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».

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ukraine gets first ever chance to build nation without conflicts -- President

KIEV, June 3 (Itar-Tass) - For the first time in its newest history, Ukraine has gotten a chance to roll up its sleeves and start building a statehood for the people rather than the powers that be and to do it quietly and without conflicts, President Viktor Yanukovich said Thursday in an address to the nation.

He indicated that the law on internal and foreign policy, which the country's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada is going to adopt "will make our policies transparent and clear for everyone and will put an end to political instability."

Yanukovich recalled that the new parliamentary coalition, which formed the cabinet of ministers and the executive vertical of power, "has brought up the first encouraging tendencies in the economy."

""Over a brief period of time, Ukraine managed to stabilize relations with key partners -- the EU, the U.S. and Russia," he said.

Reinforced police cordons were placed around the Ukraina State Palace where he delivered his speech.

Numerous supporters of the Regions Party with flags in their hands stood on both sides of the palace.

An attempt to hold an action of protest undertakern by members of the opposition party For the Fatherland led by MP Vyacheslav Kirilenko was cut short

They were tightly encircled by the police and found themselves unable to break through the encirclement.


Ukraine declares its non-bloc status - the draft law

KIEV, June 3 (Itar-Tass) - The Ukrainian parliament has adopted after first reading the draft law on the fundamentals of the domestic and foreign policy of the country, submitted by President Viktor Yanukovich. The resolution got 253 votes, while the minimal number was 226.

Presenting the draft law, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said that “Ukraine will be an understandable, predictable and responsible country both for its citizens and for the whole world. “The unambiguous confirmation of the non-bloc status of Ukraine is the key elements of the foreign policy forecasting and consistency, contained in the draft law,” Azarov said. He stressed that the president suggested the withdrawal from the agenda of the problem of Ukraine’s joining of NATO, which is splitting the nation and is distracting people from a search for effective ways of the development of Ukraine.

The opposition – Yulia Timoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine-Popular Self-Defence – emphatically criticised the draft law, because it drops the idea of Ukraine’s membership in NATO, and urged to vote against it.


Pres signs law on access of foreign units to Ukraine for exercise

KIEV, June 3 (Itar-Tass) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday signed a law on access of units of foreign armed forces to the territory of the country this year for participation in international exercises, the presidential press service reported. The law comes into effect on the day when it is published.

The parliament approved the president’s decision on May 18. Earlier, Defence Minister Mikhail Yezhel said Ukrainian military will take part this year in 21 international exercises both in Ukraine and outside it. “Nine exercises are to be held in Ukraine,” he said. The minister also said that over 600 Ukrainian military would take part in international exercises abroad.

In 2009, the parliament did not pass a bill on access of foreign military to the country. International manoeuvres were replaced with command-and-staff exercises without participation of military units.


Ukrainian opposition believes lightning strike at the Rada building is a sign from above

Kiev, June 3, Interfax – The Our Ukraine's MP Yury Klochkovsky said the lightning stroke at the building of the Supreme Rada was "a sign from above" for the Party of Regions.

"The fact that the lightnings stroke reached the Supreme Rada when it was considering the draft on principles of home and foreign policy is another sign for the Party of Regions as it strives to change Ukrainian legislation for satisfying its political needs," the MP said criticizing the a draft on All-Ukrainian referendum suggested by the Party of Regions.

As Ukrainian Pravda reported on Thursday referring to the Supreme Rada source, the lightning stroke resulted in failure of lightning and telephone systems, thus the light was partially switched off, the Rada system and phone network were disconnected for a few seconds.

In a few seconds, voltage stabilizers snapped into action and work of all systems was restored.


Ukraine security chief doesn't see Ukraine as a country with high Islamist hazard

Kiev, May 31, Interfax - Ukrainian Security Service head Valery Khoroshkovsky said the hazard of international terrorist organizations, including those of Islamist character, is not high at present.

"Unfortunately, not a single country is immune from this (threat - IF) and we are a part of the risk zone. At the same time, there is no high terrorist hazard in Ukraine," Khoroshkovsky stressed in an interview with Kommersant Ukraine issue.

According to him, the Ukrainian Security Service has a well-developed system of information gathering, which exposes terrorist act planning at early phases.

There is no ethnic component for terrorism in the Crimea either, Khoroshkovsky stressed.

"The Crimea has certain specifics, but they are unrelated to the Crimean Tatars. The specifics are related to the geography, as the peninsula has convenient places for secret meetings and camps. We have information about certain terrorist organizations, but they view Ukraine as a place for taking rest or preparing operations in other states rather than as a theater of operation," he said.


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