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About building churches
by the Elder Sophrony Sakharov
A contemporary Elder - and the founder of the Sacred Monastery of the Precious Forerunner in Essex, England - Archmandrite Sophrony Sakharov of Russian descent, had made the following comment to one of his spiritual children as they watched the construction of a church that was being built within the grounds of the Monastery: "It is a difficult thing nowadays to build a temple. It will rouse all the demons." He then continued with an anecdote that he had heard in Russia: "There once was a person who had gone to Hell, but who wanted a church there so that he could pray. In spite of his sinfulness, he loved God and wanted to pray. So he began to measure a spot where he intended to lay its foundations. A devil came up to him and asked him what he was doing. He replied: 'I want to build a sacred temple here, so that I can pray.'
Article published in English on: 10-11-2011.
Last update: 10-11-2011.