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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».

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Latest Russian bombers stand long-distance test

A wing of latest Russian Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers has successfully accomplished a non-stop 6-thousand-kilometre test flight from the region of Lipetsk south of Moscow to the region of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East. The Sukhoi-34’s predecessor in the niche, the Sukhoi-24, cannot fly further than 3 thousand kilometres.

The Sukhoi-34 is a two-seater with a length of 22 metres and a wingspan of 14.7 metres. The maximum speed is 19 hundred kilometres an hour


Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get more frigates, submarines

The RIA-Novosti news agency quotes Russia’s Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Vysotsky as saying that this country’s Black Sea Fleet will have got 15 new frigates and diesel submarines by 2020.

According to the Admiral, the Black Sea Fleet will be rearmed through getting new ships, rather than through obtaining naval vessels from other Russian Fleets.

He said that this year the keel will be laid of one frigate and one non-nuclear submarine for the Black Sea Fleet.

The sub is meant for destroying enemy naval surface ships and submarines, defending naval bases, the coastline and sea communications, and for performing reconnaissance.

The frigate’s main weapons will be anti-ship cruise missiles, a new artillery mount, an anti-submarine missile system and a medium-range air defence missile system.


Russia tests high-speed Allegro trains

Russia prepares to test high-speed Allegro trains which are expected to be launched at the end of the year between St. Petersburg and Helsinki.

Built by the French Alstom company, the seven-carriage train accommodates 344 passengers, and will cut the travel time from six to 3.3 hours.


Deacon Feodor Konyukhov faces a barrage of requests to bless or consecrate equipment

Moscow, June 23, Interfax – News that renowned traveler Feodor Konyukhov was ordained a deacon made many yachtsmen, travelers and alpinists, who don't know much about church hierarchy, ask him for a priestly blessing or consecrating their equipment.

"Just a barrage of calls from yachtsmen, from travelers. Dozens of yachtsmen ask to consecrate their yachts. Alpinists want to have his blessing for the climb," the traveler's son Oskar told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

According to him, people from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad were very glad to learn about the traveler's new status and now want to have his blessing as "he like nobody else understands what the sail and ocean are."

Fr. Feodor, who is not a priest, has to refuse all of them explaining that blessing and consecrating is not in a deacon's competence.

During his previous expeditions to distant places, residents judging by his appearance took him for a priest and asked to baptize them. "If he had been a priest at those expeditions, he could have baptized people thus making them join Orthodox faith," Fr. Feodor's son said.


Russia to donate 2 mln. dollars for restoring Orthodox shrines in Kosovo

Moscow, June 21, Interfax – Russia decided to make a voluntarily target contribution to UNESCO for financing restoration works of Orthodox shrines in Kosovo.

According to Vladimir Putin's order posted at the official governmental website, 1 mln dollars will be transferred in 2010 and the other million - in 2011.

Putin instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform UNESCO about the decision and together with the Finance Ministry coordinate the procedure of transferring the donation.


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