2007-04-19 - Moscow

His Holiness Patriarch Alexy of Moscow met with the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin in the Kremlin on 2 April 2007. 

During the event V. Putin greeted the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and all Orthodox Russians on the coming Feast of Easter. The President noted the significance of signing the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the ROCOR – ‘this is really an epoch-making event not only in the Church life, but also in the life of the whole society. I know how much you have done to make it possible and hope that it will be successfully accomplished’ – the President said. 

Kremlin.ru reports that in his response Patriarch Alexy thanked the President for the greeting. ‘We have entered the Passion Week which prepares us for the Feast of Holy Easter. We hope that we will be able to see you at the Festive service and greet you on behalf of the whole Orthodox nation’ – His Holiness said. 

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church confirmed that the Act of Canonical Communion will be signed on 17 May at the Feast of the Lord’s Ascension. Patriarch Alexy underlined that the President of Russia also did much to make the unity possible during his meetings with the Holy Synod of the Abroad Church in New York and invited V. Putin to participate in this historical event’. 

‘This is really not only a Church event, but the one which unites Russian people who by the God’s will were separated by the tragedy which struck our nation’ – the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said. 

His Holiness is convinced that ‘now when 80 years passed after that and the Church in Russia gained freedom, there are no more obstacles which prevented us from uniting.’

Let us hope that we will overcome the separation which existed for 80 years and the united Russian Orthodox Church will serve her ministry both in Russia and abroad’ – His Holiness Patriarch Alexy said. 

DECR Communication Service

Source: www.mospat.ru

Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Joachiam and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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 whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Holy Forefathers

Through faith, O Christ, you justified the Forefathers, * betrothing through them in advance the Church of the gentiles. * The Saints exult in glory, * for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: * she who gave birth to You without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us. (Troparion, Tone 2)

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

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but defended by the undepicted Being you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Second Sunday Before Christmas)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

What purposelessness, oh the deceit of life; truly in vain does each man vex himself, and truly blessed and thrice-blessed are those who have left everything for the Lord, that they may attain the good things announced in the Gospels. For what profit will it be for a man to enjoy the whole world, but lose his soul, to which the whole universe is not equivalent? All the splendor of man is like the blossom of grass. For the grass departs and the blossom dies, but the word of the Lord abideth for ever.

St. Nicon "Repent Ye"