May the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
surround you all the days of your live.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Christmas Carols at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese 2013
Bixad Monastery, Satu Mare, Romania
On the spiritual - culture level, a special attention was given to restoring the library of the monastery, which now numbers over 3,000 volumes, both from acquisitions and donations. For the monastery edifice, the church was endowed with all the necessary service. In this sense there were done two icons, “The Savior” and “Mother of God”. One of the few monuments of the existing wall in this part, the Orthodox church was dedicated to “the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul”, represents a real treasure for the tourism in the area. Stone walls keep the Byzantine plan, shaped in cross, with lateral semicircular apses and a tall tower. From the beginning of our century dates the subsequent supplements, the tower and altar.
On the eve of the great festivals of the Virgin Mary, all over the Romanian land, but, especially in Transylvania, the people of villages and fairs, from Moisei up to Banat, from the country of Fagaras to Oas country, prepared for pilgrimage. Whether they live 50 or 100 km from Bixad, people respect the old tradition, for centuries, starting with a week earlier, on foot, the virtual pilgrimage. The vast majority of believers today are heading to the holy edifice by train, by car or coach.
On the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Assumption, Assumption of Virgin Mary and the Cross Day at Bixad Monastery is the dedication to the titular saint. The greatest feast of St. Mary Major is taking place on August 15. The Vecerniei Ceremony begins on the eve of the festival, in the evening, on the night full of stars, confession, prayers, songs and sermons. The next day takes place the Divine Liturgy and the sacrament of those who have testified in secret night, and then takes place the Holy Unction service, the holy water and a commemoration of remembrance. The believers prepare to leave just after the Divine Liturgy is over. Everyone leaves Bixad with a nostalgic mood.
Location: com Bixad, Jud. Satu Mare, 7 km NW of Negresti-Oas, 55 km north-east of Satu Mare on DN Satu Mare - Negresti-Oas - Sighet Memorial;
Elder Justin Parvu (born 10th of February 1919) is one of the last standing Romanian Orthodox “lighthouses”, survivor of the Communist extermination prisons (between 1948 and 1964) and considered by many one of the greatest living Romanian Elders.
Martyr of our times together with Fr. Calciu, Fr. Arsenie Papacioc, Valeriu Gafencu, Costache Oprisan, and so many others…
The Dormition of the Mother of God (Greek: Κοίμησις Θεοτόκου, Koímēsis Theotokos often anglicized as Kimisis, Slavic: Успение Пресвятия Богородици, Uspenie Presvetia Bogoroditsi) is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches which commemorates the “falling asleep” or death of Mary, the mother of Jesus (literally translated as God-bearer), and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into heaven. It is celebrated on August 15 (August 28, N.S. for those following the Julian Calendar) as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Dormition not on a fixed date, but on the Sunday nearest August 15.
The Feast of the Dormition is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast. From August 1 to August 14 (inclusive) Orthodox and Eastern Catholics fast from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine. The Dormition Fast is a stricter fast than either the Nativity Fast (Advent) or the Apostle’s Fast, with only wine and oil (but no fish) allowed on weekends. As with the other Fasts of the Church year, there is a Great Feast that falls during the Fast; in this case, the Transfiguration (August 6), on which fish, wine and oil are allowed.
The Saint Panteleimon
Some of the most beautiful Orthodox Icons of Saint Mary, the Theotokos
Voroneţ Monastery is one of the most visited Orthodox Christian Monasteries of Moldova, Romania.
Voroneț is a monastery in Romania, located in the town of Gura Humorului, Moldavia. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County. Between May and September 1488, Stephen III of Moldavia (known as “Stephen the Great”, in Romanian Ștefan cel Mare) built the Voroneț Monastery (in Romanian Mănăstirea Voroneț) to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voroneț blue”. “The exterior walls — including a representation of the Last Judgment on the west wall — were painted in 1547 with a background of vivid cerulean blue. This blue is so vibrant that art historians refer to Voroneț blue the same way they do Titian red.”
The small windows, their rectangular frames of crossed rods and the receding pointed or shouldered arches of the interior doorframes are Gothic. The south and north doors of the exonarthex of 1547 have rectangular frames, which indicate a transition period from Gothic to Renaissance. But, above them, on each wall is a tall window with a flamboyant Gothic arch. The whole west façade is without any openings, which indicates that the intention of the Metropolitan Roșca was from the beginning to reserve it for frescoes.
On the north façade is still visible the original decoration of the church, the rows of ceramic enamelled discs in yellow, brown and green, decorated in relief. These include heraldic motifs, such as the rampant lion and the aurochs’ head of the Moldaviancoat of arms, and creatures inspired by Western European mediaeval literature, such as two-tailed mermaids. The tower is decorated with sixteen tall niches, in four of which are windows. A row of small niches encircles the tower above them. The fragmented roof probably follows the shape of the original roof, which doubtless was made with shingles.
The tomb of the monastery’s first abbot, Saint Daniil the Hermit, is found at the monastery.
The church is one of the Painted churches of northern Moldavia listed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.