Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/ 60 Time, our best teacher, or... http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_151120_1.html Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:33:18 -0400 <p>Time, it&rsquo;s our best teacher, but sadly, it kills the student.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Don&rsquo;t be surprised, that&rsquo;s the essence of it. During our hardships and trials in life, we often hear words of advice from people close to us, or from the wiser portion of our friends and acquaintances. We probably hear comforting things like, &ldquo;relax, time heals all wounds, time is a wise and efficient healer,&rdquo; or &ldquo;time will put everything back in its place, time is fair,&rdquo; or &ldquo;only time can make you smarter, time is a thoughtful teacher.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> At first this seems right, but what if you look closer? Let&rsquo;s first consider the essence of time as a healer, does time really heal? No, it is only an intermediate in the hands of a true physician, our Lord, God. When a person turns to God in prayer, after some time God heals, but when people let things be, relying only on time itself, without turning to God, time simply drives the pain into the depths of subconsciousness. Like when a helpless doctor who can no longer save the patient sticks him with a dose of morphine, just so that the unfortunate patient will not suffer any more pain.<br /> <br /> Now, what if we look at time as a teacher? Let's consider this. Every teacher has their advantages and disadvantages, but there&rsquo;s something that all teachers have in common, and that is that all teachers have Honor students and losers. However, time as a teacher, only has Honor students, as it kills the losers. Yes, as an effective teacher, time presents impressive lessons, but if a person does not accept them and immediately correct his or her errors in repentance, instead leaving things as they are and relying on the time, the errors do not go into oblivion but slowly corrupt the person&rsquo;s life on earth preparing him for a terrible fate in the Hereafter.<br /> <br /> Thus time becomes a murderer, unless God in His mercy will wait for our repentance to the very end. But can we count on that without doing anything ourselves? No, we should, with the help of God, carefully learn the lessons that this effective teacher presents us with, or else the teacher will destroy us.</p> Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_151120_1.html Pan Orthodox Service http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_170920_2.html Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://english.holyvirginprotection.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2017/2017-0930-chicago.jpg&archive=0&final_h=61&final_w=100&percent=100"><p>This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the first Orthodox churches in the city of Chicago which will be marked by a pan-Orthodox celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, October 30.</p></div> Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_170920_2.html Preparations for Patronal Feast http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_170920_1.html Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://english.holyvirginprotection.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2017/cleanup/work023.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_487_637" tabindex="0" role="button">On Saturday October 7th, the Sisterhood encourages parishioners to participate in cleaning the Church after Divine Liturgy (at approximately 10 a.m.).</span>&nbsp;Please consider donating paper towels for the work day.&nbsp;On Sunday October 8th, after the Divine Liturgy, the Sisterhood requests everyone&rsquo;s assistance in setting up our hall for the feast day.&nbsp;&nbsp;For further information contact our Head Sister Olga Vlasova at (224)520-1596 or Luba Brueggemann at (224)520-1604.</p></div> Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_170920_1.html http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_170313_1.html Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:22:02 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://english.holyvirginprotection.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/calendar-clip-art-100.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=87&percent=100"><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tuesday</span> -&nbsp;<br />17.00 &nbsp;Baking prosphors</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday</span> -&nbsp;<br />Russian school AM and PM sessions</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday</span> -&nbsp;<br />Lunch prepared by Brotherhood<br />Discussion with Fr. Leonty</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral http://english.holyvirginprotection.org/news_170313_1.html