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Message from the Chancery of the Primate of the Russian Church Abroad

NEW YORK: September 2, 2011 from the Synod website

Brother Archpastors, Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters:

We hereby bring to the attention of the archpastors and clergymen of our dioceses that the feast day of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, which this year falls on a Sunday, is also the tenth anniversary of the terrorist acts in the United States, which tore away from this vale of tears thousands of peaceful citizens. On this day, blessing is given to raise the following petitions during Divine Liturgy, and during a commemorative litany that should follow, to prayerfully remember all the victims of this terrible act of wickedness, preceding it with words of edification.

May our fervent prayers to God warm our hearts! May it warm and console both those who died, and those who survived!

With love in the Lord and a request for your prayers,
+Hilarion,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

During the litany of peace:

That there may be kindled in us the fervent love of God and our neighbor by the grace of His Most-holy Spirit, and thus burn out to the very roots the passions of all our souls and bodies, let us pray to the Lord.

That there may be uprooted in us hatred, envy and jealousy and all other passions which destroy brotherly love, and that there may be planted unfeigned love, fervently let us pray to the Lord.

During the augmented litany:

O Lord our God, as Thou art good, mercifully regard the ground of our heart, the love whereof hath dried up, and which hath been rendered grievously barren by the thorns of hatred, self-love and countless transgressions; and letting a drop of the grace of Thine all-holy Spirit fall, do Thou richly irrigate it, that it may be fruitful and, out of ardent love for Thee, bring forth the root of all the virtues—the fear of Thee, constant care for the salvation of our neighbor, and the uprooting of hypocrisy, divers evils, and all the passions.  We earnestly entreat Thee, as the Benefactor of all: hearken swiftly and, in that Thou lovest mankind, have mercy.

O Master, Who gavest Thy disciples the new commandment to love one another, actively renew this within our souls through the grace of Thine all-holy Spirit, that we may in nowise take care for our own benefit, but ever for that which is pleasing unto Thee and for the salvation and good of our neighbor.  We pray Thee, O merciful Benefactor, hearken and mercifully have mercy.

Thus do Thou cause Thy love to dwell within us, through the grace of Thine all-holy Spirit, O most compassionate Lord, that, in accordance with Thy commandment, we may truly love not only our brethren and friends, but also our enemies, may do good to those who hate us, and may earnestly strive for their salvation.  We pray Thee, O Source of goodness and Abyss of love for mankind: hearken swiftly and, as Thou art compassionate, have mercy.

O our God, move us, through the grace of Thy Spirit, to have unfeigned love for our neighbor, that we may be made perfect in Thy Love, O Master.  For he who thinketh that he hath love for Thee, yet hateth his brother, is a liar, and walketh in darkness.  Wherefore, O Merciful One, enkindle our souls and hearts with love for Thee and our brethren.  We pray Thee, in that Thou art merciful: hearken swiftly and, as Thou art compassionate, have mercy.

Translated from the Church Slavonic by the reader Isaac E. Lambertsen, from The Supplemental Euchologion (=Vol, III(Jordanville, NY: St. Job of Pochaev Press, 1961), pp. 306b-313a.  Copyright © 1980.  All rights reserved by the translator.

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Проповедь Патриарха по освящении собора в Магадане

Магадан, 1 сентября 2011 года. Святейший Патриарх Московский и всея Руси Кирилл совершил чин великого освящения Свято-Троицкого собора г. Магадана и Божественную литургию в новоосвященном храме. За Литургией состоялась хиротония архимандрита Николая (Дутки) во епископа Находкинского и Преображенского.

Magadan, September 1, 2011. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, performed the rite of consecration of Holy Trinity Cathedral of Magadan and the Divine Liturgy in the newly consecrated church. During the Liturgy of Consecration was held Archimandrite Nicholas (Dutki) as Bishop of Nakhodka and Transfiguration.

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11th Sunday after Pentecost / Dormition of the Mother of God (photos)

Troparion (Tone 1)

In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.
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Transfiguration

AUGUST 6th (OC)
The Transfiguration of our Lord
Jesus Christ

Troparion, tone 7: When Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, Thou didst show Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Thy everlasting light illumine also us sinners through the intercessions of the Mother of God. Giver of Light, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, tone 7: Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they were capable, that when they should see Thee crucified, they might know that Thy suffering was voluntary and might proclaim to the world that Thou art indeed the reflection of the Father.

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August 1 / 15 The Procession (Carrying-forth) of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord

The Procession (Carrying-forth) of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Chasoslov (Orologion) of 1897 is explained thus the derivation of this feast: “By reason of the sicknesses, often everywhere occurring in August, from of old customarily it was done at Constantinople to carry out the Venerable Wood of the Cross along the roads and streets for the sanctifying of places and for the driving away of sicknesses. On the eve (31 July), carrying it out from the imperial treasury, they placed it upon the holy table of the Great Church (in honour of Saint Sophia — the Wisdom of God). From this feastday up to the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, making litia throughout all the city, they then placed it forth for all the people to venerate. This also is the Issuing-forth of the Venerable Cross”.

 

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Anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anthony

NEW YORK: August 12, 2011
Communique from the Chancery of the Primate of the Russian Church Abroad

In connection with the diamond anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of blessed memory (+August 10, 1936), the first of the Primates of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the brother archpastors and clergymen of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion’s dioceses are called upon to prayerfully commemorate the late hierarch of the Russian diaspora at the end of Divine Liturgy on the coming Sunday, preceding it with a sermon.

Let us pray for the repose of the blessed Metropolitan Anthony, and that the Lord Chief Pastor continues to create new pastors who worthily continue the work of this great bishop of the Universal Church, as His Holiness Patriarch Varnava of Serbia referred to him. Let us also attempt once more to bring our attention to our history and our ecclesiastical roots in order to nourish our souls with the legacy of our fathers.