CWNews.com - The Russian Orthodox Church is training 100 young people for “street missionary activity.” The initiative, championed by Patriarch Kirill, is described as an effort to counteract the influence of secular materialism, Western ideology, and “drugs, egotism, and moral relativism” among Russian youth. Skeptical observers see it as part of an overall campaign to boost Patriarch Kirill’s influence in Russian society.

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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.