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Elder Barsanuphius of Optina

   
by Victor Afanasiev

Volume 7 of The Optina Elders Series

“One of the great Optina Elders, Schema-Archimandrite Barsanuphius (1845-1913), functioned as an Elder in the Skete of Optina Monastery in Kozelsk from 1907 until 1912. During this time other Elders were also laboring in the Monastery and its Skete—Fr. Anatole (the ‘Younger’) Potapov, and Fr. Joseph, who completed his grace-filled course of eldership in 1911. Other Elders followed, such as Frs. Nektary and Theodosius. During those years the closest disciple of Fr. Barsanuphius was one of the last Optina Elders, Fr. Nikon, whose detailed journal has bequeathed us many of his instructor’s deeds and words.”
—“Author’s Foreword”

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGY
PART I: THE PRIMA VITA OF ELDER BARSANUPHIUS
   1. Rebirth
   2. Optina Chaplain
   3. Fr. Basil Shoustin
   4. The Clairvoyance of St. Barsanuphius
   5. Sergei A. Nilus
   6. Heavenly Abodes
   7. St. John of Kronstadt
   8. Healings
   9. Leo Tolstoy
   10. The Autumn of Optina
   11. Sorrow Will Vanish
   12. His Disciples
PART II: THE LIFE OF ELDER BARSANUPHIUS (Published in Optina)
   Foreword
   1. Life Before Monasticism
   2. Early Years in Optina
   3. Elder and Skete Superior
   4. Loving Father and Instructor
   5. Clouds on the Horizon
   6. Transfer from Optina and Repose
PART III: TALKS WITH SPIRITUAL CHILDREN
PART IV: REMINISCENCES OF SPIRITUAL CHILDREN
   1. My First Trip to Optina
   2. Recollections of the Elder
PART V: SELECT COUNSELS, THOUGHTS, AND EDIFYING INCIDENTS
PART VI: THE JOURNAL OF ELDER NIKON OF OPTINA
APPENDICES
   I Uncovering of the Elder’s Holy Relics
   II Sermon of Elder Theodosius on the Fortieth Day of Elder Barsanuphius’ Repose
   III Letters of the Elder’s Spiritual Children
GLOSSARY
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Item Number: BKP177
Publication Data: Platina, CA: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2000
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 833
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.0 cm × 13.5 cm × 4.3 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 0‒938635‒61‒1

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