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

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ!

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ!
§ 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».
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Intercession of the Holy Virgin


The Intercession of the Holy Virgin is one of the most popular Orthodox holidays in Russia. Thousands of cathedrals were built in Russia in honor of this holiday.
On October 14th, the Russian Church celebrates an event, that occurred on that very day in 910 during the siege of the capital of Byzantium, Constantinople. The city was attacked by the pagans and the situation was desperate. The citizens gathered in the Vlakherna church and prayed to the Holy Mother. After the Virgin's robe, which was brought to Byzantine from Palestine, was cast into the sea, a storm rose up, driving the pagan ships away.

Russians learnt about this event from the life story of the blessed fool-for-Christ Andrew, who saw the Queen of Heaven and Earth appear in the Vlakherna church, praying for the world and all the people, and blessing the faithful with Her most holy covering.

"In Russia, believers have been marking the holiday since the 12th century," Father Georgy Zevershinsky, a representative of the Department of Foreign Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church said. "It is the agency of Providence that the holiday occurs in autumn. It is getting cold and windy and man strongly feels a need for protection, guidance and special prayer, I would say. The

Holy Virgin protects not only from external enemies. She does not let any evil intentions and impure thoughts surface. Prayers on this day are prayers for peace, accord, love and about preserving Christian values in physical and spiritual life," Father Georgy said.

Evidence of the holiday's popularity is the great number of cathedrals built in its honor. The first of them is the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl in the Vladimir region. It was build 7 centuries ago by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky.

Moscow's famous St. Basil's Cathedral built 450 years ago is also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Mother of God. On this day, the Orthodox cathedrals of the Protection of the Mother of God in Manchester, Ottawa, Melbourne and New Jersey mark the holiday with their bell chimes.

In Old Russia,for on this very day girls went to church to pray the God to give them good husbands. According to superstition, the more snow there is on the day the more weddings there will be in the coming year. Moscow has already seen its first snow this year, which means that next year there will be more happy families.



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