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Georgii Osipov The most amazing time during the Russian winter is the period between Christmas and the Epiphany, which is celebrated today. It is held (though the weather defies this tradition) that this is the time of the harshest cold spells. And as if the counter the cold, according to Russian tradition, it is also the height of winter revelries during the Christmas season. Log and Bannister By the way, the festivities leading up to the Epiphany have not been well received by those in power. Here is a threatening decree from Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich: “…it is known that…on the eve of the Lord’s...

17.01.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Polina Skolkova V. Schwartz. Palm Sunday in Moscow Under Aleksey Mikhailovich. Procession of the Patriarch on a Donkey, 1865. The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem, Fig Sunday, Flower-bearing Sunday, or just Palm Sunday—it’s a holiday that has been observed the week before Easter since the very first centuries of Christianity. Hardly anyone knows that in medieval Russia this holiday was celebrated with a colorful procession, involving both the tsar and the patriarch. On Palm Sunday Christians remember an event that happened two thousand years ago—the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into...

13.04.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

On July 12, eminent hermit of Athos, reverend Paisios the Athonite was praised. Being one of the most famous monks of Athos of 20th century, he helped to revive the spiritual life at the St. Panteleimon's Monastery at the end of 20th century and was an apprentice of a Russian monk himself. Representative of St. Panteleimon's Monastery under the Sacred Kinot of the Holy Mountain hieromonk Cyrion tells about it.   – Father Cyrion, today is the memory day of Reverend Paisios the Athonite. Is this Greek hermit respected in a Russian monastery on Athos? ...

15.07.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Will the 21st century become the time of christianophobia? Why precisely this religion became the aim for both Western liberal globalists and pseudo-Islamic radical extremists? And above all – what can we set against the crackdown on traditional values? This was the topic of the round-table discussion organized by the Expert Centre of the World Russian Public Assembly. The cause for this discussion was a report, prepared by the experts of the World Russian Public Assembly (WRPA), “Global Challenges: Religion and Secularism in the Modern World”. The main topic of the report is harassment of...

14.07.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Russian speech may be heard in a small Hungarian resort town Heviz even more often, that Hungarian. Thus, the news about building a church for a recently created parish, which came at the end of the previous year, was not surprising. Father Nikolay (Kim), born in St. Petersburg, has lived and served in Hungary since 2000 and was named its rector. ‒ Father Nikolay, we are now holding our conversation at a church, which does not seem to be quite orthodox…. Orthodox service on Easter day in Heviz (2013). Photo from personal website of Father Nikolay Kim ‒ Indeed, it...

13.05.2016
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Religion

On Tatiana’s Day, the Moscow State University, the People’s University of Russia, the Federation Council and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior—the most notable of the forum’s sponsors—will host the 24th International Christmas Readings. This time, the Christmas Readings will bring together a record number of people—over 17,000 guests from 18 countries. The topic chosen for the Christmas Readings in 2016 is as polemical as ever: “Traditions and Innovations; Culture, Community, Individuality.” “There is a stereotype that the church endorses nothing but traditions,...

21.01.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

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