On 2 April, in Tver, there’ll be a musical evening dedicated to St Patrick’s Day sponsored by the Diocese of Tver. The dance ensemble Kamelot (St Petersburg), the folk music group Ashel (Tver), the musician Tetra Nazarenko (Moscow), young violinists from Tver, and others will perform at the event, the Missionary Department of the Diocese of Tver reported to Interfax-Religion on Tuesday. Archpriest Alexander Shabanov, the chairman of the Department, will host the affair.
Dancing on St Patrick’s Day in Moscow…
On 3 April, also at under the aegis of the Diocese, the parish of The Three Holy Confessors will hold an international colloquium, In the Footsteps of St Patrick: The Lessons of His Mission. On the programme of the symposium are talks by experts in the history of Western Christianity, missionaries, clergy, and staff of the post-graduate Centre of Celtic Christianity (UK); they will discuss the patristic heritage and the missionary experience of the Orthodox Church in the British Isles. As expected, Archdeacon Andrei Kuraev, a professor at the Moscow Theological Academy, will attend the event.
St Patrick’s Day Parade in Moscow on Stary Arbat Street…
Both Roman Catholics and Orthodox revere St Patrick as the protector (покровитель) and patron saint of Ireland, as he was the founder and first bishop of the Irish church. St Patrick arrived in Ireland as a missionary in the fifth century. According to tradition, preaching the great mystery of the Holy Trinity, he plucked up a piece of clover from the ground, and, raising the shamrock over his head, he told the Irish that if they could see this, they could imagine what the Holy Trinity was like. Since then, the green three-leafed clover became the Irish symbol of the Holy Trinity, the green shamrock is the national symbol, and everyone recognises green as the national colour of the country.
29 March 2011
Is Fearrde Thú Guinness. Guinness is Better for You (than Anything Else Is)
Tomorrow is Orthodox St Patrick’s Day… don’t argue with me… it’s what it is. So… you can put colcannon, champ, barmbrack, boxty (some recipes don’t have eggs in ‘em), farl (both regular and potato), kippers, salmon, cod, cabbage (kapusta falls under this rubric), mushrooms, baked beans, and soda bread on the menu. Wash it all down with a cuppa Barry’s or Lyons for breakfast, and some Guinness or something with a wee bit more bite later in the day.
If you dare, toast your friends in Poitín… it’s legal, now… look for “Bunratty Mead and Liqueuer” and “Knockeen Hills Poteen”. If ya don’t know what it is, ask any friendly neighbourhood Irishman… they’ll be glad to clue you in on the whole megillah (essentially, it was Irish country moonshine made by bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Gaelic-speaking peasants evadin’ the Royal revenooers). Reputedly, it’s one of the strongest alcoholic beverages in the world, renowned for its ability to get the drinker drunk again the morning after drinking it by drinking water, thereby bringing the remaining ethanol back into solution.
The Rare Old Mountain Dew (Clancy Brothers)
Some people have asked me why Russians and Greeks, in particular, are strongly opposed to Uniatism, but are friendly with Roman Catholics. That’s easy to answer… RCs are mostly people from Catholic cultures, such as Polish, Irish, German, Italian, Spanish, French (including Québécois), Czech, or Latin American… they are what they are, they’re no threat to our Orthodox culture whatsoever. Orthodox and RCs have often gotten on well. Katz’s Deli Orthodox know that Catholics are what they are… and that’s that. Uniatism, on the other hand, is a deliberate tool of some in the Curia to hoodwink gullible Orthodox into abandoning Orthodoxy for Catholicism. This gets most real Orthodox hopping mad. I tell my RC friends, “Just accept this… it’s a fact of life. It doesn’t affect how we deal with you, anyway” (said to a Polish friend as we broke opłatek one Catholic Christmas).
Anyway… get ready for Orthodox St Patrick’s Day tomorrow. May the luck o’ the Irish be with ya… and may St Michael and all his Angels help you cheat the Devil Himself if it isn’t (a saying of old Mr O’Leary… God rest him)…