The Agony of the Church

The Agony of the Church

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The Agony of the Church by Nikolai Velimirovic

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1917

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The contents of this book was originally given in the form of lectures at St Margaret's, Westminster. There is, we think, a special fitness inthe lectures appearing in book form bearing the imprint of the Student Christian Movement, for though Father Nicholas has hosts of friends inGreat Britain now, when he first came here our Movement was perhaps theonly body which had the right to claim him as being already a friend.

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y incarnation of Holy Wisdom. This Wisdom stands above all human wisdom and revives and illuminates it. Holy Wisdom includes the essential wisdom of Peter, Paul, John, and any other apostle or seer, or any other thing or creature, as the ocean includes the water of many rivers. In the darkest times of dissension, uncertainty or suffering, the Christian East did not rely so much upon the great apostles, either Peter, or Paul, or John, but looked beyond time and space to the Eternal Christ, The Logos of God, and asked for Light. And it looked to Eternity through this church in Constantinople, St Sophia, as the all-embracing and all-reconciling, holy symbol. Whenever Peter, or Paul, or John, or any other apostle, or prophet, became the ground upon which the believers quarrelled, it was in the Holy Wisdom that they sought refuge and healing from their intellectual one-sidedness and ill-will.

Yet if Holy Wisdom has only in the East a magnificent visible symbol, Holy Wisdom is none the less the very foundati