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This issue of The Orthodox Word features the life of a recent
Bulgarian elder, Monk Sofrony (Chelenkov), who lived his monastic life
first in the renowned Rila Monastery, and then in a small skete nearby.
Living during the Communist era in Bulgaria, he remained immersed in
Christ's world and unattached to the fallen world around him, yet cared
greatly for his neighbor. He was one of a multitude of such ascetics who
lived during the last century mostly unknown to the world.The
second article in this issue is the conclusion of the Life of New
Hieromartyr Isaac (Bobrakov), the last superior of Russia’s famed Optina
Monastery.Also in this issue is the continuation of the
Explanation of the General Epistle of the Holy Apostle James by St.
Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain.