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A molében (Slavonic: молебен), also called a molieben, service of intercession, or service of supplication, is a supplicatory prayer service used within the Orthodox Christian Church in honor of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, a Feast or a particular saint or martyr. Slav, Slavic or Slavonic can refer to: Slavic peoples Slavic languages Slavic mythology Church Slavonic language Old Church Slavonic language Slavonian can also refer to Slavonia, a region in eastern Croatia. ... Supplication (also known as petitioning) is the most common form of prayer, wherein a person asks a supernatural deity to provide something, either for the person who is praying or for someone else on whose behalf a prayer of supplication is being made. ... Mary Magdalene in prayer. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Theotokos of Kazan Theotokos (Greek: , translit. ... // Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church Easter/Pascha The feast of the Resurrection of Jesus, called Easter or Pascha, is the greatest of the feasts of the Eastern Orthodox Church. ... In traditional Christian iconography, Saints are often depicted as having halos. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

The Moleben originated in Slavic culture but their use is now widespread both in Europe and in the Orthodox Christian diaspora. Churches of Greek and Arab tradition celebrate a related service called a Paraklesis; but whereas the Parkelsis emphasizes the Canon, the Molieben normally only has simple refrains that replace the Odes of the Canon. Slavic Orthodox Churches are to be found in Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, and Macedonia, and they employ the Church Slavonic language in their liturgy. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... The Eastern Orthodox Church is a Christian body that views itself: as the historical continuation of the original Christian community established by Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles. ... The term: diaspora (in Greek, διασπορά – a scattering or sowing of seeds) is used (without capitalization) to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands; being dispersed throughout other parts of the world, and the ensuing developments in their dispersal and culture. ... Arab Christians are people who are ethnically Arab or culturally and linguistically Arabized and who follow the religion of Christianity. ... Paraklesis in the Orthodox Christian Church, is a service of supplication for the welfare of the living. ... A canon is a structured hymn used in a number of Eastern Orthodox services. ... A canticle is a hymn (strictly excluding the Psalms) taken from the Bible. ...

Molebens are traditionally served by a priest, but may also be done as a Reader service. It is the custom to celebrate a moleben service only in honor of a glorified saint, and when possible the service is done in front of an icon of the person or feast to which the Moleben is celebrated. Sometimes an Akathist will be celebrated during the celebration of a Moleben. . ... In some Christian churches, the Reader is responsible for reading aloud excerpts of the scripture at a liturgy. ... Icon of St. ... The Akathist (Ακαθιστος Υμνος, unseated hymn) is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. ...

The general outline of a Moleben is based on the service of Matins, as served on a feast day, complete with a Gospel reading. For the Anglican service of Mattins see Morning Prayer Matins is the early morning prayer service in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies of the canonical hours. ...

Molebens may be (a) occasional (i.e., served according to need), for instance for one who is ill or going on a journey; they may be (b) commemorative (assigned to a particular day), such as the beginning of the new year, or when children begin school; or they may be (c) devotional (in honor of a particular saint).

Molebens are very important in the Russian Orthodox tradition, and an entire volume of the Great Euchologion is devoted to them. Most molebens are served in the church, but they may also be served in homes, fields, schools or other appropriate places. The euchologion is The name of one of the chief Service-books of the Byzantine Church; it corresponds more or less to theCatholic Missal and Ritual. ...

Molebens may also be served in processions. The procession may be going to a particular place, such as during a pilgrimage, or it may circle around the outside of the church building (this is very common on the feast day of the Patron Saint of the church or monastery, and on Pascha). When a processional Moleben circles around the church, very often the procession will pause on each of the four sides of the building, and the bishop or priest will sprinkle holy water on the church, the icons and people that are taking part in the procession. For other uses, see Pilgrimage (disambiguation). ... Saint Quentin is the patron saint of locksmiths and is also invoked against coughs and sneezes. ... Easter (also called Pascha) is generally accounted the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed March or April each year to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead (after his death by crucifixion; see Good Friday), which Christians believe happened at about this time of year, almost two... St. ... The Savior Not Made By Hands (1410s, by Andrei Rublev) An icon (from Greek εικων, eikon, image) is an artistic visual representation or symbol of anything considered holy and divine, such as God, saints or deities. ...

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, ROCA, or ROCOR) is a jurisdiction of Eastern Orthodoxy formed in response against the policy of Bolsheviks with respect to religion in the Soviet Union soon after the Russian Revolution. ...

See Also

Akathist The Akathist (Ακαθιστος Υμνος, unseated hymn) is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. ...



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