The Romanian Church will be purchasing a home for his family, and they have already provided them with $1,184 (5,000 lei). In addition to purchasing the home, utilities and other expenses “necessary for the good development of their family life” will also be covered by the Sascut Deanery of the Archdiocese.
After the reunification of ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate, on May 17, 2007, this represents the largest reunion of the Russian diaspora with the Russian Church, restoring historical justice and trampling upon the Bolsheviks and other anti-Christian forces who attempted to divide the Church.
“We are not a museum showpiece in the modern world. The way we serve is our means of communicating with God. We use English instead of Slavonic, and that is also part of the means of communicating with God.”
Faraway Athos, I will never see you: your mysterious mountains and austere monasteries, secluded kellias and kalyvias, rocky trails to Karoulia and the peaks of Katounakia; I will never descend to the blue waves of the Aegean Sea, will never awaken to the sound of the wooden tuaka in the pilgrim’s quarters—arxontariki. The monastic republic of Athos is inaccessible for women. But I can listen to stories about Athos from my first spiritual guide—Igumen Savvaty.
Igumena Nikolaya (Ilina) is the abbess of the St. Nicholas-Chernoostrovsky Monastery in Maloyaroslavets. A native Muscovite, a scientist with two higher education degrees… How and why did she “trade” pure intellectual tasks for hard physical work, nearly always dirty, in restoring a ruined monastery, and what joy did she find in it?
Jonathan Dunne is an English Orthodox Christian living in Sofia, Bulgaria; his wife is the Bulgarian poet, Tsvetanka Elenkova. He received the Orthodox faith in 2012, and began his pilgrimages to Mt. Athos in 2013. A writer, Jonathan has been keeping meticulous and introspective notes, the result of which he has offered to us here in this essay on Mt. Athos.
Now I have a big family and a home in St. Petersburg. I love each and every person of the Novodevichy Convent and the eyes, voice, and smile of Mother Superior are ever before me. When the time came to return from the convent I didn’t feel as though I was going home, but rather leaving home, as the convent had made me one of it’s own and captured my heart. Departing from there was a very heavy thing for me and I literally cried. How could I not?
In the evening of August 27, 2019, on the eve of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, a festive All-Night Vigil with a cross procession was celebrated at the Holy Dormition-Pskov Caves Monastery. The service was celebrated by Metroplitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov and Porkhov, three hierarchs of the Serbian Church: Bishop Irinej of Bačka, Bishop Anthony of Moravički, and Bishop Hesychios of Mohács, the clergy of the Pskov Caves Monastery, and ordained guests.
We’ve already been home for a long time, but our climb to the summit of Mt. Athos has remained with us—in our souls, our hearts, transfigured by the grace of God there, in the tiny Athonite Church of the Transfiguration. Eugene Valentinovich keeps the clothes he climbed to the top in as something sacred. And Fr. Simeon and I keep this journey in our hearts, and share it with you, the readers of this story, with love.
Although restoration work is difficult in many cases, experts point out that the restoration of the temples is still possible. If this happens, the Orthodox monuments will emerge and regain their full functionality, while they are expected to attract the attention of many pilgrims.
The abbess of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God Convent in Volsk, in the Saratov Diocese, Abbess Makaria (Semenova), speaks about how and why she came to monasticism, about the lessons of the monastic life, and about the restoration of the Volsk Monastery.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Great Martyr and Healer St. Panteleimon at a children’s health center near the village of Neporotove in the Chernivtsi Province on August 9.