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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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Lent and Fasting in Parish practice

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

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THE GREAT LENT – A Week by Week Meaning

There are institutes and symbols adopted by nations, churches or groups of men which represent certain ideals accumulated in the past. These institutes, that is precepts recognized as authoritative, and symbols represent the thoughts and feelings of those who created or adopted them and put in them all the experience of the past, often through struggle and sacrifice. Continue reading

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(Russian) Чему у них поучиться? Свято-Германовский съезд молодежи.

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Parish Yolka at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church 2013/2014

Christmas celebration at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Vancouver, B.C. This is our “Parish Yolka”, our Children’s Christmas pageant, presented by the parents and children of our parish. This year it was held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 after Divine Liturgy.

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(Russian) Об исповеди и душепопечении детей и подростков

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Russian/English Confession charts for confession and preparation for confession

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

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