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14 Feb 2019

 

          The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord is one of those holidays that we for the most part allow to pass by with little thought or reflection, without delving into what takes place on that great day.

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27 Jan 2019

Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky)

(An abridged version of a sermon on the Lesser Consecration of the newly constructed lower part of our church, on Saturday, March 23/April 5, 1958.)

(…) Only here, in God’s church,...

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16 Jan 2019

The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the twelve great feasts, one which is celebrated with no less solemnity than is the Nativity of Christ. One might say that the Nativity and the Baptism are two related holidays comprising one single celebration, the Feast of Theophany, for together...

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14 Jan 2019

“The Lord of all endures circumcision, and He circumcises man’s sins, for He is good.” This is the meaning of today’s Church feast. The Circumcision was established by God and commanded through Abraham to all the chosen people of the Jews. It was a sign of entering into the...

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04 Jan 2019

On December 25 (January 7 on the civil calendar) we celebrate the Great Feast of the Nativity, according to the flesh, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The Church calls upon its faithful to prepare themselves, over the course of a 40-day period, to worthily greet that Feast. ...

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22 Dec 2018

8th Gospel Reading (John 20: 11-18)

 

But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body...

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15 Dec 2018

The seventh in a series of Archbishop John Shakhovskoy’s reflections on the Resurrection Gospel readings.

FAITH
7th Resurrection Gospel (John 20:1-10)

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark,...

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08 Dec 2018

6th Resurrection Gospel

(Luke 24:36-53)

 

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they...

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23 Nov 2018

 

In the 13th century, during the dreadful period of the Tartar invasion of Russia, the devastated province of Kursk was emptied of people and its principal city, Kursk, became a wilderness. Now, the residents of the city of Rylsk, which had been preserved from invasion, often...

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