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Subdeacon Nicolas gives talk to the Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius

“The Paragraphs Appear as if They Had Been Rained Down From the Clouds.”

On the evening of Thursday, 29th October, 2015 Subdeacon Nicolas Mabin (of the London Cathedral parish) gave a talk at the House of St Gregory & St Macrina to the Oxford branch of The Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergius. Hosted by Archpriest Stephen Platt, the talk was entitled The Paragraphs Appear as if They Had Been Rained Down From the Clouds. It was an historical account of the publication in English in 1897 of My Life in Christ, the spiritual diary of Saint John of Kronstadt (1829 – 1908). Subdeacon Nicolas told the remarkable story of how various editions of the book have kept it in print in English for nearly 120 years through the efforts of a diverse cast of characters, including a famous builder of Russian Naval ships, a Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, an Anglican missionary, an Anglican vicar’s wife, and a Uniate; as well, of course, as the renowned publishing efforts of Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville, NY, USA.

In December, 2015, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, will publish a new edition of My Life In Christ.

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