Epistles & Articles of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

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Every Christian Must Bear His Cross

EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST BEAR HIS CROSS   St. Metropolitan Philaret Third First Hierarch of the ROCOR (†8/21 November, 1985) At today’s Divine Liturgy we heard that the Lord Jesus Christ said that a Christian must carry his cross: whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up […]

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Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Sermon on the Transfiguration of the Lord Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky, +1936), the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad   The prayers sung in church today explain to us, brothers, that the Lord revealed His divine Transfiguration with the specific goal of persuading His followers that they, too, are to […]

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Choosing a Godparent

Occasionally we are asked to perform Baptisms for a child whose parents want a Non-Orthodox person to be their Godparent (sponsor). They want to Honour that person and express their closeness to them.  However in the case of being a “Godparent” it is a deeper spiritual relationship that is being […]

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On Holy and Great Friday ~ Saint Philaret of New York

  HOLY AND GREAT FRIDAY  Saint Philaret of New York   Last night, in the reading of the Ninth Gospel concerning the suffering of our Saviour, and this morning, when the Gospel of St. John was read during the Ninth Hour, we heard the Conqueror of Hades, death, and the […]

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God is with us! ~ Saint Philaret of New York

“GOD IS WITH US, UNDERSTAND, O YE NATIONS, AND SUBMIT YOURSELVES: FOR GOD IS WITH US!” These words were sung triumphantly and joyfully at the very beginning of the service on the Eve of Nativity. They were pronounced many centuries before the Nativity of Christ by the great Prophet Isaiah. […]

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Why is the genealogy of Our Saviour important?

 Why is the genealogy of our Savior important?  Why does the Gospel of St.  Matthew list all of the names in our Savior’s genealogy, and why do we read it today on the Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord?  The Hebrew people were anxiously awaiting the coming of the Messiah.  […]

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The Kiss of Judas ~ Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky

  The Kiss of Judas Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky If one wishes to understand the most essential events of the earthly life of the Savior and the people who surrounded Him, in particular the events connected with His trial or with the taking of anyone into custody, it is indispensable to […]

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Sermon of Metropolitan Demetrius delivered at the Saint Nicholas Mission, Las Vegas, NV Oct. 1, 2017

The weekend of Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 (n.s.), His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to visit the St. Nicholas Mission and V. Rev. Archpriest Elias Warnke, the guardian of the Holy Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Nicholas. Hierodeacon Benedict accompanied His Eminence. The parish in Las Vegas […]

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New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke

New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke by Father Alexey Young The following article is condensed from a lecture delivered at the St. Herman Summer Pilgrimage, August, 1982) On May 29, 1453, the troops of the Moslem leader, Mohammed II , took the great city of Constantinople. For more than 1000 years Orthodox […]

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On the Second Coming of Christ ~ Ignatius Brianchaninov

The Son of man shall come in His glory ~ (Mt. 25:31) Beloved brethren! Not long ago, we beheld our Lord Jesus Christ born in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in the cradle, having taken upon Himself with His humanity all human weakness other than sin. Not long ago, […]

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