Moscow - (mospat.ru) - Archbishop Hilarion’s book entitled Patriarch Kirill. His Life and World Outlook in the series “Patriarchs of the Russian Church’ has come out. It has been written in response to numerous requests from both church people and those who are far from the Church but who are interested in the personality of the new Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

His Holiness Kirill is a public figure. The scale of his work is unprecedented. His judgments on basic issues of today are well known to those who follow closely the life of the Church. At the same time, it has occurred to no one so far to systematize his thoughts expressed at various times, in various audiences and on various occasions. Until now there has been no detailed biography of Patriarch Kirill except for an official list of services he rendered and responsibilities he shouldered in the Church.

The book is called to fill these gaps. It has been published by the Exmo Publishing House, Moscow, in 8 thousand copies.

The first people to see and buy this unique edition will be visitors to the Orthodox Russia exhibition forum ‘Towards the Day of People’s Unity’ to be held from November 4 to 8, 2009, at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall. The book will be available at the stand of the Department for External Church Relations.

DECR Communication Service


Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Holy Prophet Elias

The glorious Elias, * an angel in the flesh, the foundation of prophets and the second Forerunner of the coming of Christ * sent grace from on high to Elisha * to drive away sickness and cleanse lepers. * Wherefore, he pours forth healings for those who honor him. (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.

O Prophet and foreseer of the great works of our God, * O renowned Elias, who, by your word restrained the clouds of rain, * pray for us to the only One Who loves mankind. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

The Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Prophet Elias on July 20th.

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh