As the Soviet Union began to collapse in 1989-1990, its faithful ecclesiastical slave, the Sovietised Moscow Patriarchate, also began to break up.
Then, through the prayers of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors, Holy Russia will rise again from the ashes of the present neo-Soviet catastrophe, to the glory of Christ and the salvation of very many throughout the world!
These essays reflect that process by one who participated in it both inside and outside Russia.
Since writing these essays, I have changed my attitude towards some of the church figures mentioned in them.
Forty years ago, the well-known scientist and theologian, Professor Ivan Andreyev, who had been a confessor of the faith in the Solovki camps, posed the question: does the Moscow Patriarchate have grace that is, the grace of true and valid sacraments?
After a thorough examination of the question from a dogmatical and canonical point of view, he gave a clear and categorical reply: no.