Grains of Wisdom and Piety

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from the Reposed Archpastors of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad  
(on the 100th Anniversary of Its Founding) 


On the pages of this book, the reader will find a treasury of pastoral wisdom: one hundred “grains” from the reposed archpastors of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on the occasion of the centenary of its establishment. 

Having passed through the crucible of great trials with profound faith in God and His Benevolent Providence, by way of spiritual labors and a steadfast pursuit of Christ, many archpastors – as is evident in the materials provided here – achieved a great deal of insight and the ability to expound upon the essence of the Christian life to their flock. The goal of this collection is to capture this wisdom and pass it along for the edification of all, so it might become a shared inheritance for the contemporary Orthodox person, including the younger generations.  

Christians will find in this book a cause for reflection and self-examination, a source of comfort and inspiration, and a guide to spiritual life, coming from the lips of those who lived not too long ago, encountered the challenges and horrors of modernity without taking their eyes off Christ, and planted the seeds of the word of God throughout their journeys across the world.

This high-quality, coffee-table sized book features rare photographs of the wise hierarchs quoted on its pages. Hard cover, sewn-binding, cover jacket, 226 pages, 9” x 12”

Published by Centenary Publications, the publishing imprint of the Synodal Centenary Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Church Abroad and with the blessing of His Grace Peter, Archbishop of Chicago and Mid-America and chairman of the Synodal Centenary Committee.

    Edited and compiled by Professor Nicholas Ganson of Hellenic College and Archpriest Serafim Gan, Secretary to the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Graphic Design by Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur. English translation of the text by Alexandra Weber.

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