Ecology, protection of natural environment is among most serious issues today. It is widely discussed by both “green” movements and politicians alike, no wonder, that the Church has its say too. Since mid-20th century ecotheology, relationships between God the Creator and creature, is part of the “Social teaching of the Church”. Discussions were led by […]
Psalms and Church, reading of Psalms and chanting. Psalms and prayer, and praise. Recollections led by Mag.theol. M.Solovejs.
The Chapel was overfilled when the well-known theologian and lecturer A.Osipov from Moscow visited LChrA in October 30, 2008. He was taking part in the international conference „Church, Family, School”. Teachers, students, parish members and clergy came to meet professor. The meeting was opened by the Metropolitan of Riga and all Latvia Alexander.
Recollections were dedicated to the Church Year – its order, main feasts and liturgical traditions. Discussion about the Church Year were held by the priest of LOC Fr. Alexander Shabelnik.
Teachers and students of the Academy met Fr Sergius Garklavs from Chicago, USA. He arrived in Latvia because of visit of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexius II in Riga. The family of Fr Sergius helped to save the world-famous icon of Mother of God „Tihvinskaja” during the WWII which returned home from the […]
Revelation was the main topic to discuss in those Recollections. People are longing to receive some special revelations from God, even „right away and now”. The Church teaching is that after Baptism a long way starts, sometimes with difficulties when the neophyte learns the meaning of true humility, putting down his own will and submitting […]
These were the last Recollections in this year, dedicated to veneration of saints in the Church tradition. Protestant churches don’t accept them, but in eldest denominations – Catholic and Orthodox – it is well known and venerated tradition. Especially the discussion went on about St Catherine, young and well-educated girl from Alexandria, who became martyr […]
Understanding of gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Ancient Church and today was in the centre of this discussion. The topic was hotly debated because everybody knows about those gifts but few – how to receive them? Too often people imagine themselves being receivers of those gifts outside the Church. The discussion was held […]
The topic of the 40 days long Great fasting time before Easter was discussed in these Recollections. Fasting is observed before Resurrection of Christ which is celebrated in the Orthodox tradition. The discussion was held by teacher of the Academy Juris Doveiko.