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  • Borne to God on Angelic Hymns

    07/20/2018 1:02:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 07-18-2018 | Staff
    Photos from the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Martyrdom of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and Those With Her A host of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess, the Nun Barbara, and Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich Romanov, the Princes Ioann Konstantinovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich, Igor Konstantinovich, and Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, and Grand Duke Sergei's secretary Fyodor Remez martyred with them yesterday at the site of their martyrdom.The celebration followed the festivities in honor of the 100th anniversary of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their children and faithful...
  • ECHR Orders Russia to Pay Some 48,000 Euros to Pussy Riot Members Over 2012 'Punk Prayer' Case

    07/19/2018 4:36:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/17/18
    Moscow, July 17, Interfax - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the way Russian authorities handled the trial of the members of the punk group Pussy Riot who performed a 'punk prayer' protest at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in 2012 violated the applicants' right to a fair trial. "The ECHR ordered [Russia] to pay 16,000 euros each to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina and 5,000 euros to Yekaterina Samutsevich. The court also ordered Russia to pay 11,750 euros in respect of costs and expenses," the Pussy Riot members' lawyer Irina Khrunova told Interfax on Tuesday....
  • First-Ever Open-Air Liturgy at Moscow Kremlin to be Held in Honor of 1030th Anniv of Baptism of Rus’

    07/18/2018 6:46:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/16/18
    The main event for the upcoming celebration of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ will be an open-air Divine Liturgy on the Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin, Patriarchal press secretary Fr. Alexander Volkov said on Saturday, reports Interfax-Religion. This will be the first time such a Liturgy outside is ever served at the Moscow Kremlin. “Previously, services were always celebrated in the cathedrals of the Moscow Kremlin. Services have never been held on the Cathedral Square before. Because a very large gathering of people—up to several thousands—is expected on this day in the heart of our country,...
  • Patriarch Kirill: “Royal Passion Bearers from their Golgotha Entrusted Caring....” [Shortened]

    07/18/2018 4:33:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 18 July A.D. 2018 | atriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
    Your Beatitude! Your Excellence and Your Eminence! Dear fathers, brothers, and sisters! I congratulate you all on the Lord’s Day! By historical circumstances, we had the opportunity to celebrate a Divine Liturgy here and consecrate the church in honor of the Theodore Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos which is associated with the Romanov dynasty: this church was built next to the site of the death of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna, Nun Barbara, and other representatives of the royal family. Looking at this place, this nearly buried mine, it is hard to imagine that fear and terror that engulfed...
  • More than 100k March and Attend Midnight Services for Murdered Russian Royal Family

    07/18/2018 10:53:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-17-2018 | various
    Lead by Patriarch Kyril more than 100,000 marched in a procession from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers about 20km outside the city. There followed a moleben in honor of the Royal Passion Bearers and a hierarchical liturgy (mass) later that night. (Link to the video of the full liturgy is in the comments.)
  • One Hundred Years Since the Murder of the Russian Royal Family

    07/17/2018 7:19:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    Anotther City ^ | 07-17-2018 | Alfred Kentigern Siewers
    Last picture of the Russian Royal Family before their martyrdom by the Bolsheviks. July 17, 2018, marks the centennial of the killing of the Russian royal family.On that date a hundred years ago, the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife the tsarina Alexandra, their five children and four retainers, were ushered into a basement in the city of Yekaterinburg in the early hours of the morning, for an execution that would mark a turning point in history.The family, by all accounts pious and loving and known for personal works of charity, had suffered months of humiliation at...
  • Remains Found Near Yekaterinburg Belong to Nicholas II, Family - Russian Investigative Committee

    07/17/2018 3:59:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/16/18
    Moscow, July 16, Interfax - A new comprehensive evaluation has confirmed that the remains thought to be those of Nicholas II and his family, who were shot and killed in Yekaterinburg 100 years ago, are indeed their remains, Russian Investigative Committee official Svetlana Petrenko said. "Comprehensive commission molecular and genetic tests have now confirmed that the remains belong to former Emperor Nicholas II, his family members and people close to them," Petrenko told Interfax on Monday. The molecular and genetic tests have shown that seven of the 11 found remains are remains of members of one family, mother father, four...
  • Vigil in Honour of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers of Russia Murdered 100 Years Ago This Night

    07/16/2018 6:34:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-16-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    Full service of Vespers and Vigil for the Holy Royal Passion Bearers Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia and the Tsarevitch Alexei who, along with their faithful retainers, were butchered this night 100 years ago by the Communists. (English & Slavonic appx 2.5 hrs)
  • The Russian Orthodox Believers Who Treat the Tsar Like a God

    07/16/2018 6:22:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/16/18 | Konstantin von Eggert
    The 'god-tsarists' form the most vocal and best organised minority in the Russian Orthodox ChurchHis secular name is Georgy Alexandrovich Shevkunov. Chances are you have never heard of him. However, he is regularly listed as one of the most influential people in Russia – at least as far as the opaque world of what passes for politics in the country is concerned. On July 17, 2018, it will be 100 years since the last Emperor, Nicholas II, his wife, children and servants, were brutally murdered by Bolshevik thugs in the cellar of a house in Yekaterinburg, an industrial city in...
  • An American Shrine to Honor the Russian Royal Martyrs

    07/15/2018 11:02:29 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 07-13-2018 | Andrew Gould
    It has been my particular honor to create a magnificent shrine and reliquary for the Russian Royal Martyrs. The shrine was commissioned by an American convert to Orthodoxy as a gift to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox monastery in West Virginia, USA. It was installed in time to commemorate the centenary of the tragic murder of Czar Nicholas II and his entire family, which falls on July 17th, 2018.The donor and monastery requested a shrine that would reflect the very best of American furniture design and craftsmanship – to unite this cultural heritage with the...
  • Patriarch Kirill to Lead 21-km Procession in Memory of Nicholas II's Family

    07/15/2018 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/18
    Moscow, July 12, Interfax - The centenary of the execution of the last Russian emperor and his family will be marked by a 21-kilometer nighttime religious procession led by Patriarch Kirill from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama, the patriarch's press secretary Rev. Alexander Volkov told reporters. In this way, the patriarch will pay tribute to the memory of the canonized royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks early on July 17, 1918 at the Ipatyev House, where the Church on the Blood was later built. After...
  • Armenian Church Displays Significant Relic Amid Tensions

    07/13/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/7/18 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s dominant church put a significant Christian relic on display Saturday after rumors that a part of it had been sold prompted protesters to occupy a main church administrative building. The Spear of Longinus, which the Armenian Apostolic Church says is the lance stabbed into Jesus Christ’s side as he hung on the cross, was displayed at the mother church complex of Etchmiadzin. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the church’s leader, Catholicos Garegin II, have persisted for several months. Detractors have claimed Garegin II is married and involved in business activities, which are against church doctrine.
  • Baptist claiming trademark on name/image of Elder Arsenie wields law against Orthodox Church

    07/13/2018 3:05:20 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 07-13-2018 | Staff
    A bizarre legal battle is playing out in Romania right now, as the Romanian Orthodox Church is fighting for the right to use the name and image of Elder Arsenie (Boca), a faithful son of the Church, against a private individual who owns the right to use the elderÂ’s name and image that were trademarked with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Elder Arsenie, who reposed in 1989, was one of the great Romanian spiritual fathers of Communist times, and is revered today as a saint, although he has yet to be canonized. Thousands go on pilgrimage annually to his...
  • Full Vigil for the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul

    07/11/2018 6:16:03 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-11-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    The full service of the Vigil for the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul. (appx 2:40 hrs in English and Slavonic)
  • Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican Team Up to Rebuild Christian Sites in Syria

    07/11/2018 6:07:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    TASS ^ | 7/8/11
    BARI /Italy/, July 8. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches have begun implementing a plan aimed at reconstruction of Christian churches and monasteries destroyed during the years of Syrian war, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, told TASS on Saturday. "We have taken on reconstruction, and some churches and monasteries are being rebuilt now. In particular, restoration work is nearing an end in Maaloula. It is one of the major holy sites in the Antioch Orthodox Church, a nunnery built in the location where the Aramaic language...
  • Orthodox Church Reopens After a Century on Ship Used to Signal October Revolution [Russia]

    07/08/2018 7:07:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/18
    An Orthodox church has reopened on the Aurora cruiser, one of the symbols of the October Revolution, which was used to signal the storming of the Winter Palace in October 1917 by firing an empty shot, reports the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The Church of St. Nicholas, located in the center of the ship, was restored from archival photographs and drawings. It was originally closed in 1917. The cruiser will host regular Divine services on weekends and Church feast days. The first Divine Liturgy in 100 years was celebrated in the church on April 15 by Archpriest...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Francis Bows His Knees - Because Orthodox Patriarchs Were Present?

    07/07/2018 7:23:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 7, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Francis Bows His Knees - Because Orthodox Patriarchs Were Present? During his July 7 visit to Bari, Italy, after meeting with heads of Christian Churches in the Middle East, Pope Francis surprised the public when he knelt down in order to venerate the relics of Saint Nicholas. Commentators believe that Francis did this because of the presence of orthodox and oriental patriarchs who would have been shocked if Francis had not shown any visible sign of veneration standing like a tourist in front of the relics of the saint who enjoys an enormous popularity in the East. Francis knelt down...
  • Serbian Population is Against a Papal Visit—Serbian Patriarch

    07/07/2018 3:48:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/4/18
    His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has expressed the view that now is not the right time for a Papal visit to Serbia. His comment comes in an interview with Blic, reflecting on his recent meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. During the meeting, Pat. Irinej expressed gratitude for the official position of the Vatican, which has not recognized the independence of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. Pat. Irinej notes in the interview that he did not speak about the possibility of a Papal visit with the Cardinal during their meeting, but that he...
  • "Oremus" For Peace in the Middle East. But For Ukraine, Among the Orthodox the War Is On

    07/05/2018 6:35:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | July 5, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Pope Francis has invited to Bari, on Saturday July 7, the heads of the Churches of the Middle East - Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant - for a day of prayer in common for peace in that region. But there is another conflict in the East that is looming over this assembly. It is the conflict that has Ukraine as its epicenter and is dramatically dividing the Orthodox world, with ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew on one side and on the other the patriarch of Moscow “and all Rus,” Kirill.Bartholomew will be there in Bari. But not Kirill, who will instead...
  • Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia

    07/04/2018 5:51:36 AM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 4 July A.d. 2018 | Staff
    July 4 Reading Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of Saint John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness. Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the...