Alexander Men

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Father Alexander Men (1935-1990)

Father Alexander Men (1935-1990) was a Russian Orthodox priest who is considered by some to be a martyr.


Born a Jew, Alexander Men was baptized as an infant by his mother, who had become a member of the underground church in Russia under Soviet suppression.

Father Alexander Men was a voice "crying in the wilderness" of the Soviet atheistic domination of Russian culture and also during the critical transition times of Russia into freedom in the late 1980s, when Mikhail Gorbachev declared the policies of perestroika and glasnost.

Fr. Men's ministry, which lasted for more than thirty years, covered the worst possible times for the Russian believer, including himself becoming a target for the KGB. His influence on contemporary Russia is unmistakable, and his life remains to this day a powerful witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

During his lifetime, Fr. Men baptized thousands of people, bringing them to Christian faith by the grace of God. His works include many books, an Orthodox Open University, a charity group at the Russian Children's Hospital, and a Youth Missionary School.

Father Alexander Men was murdered on September 9, 1990 with an ax in a forest on his way to church. His funeral was held on the day commemorating the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, who was "the voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord."

Father Alexander Men

Quotes by Father Alexander Men

"I find more meaning in the wing of a bird and in the branch of a tree than in five hundred icons. God has given us two books: the Bible and Creation." ―Fr. Alexander Men

"I work now as I have always worked: with my face into the wind... I'm only an instrument that God is using for the moment. Afterwards, things will be as God wants them." ―Fr. Alexander Men

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