This year's Lenten and Paschal periods at our Convent are rich in joyful events. Here is just a brief overview of what’s been happening:
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Rassaphore and stavrophore tonsures were conferred on several sisters and brothers living and working with us.
On Easter, we were allowed for the first time in the two “Covid” years to visit our old friends, the patients of the National Mental Health Centre and residents of the affiliated boarding homes whom we eagerly support.
We begin to serve weekly liturgies in children's and adult boarding homes, as well as in various educational institutions and rehabilitation centres.
We have expanded our "agricultural area” and planted as many as 7 hectares of potatoes plus many other vegetables to have food for ourselves, the people that we support and of course our guests.
As we wrote in one of our previous letters, this year we found a new spectacular place where our parishioners' children and the students of our Orthodox gymnasium can spend summer holidays.
At the very end of July, only four days apart, the Belarussian Orthodox Church commemorates two of the very first Russian Saints who happen to be related to each other - Saints Olga and Vladimir.
The Sunday after Pentecost, the Orthodox celebrate the Synaxis of All Saints which is also called the Sunday of All Saints. This year it falls on June 19th in the Belarussian Orthodox Church.
How dreadful would our lives become if we had no words to say “Forgive me” and “Lord will forgive, and I do also”? No worldly wisdom could bring order and restore peace among people without the aid of forgiveness.
As Christians, we know that there are many people tonight who need our prayers because, sadly, they cannot pray for themselves. So we will spend this night standing at the Divine Liturgy, praying for the secular and Christian worlds together.…
Believers invoke the icon praying for the help of the Holy Theotokos in meeting their basic needs, avoiding droughts, gathering a good crop, and daily sustenance. Saint Ambrose of Optina left us his short prayer before this icon.
January 14 will mark eight days since Christmas for us. According to Saint Luke’s Gospel, January 14 is the day when Jesus Christ was circumcised, following the law of Moses. What is the meaning of this feast?
As August comes to an end, the Orthodox Church prepares to celebrate one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Church, the Dormition of the Theotokos. Here in the Belarusian Orthodox Church, the feast falls on August 28 each year.
Many years have passed since Belarus was freed from fascism. But we hold close the memory of those who did not live to see the Victory. In our fast-paced world everything changes, but the truth. It is therefore important that the memory remains.