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, May 1, 2010

Eternal Flame lit up on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow

MOSCOW, April 30 (Itar-Tass) -- The Eternal Flame was lit up in commemoration of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War on the Poklonnaya Hill in the Russian capital on Friday.

War veteran Ivan Slukhai, Hero of Russia Col. Alexander Borisevich and an activist from the children’s patriotic naval club “Severomorets” Alexander Aniskin lit up a torch from the Eternal Flame at the Kremlin Wall in the Alexandrovsky Garden for the Flame of Memory and Glory on the Poklonnaya Hill. Then they brought the torch to an armoured personnel carrier, which delivered the Eternal Flame to the Poklonnaya Hill under the escort of motorcyclists. On the Poklonnaya Hill the torch has already been passed to a warrior in the Battle for Moscow Vladimir Dolgikh, Hero of Russia Col. Vyacheslav Sivko and a member of the Moscow children’s public organization “Commonwealth” Nikolai Zimagorov. They were honoured to light up the Flame of Memory and Glory at the same place on the Poklonnaya Hill, where the Eternal Fire from the Alexandrovsky Garden had been removed for the period of the overhaul of the Memorial at the Unknown Soldier Tomb.

War veterans, many of whom could not resist tears, were attending a solemn ceremony. The Guard of Honour was placed at the Flame of Memory and Glory at the end of the ceremony. The best cadets of Moscow military academies were put on duty at the post of the Flame of Memory and Glory.

The Flame of Memory and Glory on the Poklonnaya Hill will be one more Moscow symbol in commemoration of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War in addition to the Eternal Flame on the Unknown Soldier Tomb in the Alexandrovsky Garden. On holidays and memorial dates “children’s post number one will be put on duty at the Flame of Memory and Glory from members of the children’s patriotic organizations, cadets and students.”

One more Eternal Flame was planned to light up at the Preobrazhenskoye cemetery. Over 10,000 Red Army warriors and commanders, who died at the Moscow hospitals during the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war period, were buried at the cemetery. The Eternal Flame on the Preobrazhenskoye cemetery, which was lit up from the Eternal Flame on the Field of Mars in Leningrad in 1956, was the first Eternal Flame torched in Moscow. “The ceremony was postponed and will be held within the next three days,” a source in the Moscow Mayor’s Office told Itar-Tass on Friday. The source did not say about the reasons for the ceremony postponement.

The Eternal Flame in the Alexandrovsky Garden was lit up on May 8, 1967. From December 27, 2009, through February 23, 2010, the Eternal Flame was temporarily removed to the Poklonnaya Hill. The removal was caused by the overhaul at the Unknown Soldier Tomb memorial.

The oldest Eternal Flame is considered the flame at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier in the Arch of Triumph in Paris. This Eternal Flame was lit up in 1921 in commemoration of fallen servicemen in the First World War.


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