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Today we celebrate St Dimitry, a priest who worked with Mother Maria to save Jews from the N***s.
St. Dimitry signed many false baptismal certificates in order to save people from the N***s, while also baptizing many who also sought to convert. But he never baptized anyone who didn't want it. He told Mother Maria why he signed the false certificates saying, “I think the good Christ would give me that paper if I were in their place. So I must do it.”
Eventually, a German officer named Hoffman collected a large amount of evidence on how Jews had been helped by Mother Maria and Fr. Dimitry. He was prepared to question the priest for a long time, and was astonished when Fr. Dimitry told him frankly about everything he had done.
Hoffman said curtly, “And if we release you, will you promise never again to aid Jews?”
Dimitry answered, “I can say no such thing. I am a Christian, and must act as I must.”
Hoffman stared at him in disbelief for a moment, and then struck Dimitry across his face. “Jew lover!” he screamed. “How dare you talk of those pigs as being a Christian duty!”
The frail Dimitry recovered his balance. Staying calm, he raised the Cross from his cassock and faced Hoffman with it.
“Do you know this Jew?” he said quietly.
The blow he received knocked him to the floor.
Shortly thereafter, Fr. Dimitry was taken to a concentration camp where he died.

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The ethical perfection of the liturgizing priest and the degree of his faith do not contribute at all to the completion of the Mysteries, because even if he is lacking these, he is an instrument of the Church who acts on behalf of the Church, and it is God Who gives the grace in the interest of the Church. If a priest is unworthy, he will give an account for his own audacity; however, the Mysteries still take place and are perfected.

If the ethical perfection and faith of a priest were completely necessary in order for the Mysteries to be performed, then it would be uncertain as to whether or not salvation existed within the Church, and whether or not She is the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the spotless bride of Christ which received the order to conduct the Mysteries He entrusted to Her in order to eternally perpetuate the redeeming work of the Savior. Because who, from them who deem necessary the ethical and religious qualifications of priests in order for the Mysteries to be performed, would be convinced that the Church preserved the priesthood and the grace to perform the Mysteries within Herself for twenty centuries since the establishment of the Church? Who would be able to guarantee that all the ordinations of the priests and archpriests that have been conducted through the centuries were actually performed by ethical and faithful archpriests? Certainly no one.

If the Mysteries remained incomplete and imperfect due to the absence of a priest's or archpriest's ethical and religious qualifications, and if grace did not descend during baptism and ordination, then they who have been baptized would still remain unbaptized, while the priests and archpriests would also be non-clerics. And then the Church would remain deprived of sacred persons and of all the grace given to Her by the Apostles. But things are not so. The ethical and religious quality of the priests in no way contributes to the completion of the Mysteries; everything depends on the Church, because only She received the grace of redemption and sanctification, and only She conducts the Mysteries through her sacred instruments....

The divine Gregory Nazianzos says in his discourse on baptism: "All are trustworthy for your purification, as long as he is among them who have received the authority to forgive sins, and as long as he has not been openly condemned. You who seek healing, do not judge your judges; do not examine the value of them who purify you, and do not make distinctions regarding them who give you birth... the grace of baptism is one."

St. Nektarios of Aegina
Concerning the Ethical Perfection of the Liturgizing Priest

The ethical perfection of the liturgizing priest and the degree of his faith do not contribute at all to the completion of the Mysteries, because even if he is lacking these, he is an instrument of the Church who acts on behalf of the Church, and it is God Who gives the grace in the interest of the Church. If a priest is unworthy, he will give an account for his own audacity; however, the Mysteries still take place and are perfected.

If the ethical perfection and faith of a priest were completely necessary in order for the Mysteries to be performed, then it would be uncertain as to whether or not salvation existed within the Church, and whether or not She is the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the spotless bride of Christ which received the order to conduct the Mysteries He entrusted to Her in order to eternally perpetuate the redeeming work of the Savior. Because who, from them who deem necessary the ethical and religious qualifications of priests in order for the Mysteries to be performed, would be convinced that the Church preserved the priesthood and the grace to perform the Mysteries within Herself for twenty centuries since the establishment of the Church? Who would be able to guarantee that all the ordinations of the priests and archpriests that have been conducted through the centuries were actually performed by ethical and faithful archpriests? Certainly no one.

If the Mysteries remained incomplete and imperfect due to the absence of a priest's or archpriest's ethical and religious qualifications, and if grace did not descend during baptism and ordination, then they who have been baptized would still remain unbaptized, while the priests and archpriests would also be non-clerics. And then the Church would remain deprived of sacred persons and of all the grace given to Her by the Apostles. But things are not so. The ethical and religious quality of the priests in no way contributes to the completion of the Mysteries; everything depends on the Church, because only She received the grace of redemption and sanctification, and only She conducts the Mysteries through her sacred instruments....

The divine Gregory Nazianzos says in his discourse on baptism: "All are trustworthy for your purification, as long as he is among them who have received the authority to forgive sins, and as long as he has not been openly condemned. You who seek healing, do not judge your judges; do not examine the value of them who purify you, and do not make distinctions regarding them who give you birth... the grace of baptism is one."

St. Nektarios of Aegina
Concerning the Ethical Perfection of the Liturgizing Priest

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One should not say that it is impossible to reach a virtuous life; but one should say that it is not easy.

Nor do those who have reached it find it easy to maintain.

Those who are devout and whose intellect enjoys the love of God participate in the life of virtue; the ordinary intellect, however, is worldly and wavering, producing both good and evil thoughts, because it is changeful by nature and directed towards material things.

But the intellect that enjoys the love of God punishes the evil which arises spontaneously because of man’s laziness.

Saint Anthony the Great

One should not say that it is impossible to reach a virtuous life; but one should say that it is not easy.

Nor do those who have reached it find it easy to maintain.

Those who are devout and whose intellect enjoys the love of God participate in the life of virtue; the ordinary intellect, however, is worldly and wavering, producing both good and evil thoughts, because it is changeful by nature and directed towards material things.

But the intellect that enjoys the love of God punishes the evil which arises spontaneously because of man’s laziness.

Saint Anthony the Great

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