Children do an invaluable favor to their parents by helping them see their own sins. It is very difficult to look into your soul and understand your sins. But as you look at your children, you see that their faults are your faults.
The services were held with the blessing of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia. The organizational work was undertaken by the Society of Chokhonetsev of Georgia, founded by the Georgian Patriarchate with the purpose of strengthening the institution of the traditional family.
I still keep this joy in my soul. Can you answer me, where did it fall on me (like a bolt from the blue) from?! I believe God gave it to me then as a deposit so that I would not lose heart. And He can give it to anyone. All we need to do is ask: ‘I am yours, O Lord! Please, never abandon me. I want to rejoice in You and don’t need anything else!’
Although the author of this article lives in a country that celebrates “International Women’s Day” in March, it is also apropos to the American tradition of Mother’s Day, celebrated in May. This year the Sunday of the Myrrbearers coincides with Mother’s Day, and we wish our readers who are mothers a happy one.
The funds, $40,597 (1,074,878 hryvnia) to be used to purchase necessary medicines for the treatment of sick children, were collected throughout Great Lent. Donations are collected at churches, charity concerts, fairs, and by individuals and organizations.
Today, the Church is forced to confront ideas—which I would characterize as ultra-liberal ideas cloaked in Orthodox garb—that have proliferated online through various discussion groups and venues like Public Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy in Dialogue, and The Wheel.
The entire month of March was dedicated throughout Romania and Moldova to the pro-life causes of fighting against abortion and supporting pregnant women and new mothers, with a large number of youth and young families participating in the various events.
A priest in the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America with a bilingual family noticed that there were many good Orthodox books for children that were only available in other languages. After years of wishing he could lend the books out to parishioners and their families, he got in touch with the original publishers and has begun to translate and publish the books to make them available to English-speaking Orthodox families.
His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II spoke about the great importance of Church singing for Georgian culture at a recent presentation of an anthology of Georgian spiritual singing, recalling his request that the state include courses on Church hymns in the nation’s public schools.
During his homily on the Feast of the Annunciation, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel stressed that the Mother of God is the Protrectress of all mothers and warned that if abortions continue to take place in Romania ‘we will perish as a nation’.
A Romanian family with 7 children that lost its home to a fire in early February will be able to buy a new home thanks to the generosity and Christian love of the clergy and faithful of the Satu Mara Deanery of the Maramureş and Sătmar Diocese in northwest Romania.