Церковные ВѢХИ

Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus. Outside the Church there is no salvation, because salvation is the Church. For salvation is the revelation of the way for everyone who believes in Christ's name. This revelation is to be found only in the Church. In the Church, as in the Body of Christ, in its theanthropic organism, the mystery of incarnation, the mystery of the "two natures," indissolubly united, is continually accomplished. -Fr. Georges Florovsky


§ 20. For our faith, brethren, is not of men nor by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ, which the divine Apostles preached, the holy Ecumenical Councils confirmed, the greatest and wisest teachers of the world handed down in succession, and the shed blood of the holy martyrs ratified. Let us hold fast to the confession which we have received unadulterated from such men, turning away from every novelty as a suggestion of the devil. He that accepts a novelty reproaches with deficiency the preached Orthodox Faith. But that Faith has long ago been sealed in completeness, not to admit of diminution or increase, or any change whatever; and he who dares to do, or advise, or think of such a thing has already denied the faith of Christ, has already of his own accord been struck with an eternal anathema, for blaspheming the Holy Ghost as not having spoken fully in the Scriptures and through the Ecumenical Councils. This fearful anathema, brethren and sons beloved in Christ, we do not pronounce today, but our Savior first pronounced it (Matt. xii. 32): Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. St. Paul pronounced the same anathema (Gal. i. 6): I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another Gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. This same anathema the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the whole choir of God-serving fathers pronounced. All, therefore, innovating, either by heresy or schism, have voluntarily clothed themselves, according to the Psalm (cix. 18), ("with a curse as with a garment,") whether they be Popes, or Patriarchs, or Clergy, or Laity; nay, if any one, though an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Thus our wise fathers, obedient to the soul-saving words of St. Paul, were established firm and steadfast in the faith handed down unbrokenly to them, and preserved it unchanged and uncontaminate in the midst of so many heresies, and have delivered it to us pure and undefiled, as it came pure from the mouth of the first servants of the Word. Let us, too, thus wise, transmit it, pure as we have received it, to coming generations, altering nothing, that they may be, as we are, full of confidence, and with nothing to be ashamed of when speaking of the faith of their forefathers. - Encyclical of the Holy Eastern Patriarchs of 1848

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество
«Кто еси мимо грядый о нас невѣдущиiй, Елицы здѣ естесмо положены сущи, Понеже нам страсть и смерть повѣлѣ молчати, Сей камень возопiетъ о насъ ти вѣщати, И за правду и вѣрность къ Монарсѣ нашу Страданiя и смерти испiймо чашу, Злуданьем Мазепы, всевѣчно правы, Посѣченны зоставше топоромъ во главы; Почиваемъ въ семъ мѣстѣ Матери Владычнѣ, Подающiя всѣмъ своимъ рабомъ животь вѣчный. Року 1708, мѣсяца iюля 15 дня, посѣчены средь Обозу войсковаго, за Бѣлою Церковiю на Борщаговцѣ и Ковшевомъ, благородный Василiй Кочубей, судiя генеральный; Iоаннъ Искра, полковникъ полтавскiй. Привезены же тѣла ихъ iюля 17 въ Кiевъ и того жъ дня въ обители святой Печерской на семъ мѣстѣ погребены».

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday marks 95th Anniversary since Ataturk's Ottoman genocide of ethnic Armenians

YEREVAN, April 24 (Itar-Tass) – Armenians all over the world are marking the 95th anniversary since the start of the genocide of their ancestors in the Ottoman Empire.

On the orders from the Empire’s rulers, mass pogroms and deportations of ethnic Armenians began April 24, 1915. They led to the eventual loss of life by about 1.5 million people.

Commemorative events will be held in all parts of the world. Monuments to the genocide victims have been built practically in all countries where the Armenians live today.

The Armenian global community outside Armenia exceeds 5 million people, including 2.5 million living in Russia, about a million in the U.S., and from 450,000 to 500,000 people in France.

The main ceremony is to be held in Yerevan at the memorial to victims of the genocide. It was built by the government of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1967 on the Tsitsernakaberd hill.

The memorial symbolizes the grief over those who died and the nation’s revival.

Dozens of thousands of people of different age groups and political affiliations are expected to bring flowers to the memorial Saturday morning.

Many representatives of Armenian communities abroad have come to Yerevan to take part in the April 24 memorial procession.

International efforts to attain recognition of the fact of Ottoman genocide are a priority of Armenia’s foreign policy.

Expansion of the movement for prevention of genocides is inevitable and does not have an alternative, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in an address to the nation in connection with the date.

“The crime that was committed exactly on this day 95 years ago did not have a precedent either in the history of the Armenian people or in world history in general in terms of scale, heinousness and the scope of aftermaths,” the address said.

Sargsyan expressed gratitude “to all the people in many countries, including Turkey, who understand the importance of preventing crimes against humanity and who stand side by side with us in this struggle.”

“This is a process the expansion of which is inescapable and does not have an alternative,” he said.

“Together with the entire Armenian nation, I bow my head today to the memory of all the innocent victims of that genocide,” Sargsyan said. “The best they left to us demands that we live and work in the name of goodness and beauty, for the benefit of our Armenian homeland and our national aspirations, and in the interests of entire humankind.

“We will not betray their memory or their commandments,” the address said.

The genocide has already been recognized by a number of countries /France and Greece went farther than others and passed appropriated laws/ and the European parliament.

In 1995, Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament issued a statement condemning the genocide.

A museum and institute of the history of genocide opened next to the memorial in Yerevan in 1995.


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