Russian Orthodox Church and
Skete of the Resurrection of Christ
Minneapolis, Minnesota


~Archbishop Peter's Nativity Epistle!

Christ is Born – Glorify Him!
 How can we not rejoice and glorify this great and glorious day? After all, Christmas is the watershed of human
The life of men before and after the birth of the God-child was completely changed. Consequently, it is
appropriate and correct to count the events of history as those that took place before and those after the Nativity
of Christ, and not, as is customary to say now - before, or after, the “common” era.
Man fell on account of his pride, by falling to the temptations of the devil, who promised that man himself
could become a god. Our forefathers were bitterly deceived. The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil
brought only suffering and death.
But God, in His love, did not want the destruction of His creation, and Adam and Eve were promised when they
were expelled from Paradise that the woman’s seed would crush the head of the serpent. (Genesis 3:15)
After the fall, people began to live according to their limited mind and their fallen feelings. They experimented
with anything and everything, bowed to all things, and finally fell to the bottom of paganism and reached an
impasse. Only a handful of the Old Testament righteous lived by faith in the one, true God, and awaited the
coming of the Messiah.
However, the best of the pagans, such as the great philosopher of antiquity Socrates, understood that this could
not go on; man must live only according to the truth, yet the philosophers could not answer, what is truth.
Recall Pilate's question asked of Christ: “What is truth?” (John 18:38)
The state of a pagan is very well described in the book of Heinrich Sinkevich: Quo Vadis?
Christ the Messiah brought man out of this impasse, by teaching us how we should live, and showed Himself to
us in everything as an example. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." (John 14:6)
Let us thank the Lord for His love for us, and begin to live according to His teachings, according to His
commandments. Without this we are as pagans.
I cordially greet all our clergy and faithful with the great and joyful feast of the Nativity of Christ - the feast of
God's love for the fallen human race.
When celebrating Christmas, do not forget the sick and lonely.
Christ is Born – Glorify Him!
+Archbishop Peter
Nativity of Christ 2018/2019

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Welcome to Our Parish!

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Beautifying the Iconostasis

We ask all of you who wish to donate for this beautifying of the iconostasis. If you are able to help cover the cost ($2,500), you can give your donation to Br. James, the Treasurer, or Victor Durnev, the Assistant Starosta.



Latest News!

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*Our insurance bill, which is due October 14th, is for $1,400.00. The monks need help with paying this large amount. If you can help, any contributions would be greatly appreciated, and given to Br. James, the Treasurer. Any small amount would be most helpful for this important insurance payment.








Questions and Answers on Theophany, Baptism of Christ


Is there any difference between the water blessed on the Eve of the Theophany and the water blessed on the day of the Theophany? When should we get the water to take home?

 The grace of the sanctification imparted to the water is the same on the Eve of the Theophany(January 5/18) as it is on the day of the Theophany (January 6/19). It is one and the same feast day, and one and the same prayer rite is used. The basis for the Great Blessing of the Waters on the Eve (January 5/18) consists in the fact that on this day, a Great Festal Vespers is served, which is combined with the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Thus, the feast has already commenced. For the day of the Baptism of the Lord (Theophany) the Great Compline service is read, then a festal Matins, and the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom...

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Weekly Schedule of Services



 ~Sunday January 13

Sunday after Nativity


Friday January 18

Vigil for Theophany


6:30 pm Vigil



~Saturday January 19



9:00 am Divine Liturgy

*Blessing of Water Following Liturgy



~Sunday January 20

Sunday After Theophany


8:15 am Nocturns, Hours, Confessions

9:00 am Divine Liturgy / Литургия





*Please see our most current schedule found in the latest bulletin

*Обновления к расписанию служб могут быть найдены в последнем  церковном листке




Contact Information

Russian Orthodox Church

and Skete of the Resurrection of Christ

1201 Hathaway Lane, NE

Fridley, MN 55432


phone ~ 763.574.1001
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