Encouragement to Strive in Prayer” – a spiritual talk by Elder Sofian Boghiu (+2002)

at the School of Law Auditorium in Bucharest,

Romania, November 14th, 1996.


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The Very Reverend Archimandrite Sofian Boghiu was one of the most famous spiritual fathers of Romania in the 20th century. He became a monk from a young age. Because he was part of the famous Burning Bush spiritual movement, (together with his good friend Archim. Roman Braga from Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan), he was imprisoned for many years in the communist prisons. As an iconographer he painted many churches around the world and as abbot of Antim Monastery in Bucharest he guided many souls towards salvation. Father Sofian is famous also for his deep spiritual advice on the Jesus Prayer that he practiced humbly since youth. He was a great spiritual father, loved and sought after by the faithful. He was called “the Apostle of Bucharest”.