Saints Father Seraphim Rose

Prores

Sparrow
Orthodox
I put my contact on the page if someone feels like this is inappropriate. I think there is some internal jurisdictional thing I frankly don't understand. Pls enlighten if you like, or if offended.
I would love to have these! It looks like the archive is corrupted, I have downloaded 2 times and it give errors.

Also, have you made some sort of Kontakt instrument on your site? I downloaded it as well, what is it?
 

Viktor Zeegelaar

Crow
Orthodox Inquirer
I read Fr. Rose's God's revelation to the human heart. It is a transcript of a speech given to students. It's short but insightful, with many references to Soviet stories of suffering. The message: suffering will often be needed for people to come to Christ, to ultimate truth. It is no guarantee but almost always a necessity. When Fr. Rose talks about the end times he says (already in the 80s) there are many signs, but what we ought to do merely is to be spiritually prepared, that's all. A very interesting message, especially in regard to the descriptions of stories of Soviet prison camps where people endured tremendous hardship and sometimes came to Christ as a result, so that they could bear what they endured. Lastly, Fr. Rose reminds us that with great insight in God's revelation and truth, comes much responsibility and much is expected. I believe that for some reason we have seen through the maze of modern day illusions and therefore much is expected from us.
 

Viktor Zeegelaar

Crow
Orthodox Inquirer
I've been through The soul after death. This is a tremendously powerful book. Really one of the most poweful I've read, because it gives such graphic descriptions of heaven and hell based on accounts of the saints. Fr. Rose shows, based on Orthodox theology and accounts of the saints, what happens with the soul after death. He takes the reader on a remarkable journey. A story that hit me was the account of a Christian soldier who was death for 6 hours. He then came back to life and described how he went up into the air, was tempted by demons at so called aerial toll houses, where the toll was paid for the sins he did. The angels would compare his sins and his good deeds at every tollhouse. If he'd pass, he'd move one tollhouse closer to Heaven. On one of the last tollhouses, fornication, he was swept back to hell as he committed acts of fornication he didn't repent for. Then, by the grace of God, he came back to live to tell the story and ended up being a saint.

This book will have tremendous impact on you, at least it will have for me, as now heaven and hell truly have a picture in your mind. You realize the endless blessings of heaven, while also realising the endless misery of hell. It also makes you realize that this is all that matters, all that we're living for, to make it to heaven through our thoughts, words and deeds, God willing. What I realized was how unprepared those without any faith or conception of a religious truth are for anything that is coming. Knowing this brings the responsibility to act on it, as for the first time in my search for truth in Christ I feel that I actually have to change my ways and take up that responsibility.
 

Joseph-Schumpeter

Pigeon
Other Christian
Knowing this brings the responsibility to act on it, as for the first time in my search for truth in Christ I feel that I actually have to change my ways and take up that responsibility.
That's wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing.
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Regardless of where folks land jurisdictionally, it seems that all Russia (ROC, ROCA, ROCOR, MP) have a love and respect for our beloved Blessed Seraphim Rose who many are certain is a part of the divine council of the Most High right now in heaven! Father Seraphim Rose, pray for us
 

Lawrence87

Kingfisher
Orthodox
That site is really useful, I made a pdf of the full order of opening and closing prayers for reading an akathist alone and use it along with that site regularly. Some of them (like St. Gabriel of Georgia) are missing the prayers though.
It's strange that you should mention Saint Gabriel, I was just having a conversation with someone a little while ago who had recently visited his relics. I feel like like he's trying to get through to me!

I also watched a documentary about him just a couple of days ago...
 

iop890

Peacock
Orthodox
Gold Member
It's strange that you should mention Saint Gabriel, I was just having a conversation with someone a little while ago who had recently visited his relics. I feel like like he's trying to get through to me!

I also watched a documentary about him just a couple of days ago...

I'm planning to visit the cell church he built behind his family home after I get baptized. It's kept by his family(sister and nephew) so you can't just pop in but a guy at my parish has their contact info. Visiting his relics is also on the to-do list, I could do it at any time being so close but I sort of want to wait until after I'm baptized for that too. Might be silly but I don't feel worthy right now.

If my priest blesses it I plan to take St. Gabriel as my patron when I'm baptized in a few weeks.
 

Lawrence87

Kingfisher
Orthodox
I'm planning to visit the cell church he built behind his family home after I get baptized. It's kept by his family(sister and nephew) so you can't just pop in but a guy at my parish has their contact info. Visiting his relics is also on the to-do list, I could do it at any time being so close but I sort of want to wait until after I'm baptized for that too. Might be silly but I don't feel worthy right now.

If my priest blesses it I plan to take St. Gabriel as my patron when I'm baptized in a few weeks.
Glory to God! I shan't take this topic too far away from it's intended purpose, but I wish you a blessed baptism and I hope you'll be able to visit his relics.

God bless brother
 

Mulato_Man_Gabe

Sparrow
Orthodox
I'm planning to visit the cell church he built behind his family home after I get baptized. It's kept by his family(sister and nephew) so you can't just pop in but a guy at my parish has their contact info. Visiting his relics is also on the to-do list, I could do it at any time being so close but I sort of want to wait until after I'm baptized for that too. Might be silly but I don't feel worthy right now.

If my priest blesses it I plan to take St. Gabriel as my patron when I'm baptized in a few weeks.

Bro, we are never worthy. Go and venerate his relics and ask for his help to be baptized. I'm sure you won't regret it!
 

Roosh

Cardinal
Orthodox
It's strange that you should mention Saint Gabriel, I was just having a conversation with someone a little while ago who had recently visited his relics. I feel like like he's trying to get through to me!

I also watched a documentary about him just a couple of days ago...
Print out an icon of him and start asking him for help during your prayers. If he answers, I would guess it would be in an obvious way that leaves no doubt he is trying to build a relationship with you.
 

Charbel Makhlouf

Sparrow
Orthodox
It's strange that you should mention Saint Gabriel, I was just having a conversation with someone a little while ago who had recently visited his relics. I feel like like he's trying to get through to me!

I also watched a documentary about him just a couple of days ago...

You know, I just ran across him last week on this forum and I've kept a few tabs open in my browser because he sparked my interest so strongly.

Just now, I started listening to a lecture by Fr. Josiah Trenham on a completely different contemporary elder (Fr. Epiphanios) and before Fr. Josiah got into the meat of the lecture he mentioned Fr. Gabriel and how he happened across him in a very odd way too.

I think I'm going to get an icon and start asking him for help during my prayers, as Roosh suggested.
 

JohnTheSmall

Pigeon
Orthodox
When I read the famous quote from Blessed Father Rose “The psychological trials of the dwellers in the last times will be equal to the physical trials of the martyrs…”
I can’t help but arrive at an interpretation on a number of levels simultaneously. There is the more general sense as in any mental distress we are faced with.
However, I also read this literally in the sense of being condemned by the “mental health establishment” for our views and labeled “mentally ill”. This has already happened to a large extent. Por ejemplo, the life of St. Gabriel (Urgebazde) of Georgia.
Here is an excerpt from his “evaluation”:

“The examination showed the patient’s orientation is disoriented in place, in time, and in environment. He talks to himself in a low voice: he believes in existence of heavenly essence, God and angels, etc. While talking, the main axis of a psychopath is always turned to that everything depends on God’s Will, etc. He is isolated from the other mental patients in the department. When someone talks to him, he surely mentions God, angels, and icons, etc. He is unable to criticize his condition. He was treated with the aminazinophrazia and syptomicine therapy, after which he passed commission.”

Let that sink in, psychopaths.

Source: https://www.monkgabriel.ge/eng/life.htm
 

nagareboshi

Kingfisher
Orthodox
“The examination showed the patient’s orientation is disoriented in place, in time, and in environment. He talks to himself in a low voice: he believes in existence of heavenly essence, God and angels, etc. While talking, the main axis of a psychopath is always turned to that everything depends on God’s Will, etc. He is isolated from the other mental patients in the department. When someone talks to him, he surely mentions God, angels, and icons, etc. He is unable to criticize his condition. He was treated with the aminazinophrazia and syptomicine therapy, after which he passed commission.”

Unbelievable description and quite unsettling. The writer obviously cannot hide his dreadful atheist-materialist bias. It almost reminds me of a horror story from SCP.
 
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