Author: Kopyttseva, Natalia Mikhailovna
Champion of Good offers a vivid portrayal of an authentic Staretz of our own day, Father Ilarion—a monk of the renowned Glinsk hermitage in modern-day Ukraine, who spent much of his life as a parish priest in a village in the Novgorod region of Russia. His life offers a vision of a simple Christian life in the contemporary world that will captivate the reader and awaken or rekindle a desire to live a life centered on the love of God and neighbour rather than on the pursuit of material wealth. It also presents unique insights into the Orthodox Church in Russia under communism and in the immediate post-communist period, demonstrating how the Faith was kept alive after the closure of so many churches and monasteries and the exile or execution of clergy and believers. The account of the life of the Glinsk hermitage is particularly detailed. With many first hand contributions from Father Ilarion’s spiritual children, this history also provides a glimpse into contemporary Russian culture and religious perspectives. Beacon of Hope offers a collection of Father Ilarion's sermons preached over a forty year period as rector of his small village church. The theme of hope is persistent whilst always rooted in the necessity of repentance.
Together, the two volumes convey a potent message of the possibilities that open to the human soul that turns to God with singleness of mind and humility.
Posted by Sharon Foster on 27th Feb 2015
This book is everything and more from what I expected.Father Ilarion shows in simplicity and humility how one can follow Christ in the 21st century.He brings alive the Gospel readings to apply to our daily lives.He brings us hope in our journey to salvation.
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