Russia is a unique country with its own special path. The poet Fyodor Tyutchev (1803–1873) wrote that it is impossible to understand Russia—you can only believe in it. This country has experienced a great deal. How many times Russia could have disappeared! How many times it stood on the edge […]
Author: Fr. Andrey TKACHEV
Don’t Ask Why
Archpriest Andrei Tkachev answers questions for a Serbian TV channel. Part 3 Part 1, Part 2 This is an interview from January 5, 2022, before Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which began February 24. Fr. Andrei Tkachev is from Lvov in western Ukraine. He was serving as the priest of […]
The Evil One Has A Purpose: To Scatter, Divide, And Dominate – One At A Time
Archpriest Andrei Tkachev answers questions for a Serbian TV channel. Part 2 Part 1 This is an interview from January 5, 2022, before Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which began February 24. Fr. Andrei Tkachev is from Lvov in western Ukraine. He was serving as the priest of a church […]
Why Is It All the Russians’ Fault
Archpriest Andrei Tkachev answers questions for a Serbian TV channel. This is an interview from January 5, 2022, before Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which began February 24. Fr. Andrei Tkachev is from Lvov in western Ukraine, and was serving as the priest of a church in Kiev during the […]
Fasting For The Sake Of The Mother Of God
Orthodox Christians on the Old Calendar recently began the Dormition Fast, preparing for the bright and joyous feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. A correspondent of Pravoslavie.ru asked several clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church to give a brief word of consolation, edification, and encouragement to those who have […]
The Wellspring Of Pity. On The Kazan Icon Day
Nothing and no one on earth can live without water, be it from a lake, a river, rainwater, or a spring. Needed by everything under the sun, nevertheless, not all water is the same. Sometimes God gives a spring healing powers, and then that water not only nourishes but renews […]
A Vertical Coordinate
Man is a being with an upright spine. He cannot change the natural position of his body without losing his dignity. A man on all fours is not quite a man. He’s like the prodigal son, who tormented by hunger desired to feed from the pig trough. There is no […]
Ukraine: Then And Now
This assessment and comparison of persecutions against the Church in Ukraine by the government today and its persecution by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth after the Brest Unia in the sixteenth century was offered by Archpriest Andrei Tkachev, who was born and raised in Lvov, the center of Western Ukraine and the stronghold of Greek Catholicism (Uniatism).
The Twilight Of The Consciousness
Someone who believes in God is inevitably faced with a choice: either to follow the narrow path of true faith which leads to life; or to go down the wide, easy, well-trodden road of superstition. It is impossible to have no faith at all. This would go against our nature, […]
Task Number One
Human beings tend to seek out other human beings. But, if they look deep into their souls, they will realize that they are in search of God even more so. At all times and on every continent our common task is to encounter Him and to respond to His love. […]
A Man Called Jesus
Our Lord Jesus Christ is without question God above all creatures. His Divine nature sufficiently manifested itself in the deeds that nobody except Him was able to do: to resurrect the dead, to cast out demons, to have power over the matter of the created world… Yet, all the same, […]
Big Brother, Or The All-Seeing Eye?
When looking at the billboard with the large eye and the words, “Big Brother”, I cannot shake off a whole swarm of thoughts and associations. These are thoughts about the omnipresent God and walking before Him. They are thoughts about how a totalitarian state tries to imitate God and replace Him with itself.