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On the participation of the faithful in the Eucharist

February 3, 2015

Document  approved  at  the  Hierarchal  Consultation  of  the Russian  Orthodox  Church,  February 2–3, 2015 in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow…

Participation of the faithful at the holy eucharist

The eucharist is the main Sacrament of the Church, instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ on the eve of his saving Passion, death upon the Cross, and resurrection. To participate in the eucharist and to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ is commanded by our Saviour who through his disciples said to all Christians: “Take, eat: this is My Body,” and “Drink of it, all of you: for this is My Blood of the New Testament” (Matt 26:26-­‐28). The Church herself is the
Body of Christ and, therefore, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ visibly manifests the mystical nature of the Church, building up the ecclesial community. The spiritual life of an Orthodox Christian is inconceivable without the communion of the Holy Mysteries. Receiving the Holy Gifts, the faithful are sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit and are united with Christ our Saviour and with each other, making one Body of Christ. The Sacrament of the Eucharist requires special preparation. In the Church, the time itself – be it the span of a human life or the entire history of mankind – is an expectation and preparation for
the encounter with Christ, while the entire rhythm of liturgical life is an expectation and preparation for the Divine Liturgy and, accordingly, for communion, for which sake the Liturgy is celebrated [in the first place].


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Newsletter: Pentecost 2015

All Saints Russian Orthodox Church: 11 N Mojave Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Dear Faithful,

I received this from Vitaliy who is the director of that wonderful group we saw performing in Las Vegas a couple years ago.

They are returning and need help with housing.

I am attaching the email and ask that you make contact directly with Vitaliy.

God willing they will perform at our new place next year.

Love and blessings,

† Bishop Nikolai

Phone: (702) 858-7801


Dear Vladika Nikolai,

I am glad to hear that everything is going by the plan and you are in the process of getting new property.

Will be happy to work out some arrangements and visit the congregation in the future and perform

This year, I am working on plans to be in Las Vegas with the group of 16 (total)

There are couple of families that are planning to take older Georgian dancers.

I have 8 youths 14 years old and couple of chaperones I need to find beds for 3 nights.

If people from All Saints would help with that, that would be great.

Dates accommodations needed: Jan 18, 19 and 20.

Transportation: not needed. The most I would ask to work out logics for me to pick them up in the morning and drop them off in the evening.

This is the link to the file that has little stories and photos for each participant this year.

Will be happy to see anybody related or not related to the All Saints Russian Orthodox Church at our concert:

Jan 20th at noon: Federal Courthouse of Las Vegas

Jan 20th at 7:00pm: Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Rd)

Looking forward to hear from you.

In Christ,

Vitaliy Bezrodnov
[email protected]

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Major Feast Days

The Ascension of our Lord . . . . . June 9

Pentecost – Trinity Sunday . . . . . June 19

Parish Feast Day. All Saints . . . . . June 26

Nativity of St. John the Baptist . . . . . July 7

Ss. Apostles Peter and Paul . . . . .  July 12

The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ . . . . . August 19

The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary . . . . . August 28

The Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John . . . . .  September 11

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary . . . . .  September 21

The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross . . . . . September 27

The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary . . . . .  October 14

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple . . . . .  December 4


The Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ . . . . .  January 7

The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . . . January 14

Baptism of the Lord . . . . . January 19

The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ . . . . . February 15

The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary . . . . .  April 7

The Bright Resurrection of Christ, The Pascha of the Lord . . . . . April 16

The Sacrament of Holy Unction


Please read below so that you are prepared.

Таинство Елеосвященія (Соборованіе)

  1. Слѣдуетъ не опаздывать къ началу Таинства Елеосвященія;
  2. Собороваться могутъ только православные христіане;
  3. Дѣти младше 7 и лѣтъ НЕ соборуются;
  4. Женщины въ періодъ мѣсячнаго очищенія МОГУТЪ приступить къ Таинству Соборованія;
  5. Женщинамъ нельзя пользоваться косметикой;
  6. На Таинство всѣмъ слѣдуетъ приходить въ одеждѣ съ открытымъ воротомъ, женщинамъ – съ покрытой головой;
  7. Святое масло послѣ Соборованія раздавать НЕ положено;
  8. Къ началу Таинства всѣмъ необходимо имѣть въ рукахъ большую свѣчу.

Елеосвященіе (Соборованіе) – это Таинство, въ которомъ, при помазаніи больного освященнымъ еле- емъ (масломъ), призывается на больного Божественная благодать для исцѣленія его отъ тѣлесныхъ и душевныхъ недуговъ.

„Таинство св. елея“ учреждено Самимъ Господомъ нашимъ Іисусомъ Христомъ (Матѳ. 10:1; Мк. 6:13). О существованіи его въ древней Церкви, кромѣ апостола Іакова свидѣтельствуютъ Оригенъ и святители Ириней Ліонскій, Василій Великій и Іоаннъ Златоустъ (ими и составлены молитвы, читаемыя при совершеніи Таинства).

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The Sacrament of Holy Unction

  1. One should not be late for the beginning of the Sacrament of Holy Unction;
  2. Only Orthodox Christians may receive Unction;
  3. Children younger than 7 are NOT anointed;
  4. Women undergoing menstruation MAY receive Holy Unction;
  5. Women may not be wearing cosmetics;
  6. One should come to the Sacrament dressed with an open collar; women should cover their heads;
  7. The holy oil should NOT be given out after Unction;
  8. Each person should be holding a large candle for the beginning of the Sacrament.

Holy Unction is a sacrament that, by blessing the believer’s body with sanctified oil, calls down God’s grace, healing one’s physical and spiritual infirmities.

The sacrament of “anointing with oil” was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Matt. 10:1; Mark 6:13). In addition to the Holy Apostle James, Origen and the Holy Hierarchs Irenaeus of Lyons, Basil the Great, and John Chrysostom all attest to its existence in the Early Church (indeed, they are the authors of the prayers read during the performing of the Sacrament).


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