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Elder Nektary of Optina

   
by I. M. Kontzevitch

Volume 5 of The Optina Elders Series

“Due to the destruction of Optina Monastery by the bolsheviks, the disciples of the last great Optina Elder, Nektary, were not able to remain attached to that monastic enclosure; they were dispersed across Russia and throughout the world. These humble souls, having been touched by the endearing, Christ-like meekness of Elder Nektary, were nourished for decades on the spiritual food they received through their contact with the Elder. They shared, in their own simple way, the life-emitting awareness of holiness, and made it possible for others to catch that living spark, which has resulted in this book.”
—“Introduction: Spiritual Continuity”

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGY
PART I: THE PRIMA VITA OF ELDER NEKTARY
   1. The Definition of Eldership
   2. Youth
   3. Eldership
   4. The End of Optina
   5. Teachings
   6. Clairvoyance and Miraculous Help
PART II: THE LETTERS OF ELDER NEKTARY
PART III: A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ELDER NEKTARY
   Foreword
   1. The Young Monk
   2. Eldership (1991-1923)
   3. The Sayings of Elder Nektary
   4. Exile (1923-1927)
   5. Last Days and Righteous Repose
   6. The Uncovering of His Holy Relics
PART IV: A GATHERING OF WITNESSES
   1. Glimpses into the Unseen World
   2. The Wisdom of Foolishness For Christ’s Sake
   3. The Sermon
   4. Conversion of a Spiritist
   5. Preserving a Boy for Optina Transmission
   6. Belev Convent
   7. The Heavenly Chancery
   8. Shamordino Convent
   9. You Shall Have Many Children
   10. An Evening Party
   11. The Jesus Prayer
   12. “Step by Step”
   13. How to Retain a Confessive Life
   14. The Mystery of Spiritual Searching
   15. A Trip to Kholmishche
   16. Movie Actor
   17. The Power of Love
   18. The Virtue of Patience
   19. Parting With the Elder
   20. In the Light of the Elder’s Sunset
   21. At the Grave
GLOSSARY
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Item Number: BKP175
Publication Data: Platina, CA: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 1998
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 515
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.0 cm × 13.5 cm × 2.7 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 0‒938635‒59‒X

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