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His Eminence, Metropolitan Vitaly

His Eminence, Metropolitan Vitaly, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, was born in Petrograd on March 18, 1910, and bore the name Rostislav Petrovich Ustinov in secular life. His father, Peter Konstantinovich Ustinov, was a naval … Continue reading

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Bishop Sava of Edmonton

In our modern secular society it is often difficult for us to practice even the most elementary Christianity.  How, then, can we not marvel at one who not only overcame the seductions of the world, but completely dedicated himself to … Continue reading

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Archbishop Ioasaph, Enlightener of Canada

from “The Orthodox Word”, March-April 1968 It was Novgorod the Great that nourished and formed the future hierarch-enlightener of Canada. Vanya (diminutive form of Ioann-John) Skorodumoff [in English, "Quick thinker"] was born on January 14, 1888, the son of a … Continue reading

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When we go to Church

by St. Innocent Irkutsk Orthodox Church Originally Printed in Orthodox America The effect of the Divine Liturgy is great. It is celebrated openly and visibly before the eyes of all the world , and yet it is full of mystery. … Continue reading

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Admonitions for Parents

By Holy Father John Chrysostom 1. Having children is a matter of nature; but raising them and educating them in the virtues is a matter of mind and will. [1] 2. By the duty of raising them I mean not … Continue reading

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Children and Prayer

Translated by Mary Mansur “May the following incident from the life of Abbot Theodosius of Optina, wherein a holy bishop instructs children on the subject of prayer, serve as an example and inspiration to Orthodox parents of the last times!” … Continue reading

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The Emotional Development of Children and on Christian Hope

by Metropolitan Philaret The emotions of the human heart, and many other emotions, have a great significance for the Christian. For example,the elevated feelings of sympathy and antipathy, of mercy, compassion, etc., must be developed in the heart of the … Continue reading

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