21 February 2015

The Holy Church was built on their blood

For a Christian, the best type of death is, of course, martyrdom for Christ the Savior. In principle, that is the best type of death one may attain. While some people sent condolences to Optina Hermitage after the murder of three monks, for a Christian, such death is in fact a source of great joy. In the ancient Church, people never sent condolences when anyone was killed. All of the churches immediately sent their congratulations. Imagine! To congratulate them with the fact that they had a new defender in Heaven!

- the Rev. Fr. Daniel Sysoyev, Neomartyr of Russia

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