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День за днем

16 Августа

Зажегши свечу, не ставят ее под сосудом, но на подсвечнике, и светит всем в доме

(Мф. 5, 15)

Слово Божие неоднократно учит нас служить светом для мира. "Вы свет мира", - говорит Иисус Своим ученикам, и "Я свет миру", - говорит Он про Себя; "светилам мира" (Флп. 2, 15) уподобляет и ап. Павел братьев своих во Христе.

Но это общее для всех правило обозначается еще точнее и определеннее в выше изложенном тексте: "и светит всем в доме". Первые и важнейшие наши обязанности относятся к самым близким нашим братьям, к домашним нашим, и мы должны прежде всего светить им.

Люди нередко гнушаются такой ограниченной деятельностью, которую они считают слишком мелкою и ничтожною. Они ищут славы и блеска, хотят быть маяком, светящим далеко над морем житейским, или ярким светилом, спасающим легионы погибающих братьев. Они презирают скромную долю светильника, который горит в убогом уголке и освещает своим слабым светом темного труженика. Напрасно пренебрегают они этим слабым светом. Неужели же Рука помощи, протянутая незаметно нашей меньшей братии, или слово утешения, сказанное у одра умирающего, озаряющее последним лучом его земные страдания, не стоят всей этой громкой славы, за которой они гонятся?

Многие воображают, что плоды христианской веры должны быть расточаемы далеко за пределы семейного круга. Напротив, тут-то мы и найдем им настоящее применение.

Вспомните, что Марфа среди своих житейских забот, пришла также к ногам Иисуса, которого уже слушала Мария.

Каждый должен в своем ближайшем кругу, как бы скромен он ни был, найти применение тем христианским добродетелям, которые отличают хорошего семьянина, любящую мать, покорных детей. Они украшают семейную жизнь, сглаживая все неровности земного пути и проливая на все окружающее тот ясный свет, который "светит всем в доме". Он согревает всех, потому что источник его есть любовь, исходящая от Самого Бога.

 

Погода Почаев
LARGE MONASTERY BUILDINGS

 

CHURCH OF THE GOD MOTHER’S LAUDATION, BELL TOWER, HOLY GATES

In 1862, during the ministry of Bishop Anatoliy Pavlinskyy in Volyn, there was established and consecrated a warm church of the Holy Trinity in the east wing of the community building where the Lavra’s old printing house had stood. Nowadays this church is named as a church of the God Mother’s Laudation. In 1864 there was erected an iconostasis made by Prokofyev. There is a beautiful ark on the High Place, which columns, perches and capitals are decorated with carving and vermeil. The Icon of the Savor praying in Gethsemane is set in the ark. The Laudation church was painted with wall paintings in 1874 by Lavra’s iconographers. Most of the sacred images depict those holidays that are celebrated by the Orthodox in winter starting with the holiday of the Protection of Our Most Holy Lady and Ever-virgin Mary and finishing with Easter. The community of Volyn Saints is painted close to the iconostasis. The whole-length image of Christ washing the Apostles’ feet and the Communion of the Apostles at the Last Supper is on the walls of the sanctuary. Paintings of holy guardian angels are on vaults. The whole church is girded by the words of the Lord’s Prayer. In 1875 in the small upper gallery of the temple’s northern side there was arranged a side-altar in honor of the Theotokos’ victory over the Turks and consecrated on the day of the 200 anniversary of this event.

During that time there was also built the Holy Gates, the bishop’s house ( a book and icon shop today), the bell tower completely consorting with the style of the Dormition Cathedral, a candle factory, a hotel (a seminary today). In front of the Cathedral there was established a gallery.

The extensive land of the monastery was turned into highly productive farmland, gardens and lakes that supported not only the whole monastic community, but also charitable refectories, hospitals and hospices. By the early XX century the monastery had become a major pilgrim center, where thousands of Orthodox not only from all corners of Rus, but other countries as well, walked on foot to the monastery to worship its relics from early spring to late autumn.

Почаев

Lavra Belltower

 
 

The Lavra bell tower with its architectural elegance complements the beauty and grandeur of the ensemble of the Pochayiv cloister. It is a four-story building, the first floor of which has the form of a cross; all others are four-cornered. The northern and southern pediments are decorated with massive columns. A beautiful semicircular carved cornice is above the door and the Pochayiv Icon of the God Mother is over it blessing the Lavra’s yard. The northern side is graced with the Icon of St. Job – a guard of the Holy abode. The bells are located on the third tier. There are twenty five bells on the bell tower. The biggest one is 11 tons 504 kilograms. The bell changes convene pilgrims to worship the Lavra’s shrines. The Holy Gates, the threshold of the monastery, resembling a large icon case crowned with a cross, was built up at the beginning of XIX century (1834-1835). There is a large wall-painted Icon of the Mother of God in the pillar of fire over the gates. On the second floor of the Holy Gates there was built a church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both the gates and the church were built upon the project and under the guidance of the architect Mykhaylovskyy and all the stone and carpenter’s work were made by ploughman Vasyl Poznyakov.

To the left of the Holy Gates there is an imposing building of the bishop’s house (a book and icon shop today). In 1835 there used to be a family chapel of Sts Peter and Paul the Apostles. It was placed in one of the halls of the middle floor on the southern side with an altar to the east. It is assumed that this church was built up in honor of a visit by the Emperor Peter I in 1711, during the Pruth campaign. In 1891 a church in honor of Archangel Michael was built on the upper floor of the bishop’s house.

 

Почаев

Originally, a bookstore (in the last building bishop's house)

 

 


     

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