Novo-Tikhvin women's monastery:

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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Sing ye to the Lord our God, sing ye! An exhortation of abbess Domnika to the newly tonsured nuns

"All of monastic life is nothing but the triumphant hymn to God. As one elder writes: "At a monastery, there never falls silent the sweet hymn addressed to beloved Christ. Unceasingly, day and night, monks lifting up prayers from their stasidia and in their cells; in workshops at the obedience, or taking a walk; during a conversation; in silence; in lamentation, "they sing to the Lord a new song." The new song is the song of love for Christ, the hymn of praise to God that we sing not just with our lips but with all our deeds, our heart, our mind, soul, and spirit." An exhortation to the newly tonsured nuns.

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Our taboo Ц not a word about your neighborТs shortcomings

ЂУWe must tell anyone about the mistake our neighbor has committed, not even to him personally. Even if the entire world knows about it, we will not demonstrate to our neighbor that we know of his mistake. We will bear ourselves simply and naturally in his presence, so that he would feel like a king, rejoicing in the nobility of human nature.Ф Imagine what power is given to each of us! How important is the manner in which we communicate with our neighbors!ї From the talk by mother Domnika.

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All of creation rejoices in thee, o full of grace! A church in honor of the Most Holy Theotokos has been consecrated

On the day of the consecration of an old Church in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" hundreds of people were praying to the Most Holy Theotokos. And we want to believe, that Joy that the church is named after has visited them.

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The Resurrected Church of St. Alexander Nevsky. A Photo-narrative

It's hard to believe that this is the same old church building. Just twenty years ago everything was different: low ceiling, a small plywood iconostasis, floor made of planks, dirty-white walls... And now the church has resurrected and become like a fabulous palace! The Lord has done this miracle, having gathered 5000 people to work on the restoration of the church: architects, constructors, iconographers, engravers, and gilders... One wants to go back and reminisce on how this miracle came about.

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