The Holy Dormition-Pskov Caves Monastery is one of the most beloved holy habitations of the Russian Orthodox Church. It has been a guiding light for the entire Orthodox Church since the 15th century and was the only monastery in Russia to never close during the dark years of godless communism.
The learned Archbishop Theophan (Bystrov) of Poltava is well known as the confessor to the Royal Family of Tsar Nicholas II. This sermon was given in his exile in Bulgaria after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
Two earthy people who passed through all the sufferings of this world, weak and doubting, with heavy sins on their conscience, but who were able through tears and repentance to tear themselves out of the darkness and make of themselves sacred chalices of the mystical Liturgy of Christ.
As one of the oldest hierarchs of the Russian Church, who reportedly refused to nominate himself as a candidate for the Patriarchal Throne, Metropolitan Vladimir led the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for all those many, often painful years, from 1992 until his repose in 2014.
The fact that all future generations of monks easily overlooked his podvig is the clearest testimony to the fact that after his tonsure, Basil rejected all his wealth and honor and completely changed his way of life.
Next, the angel saith that the prayer of Zacharias was heard, and then straightway promiseth that the wife of Zacharias should bear a child.We are not to understand that he had been praying for the birth of a son whilst he was offering the sacrifice according to the liturgy of that time, for we are told that he had given up hope of a son, and no one prayeth for that which he hath no hope of obtaining.
Artifacts for it were provided by 14 museums throughout the Arkhangelsk, Vologda, and Yekaterinburg provinces, as well as from collections in different cities across Russia. Many of the artifacts, including very rare icons, are being presented to the public for the first time.
On June 28-29, 2019, the ROCOR Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco hosted the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the canonization of St John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonder Worker.
In the Romanian Orthodox Church, festal liturgies were celebrated all across the country. In Moldova, after services, a folk festival was held outside the walls of a formidable Moldovan fortress, attended by Metropolitan Vladimir of Chișinău and All Moldova.