RISU.ORG.UA - KYIV – Youth Orthodox Brotherhoods of Ukraine addressed the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate with a request “for fatherly support in the church-wide celebration of the 1150th anniversary of the campaign of Prince Askold of Kyiv against Constantinople in 860 and his conversion to the holy Orthodox faith as a result.” RISU’s Ukrainian-language web site posted this story on March 4, 2010.

“Unfortunately, the memory of the initial first Baptism of Rus’ by Askold, which took place 128 years earlier than Volodymyr’s Baptism, was ignored for a long time for political reasons. Therefore, the revival and due marking of this historic event and the first Kyivan Orthodox martyr Prince Askold (Christian name Mykolai) becomes one of the most important steps in the spiritual revival of Ukraine,” says the address, as reported by the Orthodox youth portal Pritvor.

According to the document, on the initiative of Professor M. Maksymovych, in 1866, with the blessing of the Synod of the Russian Empire, the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ by Prince Askold was celebrated.

Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)


At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * “You have come, and You have appeared , O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (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 gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The perfection of the Christian life -- and I mean that life which is the only one the name of Christ is used to designate -- is that in which we participate not only by our mind and soul but in all the actions of our lives, so that our holiness may be complete, in accordance with the blessing pronounced by Paul, in our 'whole body and soul and spirit' (I Thess. 5:23), constantly guarded from all admixture with evil.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, From Glory to Glory