Crying about sins is a depressive Christianity or a reaction to the grace of God - thinks Sergey Khudiev.
Crying about sins is a depressive Christianity or a reaction to the grace of God - thinks Sergey Khudiev.
10 years ago, 17 May 2007, the Act of Canonical Communion of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church Abroad was signed - two branches of the Russian Church were reunited. This symbolic event was preceded by negotiations lasting several years. What spiritual and legal issues required discussion and decision? What contributed to overcoming the prejudices that foreigners had against the "Moscow"?
Many Orthodox fall into sin when they offer their personal, special, free answers to spiritual questions, contradicting church dogmas and doing everything in their own way, as they themselves understand and interpret. From the possible error of a Christian, they protect the Holy Scripture, the teaching and explanations of the Church Fathers; Finally, in order to have a confessor, to address all spiritual and religious problems to him, and not to make his own subjective conclusions.
How important it is to always remember Christ everywhere. About what He has done for us and how His whole life has changed thanks to Him. But why is it so difficult to remember Him? We need great efforts, but where is the ease and joy? Why is it easier and more interesting to dive into a vain and empty whirlwind, and not into the life of your own soul? If for the holy people "life is Christ," then why can not I honestly say such bold words?
In the name of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received the letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Sacred City of Jerusalem and the whole of Palestine Theophilus III regarding the position of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Do you like the word "believer", dear reader? To me, if it is fair, not so. He breathes something cold and formal from him. And newspapers and TV often use it with sarcasm and irony. Believers for them - this is not the core and core of society, but its outskirts and periphery. A certain fragment, sector. And the sector has one root with a sect.
"The unity of the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we are called to protect and strengthen it. The destruction of this unity is the gravest crime. Taking this opportunity, we condemn in the strongest terms those who take actions against the parishes of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine, "said His Beatitude Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the whole of Palestine Theophilus III.
The chairman of the Cyprus branch of the IOPS, Leonid Bulanov, visited the Tamasso Diocese and presented Metropolitan Isaiah with the "Honorary Memory of Grand Duke Sergiy Alexandrovich" award, which he was awarded by the decision of the Council of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.
Pastors about the importance of the dogmas of the Church. We see the chilling of Orthodox Christians to the dogmas of faith. They say that the main thing is to be a good person, that partitions between religions do not reach the sky and so on. How can we explain to ordinary believers the importance of dogmas, including the construction of a proper Christian life? With this question we turned to the pastors of the Russian Church.
"He who endures to the end will be saved." But do we have anything to endure? In this no one does not have a defect. Everyone has a wide field of patience; So there is salvation here, at hand. Endure all to the end and you will be saved.
18 June 2017, the day of All Saints, in the land of the Russian beamed, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. At the end of the service, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the congregation with the First-Hierarchal Word, in which he drew particular attention to the problem of the purity of the human heart.
And the criticism of the Church, and sometimes quite aggressive attacks on Christianity and church life, can now be heard quite often. This is the "favorite hobby" of some media, a frequent topic is not always calm and well-balanced discussions on the Internet, and on the street, it sometimes sounds insulting to Orthodox words. How does a Christian behave when he encounters criticism of the Church? Should we respond to attacks, justify our faith, defend the Church? In what cases is silence a gold, and in which - not?
Let's say a few how we think about this, based on the testimony of the Divine and patristic writings.
- This is a real miracle, whose witnesses - we are with you! - Father Anatoly, rector of the Cathedral of Michael the Archangel, does not restrain his feelings. After all, in his hands - an icon that was listed for nearly a hundred years. Before the revolution, it was kept in the church of St. Paraskeva - in the village of Barabanovo.
Probably it was for every person in life. When suddenly an interesting interlocutor meets, when the conversation itself is so good that it captures all your thoughts and desires. And time stops. Rather, many hours of conversation do not have time, they are so interesting that it seems that time flew by unnoticed. And you forget about everything that surrounds you, you forget about your desires, about your needs. When you do not want any bread or water. When the conversation itself sates you more than bread and water.
18 June 2017, at the end of the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the sculptural composition "Reunification" dedicated to the signing of the Act on Canonical Communion of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Church Abroad, the Patriarchate reports.
By sending to the sermon of St. Apostles, the Lord commanded them all to call, saying: "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand," that is, the Kingdom has come-go into it. What should we preach? We must all shout: the sons of the Kingdom! Do not flee from the Kingdom into bondage and slavery - because they are fleeing.
From 9 to 14 on June 2017. In Munich, the Bishops 'Council of the Russian Church Abroad took place, after which its participants adopted a special Message: "We, the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, gathered at the Bishops' Cathedral in the convent of the Monk Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna at the God-Saving Buchendorf near Munich during the days of the feast of Pentecost, They are overshadowed by the presence of the miraculous icon of the Kursk-Root Mother of God.
1970-e years. England. At the radio microphone two people met. The writer-atheist Marganita Laski and Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (Bloom). Two people talk about what determines their life, and they try to understand why they look at the world in such different ways. This conversation was included in the book "God: yes or no? Conversations of the believer with the unbeliever "*, published recently by the publishing house" Nikea "in conjunction with the foundation" Spiritual heritage of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh ". We give here a fragment of it.
In our time, you can often hear the phrase: "Why go to the temple? I have God in my heart! "It would seem that such a person can only be envied. Indeed, if you have God in your heart, then visiting the temple looks like something superfluous.
17 June 2017 year, in accordance with the decision of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Patriarch of Coptic Tavadros II, a delegation of representatives of the monastic community of the Coptic Church arrived in Moscow to make a pilgrimage to Russian Orthodox monasteries.
Go to the shrine or protect yourself with a talisman? Among pagan attributes distributed in our society, you can find all kinds of amulets, talismans and amulets, that is, objects that seem to protect, protect a person, his house or yard from bad influence, damage and evil eye.
16 June 2017 in Moscow hosted a church scientific conference "100 Anniversary of the beginning of the era of persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church." Opening its meeting in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia addressed the audience with a word.
In March of this year, Shiarchimandrite Iliya (Nozdrin) turned 85 years old. How God acts through the souls devoted to Him, saving Russia, is this story. The future schemer was born in 1932 On the Orel land in the village of Redkino, in 1969 Which became a part of the village of Stanovoi Kolodez. The temple in the center of the village was already closed: at the beginning of the 1930-ies. Services were already held either secretly or somewhere at home. Afanasii Ivanovich and Klavdiya Vasilievna The nostrils of the newborn son were baptized in the church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in the neighboring village of Yakovleva, where the temple was rebuilt with the blessing of Skhiarchimandrite Elijah these days.
14 (1) June 2017 in the administrative center of Athos in the city of Karey, in the cathedral temple of Protata, the annual ceremony of transferring the rule of government to the new staff of the Holy Epistasia - the main executive body of the Athos monastic autonomy, was held, - the correspondent of the portal "Russian Athos" informs.
5 stories about sincere faith: Thomas, Antony the Great, Nicholas of Japan, Joseph Hesychast, Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky). "If I put my hand in his ribs, I will not believe" - the Apostle Thomas. Imaginary monk, - Reverend Antony the Great. "So - life is ruined!" - St. Nicholas of Japan. "Where am I going? Where are they taking me to? "- St. Joseph Hesychast. "I do not work as a bishop" - St. Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky).
Good deeds The Elders pointed to the person's destiny for good deeds leading to eternal life. Rev. Moses says: ... We are created for a good cause, and by means of which in this short life we acquire an eternal, blessed life, to which all the grace of God is called. So this our age is the time of incessant deeds of body and soul, and the next century is acceptance on business.
About the life of our conversations. Today I was talking with a young man. About life, there is not much faith. An Orthodox believer, a very good guy. And he told me the idea that while communicating in the circle of his peers and paying attention to young girls, he is confused by the feeling of enthusiasm when he sees a beautiful girl. And it seemed to him something sinful in this.
"Judge not lest ye be judged". What a disease - gossip and condemnation! Everyone knows that this is a sin, but meanwhile nothing is more common in our speeches than condemnation. Someone will say: "Do not put the Lord in condemnation," but still his condemnation will bring to the end.
Before you start talking about pride, it's worth turning to the Holy Scripture. Despite the fact that it is impossible to find an exact definition of this word in his texts, they clearly state how terrible this passion is, what a proud person is and what he condemns himself to before God and to people.
That the virtuous life does not seem difficult to us, we must hold on to the following: one must have the fear of God in the heart and need to pray more diligently, without being ashamed of the place for prayer. This can be seen from the following.
Awarded two Orders of Lenin, he refused to play the role of Vladimir Ilyich. As one of the most popular heroes of the Soviet screen, he remained a believer all his life. People's Artist of the USSR Alexei Batalov - about what it meant to believe in those times when for this a person could pay all, and about what he could not cope without faith today.
14 June 2017 at the Patriarchal residence in the Danilov Monastery in Moscow, under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a meeting was held on the issue of establishing the identity of the Yekaterinburg remains.
"As Thou, Father, in Me, and I in Thee, they also shall be one in us ... I am in them, and You in Me." Here is the golden chain connecting us with the Divine! We have disappeared - the Mediator has risen, who is one with the God the Father, and has become one with us. Becoming one with Him, we unite in Him and through Him with God the Father.
Humility is the path to God. Optina elders repeatedly repeated this provision and comprehensively revealed its meaning. The first Optina Starets prep. Leo said this:
On the initiative of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and with the support of the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria 9 June 2017, the Days of Russian Spiritual Culture began in Sofia.
How are spiritual laws manifested in our lives? Does the sin of an individual affect the state of the society in which he lives? Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper? Are children responsible for the sins of their parents? How do the laws of spiritual life relate to the emotional and mental state of a person? With these questions, we came to an experienced confessor - the old man Shhiarhimandrite Ilya (Nozdrin).
It is very important to learn how to pay respect to another person. One old man says: - When two monks meet, they must bow to each other. Why? Have you seen your brother? You saw the Lord your God . We must learn to see God Himself in the person of another. And another elder says: "Blessed is the monk (and the Christian) who considers all people to be gods after God.
In the parishes, where there are many schismatics among the Orthodox, the latter usually by all means try to separate the former from the Orthodox Church and, for that, arm them against the priests. A little bit of a misdemeanor will be noticed for the Orthodox pastor, and right now they will go everywhere to sound: "Look, what is your pastor's doing: what does he do, how he lives? Is it possible to listen to such things? Can one walk on such a spirit? ", Etc.
Kursk icon The Sign of the Mother of God is one of the most ancient icons of the Russian Church. The icon of the Mother of God, called the "Sign", depicts the Most-Holy Mother of God, sitting and prayerfully raising her hands; On her bosom, against the background of a round shield (or sphere), the blessing Divine Infant - Spas-Emmanuel. This image of the Mother of God is among the very first Her icon-painting images.