From "Elder Hadji-Georgis The Athonite 1809-1886"


Elder Hadji-Georgi

Athos, Greece



Book recommendation:

"Animals and Man - A state of blessedness"
"Animals Sanctified: A Spiritual Journey."

both by Joanne Stefanatos D.V.M.

Order from: St. Paisius Abbey, P.O. Box 130, Forestville, CA 95436

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My prayer
becomes credible
when the words
coming from my mouth
is the same as the life
I live in the presence of God
in relation to human beings,
animals and nature;
the holy creation of God

To live without hurting.
To live with compassion
sympathy and respect
for everything created,

through Christ;
the emanation of God,
our Lord.



1:27 "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female ceated He them."



19:2 "...Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy."



20:7 "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord which sanctify you."



20:26 "And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine."


4:24 "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

St. Mattew

5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

Letter in time of fasting

About God as Love and as devouring fire
and about egocentric sexuality, perversion, and abnormity

Human sexual perversion is given much attention today, with success even in some western churches, which take sides for this behaviour. One even calls it “love”. Not even the sexuality between woman and man is in itself love.
(1 John 4:8) “God is love”, and God is not normal sexuality, neither abnormal or perverted, but God is (Exodus 24:17) “devouring fire”! Devouring fire devouring and purifying everything from that, which is not God Himself in everything. That which is God in everything is His wonderful and pure light; Christ. Many in our time has even stated and described Lord Jesus Christ Himself as abnormal and perverted (for example in the exhibition “Ecce homo” , which the Swedish Lutheran church invited and showed), which would mean that the Father, God, the cause and sours of the universe would be the same because Jesus says (John 10:30) “I and the Father are One” and (John 14:9) “he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father”. This tells us how darkened and unscrupulous man’s senses have become, how deep in the original sin man has let himself sink, and stain so even Christ – the only pure and eternal bright light from God in our world. The darkness is almost complete when one point out this pure light from God as perverted and abnormal because oneself is that and so using it to defend one’s own sin. Because of this some churches of today are drowning in perversion and abnormity.
The law of God is keeping all universe alive through Christ, who is the light and life of everyone and everything, and this universal law is an expression of God’s Truth and Love. He, who asserts that the perverted man is worthy the blessing of church, does not even have a clue of what church is for. The church blesses everyone who follows, or at least tries to follow, the Love of God, and that love is not at all sexual in itself, but the uniting between man and woman can be an expression of it, as God created man according to His will,
(Genesis 1:27) “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”
The Love of God is pure, wonderful and full of light, divine grace and life. God’s love can be found in the life between man and woman, except for this the individual love between the individual and God Himself through celibacy is the only possibility.
When Jesus said that one can recognize His disciples through their love for each other, of course He didn’t mean that they have perverted and darkened erotic relations with each other, with children and animals, anyway this is what some people make out of it.
There are both priest and congregations who refer to “God’s Love” as an excuse for these low inclinations. When Lord Jesus Christ speaks about love of course he always speaks about that love coming from God, which He Himself always was a pure and true expression of.
One can hear in some churches that “God loves you the way you are”, and one is happy with that, and continue to demand the satisfaction of one’s lusts and instincts, perverted and abnormal sexual relations both within and outside marriage. But God is “devouring fire” , and don’t want anything else but purify man from everything unrighteousness and perverted so that he again can be the pure image of God.

If we believe that “God is love“, this love should not be used for the satisfaction of our egocentric lusts and instincts, but he who is baptised to Christ ought to give his answer to God’s love back to God through purifying himself from every impurity, and with that from all sexual perversion.

“God is love”, and in this love is purity and creative force for the sake of light and happiness, for our children, and for the society we live in, and for the Christian religion, which to a large extent does not know anymore to be in the service of God, but rather use their sacred rooms for cultural gathering than holy liturgy and making oneself available to God.
“God is love”. Therefore is it impossible to think that church could accept and bless man’s sexual perversion and abnormity. And when it does happen, it can only be due to the priests of the church, who have let themselves caught the infection of this vulgar darkness, and are attracting visitors that found congregations, which darkens and soils God’s righteousness and holiness. Our children and teenagers are taught undiscerning and misdirected tolerance towards divergence, and to defend these low lusts and instincts, believing that they are doing God’s will, when it on the contrary is a dark expression of a time in man’s history when he totally have lost the orientation towards truth and the light of righteousness.
When Lord Jesus Christ wandered on earth He invited everyone to learn from His teaching, among other things He said that He had not come for the wealthy but for the sick. However not to legitimate man’s sickness and low inclinations, but requesting (Luke 15:10) conversion, and (John 8:11) not to commit a sin again. Seek the will of God, God is Love, and seek the eternal true light (Mathew 6:10) “on earth as in heaven”.
(Mathew 6:33) “But you, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you”, and that in proper order, and in the right way according to God’s given universal Love directions, and so promoting the re-establishing of Paradise by, as baptized to Christ, putting oneself to God’s disposal.

(1 Corinthians 3:16)
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

“for the temple of God is holy, and you are such a temple.”

"The Russian patriarchate breaks the relation
with the Swedish Lutheran church"

"MOSCOW (27th Dec. 2005 Interfax) The Moscow patriarchate has broken the relation with the Swedish Lutheran church, since it decided to adopt a ceremony for blessing homosexual couples.

'We have with great disappointment and sadness received the news that the Swedish Lutheran church does not oppose so-called homosexual marriage, but has even decided to adopt an official blessing ceremony', said the holy synod of the Russian Orthodox church in a pronouncement at its conference in Moscow today.

The members of the synod consider the decision of the Swedish Lutheran church to be contrary to the apprehension about family and marriage of the Bible 'and the testimony of the holy Scriptures leave us without doubts that homosexuality is comprehended as sinful and delusion', as it is said in the pronouncement.

'The Christian church has always considered the marriage between man and woman as a sacrament, while it is a union that gives rise to new life', as one can read in the declaration.

The attempt to interrupt this tradition 'and present the distortion as a norm' is 'an open resistance to God’s will, offence to the order of the holy Scriptures and the old church’s traditions', as one can read in the declaration.

The acceptance of homosexual marriages is a serious destruction of the system for European spiritual and moral values 'formed with influence by Christianity', says the declaration. 'This kind of modern ideas undermine the moral ground of the Europe civilisation and inflict irreparable harm on its spiritual influence with the world', is there to read in the declaration."

Translation from a Swedish Orthodox magazine “Ortodox tidning”, no 2, 2006, p. 28.

Picture from a Swedish Orthodox magazine "Ortodox tidning".



"The difference between

life and death,

the present and eternity

heaven and earth

come to an end in Christ.

God becomes physical,

man becomes divine.

The opportunity is given man

not just spiritually

but fully physical

to become irradiated,

as a person

to be absorbed in the Light."

Tito Colliander


Blessing of the priest, from the orthodox book of prayers

"Christ, the true Light, who enlights and sanctifies every person coming into the world, let the light of Your face shine on us, so that we can see the unattainable light, and lead our steps so that we can fulfil your statues, through Your most pure and blessed Mother and through all the saint's prayers."

"In Your light, we see light"




List of contents;
Christmas icon and troparion
About the disticntive character of the orthodox Christianity
Teofania, icon and troparion
St. Anna of Novgorod, icon and information
Adoration of the Holy Cross
Annunciation, the Magnification
The Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Christ
Ascension into Heaven
O, Heavenly King", icon and prayer
 About sanctification in the original church, text by Simon
 "Meditations on the divine Liturgy", by Nikolai Gogol
The commandments of love
Holy fathers Sergej and German from Valamo, icon and a part of akatist
 Father Serafim of Sarov, icon and a short text by him
 The Transfiguration of Christ, icon and text about God's light within
 "The radiant beauty", text about Pavel Florenskij by Anna Smidhammar
 The view of life by the orthodox church, text by Nicolas Zernov
 A letter to all Christians about the importance of the choice of food
"Junkfood for the soul", article written by archbishop Lazar Puhalo
 Protection of the Mother of God, icon
 Short text by Isac the Syrier
Instruction of Paisij Velitchkovsky
 "Rejoice, O Virgin, Birth-giver of God", icon and prayer
 Reminder by Simon
 Letter in time of fasting about God as love, and overcoming one's lower lusts and instincts
 The Russian patriarchate breaks off the relation with the Swedish Lutheran church
Short text by Tito Colliander
Blessing of the priest

Pictures from the hermitage,

where we did return frequently from the "the world"
during the period when we lived in the big city
to live in stillness, meditation, reflection and fasting
- govenie

Since then we have moved to our permanent heremitage in the middle of Sweden,
see picture at the bottom of the site.
















"...the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it..."






Our friends in Christ

Natalia, Nikolaj and Andreas






We give thanks to God for everything!


St. Mattew 16:28
"Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death,
till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom."

St. Luke 17:20-21
"And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God
should come, He answered them and said 'The kingdom of God
cometh not with observation,
Neither shall they say, Lo here!, or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom
of God is within you."

St. Mark 10:15
"I assure you, whoever fails to recieve the kingdom of God like a little child,
will not enter it at all."




My soul,  my soul arise, why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near...
(Kontakion of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete)


"It is later than you think" Serafim Roose






A church model.






Day in commemoration of the enlighters of the Karelia land
Greetings in Christ from the new heremitage -07
where we moved for permanently living

Pictures from year 2009


1. Church model for the heremitage.
2. The place for the church, picture montage.
3. Simon and Nikolaj is cutting down wood for the church building.
4, 5, 7. Cottage is being built for govenie; stillness, meditation and reflection.
6. Hilding-Emanuel is helping with hammer and nail.
8. Anna is working in the garden.
9. Nikolaj, Natalia and Andreas on recreation trip in the canoe.
10. Nikolaj is getting down some flowers for tea (quite high above the ground).
11. Natalia in the eremitage. Where the cross is placed, the church will hopefully be built.
12. A new member of the family, Signe-Elina, born on July 12th 2009.

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