We Are Still Wet Behind The Ears
Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok: When we were in the very beginning of our path, we paid attention to bricks and buildings, i.e., the worldly things. Now we want to grow spiritually. We want every person to become diligent and obedient. We have many nuns but we lack true obedience — that is the problem. We shine so bright but we lack the depth. We have a long way to go to the spiritual life, when one renounces herself, her desires or privileges, puts her entire life into God's hands, and serves Him through her neighbours.
How We Miss Out On The Most Important Thing, The Liturgy (Part Two)
Fragment of a meeting of the Sisterhood on July 13, 2014
Archpriest Demetrius Basalygo: We must draw a line between the Sacrament of Repentance and a spiritual talk, the spiritual guidance that we all should have in our lives, when we can ask some questions, share our opinions or ask for advice. We come to the confession in order to repent, in order to ask God to forgive our sins. A substitution happens often: we turn a confession into a spiritual talk. It seems to me that we, the clergy, must not be lax in this regard.
See How Amazing This World Is!
The project God's World As A Gift To You on the basis of the ICHTHYS Christian Kindergarten and School might become an exemplary method of teaching environment protection to children in kindergartens and schools. This method of teaching takes into account the holistic image of a human being, including her intellectual qualities and moral development.
How We Miss Out On The Most Important Thing, The Liturgy (Part One)
Fragment of the meeting of the Sisterhood on July 13, 2014
Archpriest Demetrius Basalygo: We tend to think that it is the priest who celebrates the liturgy, while we simply attend the service and therefore can come whenever we please and do whatever we want during the liturgy: pass a note with a prayer request, look at the church goods in the booth, have a chat with someone else, and of course, go and confess during the liturgy. We do not come to church in order to become the Body of Christ…
She Is So Close To Us...
It will not be an overstatement to say that the most remarkable event in our Convent last week was the feast of the patron saints of the Convent, the holy martyrs Grand Princess Elisabeth and Nun Barbara, which we celebrated on July 18. Due to the fact that St Elisabeth Church is currently being renovated, the services were held in the church in honour of the Reigning icon of the Mother of God, making the feast even more solemn. This is symbolic because we are going to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Grand Princess and the 15th anniversary of our Convent this year. Our photojournalist took some photos of this event.
The Breath of Fresh Air in a Hospital Ward
Stories of the Sisterhood
Sister Marina Jaskievič: I recall one young man who had 70 per cent of total skin area burned. It was God's mercy that we managed to prepare him for confession and communion quickly. He started partaking of the Sacraments regularly. He spent eight months in hospital and led a devoted spiritual life, relying solely on God. One day I came and saw Sergei walking towards me! It was like the real Pascha for me! Christ is Almighty. He always gives us everything according to our faith…
Let Us Restore St Sergius Church
It was God’s Providence that the restoration of a church in honour of St Sergius of Radonezh in the vicinity of Nialidavi?y – Kasy? – Vi?nie?ka (12 mi from Minsk, heading to Miadziel), which was completely destroyed by fire in 2011, just before it was handed over to St Elisabeth Convent, began on the 700th anniversary of St Sergius, the patron saint of the church. The project of the new church is finished, and the timber is ready… The church is being built, albeit not as fast as we would like it to. We invite you to take part in the restoration of this church!
The House of God's Grace
By Helena Gulidova
I would like the ill and their relatives to find consolation in this church, to find God and call unto him. When we read the biography of St John of Shanghai, we can see that this man always wanted to live with God. He had to face the same problems that we do, and he was seeking God's will even in the elementary daily routines. It was his constant prayer and his search for God's will that made him a saint.
Praying Means Shedding One's Blood
Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok
Today we give thanks to the Lord for having such an intercessor, and for this church in honour of St Nicholas, which was the first church of our Convent consecrated by our Metropolitan. Our sisters pray to this friend of God incessantly. They try to read the akathist to him and pray for each other to be empowered by the Lord to carry on with their hard work for God's sake, every day, though sometimes they fail to do so, because praying really means shedding one's blood.
When Strangers Become Close
Stories of the Sisterhood
Sister Nina Sandovich: Only four persons expressed their willingness to be baptised. However, we witnessed some more miracles, you know! While we were preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism, there was a man who came to the boarding home with his son. There is a unit in the boarding home where it is possible for the relatives to take the patients out into their families for a while. That man and his son came back to the hospital at the very moment when we were getting ready...
The XI Orthodox Music Festival "The Voice of the Reigning"
Nun Helena (Strashnova)
The Voice of the Reigning Festival of Orthodox Music took place in St Elisabeth Convent last Saturday. It was opened by Archpriest George Latushko, the rector of SS Peter and Paul Cathedral (Minsk). According to Father George, he is glad that such a festival exists because it is not just a concert but an opportunity to feel the beauty of church singing and church life in general. It is an inexhaustible source of inspiration we all need on our road to salvation.
A Premiere for the Little Ones
We are hard to surprise. The entertainment industry works so well that a viewer does not have enough time to get familiar with new animation characters and animated film series... Cartoons are no longer as special as they were for us, the children of the past generation. However, a disc of the animation studio of St Elisabeth Convent, called “For the Little Ones”, just like everything else created in the Convent with prayer and love, is meant to break this stereotype.
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