Hospital Under Fire (Part Two)
Interview with Nadezhda Chegodayeva, the head doctor of City Clinical Hospital No.21, Donetsk
Nadezhda Chegodayeva: When I walk to work, I am terrified, especially during the attacks. However, I keep on walking, no matter what. I keep on going because I know that people wait for me, that my people and patients wait for me. How could I turn my back on them?! What would my staff think? I am not a coward, huh? Such thoughts encourage me to keep going and keep praying — and I feel relieved.
Hospital Under Fire
An Interview with Nadezhda Chegodayeva, the Head Doctor of City Hospital No.21, Donetsk
Nadezhda Chegodayeva: As doctors, we are not interested in anyone's views or religious convictions. If a patient comes to us, we must help them. The 1949 Geneva Convention says that doctors must provide medical aid to all parties. We do not discriminate against people, we do not regard anyone as an enemy: they are all one nation.
Our Icons to Be Exhibited in London
Londoners will have a unique chance to admire icons painted by expert icon painters in St Elisabeth Convent. The opening night of the Orthodox Icon: Various Ways to Depict a Sacred Image exhibition is to be held on November 17 at 6:30PM in Sacred Space Gallery, London. The exhibition features seventeen icons. "We would like to demonstrate icons painted using various techniques revived in our Convent. At the same time we made an effort to select icons that best represent the Russian school of icon painting," the organisers stated.
Two Andrews: The Premiere During The Royal Voice Festival
The first show of the Two Andrews documentary was the main event during the first day of the XIV International Royal Voice Festival. This film is about Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok, the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, and Archpriest Andrew Logvinov, a poet and a cleric of St John the Theologian Church in Kostroma. The film was shown in the House of Moscow in Minsk on October 16.
The ХIV International Royal Voice Festival: Full Houses For Three Days
All events of the ХIV International Royal Voice Festival gathered full house. The organisers have extended the one-day format of the festival to three days by including into the programme, apart from the traditional day of Orthodox choir singing, a premiere of the Two Andrews documentary and a live concert by Helena and Alexander Mikhailov, cinema and theatre actors and singer-songwriters from Moscow. The festival was held in three locations on these days: in the hall of the House of Moscow, in the Church in honour of the Reigning icon of the Mother of God...
Summer's Fragrant Dew
If you feel nostalgic for the sunny summer days, you might be relieved to learn that there are places where it is always present. Full-flavoured teas and acorn coffee, milk shakes and fruit salads, fresh-baked acorn buns, herbal teas of all kinds… Preparations are underway for the opening of an organic cafe on the premises of the Pilgrims' House in St Elisabeth Convent in January. Soon we will have a chance to take a break from the fuss of our everyday life, to thank the Lord for physical health…
The Golden Autumn at the Women's Rehabilitation Centre
St Sergius of Radonezh Day is the patron saint's day of our Women's Rehabilitation Centre. It was celebrated here for the fifth time this year. However, this was the first time when the full cycle of divine services was held here, including the All-Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy. Unfortunately, the church is not finished yet but this does not prevent the sisters to say morning and evening prayers and akathists daily, asking St Sergius to help with the construction.
The Most Reverend Metropolitan Athanasios (Nikolaou) of Limassol Visited Our Convent Recently
We received a honorary guest — The Most Reverend Metropolitan Athanasios (Nikolaou) of Limassol, who is a remarkable preacher and spiritual leader — on September 28. His Eminence was greeted by Abbess Euphrosinia (Laptik), the Mother Superior of the Convent, and the sisters. The Abbess led a brief sightseeing tour around the Convent for the guests. She told them about the history of St Elisabeth Convent as well as about its current life. A meeting of His Eminence with the sisters took place after that.
A Solemn Schoolwarming Ceremony for the First Grade Pupils Held in Our School
A schoolwarming ceremony for the first grade pupils held in the Christian School run by our St Elisabeth Convent was exciting and memorable. The children gathered in the cosy school hall and went for a journey into the Land of Knowledge, accompanied by a Ladybug. The journey seems to be long but very fascinating. The kids were eager to demonstrate their talents, skills, and knowledge. They behaved confidently on stage, recited poems, solved riddles, sang, and even danced.
The XIV Royal Voice: Faith Comes By Hearing
One month prior to the XIV Royal Voice International Festival, the organising committee is actively preparing for the encounter with professional musicians and those who just love church singing. The festival will begin with a cinema programme on October 16. The traditional programme of the Royal Voice Festival, which consists of a concert of five choirs, will take place on October 17; and on October 18, we are turning a new page in the history of our festival…
A Holy Relative
Novice Jadranka (Uskokovič)
Thirty-something years ago my grandfather told me that I had another grandfather who had died in the USA and who could help me immensely. He also said that it was forbidden to talk about Ivan, that "mysterious" ancestor of mine, and that in reality he had a different name. He added that Ivan had "worked" in Church and warned me not to tell anybody anything about it because they would fire my dad. I wasn't pleased to hear that…
Mystical Supper, or How The English Language Got United With The Language of Angels
Konstantin Karmanov: Our first rehearsals made it evident that our singing was too amateurish. We had to gather seven or eight times in order to record just two chants. Nevertheless, recording sessions, or, more precisely, their inevitability, were the best motivation for all of us. As soon as I felt that it was time to do the recording, I would say, “Okay, let’s record it!” We met for recording sessions in the evenings: we would gather at around seven o’clock in the evening and warm up for the recording, which would go on until eleven, and sometimes even later.
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