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|TRIPTYCH FOR FATHER MEN
A Poem by Fr John McGuckin written in Moscow in
Triptych for Father Men
as though stepping
through a mist of time
you sent me greetings,
long after your death
in this time.
They came by the winding
of long journeys
through many hands.( Read more...Collapse )
WHO WAS FR MEN? AND WHY THIS WEBSITE? AND ON BEGINNING TO EXPLORE IT
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|Sunday, November 25th, 2007|
|I. About Fr. Alexander Men (AND ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION OF THIS SITE)
I. The first set of entries will be by writers concerning Father
II second will be writings of his in English translation
III. the third will be links and galleries,
IV. The Fourth will be things
that dont fit in the first three categories.
If you are unfamiliar
with livejournal do not be distracted by the dates, everything is
backdated or forward dated to preserve the structure, so go by
the sets I-IV and numbers within the sets I-1,I-2 etc
I-1 IRINA YAZIKOVA "WE ARE MOVING INTO AN AGE OF LOVE."
This is an article published in 2005 in Moscow giving a general overview ( Read more...Collapse )
of the work of Fr Alexander Men. The author Irina Yazikova is an
|I-2 FATHER MEN'S PARISH OF NOVAYA DEREVNYA- Olga Bukhina
For the Jews like a Jew, for the Greeks like a Greek: the Parish of Novaja
Derevnja in the 1970s
My talk about Father Alexander Men is neither theological or ecclesiological,
nor any kind of “logical.” Nevertheless, I will start with the passage from the
Scripture. It is from the First Letter to the Corinthians, and it defines a
topic of my talk. “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those
under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the
law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became
like one not having the law…, so as to win those not having the law… I have
become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I
do all this for the sake of the gospel...” (1 Corinthians 9, 20-23).( Read more...Collapse )
|I-9 John McMahon Review," HOLY SWORD,HOLY FIRE", of "Christianity for the Twentyfirst Century."
This is a review by John McMahon ,done for the magazine called
First Hour which we did in the 1990s, of the anthology,ed.Roberts
and Shukman," Christianity for the twentyfirst century."
John was, he died in I think 1999, a classics master at the Harvey
School and a man of letters indeed though not a writer, above
all he was a man of,as I think, great spiritual depth and insight
and some phrases in this review seem to me to be as fine as any
evaluation I have seen of Fr Men's writing. At his sudden death
he was gathering material for a book on Tomasao Campanella. In any
case this review seems to me an excellent introduction to reading
Father Men at the same time as it makes one wish, if one knew him,
again for Johm McMahon's company, or if not for more of his
writing, which we shall not now have. ( Read more...Collapse )
|I-13 Memoirs of Fr Alexander By Vladimir Fainberg
Vladimir Fainberg 1930- is a novelist and poet who was a
friend of Fr Alexanders during the last decade of his life.
As he states in the bit of the memoir we give here (with the link
to the whole) he had worked in a parapsychology laboratory and
come into ocntact with something but he felt that he received
illumination and understanding from Fr Men and so he
has written a memoir, available online and in English
of meetings with Fr Men. It is an important resource and for
it, or rather a bit of it and link to the whole as the length
is too much for a live journal entry please click here.( Read more...Collapse )
|I-14 Dr Albert Raboteau "Fr Men and Contemporary Culture."
Dr Raboteau is former dean of faculty at Princeton University
and professor of African American studies. This paper is from
the Alexander Men Conference in New York 2004.( Read more...Collapse ).
Dr Raboteau second from right. To his right John N Perkins
psychologist from Princeton and to his left Olga Bukhina,
two of the other speakers at the conference.
|Saturday, November 24th, 2007|
|II. Writings of Father Men
The next entries are writings by Fr Alexander Men
II-1 'TWO UNDERSTANDINGS OF CHRISTIANITY."
This is Father Men's Lecture "Two Understandings of Christianity
with its introductory note as taken from "Christianity for the Twentyfirst
Century" ed. Roberts and Shukman.( Read more...Collapse )
The Credo of Alexander Men is a selection of statements of belief taken from( Read more...Collapse )
his writings and organized by theme, with the compiler having added
Scripture references. It is coherent and a remarkable statement of a faith
which indeed can be received by Christians of many backgrounds and
|II-13 Preparation for Confession
This, passed on by Fr. Alexis Vinogradov, is an examination of
conscience by Fr Alexander Men as preparation for receiving
confession. I have been told by people who heard him that when
it came time to speak privately they would say 'you have said
everything Father, I have nothing left to say you have expressed
my condition exactly.' ( Read more...Collapse )
|II-14 "The Six Days of Creation"
This lecture on Creation was given in a public hall in 1989 during
that brief final period when Fr men was free to give public lectures.
That there was still opposition is indicated by the brief disruption by
loud speaker at the beginning which Fr Men deals with calmly and with
humor. ( Read more...Collapse )
|II-15 Necessity of Dialogue +"The Difficult Path to Dialogue: On Graham Greene's Monsignor Quixote"
Two Items (1) a short discussion of the necessity of dialogue
as a way of life and then opening that out
(2) the article "The difficult Path to Dialogue."
Fr Men had made a translation of Graham Greene's "The Power and the
Glory" which he regarded as one, with Cronin's "Keys to the Kingdom"
being the other, of two contemporary key images of the priesthood
and in considering Monsignor Quixote he considers a portrayal of
a priest but this time of dialogue ,with the character of the
Mayor Sancho who is a communist, of Christianity and Marxism
--and Marxism is pretty much gone now in the ashcan of history but--
more broadly of the faith and all others in the world and the need
for this dialogue for the world to endure. This is only a part,
though a very substantial and representative part, but I hope to
offer the whole as time permits. ( Read more...Collapse )
|II-16 CHRISTIANITY-- Alexander Men's final lecture
This lecture was given on the night of September 8 1990 the
night before Fr Alexander's assassination. It was at the opening
of the Alexander Men Open University and all in all it is a
writing of extraordinary importance. The source
is our own First hour and the translation of Steve Griffin.( Read more...Collapse )
|II-20 Two Prayers
Lord Jesus Christ!
In this evening hour,in this city
Where your blessing rests,
amidst all sufferings and sins and troubles
and assumed all the ills of mankind
because you loved us,
You ,who have come here,
remain with us. ( Read more...Collapse )
Prayer of Christ’s Disciples
by Father Alexander Men’
Jesus Christ, Son of God
Who has revealed to us the heavenly Father, make of us your disciples.
You promised to bestow peace upon our souls,
but do not desire careless servants.
Give us strength to stand on guard and to be alert,
so that we may be faithful to you and to you alone.
Teach us to do all things in your sight. Make us your children.
Give us the strength to do your will and to keep your commandments.
Teach us to do good. Guard us against the leaven of the Pharisees.
Teach us to perceive that which is most important in life, the one thing needful.
Help us to be delivered from sin, from slothfulness, from feebleness of spirit.
May everything good and beautiful in the world remind us of you.
May the evil of this world be a warning to us.
May we see in sinners the reflection of our own sins.
Teach us to look on those who think differently from us,
who have different religious beliefs or no belief at all, as brothers.
Let us remember how short life is,
so that the thought of death may become for us
an inspiration to industry and service.
Grant us the ability to forgive, to love and to give.
Teach us to live in prayer.
Grant us even now to be communicants of your Kingdom.
Teach us to hate sin, but not the sinner.
Give us the strength to be your witnesses.
Do not allow us to become vain, petty and barren.
Be for us the Alpha and Omega in this life and in eternity.
May we be your disciples.
|II-20 The Christian Hope: Karabakh or Bethlehem?
This was written at the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union and is
a meditation on the deep human tendency to tribal conflict. Occasioned
by the then current, in 1989, battle between Armenians and Azeris for
the region of Karabakh it has of course more recent parallels up to
today. ( Read more...Collapse )
|II-23 "Nikolai Berdyaev"
This is from a series of lectures on the Russian religious philosophers
given in 1989. The translation is by Fr Stephen Janos and with permission.
He also tells me that has completed that entire series of lectures by
Fr Men which he hopes to have published as a book/
His excellent website on Berdyaev is at:http://www.berdyaev.com/
And here is Fr Alexander's discussionof Berdyaev.( Read more...Collapse )
|II-26 Christianity:The Universal Vision
This study of the place of Christianity within the whole range
of human spirituality, gives some of the intellectual basis for
his ecumenism and openness to all the forms of spirituality.
It appeared under the title "On the problematics of the
Axial Period.(on the dialogue between culture and religion)"
posthumously in 1992. It is long and I am copying out so
it will not be here completely for some time but will try to
keep it going in. Elizabeth Roberts, who put the now out of
print book together, notes that the more is available the
better so have copied it out ( Read more...Collapse )
Working in his office. Note picture of Vladimir Soloviev.
|Wednesday, November 21st, 2007|
|III Alexander Men Links and Photographs
The following entries will be links to related material and photographs etc
III-1 THE CHILDRENS' HOSPITAL
Father Men began a volunteer work in support of the
Russia Childrens' Hospital in Moscow which is the
only one to offer kidney transplants and in general
is for children with grave illness only some of
Fr Men was chaplain to the hospital and this work
of spiritual support by chaplain and volunteers which
he began continues.
Click to the right for some pictures and links on
this work. ( Read more...Collapse )
.Fr Men at the Childrens' hospital.
|III-5 Iconic portrayals of Fr Men
Although Father Men has not yet been recognized formally as a
saint by the Church, there is an old tradition of painting
icons of those not yet canonized but remembered with love
and a confident sense of their holiness by their spiritual
children. Here are some examples of iconographic portrayal
of Alexander Men ( Read more...Collapse )