Friday, July 26, 2013

Bishop Ambrose in Romania & Ukraine

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Epistle+Gospel Readings

July 28/July 15 -5th Sunday after Pentecost-Tone 4

From 'MY LIFE IN CHRIST'  - Saint John of Kronstadt - Originally published in 1897

'Do not bear malice in your heart against anyone on account of anything; do not despise anyone for any reason. "Have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins"-Peter I iv 8'

pg  518 as published by Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY 1984 558 pages - available for purchase at Holy Trinity Church 25-36 37th Street, Astoria, NY - see Matushka Irina

**Prayer Before Reading Scripture: 
O Lord Jesus Christ, open Thou the eyes of my heart, that I may hear Thy word and understand and do Thy will, for I am a sojourner upon the earth.  Hide not Thy commandments from me, but open mine eyes, that I may receive the wonders of Thy law.  Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom.  On Thee do I set my hope, O my God, that Thou shalt enlighten my mind and understanding with the light of Thy knowledge, not only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them; that in reading the lives and sayings of the saints I may not sin, but that such may serve for my restoration, enlightenment and sanctification, for the salvation of my soul, and the inheritance of life everlasting.  For Thou art the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness, and from Thee cometh every good deed and every gift. Amen
Saint John Chrysostom**
There are three readings for this day: Sunday; Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils and Holy Great Prince Vladimir, the Equal of the Apostles

The Epistle of Saint Paul to the:  

Romans 10:1-10

King James Version (KJV 1611)
10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Hebrews 13:7-16

King James Version (KJV 1611)

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Galatians 1:11-19

King James Version (KJV 1611)

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

The Holy Gospel according to:

Saint Matthew 8:28-9:1

King James Version (KJV 1611)
28 And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?
30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31 So the devils besought Him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
32 And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that he would depart out of their coasts.
And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.

Saint John 17:1-13

King James Version (KJV 1611)

17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify Thee:
As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.
I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.
I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy Word.
Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee.
For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine.
10 And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Saint John 10:1-9

King James Version (KJV 1611)

10 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Report & MANY! photos of Mountain View Consecration

Found via: 

Russian text report: (the machine-English follows below)-

Освящение храма в честь Новомучеников и Исповедников Российских в США

Корреспондент: vishegorod вкл. 24 Июль 2013. Опубликовано в РПЦЗ (Просмотров: 12)

     Фотография Состоялось освящение храма Новомучеников и Исповедников Российских в США, Миддлебург, штат Нью-Йорк в котором принял молитвенное участие и наш владыка Софроний.По благословению правящего архиерея Сиракутской и Никольской епархии, архиепископа Андроника, владыка Софроний возглавил богослужения на престольном празднике в честь преподобного Сергия Радонежского в Валлей Котедж в США где в со служении духовенства епархии рукоположил иподиакона Матфея в диакона. Владыка Андроник в это время находился у одра умирающего настоятеля Воскресенского прихода в Торонто (Канада) протоиерея Георгия Сачевского которого пособоровав приобщил святых таин, а на следующий день батюшка преставился ко Господу. Храм в Торонто не мог вместить всех прихожан которые пришли проститься с отцом настоятелем. Провели в последний путь батюшку на Джондарвилском кладбище два архиепископа нашей Церкви. 
Сами торжества в Миддлебурге начались с всенощного бдения которое по обычаю совершается перед царскими вратами, так как престол будет занесен в алтарь лишь только на божественной литургии. Мало всех земных слов чтобы передать ту духовную радость которой были охваченны все присутствующии богомольцы. На улице был предусмотрительно установлен большой экран по которому можно было видеть все происходящее как в нутри алтаря так и самого храма. В благоговейной тишине были слышны молитвы и пения духовенства с алтаря, затем на призыв духовенства к крестному ходу с мощами весь храм начал петь гимны святым мученикам. После крестного хода, необычайная перекличка архиерея, стоящего в дверях храма с мощами и хора который уже находился в храме. На неоднократный возглас архиерея -:" Возмите врата князи ваша, и возьмитеся врата вечная и внидет Царь славы." Хор вопросительно дважды отвечал -: " Кто есть сей Царь славы". После головопреклоненой молитвы архиерей подняв дискос с мощами осеняя ими двери храма торжественно ответил -: " Господь сил,той есть Царь славы" Весь храм вторил торжественный гимн Царю славы: " Господь сил, той есть Царь славы". Закончилась Божественная литургия, а расходится не хотелось, хотелось еще побыть в том молитвенном настроении в присутствии мироточивой иконы святителя Николая. На всю жизнь мы запомним этот праздник который по молитвам святителя Николая и Новомученоков Российских был совершен в земле Американской.


 Rough machine-English translation of this report:
(sorry that I could not put this into good English)-

Consecration of the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, in the U.S.

Correspondent: vishegorod incl. July 24, 2013. Posted in ROCOR (Views: 13)

     Photo The consecration of the temple of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian in the United States, Middleburg, New York which was attended prayer and our Bishop Sophronius.
With the blessing of the ruling bishop of the Diocese of Sirakutskoy and Nicholas, Archbishop Andronicus, Bishop Sophronius led worship at the feast day in honor of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Valley Cottage in the United States where, in the service of the clergy from the Diocese ordained sub-deacon Matthew Deacon. Lord of Andronicus was at the time in bed of the dying abbot of Resurrection Parish in Toronto (Canada), Archpriest George Sachevskogo posoborovav which has attached the Holy Mysteries, and the next day my father passed away to the Lord. Temple in Toronto could not accommodate all the parishioners who came to say goodbye to his father abbot. Spent his last journey to the priest Dzhondarvilskom cemetery two archbishops of the Church. 
Sami Middleburge celebrations began with a vigil, which customarily takes place in front of the royal doors, as the throne will be brought to the altar but only in the divine liturgy. Not all earthly words to convey the spiritual joy of which were all-ridden pilgrims attending. The street had the foresight to set the big screen on which you can see everything that happens in Inside the altar and the temple itself. In reverent silence could be heard praying and singing of the clergy from the altar, then the call to the priesthood religious procession with the relics of the temple began to sing hymns holy martyrs. After the procession, extraordinary roll call of the bishop, standing in the doorway of the temple with the relics and choir who was already in the temple. At the bishop's repeated exclamation - "Take hold of the gates of your riches, and take up the gates of eternal vnidet and the King of glory." Chorus questioning twice answered - "Who is this King of glory." After golovopreklonenoy prayers bishop raised the paten with the relics of them making the sign of the temple doors solemnly replied, - "The Lord of hosts, that is the King of glory" the whole house echoed the solemn hymn of glory to the King: "The Lord of hosts, that is the King of glory." The Divine Liturgy was over, and the odds do not like, I still stay in prayerful mood in the presence of the myrrh-streaming icon of St. Nicholas. All my life we'll remember this holiday that through the intercession of St. Nicholas and the Russian Novomuchenokov been committed in the land of America. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

What our ROAC 'Friend' (???), the 'Bp. Andre-Maklakov' is scheming up for us all-

Note: To view/hear his 
video  speech, in Russian,  addressed to his Suzdal ROAC assembled other hierarchs, one has to go to, to view it, as I cannot capture that video here.

found on: ...the original Russian article , video, and these comments.

COMMENT: He reports about his ( secret-) 'talks with ROCA  and RTOC bishops'.
(WHAT is really 'secret' these days!???...answer: NOTHING!)., but the one who reveals and makes public such 'talks' of bishops, is guilty  of violating confidences. Which in itself, makes us wonder as to what are his real motives in all this malicious double-dealing, including his outrageous interferences in our internal ROCA church matters, as with our Bp. Joseph's recent self-asked for retirement. And this award goes to ROAC (bigmouth/interferer in other's churches) ROAC 'Bp. Andre Maklakov'!...the very author of his ROAC's pathetic and lamentable false 'anathema' on our ROCA and on our sister SIR Synod, neither of which, with our other sister Romanian and Bulgarian sister churches,  are 'heretics'. How  pathetic!... he never misses an opportunity to speak ill of our Met. and our ROCA.
And some misguided souls want our ROCA  to unite with him and his uncanonical ROAC?


Bishop Andrew Pawlowski, Managing Autonomous Church parishes in the U.S., reports its talks with the bishops of ROCOR (A) and RIPTS

Correspondent: Administrator incl. July 20, 2013. Posted in Alternative Orthodoxy (Views: 27)
Tags: RPATs , RF , Suzdal

"Picking up the fragments"
found on our:

English translation of this article about Maklakov with two anti-Maklakov negative comments

One needs to view the Russian language video speech of Maklakov:-
which my translator could not view at his work place computer.

Translated from Russian

Bishop Andrew of Pavlovsk, Managing (Hierarch of) the ROAC parishes in the U.S., reports on his talks with hierarchs of ROCOR(A) and RTOC

Correspondent: Administrator; incl. on July 20, 2013. Posted in Alternative Orthodoxy (Views: 78)
Tags: ROAC, Russia (RF), Suzdal

“Gathering up the fragments" of TOC of Russian tradition in America. Bishop Andrew of Pavblovsk, Managing (hierarch of) the ROAC parishes in the U.S., reports to the XVII Congress of the Suzdal diocese of ROAC on his discussions with the hierarchs of ROCOR(A) and RTOC, July 17



+1 # The former Suzdal Diocese of ROCOR –[READER MARTIN-commenter]  R07/20/2013 19:23
Well, indeed, To put all the blame on are those “Cyprianites” ...
This is why until this day ROAC has not been able to unite with the RTOC-RTOCA, ROCA (V-V), ROCA (VA), ROAC (G-1), ROAC (G-2), RosOC (D), RosOC (V) , RosOC (A) and the [like] other fragments.

It’s very easy [convenient] for them to shoot from behind the corner with anathemas and articles, but they have neither the courage nor the honesty to sit down at one table and discuss those issues which in their opinion “separate” us from those “heroes” [bogatyrs] and “peacemakers”.

Cut [down] [humble down] then we’ll come to a settlement, ...
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+2 # RE: Bishop Andrew of Pavlovsk, Managing Hierarch of the ROAC parishes in the U.S.,[ROCA-commenter]reports on his discussions with the hierarchs of ROCOR (A) and RTOC – ROCA 20.07.2013 19:22
Of course, what that man says is terrible. He has in practical terms anathemized all the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Metropolitan Vitaly (as one praying with “Cyprianites”). It turns out according to his logic that since 1994 the Church of Christ has ceased to exist inasmuch as ROCOR – falling into heresy – ceased to be.
He “forgot” about the fact that bp. Gregory (Grabbe) concluded his life within the bosom of ROCOR, which [the latter] Andrew Maklakov has just anathemized.
Why would he lie that “Cyprianism” teaches that the Church can enliven with [the help of] the heresy that has already been condemned by the Ecumenical Councils?
One can only hope that that man has never understood a thing (and most likely this is how it is). This is the only thing that could at least somehow justify him.
Of course, no holding of negotiations [talks], and even [no] discussions is possible with him. All the more [so], this would also be a relief to him because he, poor, has been tortured by persuasions and invitations to dialogue[s].
I think the time of gathering the “fragments” is over even [though] it has never started [at all] – each one went their separate [own] ways.

This is the video: It is at the top, and is "Suzdal, 17, July, Chast 5"


Епископ Павловский Андрей, управляющий приходами РПАЦ в США, докладывает о своих собеседованиях с иерархами РПЦЗ(А) и РИПЦ

 Корреспондент: Administrator вкл. 20 Июль 2013. Опубликовано в Альтернативное Православие(Просмотров: 78)
Таги: рпац , рф , суздаль

"Собирание осколков" ИПЦ русской традиции в Америке. Епископ Павловский Андрей, управляющий приходами РПАЦ в США, докладывает XVII Съезду Суздальской епархии РПАЦ о своих собеседованиях с иерархами РПЦЗ(А) и РИПЦ, 17 июля


+1 # Бывшая суздальская епархия РПЦЗ — чтецъ Мартинъ 20.07.2013 19:23
Ну да,.. всему виноваты эти "киприаниты"...
Поэтому по сей день РПАЦ не может соединится с РИПЦ-РИПЦЗ, РПЦЗ(В-В), РПЦЗ(В-А), РПАЦ(Г-1), РПАЦ(Г-2), РосПЦ(Д), РосПЦ(В), РосПЦ(А) и прочими дроблениями.

Стрелять из-за угла анафемами и статьями им очень легко, а сесть за общий стол и обсудить те вопросы которые по их мнению нас "разделяют" у этих "богатырей" и "миротворцев" нет смелости и честности.

Руби потом разберемся,...
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+2 # RE: Епископ Павловский Андрей, управляющий приходами РПАЦ в США, докладывает о своих собеседованиях с иерархами РПЦЗ(А) и РИПЦ — ROCA 20.07.2013 19:22
Конечно, то, что говорит этот человек - ужасно. Он фактически предал анафеме всю Зарубежную Церковь, в том числе и Митрополита Виталия (как молившегося с "киприанитами") . По его логике получается, что с 1994 года Церковь Христова прекратила свое существование, поскольку РПЦЗ, впав в ересь, перестала ею быть.
Он "забыл" о том, что вл. Григорий (Граббе) окончил свою жизнь в лоне РПЦЗ, которую Андрей Маклаков только что предал анафеме.
Зачем ему лгать, что "киприанизм" учит, что Церковь может уживаться с ересью, уже осужденной Вселенскими Соборами?
Остается только надеяться, что этот человек вообще ничего не понимает (скорее всего, так и есть). Это единственное, что хоть как-то может его оправдать.
Конечно, никаких переговоров, и даже разговоров, с ним вести невозможно. Тем более, это будет и ему облегчением, поскольку, его, бедного, замучили уговорами и приглашениями к диалогу.
Я думаю, что время собирания "осколков" прекратилось даже не начавшись - каждый пошел своим путем.


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Few Early Photos of Mt. View's Consecration

Found on: 

Photo report of the consecration of the temple in honor of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, in the U.S.

Correspondent: ROCA incl. July 21, 2013. Posted in ROCOR (Views: 8)
Photo report of the consecration of the temple in honor of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia,  in the U.S.
Middleburg, NY, July 21, 2013.
At the consecration of the church, prayed Archbishops Andronicus and Sophronius, as well, including the clergy, the archpriests Gregory Kotljarov ,Vsevolod Dutikow, Ilya Warnke, and Andrew Kencis, and priests Nikita Grigoriev, John Hinton, and Andrew, and  Deacon Dimitri Dobronavov, plus a large gathering of the church people.
Temple will not accommodate all the worshipers.
The procession with the Holy relics and the Myrrh-streaming icon of St. Nicholas.

"Forgive us, our Sovereign"
Friday, 6 July 2012
"Forgive us, our Sovereign"
Topic: Holy Royal Martyrs


A series of billboards bearing the image of Tsar Martyr Nicholas and his family are appearing in towns and cities all across Russia.
The wording of the billboards vary, but the message is the same: "Forgive us, our Sovereign."
On July 17th Russia will mark the 94th anniversary of the murders of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, their four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and their son and heir-apparent, Alexis.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 06 July, 2012

Some bells and sights of Mount Athos

Some bells and sights of Mount Athos, before the terrible destructive fires of a few years ago

Blessing of Mountain View

Our ROCA in North America: About the first partial blessing of Mountain View, by Peter Koltypin-Wallovskoy


The Eternal Beacon of Faith.

One more parish in the church abroad. 

    Recently we received an invitation to a partial consecration of yet another church, dedicated in this instance to the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. My wife and I decided we must attend such an important celebration of our Church Abroad.
It reminded me how Russian immigrants in the 1920's and 1930's began building churches throughout the entire diaspora with funds provided by the faithful. No matter how the conspirators from Moscow tried to hamper these efforts and "extinguish the icon-lamps" of the true Church, the churches continued to be built.
In 2007, the Russian intelligence agencies were able to convince a part of the clergy of the Church Abroad to join the Moscow Patriarchia. A considerable part remained loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the legacy of its First Hierarchs, Metropolitans Anthony, Anastassy, St. Philaret and Vitaly. In our Church, led by Metropolitan Agafangel and 12 bishops, with around 135 priests and 120 parishes scattered throughout the whole world and Russia, the number of such "inextinguishable icon-lamps" is ever greater and greater. So now we are invited to yet another festive consecration of a new church, a new "inextinguishable icon-lamp."

As you pass through the center of the village of Middleburgh in New York State, a very beautiful, hilly landscape opens before you. From far away you can see on one of the hills the golden cupola of our Orthodox Church with a beautiful, historic Orthodox Vladimir cross. The cupola was designed by the architect S. Nikitin. The cupola was erected under the technical supervision of Oleg Mikhaylovich Rodzianko. A graceful two-story building with 35 rooms abuts the church, surrounded by many acres of land, and contains the Russian Orthodox Religious and Cultural Center, only three hours away from New York City.
Here, on the evening of Saturday, November 24, 2012, with a large number of faithful in attendance, Archbishop Andronik (Kotlaroff) and Rev. Victor Dobroff performed the partial consecration followed by vespers. The choir under the able leadership of choir director Mark Kotlaroff sang wonderfully and embellished the service, creating a special prayerful feeling.

As you enter the church, you sense the cozy layout of the large church. This church is larger than the one in the Jordanville monastery. It also has excellent acoustics and the voices of the priests are easily heard by everyone standing in the church. Your eyes are drawn to the elegant wooden iconostasis which was carved by hand. A master carpenter with many years of experience worked on it for an entire year. Most of the main icons on the iconostasis were painted in the Rublev style by iconographers from Russia. The beauty of the church's interior is quite extraordinary.

On the next day, Sunday, November 25, 2012, at 10 AM, Divine Liturgy was served in the newly-consecrated church by Archbishop Andronik, along with Archpriest Nikita Grigoriev, Rev. Victor Dobroff and Rev. Anthony Gunin. Many families with children were in attendance and it was joyous to have so many younger people present.
After the liturgy, Archbishop Andronik invited everyone to join in the luncheon. It is worthy to note that we Russians who live in foreign lands far from our homeland and who have preserved our faith for decades, do not forget out history, traditions and especially our Russian cuisine. A Lenten soup with mushrooms was served to the monastics and clergy during the luncheon along with a tasty fish and piroshky (patties) with cabbage and mushrooms. Everyone else was served a soup, turkey, piroshky with meat and mushrooms, syrniky (fried cheese pancakes) and tasty tender potatoes. All the food was prepared by the sisterhood of the church.What a pleasant surprise it was when the directors of the Center announced that the Mayor of the village of Middleburgh, Mr. Matthew Avitabile, who is Greek Orthodox, had sent an official letter of congratulations on the occasion of the consecration of the church and had promised to help our Church in its missionary work and in its various events.
The director of the Center, Yuriy Georgiyevich Lukin, spoke at the luncheon and expressed his profound gratitude to all the volunteers who devoted many hours and hard work in the renovation and construction of the church and the Center's building. Mr. Lukin also thanked deeply all the craftsmen; the architects, carpenters, electricians and other specialists who had devoted and continue to devote many hours on improvements in the entire complex.

The administration of the Russian Orthodox Religious and Cultural Center has announced that the full consecration of the church and Center is scheduled for July 20-21, 2013. After the services, the church and the building will be open to visitors from near and far. A Russian festival with a concert of Russian music is planned on those dates.

Pyotr Koltypin-Wallovskoy.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Awaiting the Resurrection of the Dead and the Life of the Age to Come

Note: Of course, this is all in Greek.
But to all of us, it is a meditation on life and death,
and what our Orthodox Church teaches us- that this short earthly transient life is but 
a preparation for Eternal Life.
Here is not our end or our meaning. It is to be with God.
"Grant me, O Lord,  the Home Country of my heart's desiring,
making me again, a citizen of Paradise".

A typical monastic funeral/burial  on Mount Athos.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! to Newly Reposed Fr. George Sachevsky!

  18 .07.13. Отошел ко Господу настоятель Voskreseniyeh прихода в Торонто (Канада) протоиерей Георгий Сочевский. 18.07.13. Reposed in the Lord, the  Rector of Holy RESURRECTION parish [not 'Ascension!'], in Toronto (Canada), Archpriest George Sachevsky. Выражаем соболезнование его осиротевшей пастве и близким. We express our condolences to his bereaved flock and friends. Просим молитв о упокоении его души. Please pray for the repose of his soul. Вечная память!Eternal memory!

Odessa parish visit by Metropolitan Agafangel

Imported Image.tiff  18 .07.13. 18 .07.13.   Митрополит Агафангел отслужил молебен в день Престольного праздника прихода в честь великомученицы княгини Елизаветы в Одессе (настоятель игумен Мефодий). Metropolitan Agafangel held a prayer service [molieben], on the parish feast day, of the parish in honor  of the Holy Great Martyr and Princess Elizabeth, in Odessa (Rector Fr. Abbot Methodius).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New website of our ROCA-

A new website of the ROCOR

Reporter: Nun Vera incl. July 17, 2013. Posted in Events (Views: 23)

Good evening!
I want to tell you that was made ​​available a new online resource with, informing about events and activities taking place in the Orthodox-ku lturnom center of the East-Ameri Kan Diocese (ROCA).
Internet.adres :
Site is not completely finished, and much more to create, but we wanted to consecrate our church open at least what has been done.
We will be glad if you could post information on our website in your informational mailings ..
Thank you.
Sokiran Sergei.

Cannes Church in ROCA Hands

GLORY TO GOD! SLAVA BOGU!- Cannes, France Church of Archangel Michael, now in our ROCA Faithful's Hands – GLORY TO GOD! 

Imported Image.tiff 17 .07.13.  Today, the feast day of the Holy Royal Martyrs, was a final disposition. approved by the membership of the Association for the Disposition of the Property of the temple of The Archangel Michael and of all the other assets of the Association. It is said that the temple of The Archangel Michael in Cannes has been returned to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.[our ROCA under our Metropolitan .Agafangel]. The multi-year legal battle has ended now, with full recognition of our rights of ownership of this temple. It also means that are rejected  the  claims to  that temple of the Putin government in attempting to take steps to keep the temple in the MP, the Moscow Patriarchate, via the false ROCOR/MP under the leadership of Metropolitan Hilarion-Kapral, and the other pseudo-religious mafias.
Glory to our God!