Because that pain, blood, and death are the outstretched hands of Christ on the Cross. Christ’s labor was manifested clearly in the Garden of Gethsemane, when His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground; but it started much earlier than that, at the moment of His Nativity, or rather, even at conception.
Peter the Great subordinated the Church to the Tsar; he overlooked the mystical aspect of the Church, and in fact belittled the Church hierarchy. The Soviet Union changed Christian principles into an atheistic ideal and strove to do away with the Church, but God did not allow this, proving the Divine nature of the Church. Now we have already rebuilt most of the churches and we need to return to the Church, which is essentially Eucharistic and rests on the Word of God.
Since the launch of the project, the diocese has been meticulously researching and compiling and editing all existing liturgical texts to the many saints of the British Isles so that priests will have the option of celebrating the services to the local saints.
Many pilgrims gathered at Optina on this solemn and significant day. With great reverence, the clerics from among the brethren and the visiting clergy transferred the honorable relics of the Optina Elders to the oak reliquaries prepared especially for them, to put them in the new church in new granite reliquaries, decorated with artistic carvings and icons.
On June 27/July 10, the Church celebrates the 1998 Uncovering of the Relics of the Optina Elders Leo, Macarius, Hilarion, Ambrose, Anatoly I, Barsanuphius, and Anatoly II. The Optina Monastery website tells the interesting story of how the relics were uncovered and identified.
Following the service, Bp. Asti thanked the Archbishop for his years of hard work at the helm of the Albanian Church, and wished him many years. Abp. Anastasios’ election to the Tirana cathedra also marks the canonical revival of the autocephalous Albanian Orthodox Church.
To my great sorrow, some of you have started going to sectarian gatherings and have been infected with their false teachings.Some have been infected with the false teaching that we shouldn’t pray for the dead, that we shouldn’t give alms for their repose.
Today, out of more than 1,200 Serbs who lived in the village before the civil war of the 1990s, only two retirees have returned. But despite this, the faithful gather every year on May 25 to pray for their departed loved ones.