CHRISTUS RESURREXIT ! ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ !

Dear friends!

We wholeheartedly congratulate you with the joy of the Christian Pascha!

Harrowing of Hell (1618-22) by Mesrop of Khizan, a prominent Armenian manuscript illuminator in Persia.

Harrowing of Hell (1618-22) by Mesrop of Khizan,
a prominent Armenian manuscript illuminator in Persia.

On the Easter day, we are especially joyous to read the astonishing words of King David and St. Ambrose of Milan:  

The Resurrection of our Lord is life for the dead, remission of sins for the sinners, and glory for the saints. This is why St. David prompts every creature and all creation to the most joyful triumph of this day, saying: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps. 118:24). This day penetrates everything and illuminates everything, it embraces heaven and the nether regions: because the Light of Christ cannot be blocked by walls, divided by elements, obscured by darkness. The Light of Christ is the day without evening, the infinite day: it shines everywhere, it illuminates every place, and nothing can hide from it.

(Sermon on the Holy Easter)

 

Dear friends,

We wholeheartedly congratulate you on St. Clement’s Day!

 

In these uneasy, such nonpeaceful, days we are called to remember one of the first peacemakers in the history of the Church and a glorious witness of Christ. It is exactly in these times of threats and dangers that we should behold the example of such saints. We should continually recall their words and deeds in order to remind ourselves and those around us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” that all discords and misfortunes are temporary, while the love of Christ is forever:

 

SEPTEMBER 22 (TUESDAY)
National Historical and Cultural Reserve “St. Sophia of Kyiv”,
the House of the Metropolitan

9:30 Sessions begin

METROPOLITAN OF PEREYASLAV-KHMELNYTSK AND VYSHNEVE OLEKSANDR
Unity and Truth: Reflections in the Shade of Saint Sophia

Rev. HYACINTHE DESTIVELLE (Rome)
Nullifying the Anathemas of 1054 and Reconciliation between
the Catholic and Orthodox Churches

The specifics of the conference in 2014

The specific goal for the 14th Assumption Readings Conference in 2014 was to raise and discuss the topic of COMMUNION-COMMUNIO-KOINONIA: Sources, Ways of Understanding and Embodiment. The conference took place at a time when the world was mostly following war events in the East of Ukraine, and some of the invited participants decided not to come to Kyiv because they were concerned with the instability of the political and social situation. However, the impression that the conference produced on those who participated was so profound that Fr. Antoine Lambrechts summarized it in quite an affirming statement: “I hope that the fall of 2014 in Ukraine will be primarily remembered for the Assumption Readings conference.”

Of course, the current Ukrainian situation influenced the meeting. A guided tour around the Kyivan Maidan (the capital’s central square, which was the epicenter of the revolutionary events in November 2013 – February 2014) preceded its opening. It was conducted by direct participants of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity among the “Dukh i Litera” collaborators and constituted the main part of the cultural program.  During the course of the conference the Maidan events were directly or indirectly discussed, and there were addressed in many of the conference reports. 

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