The Bishop of Fond du Lac in Russia

From The Living Church, November 7, 1903, p. 13.

MANY friends of the Bishop of Fond du Lac, will be interested in the following letter from him, written at Moscow, October 15th:

“MY DEAR —— You will, I think be pleased to receive a line from me written from this old city, the very heart of Russia. It has now 1,200,000 for its population. The streets are not so crooked or narrow as I had imagined. But it is in this very unlike spacious St. Petersburg. The merchants here are reported to be quite wealthy. I went into one of their large shops, which reminded one of our large Department stores. There are electric lights in the streets, and tramways. The cabs or “dhrosches” are very numerous. They are open and they are very cheap, so that you see many persons and of all classes using them. The people are notably religious. Of course in so great a city I suppose all kinds of vice exist. But there is no city in the world, I think, where, by so many, religion is outwardly expressed. There are little tiny chapels in many of the streets, where persons are seen from morning to night stopping to pray. The men go to church and in greater numbers than the women. The congregation has to stand during the entire service, save when they for a few minutes kneel, and the service may last for several hours. They begin keeping Sunday on Saturday evening. The service is at six. Then the Mass or Liturgy is on Sunday at 10 or 10:30. There is Vespers in the afternoon.

“I was at the great Church of St. Saviour’s last Sunday. This church was built to commemorate the nation’s deliverance from Napoleon. The English people, you know, after their great victory over Napoleon, built in honor of the event a grand bridge over the Thames and called it Waterloo Bridge. The Moscow people built this great church as a thank-offering to God and called it St. Saviour. The Metropolitan who celebrated had me and my attendants placed in his throne in the nave. The church is said, when the galleries were filled on Easter, to hold 14,000 persons. It was on Sunday packed with a great crowd, and so I suppose 10,000 were present, the greater part men.

“We have been most graciously received here and at St. Petersburg. Last week we were at the famous Troitsa (Holy Trinity) monastery, about two hours by tram from here. Now we are staying as guests at the Chudoff Monastery in the Kremlin, where a large suite of rooms is set apart for us. I think I am the first Anglican Bishop who has ever stayed here. Tomorrow night we go back to St. Petersburg and; then shall soon turn homeward. Our passage is taken on the Deutschland, which sails November 2nd.”

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