MOSCOW: May 21, 2010
Youth of the Russian Church Abroad Join the 4th Orthodox Student Forum Faith and Deeds

Over five thousand young believers will gather on May 22, 2010, at MoscowsKreml v Izmailovo Complex to participate in the 4th Orthodox Student Forum Faith and Deeds.

This year, the emphasis of the Forum will be missionary work, how to find young leaders, said one of the Forums organizers, Vadim Kviatkovsky, Executive Secretary of the Moscow Diocesan Councils Youth Commission, at a press conference held at Interfax on Thursday.

The Forum will open with the celebration of Divine Liturgy, after which the participants will begin discussion forums and master classes. The Forum will concentrate on experience in youth ministry on the parish level, institutions of higher learning and missionary and social programs. Faith and Deeds will include 20 sections this year and will last for one week.

A youth delegation from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will participate in the discussion Is it Easy to Be Orthodox in the West? Deputy President of the Synodal Youth Department, Protopriest Andrei Sommer, reported that young parishioners from three dioceses of the Church Abroad will participate, including children of third-wave immigrants and newly-converted Americans who participate in parish life of the Russian Church Abroad.

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Below is the program of the visit to Moscow of the youth of the Russian Church Abroad:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    ... Arrival and greeting at the hotel of the Church of St Marona the Hermit of Syria, dinner.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

    10:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    11:30 Excursion to Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, visit to the Memorial Museum of Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna.
    14:00 Lunch and the Convent.
    15:30 Excursion to State Tretyakoff Gallery.
    17:30 Walk through downtown Moscow. Free time. Dinner.
    19:30 Meeting with Orthodox youth groups of Moscow: Marontsy, Sreteniye, Georgievtsy, Pokrov etc.

Friday, May 21, 2010

    9:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    11:00 Excursions to the Historic-Cultural Museum Moscow Kremlin, Red Square, GUM.
    14:00 Lunch.
    15:00 Tour through Moscow, visit to Poklonnaya Hill, Vorobiev Hils observation point.
    18:30 Dinner.
    19:30 Visit to the debate club of the Theological Educational Center of the Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist. Meeting with Orthodox youth groups of Moscow.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

    10:00 Divine Liturgy, moleben. Opening of the IV Orthodox Student Forum Faith and Deeds.
    12:00 Meetings of the Forum at the Social complex Kreml v Izmailovo.
    15:00 Lunch at Kreml v Izmailovo.
    17:00 All-night vigil, Church of the Life-Giving Trinity on Pyatnitskaya Street at the Orthodox St Tikhon Humanitarian University.

Sunday, May 23, 2010



    The Feast of Pentecost.

    Pilgrimage to Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra, Divine Liturgy. Excursion . Lunch. Visit to Chernigovsky Skete.

Monday, May 24, 2010

    9:30 Participation in the celebrations of the feast day of SS Cyril and Methodius, Teachers of the Slavs, and namesday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

    Procession of the cross on Red Square from the Kremlin to the Church of St Basil the Blessed. Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

    14:00 Lunch.
    15:00 Excursion to Moscow monasteries: Sretensky Stavropighial Monastery and others.
    19:00 Dinner.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    9:00 Breakfast.
    11:00 Participation in the opening of the 4th World Russian National Council chaird by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Hall of Cathedrals of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
    14:00 Lunch.
    15:00 Visit to Kolomensky State Museum. Socializing with Orthodox youth of Moscow, shashlik barbecue.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    ... Departure