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#321 Kusanagi

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:20 PM

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TWO NEW SAINTS CANONIZED AT KIEV CAVES LAVRA
 
 
 
 
 
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Kiev, August 29, 2016

 

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On August 28, 2016, the tenth Sunday after Pentecost and the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, Metropolitan Ioanniky (Rudnev) of Kiev and Galicia (+1900) and Schema-Hieromonk Vassian the Blind (Balashevich; +1827) were canonized during the Divine Liturgy on Sobornaya Square at the Kiev Caves Lavra, reports the information and educational department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP).

At the service which was headed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine the last litia for the repose of Metropolitan Ioanniky and Schema-Hieromonk Vassian was served. After that, the decisions of the UOC-MP’s Holy Synod of April 19 and July 20, 2016 (minutes no. twenty-one and no. twenty-nine respectively) on their canonizations were announced. The lives of these two newly-canonized saints were also read out. The Synod decreed that the feast day of Venerable Vassian the Blind (Balashevich) should be celebrated on April 25/May 8, on the day of his repose, and the feast day of Holy Hierarch Ioanniky (Rudnev), Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia, should be celebrated on June 7/20, on the day of his repose.

 

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Both saints are buried in the Kiev Caves Lavra. The grave of St. Ioanniky is situated at the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the grave of Venerable Vassian can be found near the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.

It was earlier reported that on July 28 this year Venerable John (Vyshinsky) the Athonite, a famous ascetic on Holy Mount Athos and a zealous champion of the Orthodox faith, had been canonized by the UOC-MP as well.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:21 PM

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TWO NEW SAINTS CANONIZED AT KIEV CAVES LAVRA
 

Kiev, August 29, 2016

 

 
    

 

On August 28, 2016, the tenth Sunday after Pentecost and the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, Metropolitan Ioanniky (Rudnev) of Kiev and Galicia (+1900) and Schema-Hieromonk Vassian the Blind (Balashevich; +1827) were canonized during the Divine Liturgy on Sobornaya Square at the Kiev Caves Lavra, reports the information and educational department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP).

At the service which was headed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine the last litia for the repose of Metropolitan Ioanniky and Schema-Hieromonk Vassian was served. After that, the decisions of the UOC-MP’s Holy Synod of April 19 and July 20, 2016 (minutes no. twenty-one and no. twenty-nine respectively) on their canonizations were announced. The lives of these two newly-canonized saints were also read out. The Synod decreed that the feast day of Venerable Vassian the Blind (Balashevich) should be celebrated on April 25/May 8, on the day of his repose, and the feast day of Holy Hierarch Ioanniky (Rudnev), Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia, should be celebrated on June 7/20, on the day of his repose. 

 

Both saints are buried in the Kiev Caves Lavra. The grave of St. Ioanniky is situated at the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the grave of Venerable Vassian can be found near the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.

It was earlier reported that on July 28 this year Venerable John (Vyshinsky) the Athonite, a famous ascetic on Holy Mount Athos and a zealous champion of the Orthodox faith, had been canonized by the UOC-MP as well.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:57 PM

Joyous bells have been ringing today in Palairos of Aitoloakarnania at the news of the canonization of Saint Vlasios by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. From noontime the faithful began to flock to the Church of Saint Vlasios in Sklavaina, where the Saint was martyred and his tomb can be found, as well as to the Church of Saint Paraskevi in Palairos, where his sacred relics are kept.
 
The inhabitants of Palairos and the surrounding areas are not hiding their emotions over the fact that it is their patron saint in their conscience, and they see today's decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as a great blessing for their homeland. And many are those who express the wish that the Patriarch himself will visit the place where the Saint's holy relics are kept to celebrate a festive Divine Liturgy, at which time the decision of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate will be read regarding the canonization of Saint Vlasios of Akarnania.


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:27 PM

Let us give praise to Blessed Agafia, for “praise is comely for the upright” (Ps. 33:1)
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Source: Metropolis of Chisinau and All Moldova
October 5, 2016


Saturday, September 24 the Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery of Cuselauca village, Soldanesti region, hosted a historical event for our Church and Motherland – the beatification service of Blessed Agafia (Maranciuc).


Numerous church-goers from all corners of the country and from abroad came to the Monastery of Cuselauca, to give glory to the Lord and to pray and give due praise to Blessed Agafia.


The Divine Liturgy was officiated by the Archpastor of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir, assisted by HE Sava, Archbishop of Tiraspol and Dubasari, HE Alexei Archbishop of Balta and Ananiev (Ukraine), HG Petru, Bishop of Ungheni and Nisporeni, HG Anatolie, Bishop of Cahul and Comrat, HG Marchel, Bishop of Balti and Falesti, HG Nicodim, Bishop of Edinet and Briceni, and HG Ioan, Bishop of Soroca and Vicar of the Metropolis of Moldova.


During the divine service the last memorial service was celebrated for Blessed Agafia, after which the beatification Tomos and brief life of Holy and Blessed Agafia were read out.
Following the Divine Liturgy, a thanksgiving Te Deum service was celebrated, giving glory to the Lord in thankfulness for His utmost mercy to our Church and its people.
“The beatification of Blessed Agafia is a very important event in our spiritual life, who has become a great intercessor for our right-believing people before the All-Good God," noted the archpastor of the Orthodox Church of Moldova in his pastoral message.


Metropolitan Vladimir thanked all those who participated for several years in the research of the beatification portfolio of novice Agafia (Maranciuc), especially Hegumena Vera (Spinei), Mother-Superior of Cuselauca Monastery, the members of the Moldovan Saints Beatification Commission and its Chairman Bishop Petru of Ungheni and Nisporeni.
In the end, the Metropolitan, the hierarchs, priests and lay Christians came up solemnly to the shrine with the holy relics of Blessed Agafia, giving her due veneration.
Holy Blessed Agafia is celebrated on the day of her passing into eternity, June 9/22.
Let us rejoice together for our Lord made us worthy of one more intercessor who prays for us. Let us give praise to Blessed Agafia, for “praise is comely for the upright” (Ps. 33:1)
Blessed Agafia, pray to the Lord for us!

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 09:13 PM

Holy Monastery of Capriana hosted the service of canonization of Metropolitan Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni

Source: Metropolis of Chisinau and All Moldova

October 10, 2016

It is worthy of all veneration before God, and it is an act of reverence, to celebrate, in divine services and church singing, the memory of saints who were glorified in God.

 

 
  

 

Taking into consideration the pious life of the ever-memorable hierarch Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni, Metropolitan of Chisinau and Hotin, his pastoral and missionary service for the illumination of the clergy and right-believing people between Prut and Dniester, and following the report of His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and All Moldova and of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held on July 15, 2016, in its art. No. 68, decided for the beatification of the God-pleasing hierarch, for the local veneration of the Orthodox Church of Moldova.

Thus, on Saturday, September 3, 2016, the Holy Monastery of Capriana hosted the canonization service of Metropolitan Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni, to which, according to the decision of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, were invited hierarchs from all dioceses where this ever-memorable archpastor had served during his earthly life.

Numerous Christians from all corners of the country were present today in the heart of the woods of Moldova, at the Holy Monastery of Capriana, to bring veneration and prayers to Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni, Metropolitan of Chisinau and Hotin.

During the event, the last commemoration service of Metropolitan Gavriil was officiated, after which the Canonization Tomos and brief life description of Hierarch Gavriil were read out.

Following the Divine Liturgy, all clergy participated in a thanksgiving Te Deum service, giving glory to God for the blessing cast on our Church and the faithful nation.

“Let us give glory and worship to God, wonderful in His saints, for this holy fulfillment of our Church – the canonization of Holy Hierarch Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni”, mentioned the archpastor of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir in his sermon. His Eminence Vladimir thanked all those who had participated for many years in the research of the canonization portfolio of Metropolitan Gavriile Banulescu Bodoni, especially to the members of the Commission of Canonization of saints of the Republic of Moldova and its Chairman, His Grace Petru, Bishop of Ungheni and Nisporeni.

Finally, the metropolitan, hierarchs, priests and laity, replenished spiritually, in silence and good order, bent in reverence before the relics of Holy Hierarch Gavriil that had been placed in a shrine near the voyevodal crypt, the place where the saint had been buried before.

The commemoration day of Holy Hierarch Gavriil Banulescu Bodoni was set for the day of his exit to eternity, March 30/April 12.

Holy Hierarch Gavriil, pray to God for us!



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Posted 15 November 2016 - 08:44 PM

Uryupinsk diocese hosts festive celebration in honor of canonization of Abbess Arsenia (Sebryakova)

 

Humility
is the sole state of the soul through which all the spiritual gifts
come to a man. It is a door which opens the heart and makes it
capable of spiritual feelings. Humility brings to the heart an
unflappable tranquility, to the mind—peace, to the
thoughts—attentiveness. Humility is a strength enveloping the
heart, alienating it from all earthly things, granting it
comprehension of the feeling of eternal life, which cannot sprout in
the heart of the fleshly man. Humility gives the mind its original
purity. It begins to clearly see the difference between good and evil
in everything, and knows the name of every state and movement of the
soul within itself, as the first-created Adam named the animals
according to the characteristics which he saw in them. Humility
relies on the seal of silence in all that is human, and the spirit of
man stands before the Lord in prayer in this silence, heeding His
words… Without the feeling of humility in the heart, there can be
no pure, spiritual prayer. St.
Arsenia (Sebryakova)

 

A
celebration in honor of the inclusion of Venerable Arsenia into the
ranks of locally-venerated saints was held in the Ust-Medveditsky
Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Around 5,000 people took part on
November 12 and 13, reports the site of
the Volgograd diocese.

 


Services
were practically continuous in the monastery’s main church, with
some parallel services in the lower church of St. Arsenios the Great,
that as many faithful as possible could pray and commune during the
festive days.

 


After
midnight the All-Night Vigil flowed into the Liturgy, several of
which were served in the festive schedule: at 4:00 in the Kazan
Cathedral, and at 7:00 in the lower church.

 


The
hierarchical Liturgy began at 10:00 in the Kazan Cathedral with the
rite of glorification of St. Arsenia of Ust-Medveditsky, celebrated
by Metropolitan Herman of Volgograd and Kamyshin along with Bishop
Elisha of Novoanninsk and Uryupinsk, Bishop John of Kalachev and
Pallosovsk, Archbishop Justinian of Elista and Kalmykia, Bishop
Tarasia of Balashov and Rtischevskiy, and Bishop Sergius of
Borisoglebsk and Buturlinovka.

 


In
all, about eighty clerical representatives of the Volgograd Diocese
and other dioceses of Russia, Georgia, Greece, and Ukraine
participated in the festive Divine services. The Liturgy was attended
by the governor of the Volgograd region Andrei Bocharov.

 


An
icon of Venerable Arsenia was painted for the festival in a Moscow
workshop by order of the monastery. A troparion, kontakion, and
magnification were composed for St. Arsenia of Ust-Medveditsky’s
glorification, which were performed by the men’s choir of the Kiev
Caves Lavra. The choir of the Sion Cathedral in Tbilisi also
participated in the services.

 


Those
who could not fit into the Kazan and Arseny churches watched the
services on large plasma screens set up on the territory and outside
the fence of the monastery.

 


Preparation
for receiving guests to the monastery began immediately after
receiving the news of the Holy Synod’s decision on October 21 to
canonize the fifth and most famous saint in the history of the
Ust-Medveditsky Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Abbess Arsenia
(Sebryakova).

 


Abbess
Arsenia (1833-1905) came from the notable family of the
Lieutenant-Captain and treasurer of the Don Cossacks Michael
Vasilievich Sebryakov. At the age of seventeen Anna Michailova
entered the Ust-Medveditsky Monastery of her own accord. The
monastery reached its highest peak in the years of her abbacy, from
1864 until her repose.

 


Besides
her educational and charitable activities, the main fruits of
Venerable Arsenia’s labors were the Kazan Cathedral, which was
erected from 1785 to 1885, and the famous caves, dug in the image of
the Kiev Caves. Today the monastery’s main shrine is there—the
miraculous stone slab with hand and knee imprints of people kneeling
in prayer.

 

Quotes
of St. Arsenia:

 


—It
is impossible to acquire pure, undivided prayer if it’s not
preceded by selfless acts. But we must daily believe or affirm in our
heart the dispensation to reject every act, word, feeling, or thought
that is unpleasing to the Lord, to direct every deed according to the
commandments of God, to educate every feeling with His word, and
direct every though by His truth. In such activity, or at least in
the purpose of such activity every alien feeling or thought entering
into the soul should be examined and prayerfully rejected from the
soul. With such inclination of soul the Name of Jesus autocratically
acts in it and severs every thought contrary to Itself, removes every
feeling not pleasing to It, and illumines the soul with knowledge of
His will, settling in it peace of heart and stillness of thoughts.

 


—Transgressing
the commandments of God, we sin before God and before men and before
our own conscience, and we come not only under the judgment of God,
but under human judgment. Offending the Lord, dishonoring His glory
in ourselves and by ourselves, we constantly harm our loved ones,
tempting them, luring them into sin, giving them an example of a
sinful life, not giving them their due for our common welfare on the
path to salvation, and in all truth, we hand people over to judgment.
This judgment, expressing itself in condemnation, slander,
defamation, hatred and all deeds coming from such an attitude within
us, is a kind of persecution, torture, and death—we must receive
this as a worthy recompense and always feel ourselves debtors before
others.

 


—The
unrelenting path of salvation is brutal sometimes and the word
expressed about it is a two-edged sword, cutting our passions, our
sensuality, and together with that it causes pain in our very heart,
from which they are excised. And will there be a time when this sword
has no more work in our heart? No, it will always have work, there is
no end to spiritual purification, and in every heart there is a
particle of impurity which must be cleansed. I recognize in myself a
clear sign of negligence, when my heart ceases to ache and fight—it’s
a sign of serious obscuration. When this darkness is dispersed by the
word of God, then the heart aches, but without pain the soul cannot
be illumined—it would be dreaming.


Edited by Kusanagi, 15 November 2016 - 08:44 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2016 - 08:43 PM

Georgian Church canonizes two kings, two abbesses, and a Catholicos who ruled 1932-1955

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Source: Blagovest

December 23, 2016

 

 
    

 

The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church, at a December 21 meeting, has numbered among the ranks of the saints two kings—Bargrat III and Solomon I, two abbesses—Nina (Amilakhvari) and Tamar (Mardzhanishvili), and Catholics-Patriarch Kallistrat (Tsintsadze) who lead the Church in the difficult years of 30s-50s of the previous century, reports Interpressnews.

Bagrat III (960-1014) was glorified as a king-unifier. He managed to unite under his authority almost all of Georgia, except Tbilisi which remained under the authority of the Arabs.

Solomon I (1753-1784) was the king of Imereti (western Georgia) in the second half of the eighteenth century. He successfully battled the Turks, including in an alliance with the Russians, writes Wikipedia.

Catholicos-Patriarch Kallistrat was born in 1866 into a priest’s family in an Imereti village. According to Wikipedia, he graduated from Tiflis Seminary and the Kievan Spiritual Academy. He was ordained as a priest in 1892. In 1925 he became a bishop, and in 1932 was chosen Catholicos. Coming into control of the Church, he strove to halt the process of closure, destruction and looting of churches and monasteries, while maintaining a loyal attitude towards the Soviet authorities.

Abbess Nina (Nino) Amilakhvari lived in the second half of the nineteenth century. She labored to revive monastic life in the Monastery of St. Nina in Samtavro (Mtskheta).

 

Schema-igumena Tamar (Tamara Alexandrovna Mardzhanishvili, 1869-1936) accepted monasticism in the Bodve Monastery, where the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Nina ended her life’s journey. In 1902 she became the abbess of the monastery. In 1905, after an attempt on her life during the revolution, she was transferred to Moscow where she guided the Pokrov community, writes the site of the Church of the Annunciation in Taininskoe. Later she founded the Seraphimo-Znamenskii Skete near Moscow. After the Bolsheviks closed the skete she lived in suburban Perkhushkove, and in 1931 was arrested and exiled to Siberia. Three years later Mother Tamar, already terminally ill, was allowed to return to the Moscow area, where she reposed in 1936.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:30 AM

Schemamonks Nikita and Theophan ranked among locally-venerated saints Source: Patriarchia.ru  

December 27, 2016

 

Synaxis of Smolensk saints. Photo: http://foma.ru/k-lik...oslavlskih.html
    

 

During the December 27, 2016 meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church a report was heard from the chairman of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints, Bishop Pankraty of Troitsk, regarding the petition received from Metropolitan Isidore of Smolensk and Roslavl about the local canonization of Schemamonks Nikita and Theophan, desert dwellers of the Roslavl Forest (Journal no. 126).

The future Schemamonk Nikita was born in Orel in 1695. When and by whom he was tonsured into monasticism is unknown. As a young man he departed from his family’s home and relocated to one and a half miles from the Beloberezhsk Hermitage (now the Bryansk Diocese), attending services at the monastery. There he remained into old age.

In 1780 Schemamonk Nikita moved to a cell he built in the Roslavl forests, on the south side of “Monk’s Ditch,” near the village of Akimovka. There the elder spent no less than ten years in monastic podvigs known only to him. Then he again moved to the Beloberezshk Hermitage, but before death, in 1792, he wanted to return again to his desert. His disciple Dositheus, receiving the blessing of the Beloberezshk Hermitage, took Nikita to the Roslavl forests. There Nikita died on March 29, 1793.

The body of the reposed Schemamonk Nikita was buried in the ditch near his cell. Because there was constant water in the ditch, within a few years Dositheus dug up Nikita’s coffin to move him to another place. The coffin was intact and Nikita’s body and clothes were incorrupt. They moved his body into a new coffin and, having served a Panikhida, buried him on a hill on the northern edge of the ditch. One sick monk attended the burial, suffering from a stomach sickness. Drinking some water from the coffin, he was healed from his sickness. Fifteen years after Fr. Nikita’s death his grave was again opened: as before his body remained incorrupt.

From the time of his death the faithful have honored the memory of Fr. Nikita. As many as 5,000 people gather at his grave on his name’s day. The grave of the elder is revered to this day and has witnessed many instances of healing.

 

The grave of St. Nikita. Photo: http://konstant-zab....l.com/6690.html
    

 

Not far from the burial of Fr. Nikita is the grave of another ascetic—Schemamonk Theophan. Little information has been preserved about his life—it is mainly the following recollections of Archimandrite Moses, the venerable Optina elder.

“Fr. Theophan, a native of Vladimir, served in the Black Sea Cossack army; before his tonsure he was called “Cossack Theodore Talunin.” At first he lived in the Sophroniev Hermitage, then he left for Moldavia, where he stayed with Elder Paisius [Velichkovksy—trans.]. Upon his death he returned to Russia and entered the brotherhood of Optina Pustyn in 1800. He labored in extreme non-acquisitiveness, in meekness of spirit, in the active virtue of fasting, prayer and prostrations with fervent zeal. < … > The Elder departed to the Lord on June 15, 1819. A few minutes before his death I asked him: ‘Is your soul calm? Don’t you fear anything in the hour of death?’ He replied: ‘I joyfully desire to be delivered from this life.’ And his end began immediately: he raised his hand to make the Sign of the Cross and gave his soul into the hands of God. He was buried in the wilderness.”

The venerable Optina elder Anthony, in the arms of whom Elder Theophan died in the Roslavl forests said that he forgot to beseech his prayers before his death. On the fortieth day the reposed appeared to him in a dream and promised to pray for him. Fr. Anthony said the following about Fr. Theophan: “In life this elder had such a face shining with grace that I lacked the spirit to look him straight in the eyes, but only secretly looked at him from the side.”

The grave of Schemamonk Theophan is revered by pilgrims in modern times.

The Holy Synod decided to canonize Schemamonks Nikita and Theophan, desert dwellers of the Roslavl forests, for local veneration in the Smolensk Diocese. The memory of Venerable Nikita is to be kept on March 29/April 11, the day of his departure to the Lord. The memory of Venerable Theophan—June 15/28, the day of his departure to the Lord.

The true remains of Sts. Nikita and Theophan, in the case of their discovery, are proposed as holy relics and are to be rendered worthy veneration. Icons of the newly-glorified saints are to be painted for veneration according to the definitions of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.






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