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The Orthodox Word #336-337 Digital Edition
The Orthodox Word #336-337 Digital Edition

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Vol. 57, Nos. 1–2 (336–337) January–April, 2021

St. Jonah of Hankou

This double issue of The Orthodox Word begins with the Life of St. Jonah, bishop of Hankou, China. St. Jonah was a brilliant student at the Kazan Theological Academy, and a disciple of St. Gabriel (Zyryanov) of Seven Lakes Monastery, as well as of Optina Elder St. Anatole (Potapov). During the First World War he was a military chaplain at the front, and after the Revolution he served as a chaplain to the White Army as it fought the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. When the White forces were compelled to retreat, Fr. Jonah accompanied them through treacherous mountain passes in wintertime to Western China, where they settled. In 1922 Fr. Jonah was consecrated bishop of Hankou, and until his untimely repose in 1925 he worked tirelessly for his flock. This is the most complete life of St. Jonah available in English.

This article is followed by a never-before-available informal talk by Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) of Platina on Russian literature. This talk is published in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The issue concludes with a book review of The Departure of the Soul According to the Teaching of the Orthodox Church, a landmark publication of St. Anthony's Monastery in Arizona.

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