Thursday, October 14, 2004

Eastern churches
In Russian

Патриарх Алексий поздравил верующих с праздником Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы
Днесь благовернии людие светло празднуем, осеняеми Твоим, Богомати, пришествием, и к Твоему взирающе пречистому образу, умильно глаголем: покрый нас честным Твоим Покровом и избави нас от всякаго зла, молящи Сына Твоего, Христа Бога нашего, спасти души наша.Protected by thy coming, O Mother of God, the faithful people solemnly celebrate today; the gazing upon thine immaculate image they humbly say: 'Watch over us with thy noble protection and deliver us from all evil by asking thy Son, Christ our God, to save our souls'.
Дева днесь предстоит в церкви, и со лики святых невидимо за ны молится Богу. Ангелы со архиереи покланяются, апостоли же со пророки ликовствуют. Нас бо ради молит Богородица превечнаго Бога.Today the Virgin is present in the Church and with the armies of saints invisibly prays to God for us. The angels worship with the archangels and the apostles rejoice with the prophets, because in our behalf the Mother of God prays to the eternal God.
Our Lady holding her protective mantle over us as she stands in the midst of the Church both in the sense of the assembly and the temple. As Catholic as it gets.

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