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The Angel of Light 08/2009

The Angel of Light 08/2009

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

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 August; 2009/Monthly Bulletin of the Orthodox V Charitable Association 
Editor
Alona Sergeeva
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THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, GOD ANDSAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
The event of the Transfiguration is recorded in three of the fourGospels:Matthew 17:1-9,Mark 9:2-8, andLuke 9:28-36.  Jesus took the Apostles Peter, James, and John with Him up upona mountain, and while they were on the mountain Jesus wastransfigured. His face shone like the sun, and His garments be-came glistening white.Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ, talking to Him. Peter de-clared how good it was for them to be there and expressed thedesire to build three booths for Moses, Elijah, and Christ. Thisreference to the booths could imply that this occurred during thetime of the Feast of Tabernacles when the Jews would be campingout in the fields for the grape harvest; for this Feast had acquiredother associations in the course of its history, including the mem-ory of the wanderings in the wilderness recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus. While Peter was speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice came from the cloud say-ing, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." When the disciplesheard this they fell on their faces filled with awe. Jesus came to them and told them to not beafraid. When the three looked up they saw only Jesus. As Jesus and His disciples came down the mountain, He told them not to speak of what they hadseen until He had risen from the dead.This feast commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, whenour Lord appeared in His divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and John is celebratedeach year on August 6(19) and is one of the Twelve Great Orthodox Feasts.
goarch.org
 
Hymns of the Feast
 
Troparion, Tone 7 You were transfigured on the Mount, Christ God revealing Your glory to Your disciples, insofar asthey could comprehend. Illuminate us sinners also with Your everlasting light, through the inter-cessions of the Theotokos. Giver of light, glory to You.Kontakion, Tone 7 You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, insofar as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.
 
 
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Patriarch Kirill and Barack Obama to foster friendship among Christians of Russia andthe USA
Dialogue between the Christianpopulations of Russia and theUnited States is important forthe development of relationsbetween the two countries,Patriarch Kirill of Moscow andAll Russia said at a meeting with U.S. President BarackObama in Moscow in July."The fact that the American and Russian people havepreserved their common, Christian, system of values isincreasingly important. We are the most religious coun-tries, and it is crucial to maintain dialogue between ourcountries' Christians because our people need to befriends," Patriarch Kirill said."It is necessary to appeal to the hearts of the people inorder to stem anti-American sentiments in Russia, andanti-Russian sentiments in America," he said.Russian missionaries brought the Christian faith to theAmerican continent, he added."We have a history of kind communication with ourAmerican Christian brothers. We tried to keep thesegood relations even during the most difficult years of the Cold War," the head of the Russian OrthodoxChurch said.Religious institutions, particularly the Russian OrthodoxChurch, play a special role in Russian society's life,U.S. President Obama said.The U.S. president welcomed Patriarch Kirill's contribu-tion to the strengthening of Christian unity and ex-pressed readiness to cooperate with the Russian Church.Patriarch Kirill, for his part, gave Obama an icon of the Virgin Mary as a memorable present.
Interfax
Patriarch Kirill has consecrated the first Russian church in Turkey 
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has consecrated a church of Sts Konstantin and Elena insummer residence of Russian consulate in a place of Buyukdere near Istanbul.According to correspondent of Interfax-Religion, members of the Russian Church delegation accompa-nying Patriarch in the trip to Turkey have taken part in consecration and in the subsequent Divine Liturgy. Thechorus of the Moscow Sretensky monastery sang during the service, and some employees of Russian embassyalso assisted on the Liturgy.The church consecration has opened the third day of Patriarch Kirill's visit to Turkey. His visiting of Constantin-ople Patriarchate was made in accordance with Orthodox tradition as the new-elected Patriarch visited tobrotherly Orthodox Churches.The church of Sts Konstantin and Elena has been built in summer residence in Buyukdere in 1832. In a Sovietperiod divine services were not made, and only recently the church has been restored.After the consecration, the church in territory of Russian consulate became the first church of the Moscow Patri-archate in Turkey.
Interfax
 
On July 5
Holy Ascensionchurch in Skaro
celebratedthe 111 anniversary of itsfoundation. After the DivineLiturgy the minister of Ortho-dox V Patriarchal Parishes inCanada father George Sergeev pre-sented the President of the parishRaimond Lopushinsky the blessed let-ter missive in memory of the parishanniversary. After that there was me-morial service in the church cemeteryin memory of the founders and firstparishioners of the Holy Church.
Orthodox chapel
will be open atthe oldest Nikolayevsky (former Lenin-gradsky) railway station of the Russiancapital in Moscow."Besides the decision to rename the sta-tion from the Leningradsky to Niko-layevsky, Russian Railways PresidentVladimir Yakunin also decided to organ-ize there a long awaited St. Nicholaschurch," Head of the Moscow Patriar-chate Publishing Council Archpriest Vladi-mir Silovyev has told Interfax.He stated that the chapel would be seton the right from the entry to the station"instead of one-armed bandits." "I thinkwe will consecrate it in December on St.Nicholas Day," Fr. Vladimir believes.
 
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos Holy Queen of All (Pantanassa, Vsetsaritsa )
is a miraculousiconof the Virgin Mary from the holy and great Mon-astery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos,Greece. The Monastery of Vatopedi (or Vatopaidi) is one of twenty monasterieson the Mount Athos peninsula (Greece) and is located on the northeast-ern side of the peninsula. It was founded in 972 by threemonks:Atha-nasius, Nicholas, and Antonius, who were students of St. Anthanasius of Lavra. It operates as a coenobitic monastery (a communal monastic com-munity) and is inhabited by 80 monks and is second in hierarchicalrank among the monasteries of the mountain.Some sources associate the name of "Vatopedi" with the flora of the surrounding countryside (
vatos 
=shrub,
 pedion 
= plain or ground);
 others point to a traditional story in which Emperor Arcadius builtthe monastery to honor the saving of his son from shipwreck by theTheotokos;the child was foundin a bush (
vato 
= brier,
 paidi 
= child).
 The major parts of the monastery were constructed either during the Byzantine period or later, duringthe eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when building reached its peak. Themonastery is monumental in size, with a tall wall in which the buildings areplaced in triangular form.The first record of the Pantanassa icon's miraculous powers is from the wit-ness of Elder Joseph Isihast, which lived in 17 century. One day a strange young man from Cyprus went to visit and entered into the church. At thatpoint, the elder witnessed a glowing light radiating from the face of the The-otokos and an invisible power pushed the young man down to the ground.When the man had recovered from his fall, he began to repent and weepand confessed that he did not believe and was a participant in the black artsand came to practice his arts in the church. After that miracle, he changedhis life, became an Orthodox Christian and stayed to live at monastery.This icon is also known for working many miracles, especially healing people with cancer. There aremany recent records of people who have been healed from cancer after participating in the Supplica-tory Canon to the Pantanassa at the monastery.There are many miracles also occurring in Russia, where two identical copies of the Vatopedi iconwere sent at the request of the Patriarch of Moscow. [1] One of these copies is at the Church of AllSaints in Krasnoe Selo of Moscow and the other copy was sent to the monastery of the Metamorpho-sis of Christ in Novospaski.
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Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world.There are those who wake up in the morning and say, 'Good morning, Lord,'and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, 'Good Lord, it's morning.'A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time andcouldn't find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: 'I have circledthe block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.'When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note 'I've circled this block for10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.'There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: 'I have good newsand bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is,it's still out there in your pockets.'
 HUMOUR

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