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Trailer: The House of Mercy in Russia

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I wish something like this was possible in North America, but I don’t think adoption laws would allow it. A pity. At least it is allowed elsewhere.

Title: Open the Doors of Mercy To Us

This trailer presents the first 10 minutes of the CRTN – documentary “Open the Doors of Mercy to us.”

Production Date: 2004
Duration: 29′

Copyright: CRTN / Blagovest Media
Language: English
Executive Producer: Mark Riedemann
Director: Nicolas Goriakin

“These are my children. There are 53 of them. We have children of different nationalities in my family: Russians, Ukrainians, German, Bashkyrs, Kazahs, Tatars, Gypsies, and Japanese. … The Lord gave them what they have lost: they regained a family.” [Fr. Nikolay Stremsky]

Fr. Nikolay Stremsky, a married Orthodox priest arrived in Saractash, a Russian village that lies 100 km from steppe Orenburg, only to be confronted with the grim reality of post communist Russian village life. Unemployment and insufficient social services have abandoned many to the streets — particularly children. Little by little he gathered them together under his shelter. Fr. Nikolay recounts the beginning of what has today become a phenomenon in Russia — the House of Mercy.

Hat Tip: Mystagogy


Written by Stephen

October 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Posted in Russia, Video

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  1. very moving! beautiful! amazing! may christ our true god continue to work through fr nicolai and matushka -and may the children they are raising become great lights of orthodoxy in this fallen world! amin. amin. amin.

    ioannnis mannon

    October 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  2. Amen! I may as well mention, now that I remember, that my bishop has told my parish of a number of similar families in the Ukraine, so this isn’t an isolated phenomenon. Yes, may God bless all who take on this wonderful labour.


    October 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm

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