Culture

UNESCO experts to consider the chances of restoring Kremlin historical image including its two monasteries

UNESCO experts arrive in Moscow to consider possibilities of restoring Kremlin historical appearance including the Chudov and Ascension monasteries on its territory.

Experts started inspecting the Kremlin territory, a source in the Culture Ministry told Interfax.

UNESCO expertise is a compulsory condition for starting such restoration works as Kremlin is the object of the World cultural heritage.

Google Culture Academy Launches Joint Project with the Trinity-Sergius Lavra

The Google Culture Academy has launched a joint project with the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in the beginning of October, 2014.

With the help of the Street View technology, the interior and exterior territories of the Lavra have been completely digitized. People all around the world are now able to make a virtual journey to the monastery and have a look inside its churches, examine world-famous icons painted by Andrei Rublev, and a silver shrine with the Holy Relics of the Venerable Sergius; and also to learn more about the construction and the development of the monastery after having visited this digital exhibition.

All-Mokranjac choral program climax of commemoration weekend

All-Mokranjac choral program climax of commemoration weekend
All-Mokranjac choral program climax of commemoration weekend
All-Mokranjac choral program climax of commemoration weekend
All-Mokranjac choral program climax of commemoration weekend

After months of planning, the choral workshop, symposium and concert of choral works commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Serbian composer Stevan Mokranjac is now a fond memory. The Serbian Singing Society Branko Radichevich and Serbian Singing Federation's months of planning and revision finally took form starting on a chilly Friday evening, the 3rd of October, when participants in the choral workshop arrived at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on Chicago's northwest side. Out-of-town presenters representing two continents, Dr. Danica Petrovic, musicologist and Mokranjac expert from Serbia and His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand also arrived Friday evening. Dr. Petrovic made the first of her three presentations during the weekend, discussing the history of Serbian liturgical music prior to Mokranjac. Friday's gathering also served as a "meet and greet" for all present.

Virtual tour of exhibition dedicated to New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia opened on the website of St. Tikhon's Orthodox University

A virtual tour of the exhibition, “Overcoming: the Russian Church and the Soviet government” has opened on the website of the St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities. The largest exposition, dedicated to the persecution of the Church during the Soviet era, became available to internet users ahead of the completion of restoration of the Moscow diocesan house in Likhov Lane Moscow.

Over the two month since it was opened, more than 7,000 people attended the exhibition in memory of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, organized by St. Tikhon’s University in the winter of 2012/2013 at the Museum of the Contemporary Russian History. The unique exhibits were collected in various corners of the former Soviet Union, and included the saints’ personal things; various documents reflecting the government’s theomachic policy and the Church’s reaction to it; and items used in the underground liturgical life the existed in labor camps.

Three flavors of Orthodox Christianity in Anchorage

In the past several months I’ve visited four Orthodox churches in Anchorage representing three branches of Orthodox Christianity. The Orthodox faith traces its roots in Christianity back to apostolic (early church) times. Eastern and Western Christianity mutually separated in the 11th century.

Anchorage Orthodox churches represent Greek, Antiochian, and Russian Orthodox. It’s like eating ice cream. You can have many flavors of ice cream, but it’s ice cream nonetheless. I’ll attempt to describe some of the flavors of each in this column.

Postage stamp for 100th Anniversary of Patriarch Pavle to be issued in Serbia

A postage stamp in honor of the 100th anniversary since Serbian Patriarch Pavle’s birth will be issued in Serbia, reports the Serbian Patriarchate’s official website.

The decision to issue the anniversary stamp was made by the Serbian Government on July 25 this year. The stamp in honour of Patriarch Pavle will be issued and put into circulation on September 11, 2014 (his birthday) together with a matching envelope.

The launch of this stamp will take place in October this year at the Post, Telephone and Telegraph Museum in Belgrade.