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"There is no Christianity without the Church" and other teachings of St. rights. John of Kronstadt

"There is no Christianity without the Church" and other teachings of St. rights. John of Kronstadt

August 9 2018
Tags: Religion, Orthodoxy, Church

The patristic legacy of the holy righteous John of Kronstadt is especially dear and important to us because it refers to the spiritual life that was taking place in conditions similar to our daily life. Therefore, this work is an attempt to systematically state his pastoral instructions about the Church and the sacraments through quotations from the patristic heritage of this wonderful shepherd.

Without the Church there is no salvation

The Church of Christ received its foundation with the coming of the Son of God to the earth and with the salvation of the world brought by Him. "The Church is from God the established society of people united by the Orthodox faith, the law of God, the hierarchy and ordinances" [1]. "The Church is founded on earth, as a society of the saved, united by the head almighty, the Holy One by Christ God, and animated by one Spirit of grace; given the grace of rebirth, or the resurrection, the sealing and consecration of the Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of future blessings, the grace of the remission of sins is granted in the sacrament of repentance "[2].

"Only in the Church, which is the pillar and the affirmation of truth, does the person draw true knowledge of himself, his origin, creation in the image and likeness of God, about falling, corrupting sin, about his restoration, sanctification, renewal, reconciliation with his Creator and Legislator, Craftsman and Savior, and without leadership of the Church falls into the greatest error "[3].

In the Church there is a true food for our soul: the Word of God, the Sacraments, the divine service. The Church is on the earth the center of the true life. The spirit of God's love for people was expressed in the Church.

"In the Church - all the wonderful economy of our salvation, in it - all the ordinances of God, performed for our salvation, in it - the marvelous assembly of all the saints who pleased God with their life, their virtues, their patience, and the entire angelic world; in it the incessant, wonderful preaching of salvation "[4].

Every man is a sick soul, that is, passionate, sinful, extremely weak ...

"Every man is a sick soul, that is, passionate, sinful, extremely weak, unclean, disgusting, censured, poor, blind, naked, dead. The Lord came to earth from heaven to save the lost, and founded His Church on earth to always save those who want salvation, to always heal those who desire spiritual and physical health, to always enlighten those who seek liberation from spiritual darkness, strengthen the weak, sanctify and purify the wicked, harm and misfortune and from poverty of the soul, and enrich the Divine in the communion of the Holy Mysteries of Christ and in union with Christ; to cover our nakedness and our ugliness, to revive always for every day dying soul, sinful death. This is how important the Church is to us and how much it is necessary for each of us! "[5]

The Orthodox Church surpasses all non-Orthodox churches, first, by its truth; secondly, by guiding the salvation in the right way, purifying, sanctifying, renewing through hierarchy, worship, sacraments, fasts; thirdly, what best teaches us to please God and save his soul, leads to repentance and prayer.

"No confession of the Christian faith, except for the Orthodox, can lead a Christian to the perfection of the Christian life, or to holiness, and to the perfect purification of sins and to incorruption, because other non-Orthodox confessions contain truth in untruth, mixed with the wisdom and lies to the truth and not have those God-given means for purification, sanctification, regeneration, renewal, which the Orthodox Church possesses "[6].

"The Holy Church, as a loving mother, incessantly carries in its heart and the lips of its all members, intercedes for all before God, is sick of all, as if in the throes of birth, wishing all to spiritually revive, renew; even the whole world prays and pains incessantly "[7].

"What Church is based on the earth, indestructible by any forces of hell, a fortress and stronghold, in which all true believers and those who are committed to this Church can be safe from a fighter. What sacraments of salvation are given! What and how many instruments are reasonable and guides of God's grace are placed in this Church for people! But what should people bring to the Lord for many of His care for their salvation? His faith, his work, his repentance, exercise in the works of virtue, perfect obedience to the Lord and His Holy Church "[8].

"Christ came to renew the sinful nature of man and entrusted this greatest act of His goodness, mercy, truth and wisdom to His Holy Church. The Holy Spirit who has gone out into the world and acts in the Church through priests, worship, preaching, ordinances, performs this renewal ceaselessly. Only in the Church is this renewing power; outside the Church it is not and can not be "[9]. "He who is not in the Church is not with Christ, and there is no communication with God here, on earth, or there, in the sky" [10].

Without the Church established by the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no salvation.

Orthodox temple - the place of human salvation

The Orthodox church occupies a special place in the life of every Christian. The temple is the one that connects the earth with the sky. The temple is the house of God, the house of prayer. Everywhere present God is present everywhere, but in an Orthodox church in a special way. The whole temple is filled with divine light, grace.

When we come to the temple, we ascend to heaven, leaving everything earthly behind us, at least so we must enter the temple

"The temple is the vestibule of heaven and heaven, and as it were heaven itself, for in it the throne of God, the ministry of angels, the frequent descent of the Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of the heavenly, life-giving and terrible Tainas, the purification of sins, the sacrifice of the sacred thing, the communion of the divine Body and Blood, »[11].

"The Church is the earthly heaven with its holiness, wisdom, beauty, this is Christianity in its essence, with its teaching, the Sacraments, with its crusading life in the world, with its struggle with sin, the world and the devil, with his triumphs over his enemies visible and invisible, with his hopes "[12].

 "There is no Christianity without the Church" and other teachings of St. rights. John of Kronstadt

"Here is the quiet refuge of souls seeking salvation; here is imperishable food and drinking of souls; here is the light, the enlightenment of every man coming into the world. Here, in the temple, a person recognizes the true nobility of his soul, the value of life and its purpose, or its purpose; here you are sobered by your soul from the fascination of worldly vanity and worldly passions "[13].

"The temple for the Christian is the center of light, grace, peace, the life of God, sanctification and holiness, spiritual and bodily renewal, strength, spiritual wisdom. Here the unceasing currents of the divine life are poured out, here flows the source of immortality, here is the cup of life and the bread of life "[14].

"When we come to the temple, we ascend to heaven, leaving everything earthly behind us, at least so we should enter the temple. At home, we are very much distracted from prayer, but in the temple everything inspires us with reverence and prayer "[15].

"In the temple it is necessary to stand humbly, with reverence, with a sincere heart, with faith - we must leave all our affairs, all worldly thoughts, and not stand in the temple, thinking about how to collect more money or something else" [16 ].

"Nowhere are we so deeply, sincerely, completely do not enter into ourselves, as in the temple, for there is especially present the God who saves us, especially His grace works; Here, with the help of the church, prayers, readings from the Holy Scriptures, especially the psalter, and church songs, stichera and canons, a person recognizes himself in all nakedness, his deep fall and corruption "[17].

"In the temple, especially in the temple, there is a conjugation of the souls of believers who are looking for God, with their First Image, Primordial and Creator, especially during the Liturgy and Holy Communion of the Holy Mysteries. The temple is heaven on earth with the throne of God. "[18].

"With all your heart, you love the temple, reverence for it, for from it your life proceeds, your sanctification, your strength, help, glory, honor, eternal life from it, here all your spiritual treasures" [19].

The sacraments are nothing but that of the Lord's response to the egregious needs of our souls

"The church is like a military camp; here we are going for a joint and, therefore, the strongest opposition to our spiritual enemies - demons. Whoever does not go here, to this spiritual camp, that is comfortably ruined by demons, as we know many examples. How do many people say that there is no need to go to church - can you pray at home? This means the same as saying: the soldier does not need to be in service during the war, but to fight separately. Be in the ranks, in which the Lord God Himself is your Lord Jesus Christ and the All-Seven Queen of the Mother of God - and you will be invincible »[20].

The Orthodox temple is truly the ark of salvation for believing people. Just as Noah saved himself and his family in the stormy waves of the flood, closing in the ark, so the temple, like a ship, saves Christians from a sinful flood among the stormy waves of the world's sea, transports from the shore of darkness and death to the shore of light and eternal life to a quiet haven Kingdom of Heaven.

Sacraments as a means of sanctifying man

The sacraments are the actions established by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself for the salvation of all believers. The beneficent actions of all the sacraments serve to achieve one common goal: the dispensation of salvation in the Church of Christ.

"In the Church, all that is needed for our salvation: in her are the sacramental Sacraments, like the living waters of the Holy Spirit, through which the gracious power of God is delivered to salvation" [21]. The Lord revealed to us special sources of saving grace for all the most important needs in the spiritual life. "Sacraments are nothing but that of the Lord's response to the egregious needs of our souls, eager for salvation from their sins and blessed rest" [22].

The Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit, being in the sacraments, spiritually revives the believer, strengthens, nourishes. "The goal of life itself is a union with God, and the incense of a heartfelt rest in Him comes again here: the Sacraments, especially Baptism, Repentance and Communion, the priesthood of the Church, are directed to that and will be completed in the future century" [23].

Each of us needs to repent, we must try to save ourselves, not to start spiritual illnesses

Through the sacraments the believers are apparently consecrated into the members of the Church of Christ and are separated from the unbelievers. They remind Christians of the saving truths of faith and of the sacred duties of members of the Church of Christ. They serve to the closest union of the members of the Church as a single body between themselves and their Head - Jesus Christ. They protect from sin and purify from them, strengthen in faith and love for the Lord.

Baptism and chrismation - the beginning of a new life in Christ

Through the Sacrament of Baptism everyone enters into intimate communion with the Triune God, becomes God's son and heir of eternal life. Baptism leads us into the Kingdom of Heaven and makes us citizens of this kingdom. The baptized person dies for a carnal life, sinful, and is reborn from the Holy Spirit into a spiritual life, a saint. Baptism produces the remission of sins. God gives us sins for the sake of the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ, who took all our sins upon Himself and carried for them the punishment that we were to bear. Such forgiveness of sins is necessary for all of us, because we are all sinners and without the forgiveness of sins we can not be saved. Baptism saves us from the slavery of the devil. With the conversion to Christ, with the entry into the kingdom of God through baptism, a person is removed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Baptism saves us from all sins and its consequences. That is why in the sacrament of baptism a person dies for the life of the flesh and sinful and is born into a new life, holy according to the word of the Gospel: If one is not born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter the Kingdom of God (John 3: 15). The Lord Himself says: He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but whoever does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16: 16).

In Baptism we are born into a spiritual life, freed from all sins and clean, innocent, enter the Kingdom of Christ. Immediately after the regeneration of a person into a spiritual life, he needs the gracious power that would strengthen him in the spiritual life. This gracious power is given to us through the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the "Great Christian Catechism," we read: "Confirmation is a sacrament in which the believer, when anointed with the consecrated world of parts of the body, in the name of the Holy Spirit, receives gifts of the Holy Spirit that increase and strengthen in spiritual life" [24].

In the Sacrament of Chrismation, a person receives grace that strengthens him for spiritual life, gives him the ability to fight the enemies of his salvation and succeed in faith and piety.

The Significance of the Sacrament of Penance on the Path to Salvation

Sinful Christian after the baptism of the Orthodox Church gives theology, which is the sacrament of Penance. According to the definition of the Catechism, "repentance is a sacrament in which the one who confesses his sins, with apparent apology from the priest, is invisibly resolved from his sins by Himself Jesus Christ" [25]. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself established the sacrament of repentance and granted us in him a blessed facility to be cleansed from all sins and become as pure and innocent as we came from the fertile waters of baptism.

"What a wonderful power - repentance! Repentance is unfeigned and incessantly incessantly incessantly at the mercy of God, angry with our sins and all kinds of fouls, and miraculously changes the state of our soul, removing its grief, cramping, confluence, darkness impenetrable, instilling in the soul peace, tranquility, the rightness of the spirit, boldness, light, strength, cheerfulness, renewal »[26].

If one becomes accustomed to giving an account of his life in confession here, he will not be afraid to answer the terrible judgment of Christ

"What precious gift to us is bestowed on us from the Lord - our faith and repentance before God! In giving the sinners repentance for the rest of life, the temporal Lord shows the greatest love for us, sinners, and goodness. There is no number for our sins, but there is no number and the mercies of God! Repentance is twofold: one is inner, secret, when we repent to ourselves, before the eyes of God, the other - open, outer, - when we confess our sins in front of the priest "[27].

"There is no Christianity without the Church" and other teachings of St. rights. John of Kronstadt

There is not a single person who, having lived his whole life, has not sinned. We all sin hourly. For sinners, there is no other way to salvation than the path of repentance. "Each of us needs to repent, we must try to save ourselves, not to start spiritual illnesses, not to postpone our repentance for long days - not today, tomorrow they can stop" [28]. "Do not hide your sins from yourselves, do not hide them in yourself; it is misfortune, trouble for you; open them carefully, diligently, accuse, reprove, reproach yourself in all your weaknesses, habits and sinful inclinations and passions. When you sincerely remember your sins and repent, then your spirit will rejoice, and the Lord will have mercy on you, and you will have fun in your soul. People do not understand the benefits of careful repentance. "[29].

The one who turns to repentance makes a promise to leave the path of vice and enter the path of virtue. Repentance leads to the purification of our sins, to peace of mind, to union with God, to boldness before God. "Without repentance one can not be awarded the Kingdom of God. The sinner, until he repents, is the child of the devil, for he wears in his soul the likeness of the devil and is made by his temple: the evil man bears in himself the likeness of the spirit of malice; sly - like a devil devil, unclean is the likeness of an unclean devil teaching people every abomination "[30]. A necessary condition for true repentance is faith in the Savior and hope for His mercy. "After all sin, repentance is needed. Often one must repent and revise one's soul. Whoever does not repent and does not radiate about repentance, he extremely launches his heart field and strengthens in him every sinful tares, becomes deformed in sins, makes repentance and correction himself difficult "[31].

True repentance must be combined with the intention of correcting one's sinful life. Only then will the sinner propitiate God by his repentance when he turns from his lawlessness and begins to live godly. For the improvement of one's spiritual life and the comprehension of sins, one must regularly confess. "For correction, you need frequent repentance, you need to confess your sins, the consciousness of their perniciousness, absurdity, nonsense, harm to others, family and strangers, you have to scour, scream, fight, war with yourself, with your passions and sinful inclinations and habits, and to use all forces to immediate correction through heartfelt prayer, tears and sighs and good deeds: abstinence, work, alms "[32]. "Why do you need frequent repentance? In order to scourge sin, sarcast, depress, kill him, through the consciousness of his madness, absurdity, ruin, his aphids, his stench, his darkness, his disobedience to God. Sin is separated from God, our Sweetest, the Eternal Belly. Sin through frequent repentance loses its strength, its charm, its charm. If people often sincerely repented of their sins, how the sins of people were diminished, as if our passions were exhausted, and the truth and holiness in people reigned! "[33]

Anyone who comes to confession must believe that during the sacrament Christ Himself invisibly stands and accepts his confession that only Christ alone can forsake sins.

"Confessing oneself in sins is often necessary in order to amaze, scour the sins with an open confession of them and to feel more disgust towards them" [34]. Repentance must be sincere and completely free, unforced. Conscience helps to repent, memory, feelings, will. As we sin all the forces of the soul, so repentance must also be sincere. Repentance only in words, without the intention of correction and without a sense of contrition, is hypocritical.

"If one is accustomed to give an account of his life in confession here, he will not be afraid to answer the terrible judgment of Christ. Yes, for that, and established here a meek trial of repentance, so that we, purified and reformed through this repentance, will give a shameless response to the terrible judgment of Christ "[35].

"What great mercy, what indulgence of the Lord Jesus Christ to the penitent sinner who is aware of his sins and mourns for them! How we need repentance, sincere, with contrition and tears! We must weep for our sins, because we have defiled and defiled the image of God incessantly in ourselves "[36].

We also come to the Liturgy with our absent-mindedness, with our passions and earthly dreams

"Hasten immediately to repentance, hurry, while there is still time, do not become the prey of the devil. Remember that the holy angels mourn over you, the Church of God weeps, that your precious souls, created in the image and likeness of God, redeemed by the blood of the Son of God, circle. Resurrect from dead works, turn to the Lord and -sease "[37].

The contrition of sin, the intention to correct one's life, faith in Christ and the hope of His mercy are conditions that are required of the penitent, so that his repentance is true and acceptable to God.

Divine Liturgy in the Life of an Orthodox Christian on the Way to Salvation

The Divine Liturgy is the focal point of all the divine services of the diurnal and one-week cycles. The service of the Liturgy in all its scope is the gradual erection of the mind and heart of man to the great sacrament of Communion. It is the great Sacrament - the presentation of bread and wine in the Body and Blood of the Lord and the communion of the faithful. All believers gather in the temple in order to glorify God and receive the Holy Mysteries of Christ with one mouth and with one heart.

"The Liturgy is a treasure house, the source of true life, because in it the Lord Himself, the Lord of life, teaches Himself to eat and drink to believers in Him and in abundance gives life to His partners. But the culprit of sin and death, the devil, with all his infernal schemes, tries to ward off Christians from the Chalice of life, leading them to lack faith and neglect to this greatest sacrament of the Christian faith, in order to keep people in chains of sin and death "[38].

"There is no Christianity without the Church" and other teachings of St. rights. John of Kronstadt

The Divine Liturgy is the ministry of purification, consecration of the soul, reconciliation of it with God. "Liturgy is the sacrament of purification, sanctification, enlightenment, rebirth, the vitalizing of man for eternal life, the mystery of Divine Love, the mystery of exaltation, the deification of the disgraced, the humiliated, the lost in the sins of man" [39].

"Oh, how majestic, holy, saving, desired Liturgy for a Christian! The temple is truly made in heaven! For in the Trinity descends to the holy life-giving throne every day and performs the greatest miracle of His mercy, turning bread and wine into the Most Pure Body and Immaculate Blood of the Son of God and honoring the believers of their communion "[40].

"As we are always low, earthly, passionate, unworthy of the Liturgy, this heavenly service of God, filled with God's infinite love for people! We also come to the Liturgy with our absent-mindedness, with our passions and earthly dreams, with our uncleanness, with our vanity and our attire and everyday calculations, to which our soul has clung to. "[41].

"But many of the Christians are dead, deaf and for her, are reluctant, cold, wandering with thoughts and gazes. From what? From the lack of faith in the Sacrament, and especially from the lack of reflection on its magnitude, holiness, life-giving and its fruits, renewal and eternal life "[42].

"At the Liturgy, our strength against strong enemies, victory over them, often overcoming our passions, the purification of our impurities, the light of our souls, the sanctity, our glory, our hope, our affirmation" [43].

The prayers of the Divine Liturgy reflect the greatness of the sacrament of the Body and Blood of the Lord and our unworthiness.

"Without the sacrament of the Body and Blood, without the Liturgy, the greatest work of love, wisdom, the omnipotence of our Savior might be forgotten, the fruits of His suffering might be lost; therefore He commanded to create the sacrament of the Body and Blood in remembrance of Him, and not only in remembrance, but also in closest communication with Him. In a loud voice, publicly, this universal mystery is being performed all over the world. Its fruits are holy, incorruptible and eternal life "[44].

"Liturgy is the reduction of the whole gospel, the depiction of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, the repetition of His Golgotha ​​sacrifice - the everlasting hardening, his death for the sins of the world, the remembrance of his resurrection and ascension to heaven" [45].

"The Liturgy constantly reminds us of the greatest judgment that was accomplished on earth from God, by His infinite love for people, namely, that God appeared on earth in our flesh, and through it reminds us of love for God, for truth, for His holiness, to charity, to the highest wisdom "[46].

The Sacrament of Communion is the mystery of deification, the mystery of God's infinite love for man


"Who will comprehend the greatness of the goodness that the Lord Jesus Christ gives us in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the communion? Completely - no one, not even an angelic mind, for charity is boundless and immense, as God Himself, His goodness, wisdom and omnipotence. What love for us sinners tells in the Liturgy every day! What is the closeness of God to us! "[47]

 "There is no Christianity without the Church" and other teachings of St. rights. John of Kronstadt

"If the world did not have the pure Body and Blood of the Lord, he would not have the main good, the true life, he would have only the ghost of life, would not have the gift of sanctification, in a word, the totality of all true, incorruptible blessings" [48].

The Divine Liturgy is the mystery of infinite love for the whole human race, because there is nothing higher or higher than the Liturgy in heaven or on earth.

Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ

The sacrament of the Eucharist among the other sacraments is the greatest. In it, under the guise of bread and wine, the Most True Body and the Most True Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are taught.

"The sacrament of Communion is the mystery of deification, the mystery of God's infinite love for man, the mystery of eternal life, the sacrament of redemption from sin, curse and death" [49]. "For our salvation, the Lord gave us the sacrament of Communion, in which we are cleansed of our sins, sanctified, and befogged." [50]. "Only the Body and Blood of Christ can wash away our sins, our sinful ulcers, yes, sores, and save us from the poisoned sin - sin" [51].

Revived in Holy Baptism and received the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of confession, a Christian becomes a living particle of the body of the Church of Christ. For the maintenance and disclosure of a new life as a member of the body of Christ, a Christian receives the Heavenly Bread in the Holy Eucharist. The purpose of the communion of the Holy Body and the Blood of Christ is the closest union with Christ. Witness My flesh and drink My blood, Me abides in It and I'm in it (John 6: 56-57). "He who partakes of faith, with repentance, with the fear of God, is united with the Lord Himself, becomes a native of the Lord, the child of the Lord. What a high honor, what happiness, what joy, what bliss! ... If someone communes by habit, without repentance, without faith, without correcting his sinful life, he eats and drinks condemnation to himself (1 Corinth 11: 29). Whoever does not take communion, does not care about the soul, but is mired in sins and does not repent, - he unites with the devil, becomes the native devil, the slave of the devil "[52].

The sacrament of Holy Communion serves us as spiritual food and spiritual healing. Holy Communion serves for us as a pledge of immortality and eternal life. "In the use of such a giftless gift, such as the Divine Mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ, all earthly goods must lose all their charm and be imputed for nothing, like a shadow before reality, like sleepy dreams before actual goods" [53]. The Savior himself says: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day "(John 6: 53-54).

"Of all the sacraments Holy Communion is the most necessary: ​​in it a person is quickened, adored, changed, that is, done as if by another, new. Listen to what Communion has been given to us: for us, receiving Him with faith and love and the fear of God, united with Jesus Christ, we were made as one with Him flesh, with Him with blood: the Lord enters through the Holy Communion into our body , into our blood, into our soul. A person who does not believe in the Holy Communion and does not associate is lost, he prepares eternal flour for himself "[54].

"Extremely and terribly fallen human race is given extraordinary, supernatural means to salvation - the Scary Mysteries: The Body and Blood of the Lord of Glory, the Life-Giver! Who will reject them if he sincerely wishes salvation if he realizes his fatal, sinful state? "[55]

How to receive Holy Communion with dignity? With the living consciousness of his unworthiness

In his "Diary" the holy righteous John writes: "Through mysteries, you are wholly with us: and your flesh merges with our flesh, and your Spirit unites with our soul - and we feel, feel this life-giving, premiere, sweet union, that, clinging to You in the Eucharist, we become one spirit with You, true, often cunning and blind flesh or living in our sinful flesh the prince of this century whispers to us that in the Mysteries only bread and wine, and not the Body and Blood of the Lord, and Sly testimonies send for this vision, taste and touch "[XNUM X].

"Most Christians meet the Lord coldly in the temple, in His holy Mysteries, and rarely, very rarely, they approach the Holy Communion; many run from the Lord and in sickness, when they are offered to receive communion in the healing of the soul and body, all postpone and forget that it is impossible to dispose of it in the future, for our life is in the power of God; there are also those who think that it is necessary to receive communion only before death; they think: if you join, it means to die, death, then close. And in the Saints of the Mysteries, the Lord gives us life, the healing of bodily ailments, the resolution of the ailments of the souls "[57].

"Pay attention to the moment of your communion of the Divine Secrets of the Most Pure Body and Blood of Christ: are you always sincerely, with perfect faith and love, communing with them, is not the cold, unclean heart of yours at that time cold, and if so, why is this happening? It comes from your gluttony, sweetheart, satiety on the eve of that day and in general from constant gluttony, and it is incompatible with Heavenly food, with the Divine Brashna of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Make the belly fast all the time, if you often take communion, then you will feel a special joy from Communion "[58].

To be worthy of communion, it is necessary, if possible, with prayer and a broken heart to cleanse him from every sin of sin and live faith as deeply as possible into the heart of Christ.

"How worthy to receive communion?" With the living consciousness of his unworthiness and, most importantly, with a firm and unquestioning faith that in every particle of the Body there is a whole Christ, in every swallowing of the Blood; or: in every particle of the Body that can be imagined, and in every particle of Blood that can be imagined, is a whole Christ, crushed and yet not shared "[59].

"The best means of Communion worthy of the Holy Mysteries is the deposition and killing of all the wickedness of the heart and the deposition of all worldly care and the preservation of the burning spirit" [60].

"No one, none of you is worthy of Holy Communion, and God by His greatest mercy endures us and honors the adoption of the Holy Mysteries. Try, however, the communicants and communicants, to be worthy of the great mysteries of Christ; By your life, try to imitate the Lord, to imitate His meekness, mildness, humility, self-control, mercy "[61].

"And who is worthy of the Sacrament? Yes, none of you - not you, not him, no one. God grant to each of you, to all of you to be worthy of it; unless the one who sincerely believes, sincerely repents and takes communion, sincerely wants correction, he, perhaps, is worthy of the sacrament "[62].

"Do not think that whoever takes communion often, he sins, only those who partake unworthily, without preparation, without a determined intention to correct, sin but sin, are sinning, and often it is possible to receive communion with God who is jealous of God" [63].

For good people, the Holy Mysteries serve as a means to strengthen virtue, but for the evil do not bring any benefit, on the contrary, they bring only condemnation. "Whoever carries in his heart anger and hatred of his neighbor, do not dare to approach the Cup of Life. If the Body and Blood of the meek and gentle Jesus Christ the Lamb will proceed and receive the Body and Blood, he will take to judgment and condemnation "[64].

"It is necessary to take communion with faith, with repentance, with the abandonment of sins, with a strong desire to improve and not sin again. If you partake of the habit, without repentance, without faith sincere, alive, without correcting your sinful life, if you do not abandon your passions, then the Communion does not fit in you and will not bring you benefits. "[65].

"Before the sacrament of the Holy Life-giving Mysteries, do not go into the useless and harmful arguments with which the evil one only wants to gain time and steal faith, and believe unquestioningly that the word of the Lord is the truth" [66].

"All the depth of the human fall, all the corruption of the human nature is known only to those who receive the Holy Mysteries with dignity. At this time they see - according to the Revelation of the Lord - the inner evil, or the evil of the heart, in horrifying proportions: the heart is all in an ulcer, in sickness, and yet does not seek healing, will stagnate in its evil and without self-restraint will not accept the living, faith in the Sacrament; on the contrary, it turns away from it, as an evil, stubborn and capricious child from the mother's nipple "[67].

"The greatest miracle is shown by Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, in the communion with faith of His divine Mysteries. What miracle? Repentance of the heart, renewal, pacification, revitalization, strength of spiritual and physical strength "[68].

"Here is the pure Body and the pure Blood - the only remedy against sinful filth, against eternal death, against the sinful epidemic; but to start holy Communion is necessary for true Christians, with a heartfelt repentance, with contrition for sins, with condolences, with the firm intention of leaving malice, envy, pride, wickedness and all sorts of other sins "[69].

"Take communion with faith, with hope, and remember that nothing can be redeemed, your sinful defilements can not be washed away, as long as the Body and the Blood of Christ" [70].

"Whoever does not receive communion, he lives only by the life of the animal, material, bustling, worldly, and there is no spiritual life in it for a penny" [71].

"After the sacrament, carefully guard the peace you have received. Do not give way to anger, even if there were reasons to be angry "[72].

"For those who believe in Jesus Christ, who sincerely repent and partake of the Divine Secrets of the Life-Giving, the enemy of the human race is not afraid of that, because God himself is in that person; and he is not afraid of death, because he believes and knows that Jesus Christ by His suffering destroyed death, defeated her, changed her to sleep and gave us all the resurrection "[73].

"Whoever repents, corrects, dignifiedly partakes of the Holy Mysteries, he enters the Kingdom of Heaven and will be with the saints. What bliss! "[74]

Communion of the Holy Mysteries is necessary in order to enter into eternal life. Therefore, it is a disaster for the human soul not to partake of the Holy Mysteries for a long time: the soul begins to stink with passions, the strength of which increases as long as we do not communicate with our Life-Eater.


[1] Filaret (Drozdov), svt. The vast Christian cathism of the Orthodox Catholic Eastern Church. - M: Society of Saint Basil the Great, 1999. - S. 70.

[2] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 19.

[3] Ibid. S. 118.

[4] Ibid. S. 7.

[5] Ibid. S. 17.

[6] Ibid. S. 18-19.

[7] Ibid. S. 45.

[8] Ibid. S. 56.

[9] Ibid. S. 64.

[10] Ibid. S. 122.

[11] Ibid. S. 152.

[12] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 15. - Moscow: Bulat, 2006. - S. 59.

[13] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 143.

[14] Ibid. S. 153.

[15] Ibid. S. 150.

[16] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 262.

[17] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 148.

[18] Ibid. S. 159.

[19] Ibid. S. 149.

[20] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 15. - Moscow: Bulat, 2006. - S. 12.

[21] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 3. - M .: Father's house, 2005. - S. 276.

[22] Ibid. S. 133.

[23] Ibid. S. 203.

[24] Filaret (Drozdov), svt. The vast Christian cathism of the Orthodox Catholic Eastern Church. - M: Society of Saint Basil the Great, 1999. - S. 120.

[25] Ibid. S. 99.

[26] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 94-95.

[27] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 140.

[28] Ibid. S. 200-201.

[29] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 2. - M .: Father's house, 2003. - S. 442-443.

[30] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 198.

[31] John of Kronstadt, right. Christian philosophy. - Moscow: Publishing Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, 1992. - S. 141-142.

[32] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 2. - M .: Father's house, 2003. - S. 576-577.

[33] Ibid. S. 577-578.

[34] John of Kronstadt, right. My life in Christ. - M .: Publishing House of the Sretensky Monastery, 2005. - S. 274.

[35] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 30-31.

[36] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 189.

[37] Ibid. S. 161.

[38] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 170.

[39] Ibid. S. 182.

[40] Ibid. S. 173.

[41] Veniamin (Fedchenkov), Arch. The sky is on earth. - M .: Pilgrim, 2003. - S. 170.

[42] Ibid. S. 171.

[43] Ibid. S. 172.

[44] Ibid. S. 198.

[45] Ibid. S. 216.

[46] John of Kronstadt, right. Thoughts about the service of the Orthodox Church. - Moscow: Russian Chronograph, 2004. - S. 181.

[47] Ibid. S. 190.

[48] Ibid. S. 176.

[49] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 15. - Moscow: Bulat, 2006. - S. 154.

[50] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 310.

[51] Ibid.

[52] Ibid. S. 159.

[53] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 15. - Moscow: Bulat, 2006. - S. 94.

[54] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 217.

[55] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 15. - Moscow: Bulat, 2006. - S. 225.

[56] Ibid.

[57] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 184.

[58] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 2. - M .: Father's house, 2003. - S. 586-587.

[59] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 4. - M .: Father's house, 2006. - S. 332.

[60] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 3. - M .: Father's house, 2005. - S. 177.

[61] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - FROM.

[62] Ibid.

[63] Ibid. S. 311.

[64] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 2. - M .: Father's house, 2003. - S. 580.

[65] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 197.

[66] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 2. - M .: Father's house, 2003. - S. 532.

[67] Ibid. S. 182.

[68] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 163.

[69] Ibid. S. 223-224.

[70] Ibid. S. 235.

[71] Ibid. S. 240.

[72] John of Kronstadt, right. A diary. - T. 2. - M .: Father's house, 2003. - S. 492.

[73] Wreath on the fresh grave of the unforgettable shepherd Fr. John of Kronstadt: 148 teachings, impromptu. - St. Petersburg, 1909. - S. 180-181.

[74] Ibid. S. 171.

Hierodeacon Pitirim (Anufriev)
Sretensky Theological Seminary
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