Deisis (Novogorod)

Khrushchev's daughter to visit Vatican-- again

Rome, Mar. 5, 2008 ( - Rada Khrushchev, the daughter of the late Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev, will visit the Vatican to commemorate the 1963 ceremony in which Pope John XXIII was presented the Balzan Peace Prize.

The Balzan prizes were established by an Italian donor, as a counterpart to the Nobel prizes. In 1963 the international peace prize was awarded to Pope John XXIII-- a decision that had the approval of the Soviet leadership.

The Balzan peace prize was not awarded again until 1978, when it was bestowed on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The award has subsequently been given Abbé Pierre (1991) and the St. Egidio community (2004); as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1986), the International Red Cross (1996), and Pakistani activist Abdul Sattar Edhri (2000).

Rada Khrushchev was present in Rome for the presentation of the first Barzan peace prize to Blessed John XXIII. She made the trip in the company of her husband, Aleksei Adzhubei, who at that time was head of the Izvestia news service.

Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"And when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. And for three days he could not see." (Acts 9:9)

By no means would he [Saul] have been able to see well again unless he had first been fully blinded. Also, when he had rejected his own wisdom, which was confusing him, he could commit himself totally to faith. Since he had not believed that the Lord had conquered death by rising on the third day, he was now taught by his own experience of the replacement of three days of darkness by the return of the light.

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles from the Venerable Bede