pascha Bentham
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BENTHAM CHURCH…(Cheltenham, Greek Orthodox Parish of St John Chrysostom; language Greek & English, Diocese: Thyateira)
Priest: Fr Nicholas Karafillides
www.russianchurchcheltenham.org.uk
www.greekorthodoxcheltenham.org.uk
Sunday 9 April Palm Sunday 09.00-12.00
Thursday 13 April – GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY
Service of the Holy Passion of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ 19.00-22.30
Friday 14 April – GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY
Morning – Service of the Great Hours and Great Vespers 09.30-13.00
Evening – Service of the Epitaphios 19.00-22.30
Saturday 15 April – GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY
Morning – Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Basil 10.00-13.00
Evening – The Life Giving Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 23.00-02.30
Sunday 23 April
Second Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of Thomas 09.00-12.00
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BIRMINGHAM CHURCH…(Edgbaston, Russian Orthodox Parish of All Saints of Britain and Ireland; language Church Slavonic & English, Diocese: Sourozh)
Priest: Fr Mikhail Gogoleff
www.birmingham-sourozh.org.uk
Thursday 13th April at 18:00 (Great Thursday, Lecture of twelve Passion Gospels)
Friday 14th April at 18:00 (Great Friday, Passion of Jesus Christ). Burial of Christ Veneration of Epitaphios celebrated during Vespers and Matins. Confessions will be on Friday 14th April from 4pm and Saturday 15th April from 12:30 till 4pm. There will be no confessions before or after the Paschal Liturgy in the evening.Saturday 15th April at 21:00 (GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF CHRIST – PASCHA). Liturgy of St John followed by food Blessing.
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BRISTOL CHURCH…(Frenchay, Russian Orthodox Parish of the Holy Trinity; language Church Slavonic & English, Diocese: Sourozh)
Priest: Fr Mikhail Gogoleff
www.bristol-sourozh.org.uk
Sunday 9 April: 6th week of Great Lent, Entry of the Lord to Jerusalem, Palm Sunday. St John Liturgy at 10.30
Monday 10 April: Passion Week, Holy Monday, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 18.00. Confessions start at 17.00.
Wednesday 12 April: Passion Week. Holy Wednesday, Unction Service at 18.00. Confessions start at 17.00.
Thursday 13 April: Commemoration of the Last Mystical Supper. St Basil Liturgy at 10.30
Sunday 16 April: GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF CHRIST – PASCHA at 12.00 (Midday). Pascal service followed by food blessing.
Monday 17 April: Bright Paschal Week. St John Liturgy at 10.30
Sunday 30 April: Holy Myrrh Bearing Women, St Tamara of Georgia and St Agapit Pope of Rome. St John Liturgy at 10.30
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LONDON CATHEDRAL…(Chiswick, Russian Orthodox Church Abroad; Cathedral Parish of the Dormition & Holy Royal Martyrs; language Church Slavonic & English, Diocese: ROCOR)
Priests: Fr Peter Baulk; Fr Vitaly Serepinas
www.russianchurchlondon.org
Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday. The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
08:30 – Confession
10:00 – The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Monday, April 10
Great Monday
09:00 – Hours, Typika, Vespers with the Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
Thursday, April 13
Great Thursday. Commemoration of the Last Supper
09:00 – Hours (3, 6, 9), Vespers with Holy Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
18:15 – Matins, Reading of the12 Passion Gospels                                                                                                                             Friday, April 14                                                                                                                                                                                         Great and Holy Good Friday. No Liturgy. Strict Fast

08:00 – Royal Hours
16:00 – Vespers, Bringing out of the Burial Shroud
18:15 – Matins, Lamentations and Procession of the Shroud of Christ
Saturday, April 15
Great Saturday
08:00 – Hours (3, 6, 9), Typika, Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
18:00 – Blessing of Easter food baskets and eggs
23:30 – Midnight Office
Sunday, April 16
00:00 – Easter Matins, followed by the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
The Bright and Glorious Resurrection of Christ
10:00 – Divine Liturgy
17:00 – Agape Vespers

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OXFORD CHURCH…(Marston, Russian Orthodox Parish of St Nicholas; language Church Slavonic & English, Diocese: Sourozh)
Priests: Fr Stephen Platt; Fr Tikhon Vasiliyev
www.stnicholas-oxford.org
PALM SUNDAY
10:30am
Divine Liturgy (E&S)
6:00pm
Bridegroom Matins
Monday, April 10
HOLY WEEK
9:00am
Gospel Reading & Liturgy of the Presanctified
6:00pm
Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 11
HOLY WEEK
9:00am
Gospel Reading & Liturgy of the Presanctified
6:00pm
Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 12
HOLY WEEK
Great & Holy Wednesday
9:00am
Gospel Reading & Liturgy of the Presanctified
6:00pm
Sacrament of Holy Anointing
Thursday, April 13
HOLY WEEK
Great & Holy Thursday
9:00am
Vespers and Liturgy of St Basil the Great
6:00pm
Matins of the Passion (12 Gospels)
Friday, April 14
HOLY WEEK
Great and Holy Friday
2:00pm
Vespers and carrying out of the Shroud of Christ
6:00pm
Matins of the Burial of Christ
Saturday, April 15
HOLY WEEK
Holy and Great Saturday
9:00am
Vespers and Liturgy of St Basil the Great
10:30pm
Reading of Acts of the Apostles
11:30pm
Compline and Easter Matins
Sunday, April 16
» 1:30am
Compline and Easter Matins
Pascha – Resurrection of the Lord
1:30am
PASCHAL LITURGY
10:30am
NO MORNING LITURGY
1:00pm
Parish Easter BBQ
6:00pm


12 Wrangel, Russians deprived of Russia (Eng… by alexeykh

Русские без России,  Фильм 4-й. “Генерал Врангель. Когда мы уйдем” (General Wrangel. When will we leave)

The documentary follows the lives of Russian Civil War emigres of the First Wave. It seeks to disclose their motives for leaving, to reveal their lives beyond the borders of their native land, to explore their contribution to the Russian and world cultures. The authors take an inquisitive look at the lives of White Army generals Vrangel, Denikin.
Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Русские без России” (literally, Russians without Russia) documents the stories of the Russian commanders of the White Army and their men after the Civil War in Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution. Featured in this film are Kolchak, Denikin, and Wrangel and their contributions to the Russian Empire before and during WWI, and their fate after the victory of the Bolsheviks. Interviews with descendants of these leaders and those who chose to leave Russia for better times in Western Europe after 1921 are featured, often in conversation with Nikita Mikhalkov himself.

Цикл “Русские без России” открывает новые страницы, связанные с трагической историей первой русской эмиграции. Документальный сериал снят к печальной дате – 90-летию русского исхода. Документальный фильм Никиты Михалкова «Русские без России» посвящён нелёгким судьбам российских эмигрантов так называемой «первой волны». Многие из них внесли большой вклад как в российскую, так и в мировую культуру. Белогвардейские генералы Колчак, Врангель и Деникин, поэт Туроверов, писатель Шмелёв… Авторы попытались исследовать мотивы поступков этих людей и проследить их жизненные пути, сложившиеся уже за пределами Родины.
Таким образом, сквозь призму нескольких отдельно взятых судеб вырисовывается трагедия в масштабах всего российского народа, когда культура как будто раскололась и пошла по двум дорогам, а глубокая рана так и не зажила до сих пор…

THE TRIODION

The Crucifixion, fragment (Studenica Monastery, Serbia).
The Crucifixion, fragment (Studenica Monastery, Serbia).

542733_509681439090212_238096299_nGreat Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means “Passover” and is commonly called “Easter”,). It is the central part of a larger time of preparation called the Triodion season.

The Triodion begins ten weeks before Easter and is divided into three main parts: three Pre-Lenten weeks of preparing our hearts, the six weeks of Lent, and Holy Week. The main theme of the Triodion is repentance—mankind’s return to God, our loving Father.

This annual season of repentance is a spiritual journey with our Savior. Our goal is to meet the risen Lord Jesus, Who reunites us with God the Father. The Father is always waiting to greet us with outstretched hands. We must ask ourselves the question, “Are we willing to turn to Him?”

During Great Lent, the Church teaches us how to re­ceive Him by using the two great means of repentance— prayer and fasting.

THE LENTEN FAST

The word “fast” means not eating all or certain foods. As Orthodox Faithful, we can fast completely at certain times of great importance, and especially each time before receiv­ing Holy Communion. Usually, fasting means limiting the number of meals and/or the type of food eaten.

The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.

The first sin of our parents, Adam and Eve, was eating from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:1-19). We fast from food, or a food item, as a reminder that we are to fast from sin­ning and doing evil.

There are several benefits of fasting. Fasting helps us pray more easily. Our spirit is lighter when we are not weighed down by too much food or food that is too rich. Through fasting, we also learn to feel compassion for the poor and hungry and to save our own resources so that we can help those in need.

Fasting is more than not eating food. Saint John Chrysostom teaches that it is more important to fast from sin. For example, besides controlling what goes into our mouths, we must control what comes out of our mouths as well. Are our words pleasing to God, or do we curse God or our brother?

The other members of the body also need to fast: our eyes from seeing evil, our ears from hearing evil, our limbs from participating in anything that is not of God. Most important of all, we need to control our thoughts, for thoughts are the source of our actions, whether good or evil.

Fasting is not an end in itself. Our goal is an inner change of heart. The Lenten Fast is called “ascetic.” This refers to a ctions of self-denial and spiritual training which are central to fasting.

Fasting is a spiritual exercise. It is not imposed or forced upon us. In the same way that true repentance cannot be forced upon anyone, each of us makes the choice to turn away from our sinful ways and go toward our loving, for giving Father in Heaven.

THE PRELENTEN WEEKS

Before Great Lent begins, four Sunday lessons prepare us for the Fast. Humility is the theme of the first Sunday, called the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. The Lord’s parable in Luke 18:10-14 teaches that fasting with pride is rejected by God. For this reason, there is no fasting the week following this Sunday. This includes no fasting on Wednesday

and Friday that week. (Wednesdays and Fridays are usually fast days throughout the year—Wednesday’s Fast recalls the betrayal of Christ by Judas; Friday’s Fast commemorates the Lord’s Crucifixion.)

Repentance is the theme of the second Pre-Lenten Sunday, called the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Before we can return to God, we need to recognize that we are far from God because of sin. Like the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), we are in a self-imposed exile. Will we come to our senses as did the Prodigal Son and return to our Father?

The next Sunday is called both Meatfare Sunday and the Sunday of the Last Judgment. The second name refers to the Gospel lesson (Matthew 25:31-4 6) read on this day. The Lord tells us we will be judged at the end according to the love we have shown for our brother. “I was hungry..thirsty..naked…a stranger…in prison…sick… What­ever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine you did for Me.” Almsgiving goes hand in hand with fast­ing. This Sunday is called Meatfare because it is the last day meat, fish or poultry is eaten before Easter, for those keep­ing the Lenten Fast.

The last Pre-Lenten Sunday is called both Cheesefare Sunday and the Sunday of Forgiveness. This is the last day dairy products are eaten before the Fast. The Gospel lesson (Matthew 6:14-21 ) read on this day tells us that our fast must not be hypocritical or “for show.” Our work and our appearance are to continue as usual and our extra efforts are to be known only by God. The Gospel reading also reminds us that God the Father will forgive us in the same manner as we forgive our brother. With this promise of forgiveness, Great Lent begins on the next day, which is called Clean Monday. Clean Monday is a total fast day, except for a little water. No other beverages or food are taken.

GENERAL RULES OF THE LENTEN FAST

The Lenten Fast rules that we observe today were established within the monasteries of the Orthodox Church during the sixth through eleventh centuries. These rules are intended for all Orthodox Christians, not just monks and nuns.

The first week of Lent is especially strict. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a total fast is kept. In practice, very few people are able to do this. Some find it necessary to eat a little each day after sunset. Many Faithful do fast com­pletely on Monday and then eat only uncooked food (bread, fruit, nuts) on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the fast is kept until after the Presanctified Liturgy.

From the second through the sixth weeks of Lent, the general rules for fasting are practiced. Meat, animal prod­ucts(cheese, milk, butter, eggs, lard), fish (meaning fish with backbones), olive oil and wine (all alcoholic drinks) are not consumed during the weekdays of Great Lent. Octopus and shell-fish are allowed, as is vegetable oil. On weekends, ol­ive oil and wine are permitted.

According to what was done in the monasteries, one meal a day is eaten on weekdays and two meals on weekends of

Great Lent. No restriction is placed on the amount of food during the meal, though moderation is always encouraged in all areas of one’s life at all times.

Fish, oil and wine are allowed on the Feast of the An­nunciation (March 25) and on Palm Sunday (one week before Easter). On other feast days, such as the First and Second Finding of the Head of Saint John the Baptist (February 24) , the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (March 9), the Forefeast of the Annunciation (March 24) and the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel (March 26), wine and oil are permitted.

HOLY WEEK

The week before Easter, Holy Week, is a special time of fasting separate from Great Lent. Like the first week, a strict fast is kept. Some Orthodox Christians try to keep a total fast on Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday. Most eat a simple Lenten meal at the end of each day before going to the evening Church services.

On Holy Thursday, wine is allowed in remembrance of the Last Supper. Holy Friday is kept as a strict fast day, as is Holy Saturday . Holy Saturday is the only Saturday in the entire year when oil is not permitted.

In short, these are the Lenten rules for fasting. Traditionally, the Church Fathers recommend that someone new to fasting begin by resolving to faithfully do as much as he or she is able during the Lenten period. Each year as one matures as a Christian, a fuller participation can be under­taken. However, it is not recommended that a person try to create their own rules for fasting, since this would not be obedient or wise. The Faithful are encouraged to consult with their priest or bishop regarding the Fast when possible.

Personal factors such as one’s health and living situation need to be considered as well. For example, an isolated Or­thodox Christian required to eat meals at their place of employment, school or in prison may not be able to avoid certain foods. The Church understands this and extends leniency.

It is important to keep in mind that fasting is not a law for us—rather, a voluntary way of remembering to not sin and do evil, and to help keep our focus on prayer, repentance and doing acts of kindness, for we “are not under the law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

EASTER, BRIGHT WEEK AND THE PASCHAL SEASON

The Lenten Fast is broken following the midnight Easter service. With the proclamation, “Christ is risen!” the time of feasting begins. The week after Easter is called Bright Week and there is no fasting. For the next 40 days, the Church celebrates the Paschal (Easter) season. Joy and thanksgiving are the fulfillment of our Lenten journey.

A PRAYER FOR LENT

The Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian is traditionally said many times throughout each day during Great Lent, in addition to our daily prayers.

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. (+)

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. (+)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sin and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen. (+)

(The “(‘+)“ indicates that those praying make a deep bow or prostration at this point.)

 

192395.bCOME AND SEE…VISIT IN MARCH OF THE FIRST Kursk Root cheltenhamHIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH ABROAD TO CHELTENHAM WITH THE WONDERWORKING KURSK ROOT ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
Курская-Коренная икона Божией Матери “Знамение”, самая почитаемая святыня Русской Православной Церкви посетит Челтнем 14-15 марта 2017.
The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “The Sign”, the most revered Holy Relic of the Russian Orthodox Church will visit Cheltenham 14-15 March 2017.

We are pleased to confirm that we will be honoured by a visit to Cheltenham in March by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, who is based in New York, but has worldwide responsibilities for the Faithful.
Please note these special dates for a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to venerate the Russian Orthodox Church’s most revered icon: Tuesday 14th March, 17.30 – 20.00hrs * at Glendale House [Montpellier Public Relations Ltd.], Montpellier Terrace, Cheltenham GL50 1UX to meet our Ruling Bishop Vladyka Hilarion and where the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God ‘Of the Sign’ will be available to venerate. Then we plan to take the icon to the Church at Bentham on Wednesday 15th March, to be available from 0800hrs * – 1200hrs * [*times to be confirmed] before it departs to go to Belfast.

kurskLearn more about the Kursk Root icon here: http://www.kurskroot.com/


Please also note that Great Lent begins from Monday 27th February (Fast for 6 weeks) with Pascha on Sunday 16 April, 2017. We will post Fasting details on our website in due course: www.russianchurchcheltenham.org.uk
: www.rocor.org.uk

 


11 Wrangel, Russians deprived of Russia (Eng… by alexeykh

Русские без России,  Фильм 4-й. “Генерал Врангель. Когда мы уйдем” (General Wrangel. When will we leave)
The documentary follows the lives of Russian Civil War emigres of the First Wave. It seeks to disclose their motives for leaving, to reveal their lives beyond the borders of their native land, to explore their contribution to the Russian and world cultures. The authors take an inquisitive look at the lives of White Army generals Vrangel, Denikin.
Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Русские без России” (literally, Russians without Russia) documents the stories of the Russian commanders of the White Army and their men after the Civil War in Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution. Featured in this film are Kolchak, Denikin, and Wrangel and their contributions to the Russian Empire before and during WWI, and their fate after the victory of the Bolsheviks. Interviews with descendants of these leaders and those who chose to leave Russia for better times in Western Europe after 1921 are featured, often in conversation with Nikita Mikhalkov himself.

Цикл “Русские без России” открывает новые страницы, связанные с трагической историей первой русской эмиграции. Документальный сериал снят к печальной дате – 90-летию русского исхода. Документальный фильм Никиты Михалкова «Русские без России» посвящён нелёгким судьбам российских эмигрантов так называемой «первой волны». Многие из них внесли большой вклад как в российскую, так и в мировую культуру. Белогвардейские генералы Колчак, Врангель и Деникин, поэт Туроверов, писатель Шмелёв… Авторы попытались исследовать мотивы поступков этих людей и проследить их жизненные пути, сложившиеся уже за пределами Родины.
Таким образом, сквозь призму нескольких отдельно взятых судеб вырисовывается трагедия в масштабах всего российского народа, когда культура как будто раскололась и пошла по двум дорогам, а глубокая рана так и не зажила до сих пор…


10 Wrangel, Russians deprived of Russia (Eng… by alexeykh

Русские без России,  Фильм 4-й. “Генерал Врангель. Когда мы уйдем” (General Wrangel. When will we leave)
The documentary follows the lives of Russian Civil War emigres of the First Wave. It seeks to disclose their motives for leaving, to reveal their lives beyond the borders of their native land, to explore their contribution to the Russian and world cultures. The authors take an inquisitive look at the lives of White Army generals Vrangel, Denikin.
Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Русские без России” (literally, Russians without Russia) documents the stories of the Russian commanders of the White Army and their men after the Civil War in Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution. Featured in this film are Kolchak, Denikin, and Wrangel and their contributions to the Russian Empire before and during WWI, and their fate after the victory of the Bolsheviks. Interviews with descendants of these leaders and those who chose to leave Russia for better times in Western Europe after 1921 are featured, often in conversation with Nikita Mikhalkov himself.

Цикл “Русские без России” открывает новые страницы, связанные с трагической историей первой русской эмиграции. Документальный сериал снят к печальной дате – 90-летию русского исхода. Документальный фильм Никиты Михалкова «Русские без России» посвящён нелёгким судьбам российских эмигрантов так называемой «первой волны». Многие из них внесли большой вклад как в российскую, так и в мировую культуру. Белогвардейские генералы Колчак, Врангель и Деникин, поэт Туроверов, писатель Шмелёв… Авторы попытались исследовать мотивы поступков этих людей и проследить их жизненные пути, сложившиеся уже за пределами Родины.
Таким образом, сквозь призму нескольких отдельно взятых судеб вырисовывается трагедия в масштабах всего российского народа, когда культура как будто раскололась и пошла по двум дорогам, а глубокая рана так и не зажила до сих пор…

 


09 Denikin, Russians deprived of Russia (Eng… by alexeykh

Русские без России, Фильм 3-й. “Антон Деникин. Романс для генерала” (Anton Denikin. A ballad for the general)

Русские без России, Фильм Колчак
The documentary follows the lives of Russian Civil War emigres of the First Wave. It seeks to disclose their motives for leaving, to reveal their lives beyond the borders of their native land, to explore their contribution to the Russian and world cultures. The authors take an inquisitive look at the lives of White Army generals Vrangel, Denikin.
Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Русские без России” (literally, Russians without Russia) documents the stories of the Russian commanders of the White Army and their men after the Civil War in Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution. Featured in this film are Kolchak, Denikin, and Wrangel and their contributions to the Russian Empire before and during WWI, and their fate after the victory of the Bolsheviks. Interviews with descendants of these leaders and those who chose to leave Russia for better times in Western Europe after 1921 are featured, often in conversation with Nikita Mikhalkov himself.

Цикл “Русские без России” открывает новые страницы, связанные с трагической историей первой русской эмиграции. Документальный сериал снят к печальной дате – 90-летию русского исхода. Документальный фильм Никиты Михалкова «Русские без России» посвящён нелёгким судьбам российских эмигрантов так называемой «первой волны». Многие из них внесли большой вклад как в российскую, так и в мировую культуру. Белогвардейские генералы Колчак, Врангель и Деникин, поэт Туроверов, писатель Шмелёв… Авторы попытались исследовать мотивы поступков этих людей и проследить их жизненные пути, сложившиеся уже за пределами Родины.
Таким образом, сквозь призму нескольких отдельно взятых судеб вырисовывается трагедия в масштабах всего российского народа, когда культура как будто раскололась и пошла по двум дорогам, а глубокая рана так и не зажила до сих пор…

[Scroll down for English version] Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion ; Рождественское послание Высокопреосвященнейшего Илариона

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Рождественское послание Высокопреосвященнейшего Илариона, митрополита Восточно-Американского и Нью-Йоркского, Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви

Движимый самыми глубокими чувствами братской любви и радости духовной о Родившемся в Вифлееме Спасителе мира, приветствую собратьев-архипастырей, духовенство, монашество и всех верных чад Русской Зарубежной Церкви с великим и священным праздником Рождества Христова!
Благословенная Рождественская ночь!

В эту святую ночь смиренно сошел на землю Сын Божий, родившись в убогой Вифлеемской пещере. Он принес весть о спасении всего человечества и Своим примером скромности и жертвенности указал нам путь к вечному блаженству. Ангелы славословили Рождество Христово, воспевая: «Слава в вышних Богу и на земли мир, в человецех благоволение» (Лк. 2, 14). И вся земля, внимая этому дивному пению, стала как-бы храмом и алтарем, где невидимо совершалось необычайное Богослужение, во время которого гимны небесного мира сливались с молитвами исстрадавшегося человечества.

В наши неспокойные дни, когда столь пронзительно звучат Евангельские заветы терпения, смирения и братолюбия, мы являемся свидетелями братских междоусобиц, жестоких гонений на христиан, всякого рода политических страстей и общественных разногласий. Сердце каждого человека содрогается при мысли об этих великих бедствиях. Невольно, при виде всего этого, мы задаемся вопросом: так ли мир должен почитать своего Бога, Творца и Спасителя? Посему, празднуя это священное событие, вознесем свои молитвы о братском единении и взаимопонимании, о терпении и взаимном уважении в обществе, о мире между народами. Объединимся в эти дни в храме, оставим, хоть на время, наши земные заботы и огорчения, принесем Богомладенцу горячую веру, спасительную надежду и наполним нашу жизнь христианскими добродетелями.

Вступая в Новый 2017 год и размышляя о смирении Бога, ставшего Человеком, невольно вспоминаю образ кротости Святейшего Патриарха Тихона. Сто лет тому назад, после избрания на Всероссийском Поместном Соборе, он смиренно воспринял деревянный посох Первосвятителя Московского Петра. Обратим наш взор к образу святителя-исповедника, вместе со всей Русской Церковью восшедшего на скорбную Голгофу страданий и унижений! В те страшные годы открылся особый сонм мучеников за веру, прошедших сквозь огонь и воду, испытавших поругание и раны, узы и темницу, от них же многие «побиени быша, претрени быша, убийством меча умроша, не приемше избавления, да лучшее воскресенье улучат» (Евр. 11, 35-37). В подвигах Святейшего Патриарха Тихона и мучеников XX века выразилась глубочайшая любовь к Богу и ближнему и, вместе с тем, беспредельная преданность воле Божией. Пусть жертвенный подвиг мучеников, пострадавших в годы безбожных гонений, будет примером веры и благочестия не только для нас, но и для всех православных христиан!

Мысленно лобызая священные Вифлеемские ясли, будем благоговейно молить Богомладенца о том, чтобы нынешний XXI век, в отличие от минувшего, был временем созидания дела церковного и обращения людей к Богу, чтобы семена, заложенные страданиями Новомучеников и Исповедников Российских, продолжали приносить обильные плоды веры, надежды и любви в сердцах человеческих. Будем молить Его о даровании нам душевного мира и истинно христианской жизни, чтобы быть для тех, кто находится рядом с нами, «светом миру» (Ин. 8, 12) и «солью земли» (Мф. 5, 13).

С любовью о Господе Родившемся,

+ИЛАРИОН,
Митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский,
Первоиерарх Русской Зарубежной Церкви.

Рождество Христово 2016/2017

NEW YORK: January 3, 2017
1mhchristmasepistle17_2Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

Moved by the most profound feelings of fraternal love and joy for the Savior of the World born in Bethlehem, I congratulate the archpastors, clergymen, monastics and all the faithful flock of the Russian Church Abroad on this great and holy feast of the Nativity of Christ!

O, blessed Nativity night!

On this holy night, the Son of God meekly descended to Earth and was born in a humble Bethlehem cave. He brought news of the Salvation of all mankind, and by His example of humility and self-sacrifice pointed the way to eternal blessedness. The angels praised the Birth of Christ with the words, “Glory to God in the Highest, peace on Earth and good will toward men!” (Luke 2:14). The whole world, heeding this wondrous song, became a form of temple and altar, where a unique Divine service was invisibly being performed, during which divine hymns from the heavenly abodes merged with those of suffering humanity.

In our troubled days, when the Gospel commandments of patience, humility and brotherly love resound with particular force, we bear witness to internecine strife, brutal persecution of Christians, all forms of political fervor and social discord. The human heart races at the mere thought of these great tribulations. We cannot help but pose the question: is this how the world is to honor its God, its Creator and Savior? As we celebrate this holy event, let us lift up our prayers for brotherly unity and understanding, for patience and mutual respect within society, and for peace among nations. Let us unite in our churches during these days, leaving aside at least for a while our earthly cares and troubles, let us offer the God-Child our fervent faith and hope in salvation, let us fill our lives with Christian virtues.

As we enter the new year of 2017, I ponder the humility of God Who became Man and cannot help but remember the humility of His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon. One hundred years ago, after his election at the All-Russian Local Church Council, he meekly accepted the wooden staff of the Primate of the See of Moscow, Metropolitan Peter. Let us turn our attention to the image of this holy hierarch-confessor, who together with the entire Russian Church ascended the Golgotha of sorrows and humiliation! In those horrifying years, a special host of martyrs for the faith rose up, passing through fire and water, enduring abuse and injury, chains and imprisonment, “tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” (Hebrews 11:35). In the spiritual achievements of His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon and the martyrs of the 20th century, a profound love for God and neighbor was revealed, and also unlimited devotion to the Will of God. May the self-sacrificial podvig of the martyrs who suffered in the years of godless persecutions serve as an example of faith and piety not only for us, but for all Orthodox Christians!

As we noetically kiss the holy manger of Bethlehem, let us piously pray to the Divine Child that this 21st century, in contrast to the last one, will be a time of building the Church and of mankind turning to God, that the seeds sown by the suffering of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia will continue to bring forth abundant fruits of faith, hope and love in human hearts. Let us pray to Him that He grant us spiritual peace and true Christian life, so that we would be to our neighbors a “light of the world” (John 8:12) and the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).

With love in the Incarnate Lord,

+HILARION,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Nativity of Christ, 2016/2017.

 

Regarding the Nativity Lent: During this time, the general rule is that from 28 November/ 15 November and up until the Feast of Nativity, no meat, meat-products, dairy, dairy-products, or egg and egg-products are eaten. Children under 7, lacta63786_454890227902667_1732037297_nting and pregnant women are exempt. For those very ill or very aged, the fast can be lessened. If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of our priests.

Fish and fish products, wine and oil are allowed on weekends and certain week days. Shellfish (shrimp, scallops, lobster, crab, oysters, mussels, squid, clams, abalone, etc.) is always allowed.
The last five days of the Lent (2-6 January, n.s) gets stricter – no fish allowed, even on a weekend. The day before Nativity, the Eve of the Feast (6 January) – there is a custom to eat nothing until the First Star appears in the early evening. (At least give it a try).

Here is a useful summary:

6a00e5500a0b558834015437cb4bd4970c-800wiBeginning with the day of the Feast of Nativity, an 11-day fast-free period follows up until the Eve of Theophany, (18 January/5 January), which is a strict fast day. The Feast of Theophany, the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ. (19 January/6 January) is always a fast-free day no matter what day of the week it falls on.

 

 


08 Denikin, Russians deprived of Russia (Eng… by alexeykh

Русские без России, Фильм Колчак
The documentary follows the lives of Russian Civil War emigres of the First Wave. It seeks to disclose their motives for leaving, to reveal their lives beyond the borders of their native land, to explore their contribution to the Russian and world cultures. The authors take an inquisitive look at the lives of White Army generals Vrangel, Denikin.
Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Русские без России” (literally, Russians without Russia) documents the stories of the Russian commanders of the White Army and their men after the Civil War in Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution. Featured in this film are Kolchak, Denikin, and Wrangel and their contributions to the Russian Empire before and during WWI, and their fate after the victory of the Bolsheviks. Interviews with descendants of these leaders and those who chose to leave Russia for better times in Western Europe after 1921 are featured, often in conversation with Nikita Mikhalkov himself.

Цикл “Русские без России” открывает новые страницы, связанные с трагической историей первой русской эмиграции. Документальный сериал снят к печальной дате – 90-летию русского исхода. Документальный фильм Никиты Михалкова «Русские без России» посвящён нелёгким судьбам российских эмигрантов так называемой «первой волны». Многие из них внесли большой вклад как в российскую, так и в мировую культуру. Белогвардейские генералы Колчак, Врангель и Деникин, поэт Туроверов, писатель Шмелёв… Авторы попытались исследовать мотивы поступков этих людей и проследить их жизненные пути, сложившиеся уже за пределами Родины.
Таким образом, сквозь призму нескольких отдельно взятых судеб вырисовывается трагедия в масштабах всего российского народа, когда культура как будто раскололась и пошла по двум дорогам, а глубокая рана так и не зажила до сих пор…

 

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