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».

Monday, May 3, 2010

Patriarch leads memorial service on Battlefield of Prokhorovka

PROKHOROVKA (Belgorod region), May 3 (Itar-Tass) -- The celebrations on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory were held on the Battlefield of Prokhorovka, where the most large-scale tank battle in the war history broke out in 1943. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev, chairman of the Russian Union of Writers Valery Ganichev, senators from the Federation Council and veterans of the Great Patriotic War were attending the celebrations. About 3,000 people gathered at the Church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul, which had been built by the 50th anniversary of the Great Victory in 1995.

Patriarch Kirill led a memorial service for the heroes, who fell in a bloody tank battle. “The more time passes after that horrible war, the more precious the life is in our society of war veterans, who are the keepers of the living historical memory, heroes of the spirit, who defeated the enemy,” the patriarch said. “The feat committed by the army and the wartime generation is a precious treasury of our national history, a great example for future generations,” he noted.

“If we want to curb disorder and to ensure the prosperous development in peace of our Fatherland, we should have a strong spirit,” the supreme hierarch said. He also noted that “the sense of duty is a moral term.” “No laws, even harsh laws of the wartimes guaranteed the fulfillment of the duty. Here on this third battlefield of Russia we believe that the God can preserve our people, build up our moral foundations and help to fulfill our duty with all heart and soul,” the patriarch pointed out.

After the memorial service the war veterans were awarded with the Victory anniversary medals. Patriarch Kirill attended an unveiling ceremony of a new memorial entitled “The Third Battlefield of Russia.” The Battle of Prokhorovka along with the Battle of Kulikovo against the Tatar-Mongol yoke and the Battle of Borodino against the Napoleon French invasion are among the historic events, which show the valour of the Russian people.

More than 1,200 tanks participated in the Battle of Prokhorovka in the southern part of the Kursk Arch. The Nazi forces engaged in the battle new tanks Tiger and Panther and intended to take revenge for the defeat in the Battles for Moscow and Stalingrad. The attack of the Nazi troops was rebuffed in a bloody battle. Belgorod and Oryol were liberated less than a month later. The first artillery salute in honour of this victory was fired in Moscow.

Before the celebrations on the Battlefield of Prokhorovka His Holiness Kirill consecrated the largest church in Belgorod. The Church of Faith, Hope, Charity and their Mother Sophia with 17 domes on an area totaling about 3,000 square meters was built in the Belgorod residential area Kharkovskaya Gora. This place is just 70 kilometers away from the Russian state border with Ukraine. It is noteworthy that the major street of this Russian city is named after Ukrainian national hero Bogdan Khmelnitsky.

The new church became the 23rd church in Belgorod with the population of 400,000 people. All these churches have been built for the last 15 years. Only two olden houses preserved in the ancient Russian city of Belgorod, which was almost completely destroyed during the Great Patriotic War. Several thousand Belgorod residents attended the festive event on this sunny May day. Glossy Black Chokeberry already started blossoming at the church gates. An Orthodox Christian educational center is situated near the church. Students of the Belgorod ecclesiastical seminary work there as missionaries.

All top officials of the city and the region were attending the church consecration ceremony and the Divine Liturgy led by Patriarch Kirill. In a congratulatory message on the consecration of the new church His Holiness Kirill emphasized that “churches are being built for people to feel the abundant life, joy and calmness.” “The Kingdom of God can be reached not only through the overcoming of ordeals, but when there is peace in the heart and the mind is calm,” he said. The patriarch awarded Governor of the Belgorod Region Yevgeny Savchenko and several church donors with church medals.


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