The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


04 December 2014

Heavenly Realm

Book Review
Regarding the book  Heavenly Realm

In 1984, two years after Fr. Seraphim's repose, Platina published a collection of lay sermons that Eugene Rose had written for the San Francisco Cathedral bulletin back in the 1960's.   The book, titled Heavenly Realm, is out of print, however the lay sermons have been re-collected on this blog from various places (see sidebar).  Several years after Fr. Seraphim had submitted his lay sermons for publication, he looked back as a priest on the value of his earlier new-convert writings  –  he assessed the value of those sermons both for the reader and for himself as the writer.

What Fr, Seraphim told to Fr. Alexey Young
from Letters, page 22

August 16/29,  1971
... Nonetheless, even without a newspaper, it doesn't hurt for converts to share ideas with each other.

Some years ago I wrote brief articles somewhat in the same vein, at the insistence of Archbishop John, who wanted at least a page or two of English material in the San Francisco diocesan bulletin (now defunct).  I don't know who if anyone read them, and looking back on them now I find them, despite the "feeling" I put into them, somewhat "abstract," the product of thinking that hadn't had too much experience as yet, either of Orthodox literature or Orthodox life.  Still, for me they served as important function in my understanding and expression of various Orthodox questions, and even in my Orthodox "development," and Vladyka John "pushed" that.

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