Theotokos is the great Intercessor for all Christians. She wishes salvation to everyone,
She wants to lead everybody into the eternal Kingdom of Her Son and God. She hears the prayers of each
person and responds with motherly love to all supplications. According to the words of the holy Fathers,
She embraces the entire world with Her love, and in the Holy Spirit She is able to see all the nations
on earth, and, like Her Son, She pities and has mercy on all. She especially favors those who emulate
Her virginity and purity and who have completely dedicated themselves to God, as She did.
This is no coincidence that many of the monastic convents are named in Her honor,
in honor of Her feasts or holy icons. Ekaterinburg, too, has a monastery named in honor of
the Mother of God.
Founded at the end of the XVIII century, the Novo-Tikhvinsky convent of Ekaterinburg
was the biggest monastery in Ural before the revolution. It had six churches and several workshops
in operation: the monastery was like a town within a city. In the 1920s the convent was closed,
and for several decades its walls hosted military and Soviet offices. Its revival began since 1994.
Now the churches here are being restored, church arts blossom, and, most importantly,
monastic life filled with labor and prayer is being revived.
At the monastery, sisters carry out various obediences: they study the history
of the convent and the Ekaterinburg metropolia; compile hagiographies of neo-martyrs and men of faith;
translate works of the holy Fathers from Ancient Greek and Church-Slavonic; make embroidered hierarchal
and priestly vestments, as well as icons, clothes for the clergy, baptismal and wedding sets.
The monastery choir revives the ancient chanting traditions. Singing during worship services
in the churches of the convent are done in Znamenny and Byzantine chants. Traditions of canonical
iconography are being revived in the icon-painting workshop of the monastery. Sisters paint both
individual icons and iconostases for churches, as well as the birth size (mernaya), family,
and folding icons, wholly following the practices of the ancient masters.
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Feastdays and ordinary days
A book about general Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev has been published
“This little book is more valuable than all the books in the world,” – Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev,
the adjutant general of Tsar Nicholas II, used to say about his favorite book – the Gospel which he would always
carry with himself and knew by heart. And now a book about himself has been published – about how he in and
through his life had fulfilled everything that is written in the Gospel. The Tsar’s general, a diplomat and
a scout, through his own life he has shown that there is no status in society and no circumstances which would
make it impossible to stay faithful to the Gospel.
Invincible weapon. A talk by schema-archimandrite Abraham
The topic of today’s talk is the stages of the Jesus prayer. Unceasing prayer of repentance is the
strongest means in the struggle against sin, but because we do not discern the stages or the degrees of prayerful
progression, we may fall into mistakes that occasionally lead because of our inexperience to serious consequences.
Prayer, as it is well-known, is divided into three stages: prayer of the lips, mind, and heart. This is the first,
and the most elementary division. Saint Ignatiy (Bryanchaninov), a highly experienced ascetic, rightly distinguishes
the prayer of the lips into two kinds: of the lips proper – articulated by the lips, silently, and prayer of the lips
said out loud.
The events of the sunny August
The last month of the summer gave us many sunny days. As the rays of sun, have the August feasts shined: the day of the All-Merciful Savior, the Transfiguration of the Lord,
the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. In addition, the Lord has filled the last summer days with amazing encounters and good impressions. We want to remember those events once
again and to thank God for them.
Faithful for good. A monument to prince Dolgorukov, general Tatishchev, sailor
Nagorny, and boatswain Sednev
"I shall never abandon my Crown Prince!" – said sailor Klimentiy Nagorny, as he was offered to part with the Tsar
and his family. Neither prince Vasiliy Dolgorukov, nor general Ilya Tatishchev, nor boatswain Ivan Sednev were willing to leave
the Royal family. These men were killed by the bolsheviks in the summer of 1918 in Ekaterinburg. All four of them are buried at
our monastery cemetery. A stele is erected in memory of their deed on monastery premises.
“Man keeps a memory of the paradise and acquires it in a monastery.” Elder Aimilianos about
monks and monasticism
What is the mystery of monastic life? Why do some people choose the monastic way and make their choice so purposefully?
What are they looking for, shutting themselves in a monastery? The answers to these and other such questions are given by schema-archimandrite
Aimilianos (Vafidis) in his book “The house of God is the Heavenly Gateway,” which is a series of talks with his spiritual children. The publishing
house of our monastery has published a translation of this wonderful book.
It warms even in December – the Sun of the Russian land
In the morning of December 6th, it was snowing so hard that one couldn't even see the sky. Yet, the sun
was shining in the church of St. Alexander Nevsky. What sun? The Sun of the Russian land – holy righteous great prince
Alexander Nevsky, the master of this church. Everyone who came to the feast – hierarchs and priests, monastics and lay
people – rejoiced in the rays of this sun.