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».

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Russia to invest into newest offensive, defensive arms - Medvedev

SEVERODVINSK, June 15 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday the country will inject huge funds into state-of-the-art offensive and defensive arms.

“Most great powers heavily invest into the newest offensive and defensive systems. We should do the same,” he told a ceremony of launching the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine in the dockyard of the Sevmash defence plant.

“Russia should simply effectively modernize its maritime forces and more actively build the most modern ships,” Medvedev said.

He noted that “in the near future a single program for the development of the country's military and civil shipbuilding will be adopted.”


Russia to consider CSTO norms in decision on sending peacekeepers to Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW, June 16 (Itar-Tass) - Russia will base its decision on sending peacekeepers to Kyrgyzstan exclusively on the valid norms of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation /CSTO/, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

The CSTO already provides assistance to Kyrgyzstan, he said over a news conference.

“But whatever decision may be made only on the basis of the valid procedures, that is a request from the country and the unanimous consent in reply to it,” he said.

Lavrov said that according to the order from Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev, the CSTO secretaries had met already.

“Over the meeting, they made a detailed decision on the material and technical support to Kyrgyzstan so that its law enforcement authorities could fight with the disorders more effectively and could stabilise the situation there, as well as to spot the initiators,” he explained. “We have discussed joint work in the information space so that our residents could see our consolidated position.”

“We hope these measures will bring results,” Lavrov said.


Some 350 groups of drug dealers active in Russia

Drugs kill some 80 people in Russia every day, says the Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev. He was speaking in a live interview with the Militseyskaya Volna, or Police Wave, radio station on Wednesday.

He admitted that the illegal drug traffic was a government problem, and that the drug addiction growth rates were a national threat. The Interior Minister pointed out that the imported, basically Afghan-made, drugs accounted for the lion’s share of all narcotics in the country. Almost the whole of heroin consumed in Russia is of Afghan origin.

According to Nurgaliyev’s estimates, some 350 organized crime groups are in charge of the delivery and marketing of narcotics in this country.

In the first four months of this year alone the law enforcement agencies found out about more than 81,000 crimes, related to illegal drug trafficking.


Newcomers should mind that life in Moscow is based on Russian culture – authorities

Moscow, June 16, Interfax – Lifestyle of the Russian capital is based on Russian culture and traditions and newcomers should take it in consideration, head of the Moscow city Interregional Relations and National Policy Committee Mikhail Solomentsev said.

"Moscow is a city with its lifestyle based on Russian culture and centuries-old traditions and all who come to live here should mind it. We're sure that this important demand will help all residents of the capital without exception become Muscovites," Solomentsev said in his interview published on Wednesday in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Thus he commented on a provision of the national policy and interethnic relations concept worked out in Moscow and recently adopted by the city government saying that Moscow is not only a megapolis and the capital of Russia, but a Russian city as well.

Solomentsev explained that such a requirement should help newcomers who want to live in Moscow to become "members of the community that is more than a nationality as different cultures have interwoven here, the community with a certain Moscow lifestyle, certain rules of conduct."

According to him, there are certain unwritten rules residents of the city should observe.

"For example, not to kill sheep in the yard, not to cook barbeque in the balcony, not to wear national cloths in the city, to speak Russian. In the short run we want to work out a set of rules that will help newcomers who arrive in Moscow for permanent residence to settle down," the committee head said.

The city authorities proposed that Moscow diasporas start working out the rules. After receiving their proposals, scientists will be invited to complete the work that is to result in a kind of a "Muscovite Code."


Patriarch Kirill decisively against any transactions with church property in the Holy Land

Moscow, June 10, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia states that it is inadmissible to lease or sell church property in the Holy Land.

"I categorically oppose any commercial operations with immovable property in the Holy Land," Patriarch Kirill said on Thursday speaking at the first conference of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society in the Audit Chamber of Russian Federation.

According to the Patriarch, "there can't be any cession of land (in the Holy Land - IF), any sale or lease.

"Everything should be under jurisdiction of the Church or other institutions representing our country," the Patriarch stressed.

He noted that church property in the Holy Land "has a special status as lots of our compatriots worked to collect it."

"Thus this property is national, all-church and integral heritage of historical Russia," Patriarch Kirill said.

By 1917, the Russian Empire owned 70 real estate items in Holy Land. In 1964, the Soviet government sold most of them to Israel for a minute sum of $3.5 in what was dubbed the "Orange Deal" as Israel, being short of hard currency, paid the Soviet Union in citrus fruit.


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