Author: St. Elizabeth the New martyr
This short work sets forth in the Grand Duchess's own words her vision for monastic life in inner city early twentieth century Moscow. The style is very different from that of better-known monastic rules, as for example of St. Benedict. Through it the reader is offered a glimpse into the daily life of this short lived but fruitful outreach of one of the best known grand daughters of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland. A short life of the new martyr, murdered by the Bolsheviks, is provided at the end of the work. Well illustrated with black and white photos.
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Posted by Fr. Pierre (Blais), ThD. on 19th Mar 2020
We found this booklet to be a spiritual gem on mixed contemplative-active monasticism in the Russian Orthodox tradition. It is a treasure that should find its way in Orthodox monastic libraries, not only because it is in English (making it a rare find) but is one of the few extant Rules of mixed contemplative-active Orthodox monasticism (making it an exceptional find.). St. Elizabeth puts to shame those who dogmatize that there is only one room in the Divine Father's house of hesychia; and that the angelic life is a call to incarnate only one of the nine choirs of angels. There is no shame in sitting at one of the lesser seats of the Lord's Table, as many will be called and of these few will be chosen.
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