Studies in Church History Volume 5 Reuben Parsons

ISBN: 9781230419480

Published: September 12th 2013

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246 pages


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Studies in Church History Volume 5  by  Reuben Parsons

Studies in Church History Volume 5 by Reuben Parsons
September 12th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 246 pages | ISBN: 9781230419480 | 5.79 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. THEMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.

1898 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. THE MARTYRDOM OF THE NUNS OF MlNSK. Enough has been said in the previous dissertation to enable the reader to determine the sense in which the Russians are justified in terming Nicholas I. ever-memorable (nezabvenny). But there is recorded one episode of the reign of this czar which is so illustrative of the persecuting spirit of Holy Russia, so redolent of the barbarism with which six centuries of schism have endowed the masses of the empire, that a special chapter is needed for its proper presentation.

We shall condense our narrative from the sworn deposition of the principal sufferer, a deposition made before a commission appointed for the purpose by Pope Gregory XVI. (1). When Nicholas I. ascended the autocratic throne of All the Russias, nearly all the Catholic convents in his dominions belonged to the Basilian Order (2), and one of the most flourishing was that of Minsk, in Lithuania.

During the summer of 1838, Siemaszko, the episcopal apostate whom we have already introduced to the reader, had vainly endeavored to induce these nuns to join the Orthodox Church. When his third attempt had failed, he presented himself at the convent, and demanded of the abbess, Makrena, why she had not signed the act of abjuration which ho had sent to her. The conversation which ensued was, on the part of the abbess, a series of heroic and apostolic rebukes to the apostate- and on the part of Siemaszko, an alternation of cajoleries and diabolic insults. On the third day after this scene, the wretched prelate, accompanied by the civil governor of Minsk, at the head of a company of soldiers, broke open the doors of the convent at 5 A.

M. The nuns were in the act of proceeding to their chapel, and naturally each one started for her...



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