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».

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Patriarch Kirill consecrates Boldino cloister

On Sunday Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill consecrated the St. Trinity Church at the Boldino monastery in the Smolensk region west of Moscow.

Despite the remoteness of the place, about a thousand people attended the ceremony.

Founded in 1528, the cloister was shut and turned into a warehouse in 1929.

Then, in 1943, retreating German troops blew up its churches and belfry.

Finally, in 1991, the Boldino monastery was handed back to the church.

As of today all of its edifices have been fully restored.


Rimma Salonen goes to Court of Human Rights

Rimma Salonen of Russia intends to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, human rights activist Johan Beckman reports. She wants to challenge a decision by Finland’s court which deprived Rimma of her son Anton after she had taken the boy back to Russia. Earlier, Anton’s Finnish father had taken the boy away with the help of a Finnish diplomat.


Moscow marks Pushkin`s 211th birthday

Moscow is celebrating the 211th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Pushkin, one of the greatest poets of all time.

Since Pushkin was born and baptized in Moscow, spent his childhood and also met his wife Natalia Goncharova here, the city traditionally hosts various events, including poetry readings.

Today the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow offers free entry to all visitors.


Russia’s Central Bank issues 5kg gold coin

Russia’s Central Bank has issued a 5kg gold collector’s coin with a face value of 50,000 rubles. It depicts Emperor Alexander II who established the Central Bank.

50 coins have been made of 999 probe gold, which is the purest from of gold known, and will go into circulation on June 12th, the 150th anniversary of the Bank of Russia.


Ukraine wishes to broaden trade, economic cooperation with Greece

KIEV, June 6 (Itar-Tass) -- Ukraine is interested in broadening trade and economic cooperation with Greece, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said upon the arrival in Greece on a working visit.

“Ukraine wishes to broaden trade and economic cooperation with Greece, which have reduced because of the world economic crisis,” Yanukovich told Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

Ukraine and Greece should pool efforts to prevent a negative effect of the world economic crisis on the bilateral investments, Yanukovich said. So far, investments fall short the Ukrainian potential, he added.


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