The visit of the miracle-working myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God “The Softening of Evil Hearts”

The Miracle-working, myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God “The Softening of Evil Hearts” visited our church on Sunday, 11th October 2015 and was presented during the Divine Liturgy. At the end of the Liturgy we had a special prayer service before the icon. Continue reading

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The Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church

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

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

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

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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(Russian) О Таинстве Крещения

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The Softening of Evil Hearts

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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(Russian) Великий канон Св. Андрея Критского читаемый на первой седмице Великого поста

(Russian) Великий канон прп. Андрея Критского— это чудо всей церковной гимнографии, это тексты удивительной силы и красоты. Он разделен на четыре части и читается за Великим Повечерием, вечером, в первые четыре дня Поста. Его можно описать как покаянный плач, раскрывающий нам всю необъятность, всю бездну греха, потрясающий душу отчаянием, раскаянием и надеждой. Continue reading

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(Russian) Великий Пост

(Russian) Приуготовив верующих к подвигам поста и покаяния, Церковь вводит их в самый подвиг. Богослужения Великого поста, как и богослужения подготовительных к нему недель, постоянно побуждая к посту и покаянию, изображают состояние души, кающейся и плачущей о своих грехах. Continue reading

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