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Forgiveness Sunday - Bishop Andrei Erastov

The Rite of Forgiveness (Video) “… and Let us Embrace One-Another and Say: ‘Brethren’ Even to Those who Hate us, and Let us Forgive All Things…”

In ancient times in Eastern monasteries, a beautiful custom existed in which the rite of mutual forgiveness on Cheesefare Sunday was performed. This rite of forgiveness was carried out in the evening, following a modest repast. All the monks in the presence of the faithful asked pardon of one another for past offences, then embraced, […]

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Adam and Eve Excluded from Eden

St. John of Kronstadt – On Fasting and the Original Sin “Gluttony and Lechery Nail us Down to Earth and Clip our Soul’s Wings.”

Some people say: it does not matter if one eats non-lenten food during lent, fasting does not pertain only to food; it does not matter if one wears beautiful and expensive clothes, goes to the theatre, to the dances, buys magnificent furniture, chinaware, keeps savings accounts, etc.; but – for what reason does our heart turn […]

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St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (398-404)

St. John Chrysostome: Discourse On Saint John The Baptist – “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand” (Matt. 3:1-2)

“In those days, – the Gospel tells us, — came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness and saying: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:1-2).  “In those days,” that is, in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ’s coming to earth, in the days when the Heavenly King appeared, in the days when […]

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A Response to the “Appeal” of the Odessa Council / Ответ на «Обращение» Одесского Собора

The recently concluded Council meeting in Odessa chaired by Metropolitan Agafangel adopted a document under the intriguing title of “An Appeal to those who have Broken Away from the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.”  Who are these individuals who have “broken away” and what is it that they must do to rejoin the bosom […]

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Брат Иосиф Муньоз

Protodeacon Herman Ivanov-Trinadtsaty: On The 20th Anniversary Of The Mysterious Brutal Murder Of Brother Joseph / Протодиакон Герман Иванов-Тринадцатый: К 20-Летию Загадачного Зверского Убийства Брата Иосифа (Video)

Last days of Brother Joseph. This video was made by Fr Alexander Ivashevitch in Athens at the end of October 1997, several days before Brother Joseph’s martyrdom. Брат Иосиф. Последние дни. Это видео было снято о. Александром Ивашевичем в Афинах, в конце октября 1997 г., за несколько дней до мученической кончины Брата Иосифа     We remember it as if it […]

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Archangel Gabriel, St. Sophia Cathedral, Kiev Ukraine

On the 10th Anniversary of the Union of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Of Russia with the Moscow Patriarchate / К Десятилетнему Юбилею Объединения Зарубежной Церкви с Московской Патриархией (English and Russian)

It has been more than 10 years since the May 17, 2007, signing of the union under which essentially the full complement of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) was absorbed by the Moscow Patriarchate (MP).  During these 10 years, as far as we know, no ROCOR priests have left the MP and […]

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