Today the topic of Christian values acquires special relevance. The modern-day secular consciousness looks upon religious values as secondary in relation to the dominant liberal democrat standards, the interpretation of which is becoming ever far removed from traditional Christian morality. Therefore the dialogue on Christian values is a most important testimony to faith in the face of contemporary society that has renounced its religious roots. Not a single world civilization … Continue reading
A curious phenomenon can be observed in the interactions between pastors and their parishioners at the beginning of each major fast of the Church. Pastors attempt to call their parishioners’ pious attention to the spiritual heights of fasting: the fighting against sin, the conquering of passions, the taming of the tongue, the cultivation of virtues. In turn, parishioners pester their pastors with purely dietary questions: when fish is allowed, whether soy milk or soy hotdogs are fasting, whether adding milk to coffee is breaking the fast Continue reading
«Покаяние» по-гречески звучит как «метанойя» и означает «перемена ума». Истинное покаяние предполагает действительно глубокую внутреннюю перемену в человеке, изменение всего его образа мыслей и образа жизни. Покаяние как внутреннее духовное делание приводит человека к исповеди перед священником в Таинстве Покаяния. (In Russian) Continue reading
Two charts for preparation for the Sacrament of Repentance (Confession) printed together in Russian and English. The first brief version is to use as a reminder during the Confession itself. The second, more complete, is to use in preparation before coming to Confession. Continue reading
The wonderworking myrrh-streaming icon of the Most Holy Mother of God “The Softening of Evil Hearts” arrived in Vancouver, brought by Sergei Leonidovich Fomin, from the village of Bachurino outside Moscow on Tuesday, September 10-th, 2013. The icon, upon arriving in Canada, first visited Toronto and Ottawa. In Toronto the icon was present at the solemn celebration dedicated to the 400-th Anniversary of the Royal House of Romanoff together with the Kursk-Root wonderworking icon and was also present at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, held there. Continue reading
Beginning in the first year of its publication (1965) The Orthodox Word has included several articles on miraculous icons of the Mother of God, such as Joy of All Who Sorrow, Pochaev, Korsun, and Tinos, as an introduction to Orthodox piety relatively unknown and exotic in America. Two of these, the Tikhvin and Kursk “Root” icons, important for their antiquity and role in Russian history, had even appeared on American … Continue reading
His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal and Canada, concelebrated a Moleben or General Service of Prayer and Intercession with the Akathist to the Most Holy Mother of God, before Her wonderworking Kursk-Root Icon of “The Sign” with the Rector of our parish and other local clergy in our church on Sunday evening, May 26, 2013.