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Annunciation of Holy Virgin
on The Sunday of the Cross

7 april

Russian version

HELP! FIRE in the library of our church 29.04.02

My beloved brothers and sisters!
        What is it that we see in the very center of the church these days? A Cross and next to it - an Icon of Annunciation. This combination is quite extraordinary. Our father Alexis In Russian says he cannot remember this has ever happened. This is significant.
        The Holy Virgin is either warning us, or maybe is promising to help us bear our crosses. Alas! We can hardly guess, for our spiritual understanding is so weak.
         We have witnessed quite a number of miracles that have been revealed in the Orthodox Church in recent years. Just look at a whole throng of new martyrs who had accepted death in the name of Christ The Sermon - 1500 of them have been glorified! Just look at the numerous churches and monasteries that have been reopened! There was a time when there was not a single Orthodox church around for a thousand miles. And now almost everyone can go to church and attend services. But how many people do?
         Just think, how many wonderworking icons have been glorified these days! Myrh-streaming icons, traces left on the glass of icon framework? Those who fell down onto their knees to worship them, they were many, but do they constitute a large part of those baptized in Orthodoxy? We greeted a bleeding icon of the Savior . The Holy Face was covered with a crust of blood. Same can be said about the New Testament commandment: "… love one another ". And this words are covered with Divine blood…
        Look at all the ominous prophecies coming true. Look at the tragic events happening these days in the Holy Land! Fathers from our church have visited these places, that are sacred for each and every Christian. And now blood is spilled there. By God's Grace, we were fortunate to serve the Divine Lithurgy next to the Silver Star that marks the place where Jesus Christ was born.
        Those people who had prayed with us, the priests and simple believers, have been locked up and labeled as terrorists, and there is no way we can help them. For part of the Arab people are Muslims, and another part are Orthodox Christians.
        Remember, Pilate said he'd found no guilt with Jesus, and yet he was more afraid of people than of God, and he gave Jesus Christ in the hands of those people who would crucify Him. When most western leaders were sworn in, they were resting their hand on the Bible. Now they are also totally helpless in the face of God Killers' children.
        The only hope left is our hope for the Holy Church, the Corpus Christi, the Christ's Body. How many bodies does He have? - Just one. The only hope is our repentance, the repentance of Orthodox Christians. And look at us quarrelling, envying each other… It is all so easy to seed dissension among us, for all our sinfulness.
        Everything is already prepared to erect a temple where the antichrist shall be crowned. The crown itself is prepared, as well as the cow whose blood shall be sprinkled over this temple. If only we could come to our senses and started to live according to the Lord's Commandments! Then He might postpone His judgement!
        But we don't want to become any better! SO WHAT IS THERE TO COME?


BETHLEHEM, ( A blaze triggered by Israeli-Palestinian gunfire broke out late Tuesday in the monastery of the Greek-Orthodox community at the besieged Basilica of the Nativity.

The more than 30 Franciscans confined in the basilica explained in a message sent by their superiors to ZENIT that the fire is one more proof of the instability caused by the invasion of armed Palestinians and the Israeli military siege.

"One or two rooms of our convent went up in flames in last night's fire, a serious gesture that affects the Nativity Church, a holy site," said Archbishop Aristarchos, secretary-general of the Greek-Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, told the Misna missionary agency.

He added: "Israelis, Palestinians and all Christians must concentrate all necessary efforts to find a peaceful solution; we must promptly unblock this situation of extreme uncertainty."

17.04.02 Israel Tries to Storm Church of Nativity

BETHLEHEM: The gunfire stopped after half an hour. Neither side reported casualties. Smoke and flares were visible in the night sky over the church compound, as several rooms within the church caught on fire.

A Palestinian civilian trapped in the church told Reuters news agency that Israeli troops tried to storm a section of the compound. The Associated Press quotes the Israeli army as saying its forces were not entering.

Palestinian officials sent an urgent appeal to the international community to interfere to prevent a complete destruction of the church.

08.04.02 Israeli soldiers opened fire from arms and two tanks targeting the Nativity Church in Bethlehem

TEL AVIV. Israeli soldiers opened fire from arms and two tanks targeting the Nativity Church in Bethlehem where 200 Palestinians had taken shelter. A Palestinian policeman was killed in the fire, and there was no information about other victims. An office building belonging to a monastery was set on fire, according to the telephone report from the Mayor of Bethlehem Mohammed al-Madani. He said the israeli soldiers turned away fire crews who had arrived to extinguish the fire.

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