Is anyone able to translate either of these recordings of St John of San Francisco?
In the first recording, St. John talks about a newly dedicated church building. He says that this new building is very beautiful, but that the true meaning of earthly church buildings is to remind us, humans, that over there, in the future Kingdom of God, the beauty will be beyond comparison greater.
In the second recording, he congratulates his listeners with the Day of All Saints of the Land of Rus', and praises St. Vladimir (Volodymyr) and St. Olga (Ol'ha) as the two Equal-To-The-Apostles founders of the Church in Rus'.
Interestingly, Vladyka's pronounciation of Russian words is very peculiar. He does not roll the "r"s the way most contemporary Russians do - his "r"s are closer to French. That might be a result of his childhood and youth spent in small, closed elite military institutions where the students picked up a very aristocratic Russian of their teachers-officers of the Tsarist army, who, in turn, were influenced by their French "gouverneurs."