A Collection of Letters to Nuns

A Collection of Letters to Nuns

Profitable Instructions for Laymen and Monastics

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Paperback, 308 pages
Jan 1, 1993
9 in x 6 in
15 grams
Printshop of St Job of Pochaev
Holy Trinity Monastery

— About the Book —

Originally published in Russian in 1910, this volume is made up of 382 letters of spiritual counsel by the Optina Elder Hieroschemamonk Anatoly (Zertsalov) to nuns. These letters, while originally addressed to nuns, can be applied with profit to all Christians, both monastic and lay. Written in a tone that is both firm and tender, they are the words of a caring father for his spiritual children. Includes the life of St. Anatoly, a glossary, an index of topics, and a table of letters.

— Author Biography —

St. Anatoly of Optina was born on March 24, 1824 in the village of Bobolya, and named Alexis at birth.  From his youth he expressed a desire for the monastic life, and after a visit to the Optina monastery he became a novice there.  Soon tonsured and given the name Anatoly, he was under obedience to St. Macarius.  After his elder’s repose in 1860, and becoming closer with St. Ambrose, St. Anatoly was entrusted with the training of future monks at the monastery.  Becoming an aide to St. Ambrose, during the latter’s illness; St. Anatoly was responsible for the spiritual correspondence with the nuns of the Shamordino Convent.  St. Anatoly died on January 25 1894.  He was canonized, along with the rest of the Optina Elders, in 1990.

— Contents —

1.  Forward

2.  The Letters

3.  From Various Introductions to the Letters

4.  The Life of St. Anatoly

5.  Glossery

6.  Index of Topics

7.  Table of Letters

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