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An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
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Monday, August 04, 2008

Solzhenitsyn, Reagan, and the Danilov's Bells


As most of you know by now Alexander Solzhenitsyn has fallen asleep in the Lord. May his memory be eternal.

Articles are to be found everywhere, but this one from National Review reminded me of the 1988 meeting between Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. What I didn't know (or recall) is that at that time Reagan and his wife visited the Danilov Monastery and had opportunity to speak with the monks for a time, and in a speech Reagan said the following:

It's a very great pleasure to visit this beautiful monastery and to have a chance to meet some of the people who have helped make its return to the Russian Orthodox Church a reality. I am also addressing in spirit the 35 million believers whose personal contributions made this magnificent restoration possible.

It's been said that an icon is a window between heaven and Earth through which the believing eye can peer into the beyond. One cannot look at the magnificent icons created, and recreated here under the direction of Father Zinon, without experiencing the deep faith that lives in the hearts of the people of this land. Like the saints and martyrs depicted in these icons, the faith of your people has been tested and tempered in the crucible of hardship. But in that suffering, it has grown strong, ready now to embrace with new hope the beginnings of a second Christian millennium.

We in our country share this hope for a new age of religious freedom in the Soviet Union. We share the hope that this monastery is not an end in itself but the symbol of a new policy of religious tolerance that will extend to all peoples of all faiths. We pray that the return of this monastery signals a willingness to return to believers the thousands of other houses of worship which are now closed, boarded up, or used for secular purposes.

There are many ties of faith that bind your country and mine. We have in America many churches, many creeds, that feel a special kinship with their fellow believers here—Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, and Islamic. They are united with believers in this country in many ways, especially in prayer. Our people feel it keenly when religious freedom is denied to anyone anywhere and hope with you that soon all the many Soviet religious communities that are now prevented from registering, or are banned altogether, including the Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Churches, will soon be able to practice their religion freely and openly and instruct their children in and outside the home in the fundamentals of their faith. We don't know if this first thaw will be followed by a resurgent spring of religious liberty—we don't know, but we may hope. We may hope that perestroika will be accompanied by a deeper restructuring, a deeper conversion, a mentanoya, a change in heart, and that glasnost, which means giving voice, will also let loose a new chorus of belief, singing praise to the God that gave us life.

There is a beautiful passage that I'd just like to read, if I may. It's from one of this country's great writers and believers, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, about the faith that is as elemental to this land as the dark and fertile soil. He wrote: "When you travel the byroads of central Russia, you begin to understand the secret of the pacifying Russian countryside. It is in the churches. They lift their belltowers—graceful, shapely, all different-high over mundane timber and thatch. From villages that are cut off and invisible to each other, they soar to the same heaven. People who are always selfish and often unkind—but the evening chimes used to ring out, floating over the villages, fields, and woods, reminding men that they must abandon trivial concerns of this world and give time and thought to eternity."

In our prayers we may keep that image in mind: the thought that the bells may ring again, sounding throughout Moscow and across the countryside, clamoring for joy in their new-found freedom. Well, I've talked long enough. I'm sure you have many questions and many things on your minds, and I'm anxious to hear what you have to say.


I think this is a fantastic little speech. Clearly Reagan had been told a bit about Orthodoxy. Additionally, a memorandum of a discussion that took place afterwards is available online HERE. It is well worth reading, but what struck me the most is the very end of the conversation in which what must have been a fascinating exchange is recorded as follows:

The President said he hoped the Church would win. Filaret concluded the meeting by saying that Christ would win.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

As it so happens...the Church won as well, at least in the sense that Reagan envisioned sucgh a victory. HERE is a story that details the return of Danilov's bells, which I assume can now be heard "reminding men that they must abandon trivial concerns of this world and give time and thought to eternity."

...offered by Dn. James Ferrenberg, a sinner at 9:10 AM [+]
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2 Comments:

The memorandum of the Discussion afterwards is so typical. The russian clergyman of those years would SHAMELESSLY repeat the Soviet line. Repression? Here? No, Mr. President, we're doing fine. It's rather a stark reminder of what modern persecution really did to a church.

- Steve Knowlton

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:16 PM  

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Well, I think of the abused child defending his abusive father.

Lord Have Mercy.

None-the-less...they did keep appealing to the Soviet Constitution and suggesting they hope it is followed. Of course, they knew better.

By Blogger JamesoftheNorthwest, at 1:08 PM  

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