The IV Annual Lenten Cuisine festival was held on Saturday in the in the Ural Center for Design Development in Ekaterinburg. The event is always well-received by the Ekaterinburg festival, and this year’s event was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Tsar Nicholas II and the theme “Lenten Dishes of the Royal Table,” which included the Royal Martyrs’ favorite dishes.
A cross procession in memory of the murder of the Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas II and his family began in the northwestern Russian city of Pskov today. The procession will wind its way through various Russian cities and holy sites, arriving in Ekaterinburg to celebrate the centenary of the family’s martyrdom, which took place on July 4/17, 1918.
Devotion to St. David of Wales (and to all the western saints) serves a very important role in the Orthodox Church—it rescues us from the accusation that we are merely “the Eastern Church” (as some textbooks describe us), the eastern half of a sundered and broken body.
St. Matrona of Moscow, the “eighth pillar of Russia,” is one of the most beloved saints of the Russian Orthodox Church. Hundreds and thousands flock to Holy Protection Monastery in Moscow daily to venerate her holy relics and seek her intercessions.
Suffering is the most daring apostle of all time. It silently preaches Christ, for wherever the word of the Gospel does not enter, there is the cry of suffering. Wherever the apostolic voice is not heard, the groan of suffering is heard. Wherever a priest cannot enter, there is sorrow, and whatever a priest cannot do, suffering does.
But we, Orthodox Christians, must dissolve our sorrow with Christian hope, that if we ourselves will be saved, and if we will save our loved ones by our prayers, then we dare to believe that we will meet them there, in the other life. And if they reach the Heavenly Kingdom, then they will certainly pray for us there.
The Metropolis of Moldavia and Bukovina of the Romanian Orthodox Church has announced that the glorification of Metropolitan Iosif Naniescu and Gheorghe Lazar the Ascetic will be liturgically proclaimed on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Iași.
An ascetic who has been accounted worthy of passionlessness can thereafter taste of the experience of pure prayer. His mind “transcends all things” in prayer and renounces all perceptions of created beings and adores the Uncreated God, and the yet higher union with God is possible. Those who have been illumined by the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have come to know Him and contemplate the Uncreated Light.