English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas 

Vladivostok. (20070312 - www.orthodox.cn) On March 9th, Archbishop Sergiy (Chashin) of Usuriisk met with the clerics of the temple of the Holy Life-giving Trinity in Pyongyang (DPRK). Among them were priests Feyodor Kim, Ioann Ra and the choir director Nikolai Kim.

Orthodox North Korean priest have been in Vladivostok from the beginning of the Great Lent for liturgical practicum at St. Nicholas Cathedral. They were ordained in August 2006, during the consecration of the Orthodox temple in Pyongyang .

During the meeting they discussed organizing Paschal divine services and festivities in Pyongyang; plans exist to help the Korean clergy by sending a priest and a choir from the Vladivostok eparchy. At Bishop Sergiy's suggestion, it was decided to begin to prepare a choir from among the parishioners of the temple of the Life-giving Trinity.


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica