Her name is Holy Rus’, and she is most dear to them that know. For the sake of Holy Rus’, the Carpathians became a Little Golgotha; for her and her King, with the blood of countless martyrs like St. Maxim Sandovich, red did the river Tisa flow.
It was recently announced on the Order’s Facebook page that they would be collecting emergency funds to help assist the Orthodox Christian community of Beirut, Lebanon, who suffered tremendously from the horrifying explosion which killed hundreds and wounded upwards of 4000 people.
On August 8, 2020, the feast day of St. Moses the Hungarian of the Kiev Caves, it was reported that eighty-year-old Metropolitan Isidor (Kyrichenko) of Ekaterinodar and the Kuban has reposed in the Lord after suffering from COVID.
The Kiev Caves Lavra is constantly under threats by schismatic and ultra-nationalist groups, who desire to seize the technically government-owned Lavra from the Ukrainian Church, and give it to various schismatic Ukrainian denominations or the Ukrainian Uniates.
His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ extended his condolences to the brothers of the Lavra, noting that for many years he served God with “reverence and zeal”, and that he received with love all who came to him for advice, support, and consolation.
On August 3, 2020, on the feast day of the prophet Ezekiel, with the blessing of Archbishop Christophoros (Atallah) of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, regular services in Church Slavonic began to be held in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Amman, Jordan.
According to the Synodal Department for Charity and Social Service, more than one hundred church volunteer services operate in Russia and other countries, and almost seven thousand Orthodox volunteers are involved in helping. In 102 dioceses, hot lines have been opened to help those in need.
Experts throughout the scientific community are warning about the dangers of an immature and not significantly tested vaccine, which could pose more harm and lead to increased deaths, especially in children, as political pressure is mounting for a fast-tracked vaccine, and a petition against mandatory vaccination is circulating.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, who is also the long-time ruling hierarch of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese, and has done many great works for Orthodoxy in those lands, congratulated clergy and parishioners.
The world was shocked on Tuesday, August 4, when a massive explosion shook the port of Beirut, Lebanon, with now reportedly around one hundred people killed, over four thousand injured; some reports say that more than 200,000 are left homeless, as the shockwave spread through the city breaking glass, and the red mushroom cloud loomed over the port.
When Orthodox Christians need help, they know without a doubt they can turn to the Church and to their clergy for not only prayers but real tangible support which can save lives—the question is this: what happens when our clergy, who sacrifice everything for the salvation of our souls, need our support to save their lives?
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.