Author: Vladimirov, Fr. Artemy
Warmly engaging, pastoral talks by one of Russia's most beloved contemporary priests. Father Artemy Vladimirov, protopriest of All Saints' Church in Moscow, shares a wealth of Orthodox Christian spirituality and common sense in a decade of interviews and articles from Road to Emmaus Journal. Subjects range from practical guidance for new converts to a dialogue on the spirituality of teenagers, reflections on Russian history and literature, and a dynamic exchange on spiritual fatherhood. Riveting discussions that originally took place with British and American Orthodox converts and pilgrims over Russian teas in the All Saints' orchard.
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Posted by Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse on 29th Jun 2018
I met Fr. Artemy on a recent trip to Russia and was struck by pastoral sensitivity of the man as he confessed scores of people before Sunday Liturgy one morning. I saw it in the way he moved, how he consoled, and how alert he was.
I don't speak Russian and the confessions were private of course, but in the Russian tradition confessions occur in the front of the Church.
Then as I spoke to him on the altar, I saw how Fr. Artemy understands his priesthood and that he brings a deep, prayerful sobriety to his encounters will people. He speaks very good English.
Later I learned that he has a gift for understanding the West and that Western Orthodox love the man because he is able to penetrate some of the cultural differences between West and East. People I spoke to told me stories of how accessible Orthodoxy became to them because of him. Non-Orthodox Christians have converted to Orthodoxy through him. I spent two Sundays with him and saw how these reports could be accurate and true. Reading the book confirms it.
You will capture all of this in the book "Bright Faith." I recommend it anyone interested in this pastoral dimension of our Orthodox faith.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Dec 2017
The book is full of practical information in a warmly tone. The priest seems very much to have taken to heart his calling in the priesthood of being a shepherd to his flock and he gives great advice to those who were not raised Orthodox like myself or who's upbringing in the Church was not as good as it could have been. I recommended it to the book store at Church and told them they should keep a copy or several and encourage others to get it.
There's so much good info in a easy to understand format that's not so formal or theological in a hard to understand sort of way. Many books are great but they are often dry and a bit airy for the general reader to stay interested. I am new to Orthodoxy and have found the couple of priests that I have met to be wonderful people and very helpful but there is only so much time in a day. Having the book for yourself is like being able to have a priest's ear for all the things you might like to know but don't think to ask when you have the opportunity. The in depth interviews are well thought out questions and the responses are immeasurable.
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