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01/08/2021 - Homily on the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 6 Ecumenical Councils and St Seraphim of SarovFollowing the Liturgy Father Mark talks on the life of St Seraphim, humility, love, forgiveness, prayer and our struggles for asceticismyoutu.be/-C9EaqYfp8I ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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01/08/2021 - Song to Father Seraphim / Песня о Батюшке СерафимеFollowing Liturgy we sang to commemorate ‘Father’ Seraphimyoutu.be/Tg66StKNHlI ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Photographs sent with festal greetings from Masha, visiting mum in Moscow. From Cardiff to Moscow: Поздравления с праздником преподобного чудотворца Серафима Саровского! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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"When I am dead, come to me at my grave, and the more often the better. Whatever is in your soul, whatever may have happened to you, come to me as when I was alive and kneeling on the ground, cast all your bitterness upon my grave. Tell me everything and I shall listen to you, and all the bitterness will fly away from you. And as you spoke to me when I was alive, do so now. For I am living and I shall be forever." ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Cardiff : Kazan Icon of the Mother of God
It's never too late to join us for Liturgy. Looking forward to welcoming everyone to share in commemorating one of Russia's most loved saints - St Seraphim of Sarov ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Vespers this evening ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Great-Martyr, Marina, we send our greetings to our parishioner Marina, our ‘Walsingham Marina’, and our Margaritas in Cheltenham and Warminster, wishing them both a happy nameday and praying that God will grant them many, blessed years! Многая и благая лтѣа! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Kontakion, Tone 3, Spec. Mel. “Today the Virgin ...”: Today the Virgin revealeth her goodwill toward us, / and Mount Athos offereth thanks unto her. / Angels and monks together give glory. / For the icon “of the three hands” / doth travel miraculously from Serbia, / and for our sake hath come and made its abode // in the holy Monastery of Khilandar.Ikos: Behold a truly and most wondrous occurrence: thy most glorious icon “of the three hands”, which Savva, the primate of Serbia, brought as a priceless gift to the Serbian land from the holy Lavra of Savva the Sanctified with its blessing, is miraculously borne to Athos from Serbia on a dumb donkey, and hath arrived at the holy Monastery of Khilandar. And the monks of that monastery, joyouslyreceiving it as a gift from heaven, placed it in the sanctuary of the cathedral of their monastery, for they understood that this was a clear manifestation of thy goodwill toward them. Wherefore, with joy and love they bowed down before thy most honored icon, kissing it and chanting unto thee: Rejoice, O speedy help of all the faithful, who hast given us thy holy icon as a token of thy mercy! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Dear brothers and sisters, greetings to you all, as we celebrate the feast of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles, Great Princess Olga. Congratulations to the Olgas in our communities in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Chiswick. We pray the the Lord may grant you many, blessed years. Многая и благая лтѣа! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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ИКОНА БОГОРОДИЦЫ КОЛОЧСКАЯКак сви­де­тель­ству­ют ста­рин­ные ле­то­пи­си и древ­не­рус­ская «По­весть о Лу­ке Ко­лоч­ском», чу­до­твор­ная Ко­лоч­ская ико­на Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри яви­лась в 1413 го­ду в вот­чине кня­зя Ан­дрея Ди­мит­ри­е­ви­ча, вну­ка Ива­но­ва, пра­вну­ка Ива­но­ва и пра­пра­вну­ка Да­ни­и­ла Мос­ков­ско­го, в 15-ти вер­стах от го­ро­да Мо­жай­ска, в ме­стеч­ке Ко­ло­ча Смо­лен­ской гу­бер­нии.Кре­стья­нин это­го се­ле­ния по име­ни Лу­ка об­рел и с бла­го­го­ве­ни­ем пе­ре­нес свя­той об­раз в свой дом, в ко­то­ром в то вре­мя на­хо­дил­ся некий рас­слаб­лен­ный боль­ной. Услы­шав о чу­дес­ном яв­ле­нии ико­ны Пре­свя­той Бо­го­ро­ди­цы, бо­ля­щий с ве­рою при­ло­жил­ся к иконе и по­лу­чил пол­ное ис­це­ле­ние.Об этом чу­дес­ном ис­це­ле­нии ста­ло из­вест­но в окрест­но­стях, мно­гие страж­ду­щие и боль­ные на­ча­ли при­те­кать к чу­до­твор­ной иконе на по­кло­не­ние и по­лу­ча­ли от Бо­го­ро­ди­цы бла­го­дат­ную по­мощь.Свя­той об­раз был пе­ре­не­сен в Мо­жайск, где его с ве­ли­ким тор­же­ством встре­чал князь Ан­дрей Ди­мит­ри­е­вич с ве­ли­ким мно­же­ством на­ро­ду: «Лу­ка же по­и­де со ико­ною ис Ко­ло­чи ко гра­ду Мо­жай­ску; и яко­же при­бли­жи­ся ко гра­ду, и изы­де во сре­те­нье князь Ан­дрей Дмит­ри­е­вич з бо­яры сво­и­ми и весь град от ве­ли­ких и до ма­лых ...; и бы­ша зна­ме­ния и чу­де­са мно­го от ико­ны Бо­жия Ма­те­ри» («По­весть о Лу­ке Ко­лоч­ском»).Из Мо­жай­ска об­раз был пе­ре­не­сен в Моск­ву. В сто­ли­це свя­тую ико­ну встре­тил мит­ро­по­лит Фо­тий со свя­щен­ным Со­бо­ром и мно­же­ством пра­во­слав­ных хри­сти­ан. В то вре­мя, как чу­до­твор­ный об­раз про­но­си­ли по Москве, мно­гие боль­ные ис­це­ля­лись от неду­гов. Позд­нее Ко­лоч­ская ико­на Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри бы­ла воз­вра­ще­на в Мо­жайск.На ме­сте яв­ле­ния чу­до­твор­но­го об­ра­за Лу­кой, ко­то­рый со­брал бла­го­да­ря иконе боль­шие сред­ства, бы­ла по­стро­е­на цер­ковь в честь Успе­ния Пре­свя­той Бо­го­ро­ди­цы, где и бы­ла по­ме­ще­на свя­тая ико­на. Но и сам Лу­ка не смог пре­одо­леть ис­ку­ше­ния боль­ши­ми день­га­ми – для се­бя он по­стро­ил про­стор­ные ка­мен­ные хо­ро­мы и за­жил там, как князь, по­рою да­же из­би­вая и гра­бя лов­чих кня­зя Ан­дрея Ди­мит­ри­е­ви­ча, охо­тив­ших­ся с яст­ре­ба­ми и со­ко­ла­ми в ле­сах близ Ко­ло­чи. Од­на­ко один слу­чай за­ста­вил Лу­ку рас­ка­ять­ся в сво­ей непра­вед­ной жиз­ни. Од­на­жды лов­чий кня­зя пой­мал огром­но­го зло­го мед­ве­дя и ве­лел ве­сти его ми­мо дво­ра Лу­ки. Тот при­ка­зал вы­пу­стить зве­ря. Мед­ведь бро­сил­ся на Лу­ку и по­ка­ле­чил его. Чуть жи­вой, вмиг рас­ка­яв­ший­ся Лу­ка умо­лял при­е­хав­ше­го кня­зя Ан­дрея Ди­мит­ри­е­ви­ча с поль­зой рас­по­ря­дить­ся сво­им до­сто­я­ни­ем. И впо­след­ствии на по­жерт­во­ва­ния Лу­ки и дру­гих пра­во­слав­ных ве­ру­ю­щих князь устро­ил на ме­сте яв­ле­ния чу­до­твор­ной ико­ны муж­ской мо­на­стырь, по­лу­чив­ший на­име­но­ва­ние Ко­лоч­ско­го или Мо­жай­ско­го. В этом мо­на­сты­ре Лу­ка при­нял мо­на­ше­ский по­стриг и про­вел по­след­ние дни сво­ей жиз­ни в сле­зах и по­ка­я­нии.Пер­во­об­раз Ко­лоч­ской ико­ны Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри был уте­рян в 70-е го­ды про­шло­го ве­ка.В Мо­жай­ске спис­ки с этой ред­кой Бо­го­ро­дич­ной ико­ны мож­но бы­ло уви­деть лишь в церк­ви свя­тых пра­вед­ных Иоаки­ма и Ан­ны и в церк­ви Илии Про­ро­ка. По­след­ний был пе­ре­дан в воз­рож­ден­ный Ко­лоц­кий мо­на­стырь (ныне он жен­ский). В 1993 г. мо­на­стырь был от­крыт как по­дво­рье Спа­со-Бо­ро­дин­ско­го мо­на­сты­ря, а в ок­тяб­ре 1997 г. – как са­мо­сто­я­тель­ный. Ле­том 1998 го­да спи­сок чу­до­твор­ной Ко­лоч­ской ико­ны Пре­свя­той Бо­го­ро­ди­цы за­ми­ро­то­чил.Со­глас­но «Сте­пен­ной кни­ге Цар­ско­го ро­до­сло­вия», празд­но­ва­ние Ко­лоч­ской иконе в мо­на­сты­ре из­древ­ле про­хо­ди­ло 9 июля (по ст. ст.). Со­глас­но уст­но­му пре­да­нию, на ме­сте чу­дес­но­го яв­ле­ния ико­ны за­бил це­леб­ный ис­точ­ник, к ко­то­ро­му в день празд­ни­ка со­вер­ша­ет­ся крест­ный ход. Сей­час на этом ме­сте сто­ит де­ре­вян­ная ча­сов­ня.В Мос­ков­ском Успен­ском со­бо­ре, в при­де­ле свя­тых Апо­сто­лов Пет­ра и Пав­ла на­хо­дит­ся один из позд­них спис­ков чу­до­твор­но­го об­ра­за, на вы­зо­ло­чен­ной ри­зе ко­то­ро­го есть над­пись: «Ле­та 7197 (1689), июния, в 28 день, по­стро­ен об­раз сей по обе­ща­нию ве­ли­ких го­су­да­рей ма­стер­ския па­ла­ты чи­нов­ни­ков, за из­бав­ле­ние бед ми­ло­стию Пре­свя­тыя Бо­го­ро­ди­цы и свя­тых мо­лит­ва­ми».На чу­до­твор­ной иконе по обе сто­ро­ны от Бо­жи­ей Ма­те­ри изо­бра­же­ны свя­ти­тель Ни­ко­лай Чу­до­тво­рец и Илия про­рок. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Greetings and congratulations to our dear sister, Ruth-Silouana, on her birthday. Many, blessed years! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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THE ICON "O ALL-HYMNED MOTHER"О, Всепетая Мати, рождшая всех святых Святейшее Слово! Нынешнее приемши приношение, от всякия избави напасти всех, и будущия изми муки, о Тебе вопиющих: Аллилуиа, aллилуиа, aллилуиа.O All-Hymned Mother who didst bear the Word holiest of all holies, accept our present offering, and deliver us from every assault, and rescue from the torment to come all those that cry to thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.(inscribed around the robe of the Mother of God) ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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Святый царю-мучениче Николае, моли Бога о нас!Holy Tsar-Martyr Nicholas, pray to God for us! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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FEAST DAYS OF THE HOLY ROYAL PASSION-BEARERS AND SAINT ELISABETHOn 17-18 July, we commemorate the martyrdom of the members of the Russian Royal Family - the feast day of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers Tsar Nicholas II, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, and Grand-duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and the feast day of our Convent’s Patron Saint, the Holy Royal Martyr Saint Elisabeth.The courage of the Holy Royal Martyrs, their mercy, steadfast faith and readiness to entrust their fate to the Lord softened the hearts of many and showed the way of the Lord to the generations to come.Here at Saint Elisabeth Convent, we have a church in honour of the Royal Martyrs, and a church in honour of the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elisabeth, and this is where we celebrate our Patron Feast Days. All-night vigils will be held on the eve of each feast day, followed by Divine Liturgies, Akathist services to the saints and Holy Cross Processions in the morning. ‘Royalty and martyrdom were joined together, O blest ones, in your death for righteousness and right belief, O wise Sovereigns, Nicholas and Alexandra, with your five children. Hence, Christ God hath deemed you worthy of thrones in Heaven; and with twofold crowns of glory, ye reign for ever, adorned with grace divine.’ (Kontakion of Royal Martyrs of Russia)#StElisabethConvent #minsk #obitelminsk #belarus #orthodox #god #romanov #romanovs #romanovfamily #stelisabeth #faith #spirituality #soul #church #praying #godbless #jesus #jesuschrist #christian ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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It was a great pleasure for those who could stay after today's Liturgy to enjoy our own showing of Monika's film 'Finding Faith', which matushka Alla referenced (in her post below) before the premiere at De Montfort Univeristy. Combined with the wonderful social-time parishioners enjoyed with tea and pirozhky before returning to church for the film, this was a wonderful end to our weekend celebrations for St Sergei of Radonezh and the Holy New-Martyrs, Grand Duchess Elizabeth and the Nun Barbara.Over the past year, or so, it has been wonderful to have Monika with us, in her former parish.We look forward to the Autumn, when we will be able to post the film on-line. Until then, everyone must be patient.Dear Monika - thank you for today's showing, and congratulations for this wonderful piece of work. We hope that we will continue to see you often, even though this work is finished! ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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THE FEAST OF THE ROYAL-MARTYRS“Why was Tsar Nicholas II persecuted, slandered and killed? Because he was Tsar, Tsar by the Grace of God. He was the bearer and incarnation of the Orthodox world view that the Tsar is the servant of God, the Anointed of God, and that to Him he must give an account for the people entrusted to him by destiny, for all his deeds and actions, not only those done personally, but also as Tsar....russianorthodoxchurchcardiff.com/the-feast-of-the-royal-martyrs ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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The rogue of Newman Hall, turning into quite a house-cat - a long way from the scared, pre-covid feline who sat on top of the kitchen cupboards and observed trapeza from a safe-distance.www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1151832295227770&id=508996756177997I think it would be hard to find a cat less photogenic than Magnus, who unlike his aristocatic predecessor, Mr Cat, lacks any photographic presence, whatsoever.He is however, a constant source of amusement, feline companionship, and hair on cassocks. He is also becoming quite an attentive companion at times of liturgical prayer and is totally immune to the effects of clouds of Athonite incense. ... Click Here To See MoreClick Here To See Less
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