When for the first time I stepped deliberately over the threshold of the
St. Nicholas Church I was expecting to meet here the strict and severe gazes,
but I’ve met kind, native and understanding looks. Every time during worships I
meet the same people: they are stepping over the threshold of our Church with
trepidation. But coming here over and over again the trepidation doesn’t
disappear! Having come to the Church, I’ve found a big family where my faults
could be pointed out without reproaches or blames, where my successes would be
sincerely gladden, where with pure love I would be blessed for good affairs,
where there is neither flattery nor lie or harm.
When one is standing before the icon of St. Nicholas, having tears in one’s
eyes, one can be sure that St. Nicholas hears one’s prayers, that here, in this
Church, one is placid, and that having addressed to St. Nicholas once, one has
got Defender and Patron, the Greatest Prayer-Man in front of God, and since now
one has somebody Whom can appeal to when needs a help.
The doors of our Church are opened for everyone who comes here, but for
real understanding of the whole joy that one gets when praying, it’s necessary
to open one’s heart.
I wish You God’s help in all Your good intentions, dear brothers andsisters.