How Blessed Natalia Ivanovna Dimitrievna saw the Truth off.
Many times I heard around the Monastery that before her death in 1900, Blessed Matushka Natashenka saw the Truth off to Heaven with the ringing of the bells. But how it happened exactly, I could not find out.
During the 1950’s I happened to meet one woman from the village of Knyaz-Ivanovo. She told me that this happened during her own time, at the time of some summer feast; it seems it was on Pentecost.
At the time there was not yet a bell tower in the Monastery, and the bells were located at the end of the canal on a wooden beam. Natalia Ivanovna’s hermitage was next to the bread bakery, and she always rang for the Midnight Office. That day she unexpectedly began ringing during the Liturgy. Everyone left the church to find out what had happened. The late Abbess Maria also came out. Everyone went to the bells. The Abbess asked the blessed one why she was ringing like that. She answered:
”I am seeing Truth off to Heaven. The Truth is no longer on Earth!
”Well, don’t do that again,” the Abbess said.
”I will never do it again,” replied the blessed one and dropped her hands. That year she died.
From Saint Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov and His Spiritual Inheritance, St. Xenia Skete, Wildwood, CA, 2004 , Nun Seraphima (Bulgakova)
From 1848 there lived in Diveyevo, besides the fool-for-Christ Pelagia Ivanovna Serebrennivoa, Blessed Natalya Dimitrievna–“Natashenka”.At first they wanted to send her away because of a certain strangeness in her behaviour, but Blessed Pelagia Ivanovna, appearing in a dream to the dean, showed her a paper on which was written in big letters: “Don’t touch Natalya, she is appointed to live here!”Blessed Natalya received from the Lord the gift of discernment and clairvoyance. She died in 1900.
by St. Nikolai Velimirovich
Why did the people and servants believe and the princes and scribes not believe? Because, the people and servants considered themselves insignificant and unimportant and did not have any personal pride nor envy toward Christ. The people and servants, without malice and prejudice, looked upon the divine miracles and listened to the divine words and were amazed and rejoiced. The princes and the scribes considered themselves first among the people and in the world and so they were filled with pride and envy and were unable, even for a moment, to look upon the miraculous works nor to listen to the divine words without malice and envy.
Brethren, do you see how man, without humility and meekness, is unable even to recognize truth nor to rejoice in the truth? Do you see how the proud and the envious do not even allow God to be ahead of them? As did Satan, at one time!
Lord Jesus, Eternal Truth, cleanse our hearts of pride and envy that we may be able to see You and to rejoice in You. To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
A prophecy of Saint Seraphim of Viritsa
There will come a time when not the persecutions but money and the goods of this world will take people far from God. Then many more souls will be lost than in the time of the persecutions. On the one hand, they will be putting gold on the domes and will put the crosses on them and on the other hand everywhere evil and falsehood will reign. The true Church always will be persecuted. They who want to be saved will be saved with illnesses and afflictions. The way in which the persecutions will occur will be very sly and it will be very difficult for one to foresee the persecutions. Dreadful will be that time; I pity those who will be living then.
Troparion — The Ascension of our Lord ,tone 4
Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, bringing joy to Thy disciples, for Thou didst reassure them through Thy blessing of the promise of the Holy Spirit. For Thou art the Son of God, the redeemer of the world.