Russian Orthodox Church and
Skete of the Resurrection of Christ
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Old man, why do you fast


“The old man’s son approaches him and asks: “Old man.Why do you fast?”

He said:“Beloved boy, I fast to know what it is I lack.

For day by day I sit in abundance, and all is well before me; I want not, I suffer not, and I lack but that for which I invent a need. But my heart is empty of true joy, filled, yet overflowing with dry waters. There is no room left for love.
I have no needs, and so my needs are never met, no longings, and so my desires are never fulfilled. Where all the fruits of the earth could dwell, I have filled the house with dust and clouds; It is full, so I am content But it is empty, and so I weep.

“Thus I fast, beloved, to know the dust in which I dwell.

I take not from that which I might take, for in its absence I am left empty, and what is empty stands ready to be filled. I turn from what I love, for my love is barren, and by it I curse the earth. I turn from what I love, that I may purify my loving, and move from curse to blessing. “From my abundance I turn to want, as the soldier leaves the comfort of home, of family and love, to know the barrenness of war. For it is only among the fight, in the torture of loss, in the fire of battle, that lies are lost and the blind man clearly sees.
In hunger of body and mind, I see the vanity of food, for I have loved food as food, and have never been fed. In weary, waking vigil I see the vanity of sleep, for I have embraced sleep as desire, and have never found rest. In sorrow, with eyes of tears I see the vanity of pleasure, for I have treasured happiness above all, and have never known joy.

“I fast, beloved child, to crush the wall that is myself;

For I am not who I am, just as these passions are not treasures of gold but of clay. I fast to die, for it is not the living who are raised, but the dead. I fast to crucify my desires, for He who was crucified was He who lived, and He who conquered, and He who lives forever.”

~a poem by Constantine Buller

Фото: Сергей Веретенников


Weekly Schedule of Services




  5:30 pm   Vigil


  8:00 pm   Confessions    



  8:15 am   Nocturnes, Confessions


  9:00 am   Divine Liturgy


Church open daily (Monday-Friday) during monastic prayer services

  8:00 am

  6:00 pm  

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Russian Orthodox Church

and Skete of the Resurrection of Christ

1201 Hathaway Lane, NE

Fridley, MN 55432


phone ~ 763.574.1001
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