This Saturday, Mother Rachel Saturday, dedicated to the heroism of mothers who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the lives of their unborn children, will be celebrated at the Church of St. Spyridon in St. Petersburg for the first time.
The actively-participating churches of the Estonian Council of Churches (ECC) has adopted a resolution on the necessity of introducing a definition of marriage into the constitution as the union of a man and a woman.
House of Assembly deputies passed the Domestic Partnership Act on Friday which grants a number of legal rights to same-sex couples under the title of “domestic partnerships” while defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman. The new act also does not invalidate same-sex marriages that took place after the court’s ruling.
A million signatures in defense of human life from the moment of conception, for the prohibition of artificial abortions, and for the allotment of funds from the federal budget for helping pregnant women and families with children will be delivered to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s administration tomorrow by representatives of the For Life! movement.
Maternal mortality in Belarus has decreased ten-fold over the past decade, head obstetrician-gynecologist of the Ministry of Health Julia Savochkina reported at a conference of obstetrician-gynecologists and neonatologists.
The book is about the essence of marriage, and considers it from a practical, philosophical and sociological standpoint. In defining the essence of marriage, it helps the reader see how every other modern change in social mores is an attack on the sanctity of marriage, as well as who benefits from such efforts to tear it apart.
The value of tradition as the best experience of our ancestors, accumulated, refined, and transmitted, has been devalued in our days. The modern Orthodox family is compelled to seek new ways to orient their everyday life. Over the course of the many centuries of Christian history, the Russian people created a universal system of family values, which, having moral categories, is always clearly manifested externally: in expressions, relations, and organization of space.
Today I would like to speak to the ladies. I will try to give practical advice on the theme: “woman and children”. I will warn you from the very beginning that it is not for all. I expect criticism and disagreement. But perhaps some will listen to me and try to look at their lives in the light of reflection on the suggested subject.
I pray to God that you all might find this path and meet the love of your life on it, and that you might walk hand-in-hand with them, and not that one be pulled here, and another there, but that you were both pulled to the East, that is, to Christ! I always pray to God, that you would experience the very greatest miracle—the feeling of God’s presence and love in our hearts and lives!
We could talk about family life for a very long time, and such talks are necessary. Family should enter our consciousness as the greatest value, which we must preserve and protect with all our might; and our children and grandchildren should constantly hear about it. We should begin serious conversations on adult life with our children from the earliest years.
Divorces are a real disaster of our times. Broken lives, the loss of any hope of building personal happiness, unhappy children who are very likely to imitate the behavior pattern of adults, the inevitable diminishing of the role of family and family values in the society—these are the most evident consequences of divorces.
“Hearts beat in unison, breathing unites, thoughts merge, and nothing can separate you from your beloved. Adam and Eve probably thought the same, especially considering that their union was concluded by God. But the serpent thought otherwise and easily achieved his goal.” What is the main purpose of marriage, and what must spouses overcome in order to accomplish it?
he task of family as “the little church” is the same as that of the universal Church—to enter into the Kingdom of God the Father together. It is not without reason that the apostle Paul says: Charity never faileth (1 Cor. 13:8). An attribute of true love is that it lasts forever.