Voices from Russia

Thursday, 14 April 2016

14 April 2016. Join the Mother Church to “Give the Gift of Joy This Easter”

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You must learn to love… then, in response to your love, other people will echo it.

Bishop Panteleimon Shatov

head of the MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service (OTsBSS)

The Mother Church is holding a campaign, “Give the Gift of Joy this Easter… they’re raising money to buy Easter gifts for the needy… the homeless, the housebound, the disabled, the elderly, orphans, the poor… of course, this is the doing of the inimitable and indefatigable Bishop Panteleimon Shatov. Is your parish doing likewise? You have a little over two weeks to do something… that’s not chopped liver. You can help create some joy this Easter… we’re Christians; that’s what we do!



What I mean is that we have time to do things locally to help those about us… that’s what Bishop Panteleimon is doing.. it’s what we should be doing. We have two weeks to identify those in need, collect money, buy items, and give gifts on Easter. It’s our Christian duty… we can’t sit down and feast bounteously until we go forth and aid those who need it. Our Lord did ask, “Who went away justified?” Yes… who?


Thursday, 14 January 2016

It Was Just Another Christmas Eve in Moscow… Bishop Panteleimon Shatov Brought Joy to the First City Hospital

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Honey, tea, candy, and… love. On 6 January, our volunteers from Tsarevich St Dmitri parish and St Dmitri School greeted patients at the Moscow First City Hospital (MPGB) on the Nativity. Thank you to all who took part in our action “Gifts of Joy On Christmas” and brought gifts for the patients!

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

7 January 2016. A Word from Fr Sergei… Have You Fed the Hungry Lately?

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At the Second Coming of Christ, He’ll reward those who fed the hungry, visited the sick and the imprisoned, clothed the naked… we all know this Gospel passage. As Christians, we try to get involved in prison ministries and soup kitchens… this is very important and well-deserving of our efforts. However, pay close attention… when Christ addresses the righteous, they’re genuinely surprised… “When have we ministered to you, Lord?” Do you think that Christ’s words could genuinely surprise anyone involved in a soup kitchen? It’s more likely that they’d say, “Yes, Lord, I ministered to the hungry as if they were You, and I saw Your image in each of their faces”. The surprised ones weren’t involved in Christian ministries; they didn’t visit prison inmates because it was the Christian thing to do. They ministered to the needy out of a profound sense of oneness with them. If your child is hungry, you feed him because you’re family, not because it’s the Christian thing to do. When your brother’s in prison, you go there, not because it’s a Christian ministry or because you enjoy visiting inmates; in fact, you may hate going there, but you go anyway… because he’s family. When we treat others as family, we don’t expect reward for feeding them or visiting them in prison; we don’t expect reward for this… we’d be genuinely surprised to get any. If we let a stranger in not because he might turn out to be an undercover angel but merely because he’s a fellow human being, he’s family, then, we understand that to call God “Father” means to call a stranger “brother”… not in a “churchy” way, but quite literally.

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Fr Sergei Sveshnikov

Fr Sergei Sveshnikov


Friday, 4 December 2015

4 December 2015. Give a Gift of Joy for Christmas… Season’s Greetings from the MP Department of Church Charity and Social Services

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I combined two separate demots… they shared the central image in common… one had the upper words only, the other only had the lower words. I did my best to match the English typefaces with the Cyrillic ones.

Do something charitable this holiday season… we’re Christians, that’s what we do…


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