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


January 8, 2020

What Should We Do? St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

"What Should We Do"

St Ignatius, with his prophetic spirit, deeply penetrated the spirit of the universal apostasy of the last times. Here we are citing some of his characteristic thoughts, so much current, even today: 

"God permitted apostasy.  We are helpless to stop this apostasy.  Weak hands will have no power against it and nothing more will be required than the attempt to avoid it.  The spirit of the age will reveal the apostasy.  Study it, if you wish to avoid it, if you wish to escape this age and the temptation of its spirits... Only certain Grace of God may stop this pernicious moral epidemic, and to postpone it for awhile, for it is necessary to happen all that was foretold in the Scriptures... There is no one who could renew Christianity.  Vessels of the Holy Spirit everywhere have dried up, even in the monasteries, these treasures of piousness and grace... The salt has lost its savor.  Among church shepherds exists merely a weak, unclear, and inconsistent understanding of the Word, which is destroying spiritual life.  Christianity is in doing and not in words . It's difficult even to look at whom are entrusted, or into whose hands Christ sheep befell, to whom their guidance and salvation is entrusted!  But, God allowed that... God's merciful long endurance postpones the complete breakdown for the sake of few saving themselves, while those who started on the road of perdition have already perished, or are reaching the peak of corruptness...  Let the merciful Lord protect the remnant still believing in Him, but that remnant is few, and getting fewer."

(Words of St. Ignaty are written over hundred years ago)
Ecumenism and Apostasy of the Last Times
Fr Sava Janjic
-- From "What Should We Do"
by Abp Averky

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