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The Angel of Light 06/2009

The Angel of Light 06/2009

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Published by Alexey Vidanov
June 2009/ Monthly Bulletin of the Orthodox V Charitable Association
June 2009/ Monthly Bulletin of the Orthodox V Charitable Association

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 June; 2009/Monthly Bulletin of the Orthodox V Charitable Association 
Alona Sergeeva
Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiv-ing of the Holy Spirit by the early church. John the Baptist prophe-sied of the first Pentecost where Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11). Jesus confirmed this prophesy with the promise of the Holy Spirit to the disciples inJohn 14:26.Heshowed Himself to these men after His death on the cross and HisResurrection, giving convincing proofs that He was alive. Jesus told
Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses tothe ends of the earth (Acts 1:3-8
the men returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in anupper room. On the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, a violentwind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of themand all were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were given the powerof communication which Peter used to begin the ministry for whichJesus had prepared him. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples did not stay in the room
know it.Today, in many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognize the gift of the
John 20:19-23may be the core of the message about our risen Savior supernaturally appearing tothe fear-laden disciples. Their fear gave way to joy when the Lord showed them His hands andside. He assured them peace and repeated the command given inMatthew 28:19-20
Spirit.The celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we are all have the unifyingSpirit that was poured out upon the first century church inActs 2:1-4.It is a reminder that we areco-heirs with Christ, to suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him; that the manifes-tation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7); that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13); and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from thedead lives inside believers (Romans 8:9-11). This gift of the Holy Spirit that was promised andgiven to all believers on the first Pentecost is promised for you and your children and for all whoare far off whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).
 World highest Easter cake baked in Ukraine.
A giant Easter cake 1,9 me-ters high weighting 450 kgwas baked in the town of Sinelnikovo in the Dne-propetrovsk Region,Ukraine.To make it, seven cooksspent 170 kg of flour, 75 kgof sugar, 60 liters of milk,750 eggs, 25 kg of raisins,20 kg of margarine, 8,5 kgof yeast, 1,7 kg of salt, 0,5 of vanilla and 2 kg of decora-tive powder, official web-site of the Ukrainian Ortho-dox Church has reported.Representative of theUkraine's Guinness Book registered a record for theworld highest Easter cake.The cake is the world sec-ond for weight.Today, the cake is placed inSt. Nicholas Cathedral forparishioner to taste it. Au-thors of the record Eastercake hope that at least 4thousand people will have achance to enjoy it.
Human souls rather than economy should be led out of cri-sis, Patriarch Kirill believes
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia Kirillsaid it was impossible to overcome the globalcrisis only by measures in financial and eco-nomic sphere.
reception in the Foreign Ministry.According to him, today most anti-
arch said.The Church Primate believes that the art of diplomacy has alwaysbeen based on the ability to find an answer to concrete political
 World centers of power abandoned this centuries-old wisdom and
less guided by morals and spiritual values, considering them far
 The Patriarch noted that the Orthodox Church as well as other
-how on leading
Patriarch Kirill urges Ukrainian politicians to refuse using theChurch in their political interests.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus-sia expressed his concern with theattempts of some Ukrainian politicalfigures to use the Church in thatcountry to their political goals."The situation in Ukraine is reallycomplicated, the major reason beingthat the schism there is based on political considerations andthe intention of some officials to use the Church and people'sfaith to their own interests not in any way related to theproper Christian goals," Patriarch said in an interview pub-lished by Izvestia daily.According to him, "this is yet another proof of how carefullypoliticians should address religious matters and how it isdangerous when somebody tries to use the Church in his orher political aims.""We consider Kiev a southern capital of the Russian Ortho-doxy. The single tradition for the total Eastern Slavic civiliza-tion starts here. Today, as never before, the Orthodox believ-ers of Russia, Ukraine, and Belorussia realize the importanceof spiritual unity of historic Russia separated by political bor-ders," Patriarch added. Interfax
Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and his mother Empress Helen.
aint Helen was the mother of St Constantine the Great, and was probably born at Dre-panum (Helenopolis) in Asia Minor . She married Constantius Chlorus, and their son Con-stantine was born in 274. Constantine fought two great battles when he came to the throne:one against Maxentius, a tyrant in Rome, and the other against Licinius not far from Byzan-tium. At the battle against Maxentius, when Constantine was in great anxiety and uncer-tainty about his chances of success, a shining cross, surrounded by stars, appeared to himin the sky in full daylight. On the cross were written the words: 'In this sign, conquer!' Thewondering Emperor ordered that a great cross be put together, like the one that had ap-peared, and be carried before the army. By the power of the Cross, he gained a gloriousvictory over enemies greatly superior in number. Maxentius drowned himself in the Tiber.Immediately after this, Constantine issued the famous Edict of Milan, in 313, which guaran-teed religious tolerance for Christians and St Helen, who was a Christian, may have influ-enced him in this decision. Conquering Byzantium, he built a beautiful capital city on the Bosphorus, which fromthat time was named Constantinople. Now Stambul, Turkey After three hundred years of persecution, Christianscould finally practice their faith without fear.
he first meritorious act of Empress Helen was that she inclined her son Constantine (see above) toward theChristian Faith at a time when other youths of noble birth were being educated in pagan ways and abhorredChristianity. The second - acquisition of the Lord's Cross.The emperor deeply revered the victory-bearing Sign of the Cross of the Lord, and also wanted to find the ac-tual Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. For this purpose he sent his own mother, to Jerusa-lem. And In the 326, Empress Helen traveled to Jerusalem. There she was told that the Lord's Cross was buriedat a place where the pagans had erected a temple in memory of Venus. When, at her command the edificewas destroyed and excavation begun, they found three crosses and near them a small board on which waswritten: "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews."In order to find out on which of the crosses the Saviour was crucified, they began in sequence to lay thecrosses on a deceased person. From two of the crosses there occurred no miracle. When the third cross wasplaced upon the deceased he was resurrected, - thus they found the Cross of the Saviour.When the people heard of the miracle, then all wanted to see the Holy Cross. Then Macarius, patriarch of Jeru-salem and the Empress Helen stood on a hill and elevated the Cross. The people on seeing the Cross of theSaviour, prayed with the words: "Lord have mercy."In memory of this event the Church established the feast of the Elevation of the Lord's Cross. This feast day isconsidered in the ranks of other great feast days and is celebrated on September 27
. On this day, the Cross istriumphantly brought to the center of the Church for veneration.:While in Palestine, the holy empress did much of benefit for the Church. She ordered that all places connectedwith the earthly life of the Lord and His All-Pure Mother, should be freed of all traces of paganism, and shecommanded that churches should be built at these places.on Golgotha the Church of the Resurrection (and tomb) of the Lord, where annually on Easter eve descends abenevolent fire: on the Mount of Olives (where the Lord ascended into heaven); in Bethlehem (where the Lordwas born in the flesh) and in Hebron by the Mamre oak (where God revealed Himself to Abraham).Because of their great services to the Church and their efforts in finding the Life-Creating Cross, the EmperorConstantine and Empress Helen are called "the Equal of the Apostles."
Administrator is going along the hotel corridor and hears a man singing in one of the rooms. He asks the conci-erge:-"What about our guest from room 14? Have you given him his bill?"-"Yes, Sir."-"Then why is he singing?"-

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