Theotokos is the great Intercessor for all Christians. She wishes salvation to everyone,
She wants to lead everybody into the eternal Kingdom of Her Son and God. She hears the prayers of each
person and responds with motherly love to all supplications. According to the words of the holy Fathers,
She embraces the entire world with Her love, and in the Holy Spirit She is able to see all the nations
on earth, and, like Her Son, She pities and has mercy on all. She especially favors those who emulate
Her virginity and purity and who have completely dedicated themselves to God, as She did.
This is no coincidence that many of the monastic convents are named in Her honor,
in honor of Her feasts or holy icons. Ekaterinburg, too, has a monastery named in honor of
the Mother of God.
Founded at the end of the XVIII century, the Novo-Tikhvinsky convent of Ekaterinburg
was the biggest monastery in Ural before the revolution. It had six churches and several workshops
in operation: the monastery was like a town within a city. In the 1920s the convent was closed,
and for several decades its walls hosted military and Soviet offices. Its revival began since 1994.
Now the churches here are being restored, church arts blossom, and, most importantly,
monastic life filled with labor and prayer is being revived.
At the monastery, sisters carry out various obediences: they study the history
of the convent and the Ekaterinburg metropolia; compile hagiographies of neo-martyrs and men of faith;
translate works of the holy Fathers from Ancient Greek and Church-Slavonic; make embroidered hierarchal
and priestly vestments, as well as icons, clothes for the clergy, baptismal and wedding sets.
The monastery choir revives the ancient chanting traditions. Singing during worship services
in the churches of the convent are done in Znamenny and Byzantine chants. Traditions of canonical
iconography are being revived in the icon-painting workshop of the monastery. Sisters paint both
individual icons and iconostases for churches, as well as the birth size (mernaya), family,
and folding icons, wholly following the practices of the ancient masters.
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Feastdays and ordinary days
We thank everyone for their love for the Most Holy Theotokos!
The childlike, sincere love for the Most Holy Theotokos is the feeling that every Christian has. She is our common Mother.
And this is especially felt on the feasts of the Theotokos. In those days, we come to Her as children to address Her in prayer, to venerate Her icon,
to feel Her love. This year, as always, the feast of the Tikhvin icon was filled with consolation and joy. Thousands of people Ц hierarchs and priests,
monastics and laity, adults and children, people from Ekaterinburg, out-of-town and out-of-country guests Ц all were sharing the same feeling...
Dear brothers and sisters, we congratulate you on the feast of the Tikhvin icon! May the Most Holy Theotokos preserve you through Her prayers!
A year of blue-green she-goat? No, a new year of God's goodness!
In anticipation of the New Year one can often hear the following question: what is the right attitude towards horoscopes, Zodiac signs, and faith in special distribution of stars? Are horoscopes and Orthodoxy compatible? In order to answer these questions, our monastery has published a leaflet about the Orthodox attitude towards the signs of Zodiac, horoscopes, and animal symbols of the upcoming year.
Her Name Means "Joy"
Not long ago our monastery festively met the relics of a great Russian saint:
a small relic of St. Euphrosinia of Moscow had been brought into the convent. Her name means "joy".
For six centuries she bestows joy on all and remains exemplifying the best characteristics of a Christian
woman for all Russian people: as a faithful wife, a loving mother, a wise governor, and a humble nun.
Christmas is always a joy!
Christmas has come. In a small house four little brothers have wished their parents and one another
Merry Christmas. All of them were joyful that Christ was born. However, they were a little bit sad because they had nothing
to give each other as a present on such a day. And suddenly they heard somebody knocking at the door of their small house
and speaking in a cheerful voice. ThenЕ You must think that it is a beginning of a Christmas fairy tale? Perhaps, it is so,
but this tale is not a fairy one. Events of the tale took place just recently at Christmas in a small village of Verhotursky
district Ц the very one where the presents which you gave for the event УMake Children a Holiday!Ф were sent.