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November 4, 2013

Patriarch & Putin – Kazan Icon Feast Day


November 4, 2013

54,000 Join Religious Procession in St. Petersburg


Religious Procession in St. Petersburg celebrating the Kazan Holy Mother icon day

“ST. PETERSBURG, November 4 (RIA Novosti) – About 54,000 people joined a religious procession in the heart of Russia’s second largest city St. Petersburg on Monday, a city police spokesman said.

“No violations of public order took place during the event,” the spokesman said.

The procession began half an hour later than scheduled due to large number of believers willing to take part.

It ended near the city’s biggest Orthodox church, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, where a service was held to commemorate Russia’s National Unity Day. Those who were unable to enter watched the service on two huge TV screens flanking the cathedral.

The National Unity Day was introduced by the Kremlin in 2005 to replace the communist holiday of November 7 celebrating the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.”


October 23, 2013

Muscovite Builds Record-Breaking Jesus Statue in Syria

A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, has appeared in war-torn Syria.

The statue, titled “I Have Come to Save the World” was apparently the brainchild of Yury Gavrilov, a 49-year-old Muscovite who runs an organization in London called the St. Paul and St. George Foundation.

The project was backed by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, which takes an active interest in Syria, as seen in recent events. Russia also has a navy base on Syria’s Mediterranean sea coast.

Syria statue

August, 2013
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was destroyed by Communists but rebuilt in Moscow by Christians and still exists today. Video from this Summer.
July 25, 2013

President Vladimir Putin meets with representatives of different Orthodox Patriarchates and Churches during this 1025 year of celebration of Christianity in Russia

July 17, 2013

 95 years ago


Today is a day of sorrow and repentance. Why – we could ask – did the Lord save the Tsar [previously] on the day of Martyr Andrew and not save him on the day of the other Saint Andrew, the teacher of repentance? With deep grief we answer: the Lord could have saved him, but the Russian people did not deserve it.


July 15, 2013

Cross of Saint Andrew in St Petersburg, Russia

“The cross has come from Greece as part of commemorations of the 1,025th anniversary of the Christianization of the medieval Slavic state of Rus. The Russian Orthodox Church was suppressed under Communism but has staged an astonishing recovery in post-Soviet Russia to become one of the country’s most powerful institutions.”


July 8, 2013

Putin to visit island of Apocalypse, Patmos

“Patmos has already started the preparations to welcome him in Mid-August. He decided to visit the blessed island of the Dodecanese to make a pilgrimage to the sacred and loyal of Orthodoxy at the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian… Putin will walk on the ground of the cave, where Jesus’ beloved disciple had the divine vision, after which he wrote the Revelation. The monks will give him a tour of the cave known as Jerusalem of the Mediterranean and then they will show him all the sacred relics and the manuscripts kept for centuries.”


June 30, 2013

Putin signs Laws to protect the Church and Family

“Vladimir Putin signed another controversial bill that criminalizes insulting people’s religious feelings. The law allows fines up to half a million rubles (about $15,600) and up to three years of jail time for people convicted of intentionally offending religious sensibilities at places of worship and a year in jail for offenses committed elsewhere. Premeditated and public desecration of religious objects or books will also be punished – by fines of up to 200,000 rubles (over $6,200).”

“…giving children propaganda about homosexuality – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community – individuals could be fined up to 5,000 rubles ($US 152) for such ‘propaganda’ and foreigners could be fined the same amount, held in jail for 15 days and deported.”

“Some countries … think that there is no need to protect children from this. We do. We are not going to interfere,” he said. “But we are going to provide such protection the way that State Duma lawmakers have decided.” – President Vladimir Putin


June 29, 2013

Russia Pledges $20M to Renovate Orthodox Cathedral in France

MOSCOW, June 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree to allocate about $20 million to renovate the St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Nice, the largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral outside Russia.


June 8, 2013


May 5, 2013

 Easter Vigil in Moscow


Paschal Message of His Holiness KIRILL Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

“We live at a time when freedom is often taken to mean moral chaos. Many sincerely believe that only power and riches, health and physical strength, bring liberation and in competing in service to the idols of this world they often fail in that which is most important, in the attainment of the true goal of life. The Saviour, who has risen from the tomb and granted to us freedom, has revealed to us this goal of knowing the Truth (see: Jn 8:32) and of life with God.”


‘Holy Fire’ ceremony in Jerusalem ushers in Orthodox Easter


watch from 2.30


May 4, 2013

Freedom Is Not Permissiveness

“We live at a time when freedom is often interpreted as permissiveness. Many people sincerely believe that only power and wealth, health and physical strength can bring liberation. While competing in serving the idols of modern times, they often fail to achieve the main thing – the true purpose of existence. Our resurrected Savior has given us freedom and revealed to us this purpose, which consists in learning the Truth and living a life with God” – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia



February 1, 2013

Putin and the Church

“We hope to continue our versatile and positive partnership with the Russian Orthodox Church. We shall do everything we can to help it grow strong. We shall continue our cooperation and joint work in strengthening harmony in our society with high moral values.” – President Vladimir Putin


January 19, 2013

Russians Celebrate Baptism of Jesus

Remembering the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Orthodox Christians all over Russia have been celebrating the feast of Epiphany.They believe that plunging into freezing water on Epiphany cleanses them of worldly sins, and brings health benefits. Shown are Ukrainians celebrate Epiphany Cossack style; Russian Airborne Troops in Moscow; other Christians in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In Moscow, the city authorities prepared more than 56 ice holes in rivers and lakes. Prayers were held at each site to consecrate the water.


January 7, 2013

Russians to Adopt Orphans

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill implores Russians to adopt. “There should be no orphans in our country. The children who have no parents have to find new families in kind, honest, warm-hearted people. “


Patriarch Kirill Christmas Message 2013


January 6-7, 2013

Moscow Christmas

A church once destroyed by the Communists now sings beautiful music to our Savior. Enjoy the beautiful scenes of Christmas eve and early morning Christmas day in Moscow at Christ the Savior Cathedral. Patriarch Kirill leads the liturgy over 6,000 people who were in attendance along with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife.


Putin Christmas

President Vladimir Putin celebrates Christmas at Holy Trinity St George Monastery in Sochi, Russia. It is an Orthodox tradition to go to church Christmas eve and celebrate the divine liturgy past midnight through the early morning hours of Christmas day. It is a simple, beautiful serene ending after 2:30.