The First Festival of the Sunday School Choir
The Choir of the Sunday School in honour of the Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia of St Elisabeth Convent took part in their first festival on the International Children's Day, which coincided with a very important and glorious feast — the Holy Spirit Day — this year.
Cartoons That Are True to Life
An interview with Maria Ivanova, the leader of “We Are, We Are United” Integrated Cartoon Animation Studio for Children
Maria Ivanova: When I conceived this project, I was confronted with the problem of making the classes equally and easily accessible for all the children. I realised that the only way to ensure this is to make the educational process as close to magic as possible. Cartoons are by their very nature something unique.
Childhood Filled with Sounds of Music
A concert of beginner musicians was held in our School in Honour of St Euphrosyne of Polotsk on May 28. The theatre hall of the Sunday School was literally packed with listeners on that day! Children from the kindergarten, pupils of the school and their parents — all came to listen to the performance of young talents. Some of the children had already had the experience in performing in front of an audience. However, there were children for whom this performance was their first one.
How Our Sisters Travelled to Zalita Island
May 24 — 116 years since Elder Nicholas Gurianov’s birth
The nuns and the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent went on their traditional journey to Zalita Island in the middle of spring. Polotsk and the Akathist to St Euphrosyne, a Liturgy on Zalita Island, Pskov Caves Monastery and a panikhida in the caves, a Liturgy in Nikandrova Pustyn and immersion in a holy spring — that was what this pilgrimage was like. Here is what some of the nuns had to share about the journey.
Why Come to a Monastery, If Not to Become a Saint? Part Three
A Fragment of the Sisterhood Meeting on February 1, 2015
Nun Lubov (Beganskaya): It was my son who brought me to the Convent and to God in general: he took my hand and led me to my baptism, to my first confession, and even to the Convent with a suitcase, saying, “Mum, this is the best place in the world.” My son had been an obstacle on my road to God, but then, thanks to God’s mercy, everything was settled down: God took his rightful place in our midst, and a new life began for both of us.
A Life-Transforming Encounter with Orthodoxy
When he became Orthodox, Daniel did not lose any of his Catholic friends. His mother was happy because she realised that her son finally found what he had been looking for all those years. Before he made up his mind to become Orthodox, Daniel asked for her blessing, saying, “You baptised me in the Catholic Church but I would like to ask you for a blessing to become Orthodox. We believe in one God, it’s just that I want to take a different path to Him.” She replied, “I know, this is your path...
Thee, O God, We Praise...
Nun Helena (Strashnova)
The XIII International Royal Voice Orthodox Music Festival was held in St Elisabeth Convent on May 2. Three choirs took part in it: Svetilen Choir from Lithuania, Divna Ljubojević and Melodi Serbian Choir, and the Choir of St Petersburg Mission of St Alexander Svirsky Monastery, Russia. The concert programme was interspersed with spiritual poetry readings by Helena Nasledysheva and Oleg Vinyarsky, as well as with music by Maxim Gavrilenko, a gusli player.
“This Disaster May Knock Into Everyone's Door”
An interview from the On the Verge series
Sister Ann: I had been to church before, but after that dreadful news I made up my mind to change my life drastically. You know, I did not blame God for things being that way. On the contrary, I felt so thirsty for spiritual life, for prayer, for church worship that I even wept in church. I wept and thanked the Lord for calling me to his Church, even if it happened in such a painful way... Anyway, I became closer to Him.
Why Should One Come To The Monastery, If Not To Become A Saint? (Part Two)
A fragment of the Sisterhood Meeting on February 1, 2015
Nun Anfisa (Adamovich): Well, I am in the process of learning. I continue to learn the lessons I started learning before I came to the Convent. For me, monasticism means mastering the skill of living a genuine life; a genuine life is the life of the heart and is intrinsically related to living together with other people. Monasticism is, perhaps, about the purity of one's heart.
Love Defeats Death
Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok
What was God supposed to do when He was dying on the Cross? He could have burnt this world down, couldn’t He? Instead, He prayed for us, “They do not know what they are doing, forgive them.” That was how the victory over the sin came about. The Old Testament law of retaliation was abolished. Our only chance to get closer to God is when we repent and see that we can no longer live as we used to. This is a lament, an outcry, “What have I done? How can I go on living like that, with all my sins?”
The Beginning of True Obedience
Sermon by Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok during the ceremony of novice ordination
Eight sisters of our Convent have become novices. Being a true novice is all about humility. It is humility that reveals her as a person who follows Christ with all her heart. All her actions must be characterised with humility. It is painful because our old self is reluctant to accept its defeat. One needs to be courageous and faithful to God’s call.
Why Should One Come to the Monastery, If Not to Become a Saint? (Part One)
A fragment of the Sisterhood Meeting on February 1, 2015
Novice Xenia Kozlova: Speaking of what brought me here, I think it was the beauty that I saw. In fact, I used to read many lives of the saints when I was a child, and it was such an inspiration for me to read about the saints who lived in monasteries or in a desert or in the woods. How they worked hard to become holy. It was so beautiful, you know: they lived, struggled, and became saints...
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