Kazan and Fatima
"Let's go to see the icon," says Father Diogenes. "Dmitri and Maxim are waiting for us there..."
For the next 11 years, John Paul sought a way to carry the icon himself back to Russia -- to return Mary, "the Protection of Russia," back to Russia.
"It is hard for some of us to keep pace with the changes of the modern world," he said. "But we are doing our best. The question we asked Patriarch Kirill is, 'How far, how fast, how long?' And he told us that, as long as the world keeps changing, we must do our best to make it possible for the Church to speak to the people of this changing world. And we are trying."
After we talk, Asastasi leads a vespers prayer service in his little chapel. We attend for a few minutes (photo left), and then we must leave for the train station.
The music tells the Christmas story in the deep, rich tradition of Russian ecclesial music, using the Russian language and English subtitles.
On December 17, 2007, a leading Russian orchestra performed an exceptional "world premiere" concert of Russian Christmas music at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Now you can order your copy of the concert on DVD, which includes English sub-titles.
The music is a completely new composition by a young Russian Orthodox Bishop, Hilarion Alfeyev, 42, who, at the time, was the Russian Orthodox bishop for all of central Europe, based in Vienna, Austria and now is the head of the External Relations Department of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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“The Motu Proprio: Why the Latin Mass? Why Now?”
In order to understand the motu proprio one must understand the history of the Mass. Dr. Moynihan gives a 2000 year history of the Mass in 60 minutes, which is clear and easy to understand. Dr. Moynihan's explanation covers many questions, like:
- How does the motu proprio overcome some of the confusion since Vatican II?
- Is this the start of the Benedictine Reform?
- The mind of Pope Benedict: How can the Church restore the sense of the presence of God in the Liturgy?