The Softening of Evil Hearts

Икона "Умягчение злых сердец"

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

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Why should we attend church every Sunday?
Зачем каждое воскресенье ходить в храм?

Fr. Daniil Sysoev

Часто священнику задают вопрос, приведенный в заглавии, и начинают оправдываться. – Нам надо выспаться, побыть с семьей, сделать домашние работы, а тут надо встать, идти в церковь. Зачем? Конечно, для того чтобы обосновать свою лень, можно найти и не такие возражения. Но сначала следует понять, какой смысл в еженедельном хождении в храм, чтобы затем уже сравнить с этим наши самооправдания. Ведь требование это не выдумано людьми, а дано еще в … Continue reading

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Зачем каждое воскресенье ходить в храм?

Таинство Покаяния (In Russian)

Исповедь

«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

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(Russian) БЕЗ ВОЗДЕРЖАНИЯ НЕ БУДЕТ ЧЕЛОВЕКА

Дьякон Павел Сержантов

This article is available in Russian only. We ask forgiveness that some of the content on our web site is available in one language only. Our web site is intended for the spiritual benefit of all practicing Orthodox Christians, regardless of language or ethnic origin. Some articles are available in Russian only, others only in English. We are always glad to post the same information in both languages. This is not always … Continue reading

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St. John Made no Compromises, Neither With Himself Nor With Circumstances

St John

Maria Reshetnikova is the author and producer of a new documentary film on St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco. Deacon Andrei Psarev of the ROCOR Studies website interviewed Maria in honor of the 2014 celebration of the twentieth anniversary of St. John’s canonization. Continue reading

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The Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church

social concepts

The Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church are called to serve as a guide for the Synodal institutions, dioceses, monasteries, parishes and other canonical church institutions in their relations with various secular bodies and organisations and the non-church mass media. This document shall be used by the church authorities to make decisions on various issues relevant within particular states or a narrow period of time, as … Continue reading

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Baptismal Sponsorship, Past and Present

Крещение Александры

The parents may say, “Church is very, very important,” but if they do not go to church every week and devoutly receive Holy Communion, and say their private prayers, and pray at meal-times, such exhortations will be recognized by children for the hypocritical clap-trap it is. Continue reading

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Address of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Патриарх Кирилл

There can be nothing more significant for us today than the continuing fratricide which is blazing on the territory of Ukraine, taking away more and more lives. What is happening today, primarily in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and how are the members of our Holy Church to assess these events? Continue reading

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60 years of Holy Trinity Parish in Vancouver, British Columbia

60 years of Holy Trinity Parish

In May 2014, 60 years have passed since the establishment of the Holy Trinity Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia in Vancouver, B. C. This anniversary was marked by the Holy Trinity Parish on the day of the Holy Trinity, the patronal feast of the temple. For this event, the patronal feast and parish anniversary, the ruling bishop of the Diocese of Canada, the Most Reverend Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada visited Vancouver. Continue reading

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