Fr. Matthew served the Russian Orthodox Church faithfully for a good 75 years. His service took him everywhere from his native Pochaev in Western Ukraine, to Egypt, to New York City, and finally to Moscow, where he was the long-time rector of Theophany Cathedral in the Elokhovo district of Moscow.
One of the most beloved Orthodox Christian Christmas traditions is Kolyadki, or Ukrainian and Carpatho-Russian Christmas Carols. In this article, I will present videos of some of the most popular and beloved Kolyadki, one of which enchanted even generations of Americans.
Through the prayers of all the saints resplendent in the Volhynian lands, may God make Volhynia and Galicia unconquerable against those who would work strife; may He intervene for this much suffering land and her people as he did of old, and once again save a despairing people, whom He adopted in the Orthodox Faith over one thousand years ago.
In these days of politicization of religion, where propaganda and misinformation can be found everywhere, especially concerning the Ukrainian Crisis, any Christian should simply look directly to the lives of saints of these lands, especially in Western Ukraine.
This article is put forth to compare the All Ukrainian Cross Procession of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Baptism of Rus’, with the one held by the schismatic “OCU”, which is recognized only by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
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.
Now, during this new time of troubles, we deeply require church education, especially concerning the events in Ukraine. Wherever there is disinformation and ignorance, this is where it’s easiest to spread heresy. It’s time to rediscover our history, and learn where we came from.
Rather than attempting to add to the litany of excellent publications on the feast day, and retell the same glorious stories, let’s take a look and reflect on some stories and aspects of the Lavra that are rarely told in the English language.
She, the door from which salvation entered the world, herself marvelously passed through the door of eternal life; “The door passes through the doorway”, as the Lamentation Service of the Dormition teaches us. In celebration of this great feast, let us virtually pass through the doors of some of the most beautiful Cathedrals, Monasteries, and Holy sites in the Rus’ Lands, dedicated to Her Dormition.