Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, Pray to God For Us!
Priest Sergei SVESHNIKOV
Dear fathers, brothers, sisters, and children!
A quarter of a century ago, the foundation of our church was laid in the memory of the holy new-martyrs and under their prayerful protection. Ivan Vladimirovich and Lyudmila Raymondovna Assur founded this church in the memory of Ivan's father, the new-martyr Vladimir, who was killed for preaching Christ. Metropolitan Veniamin (Fedchenkov), the well-known churchman and writer blessed the new-martyr Vladimir to preach. The history of this small parish in its picturesque setting is similar to the mountains which are visible to the northeast: there have been peaks, and there have been valleys. The ever-memorable hieromonk Seraphim Roseonce prayed at Divine Liturgy in this solitary place, and later heavy trucks roarded along 213, distroying the usual prayerful silence. The parish grew and became strong in the Truth. We need not recall all of the pages of difficulties, but there was a schism in 2001, the deep wounds of which are not yet healed to this day. By the prayers of the new-martyrs and confessors of Russia, may the Lord strengthen us, and may the trials which are sent to us be for our spiritual growth.
© Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia 2011.
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