Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

29 October 2014. Here’s the “One Thing Needful”

00 Glittersnipe.com. Get Your Shit Together. 2013

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We must start with organising the house from within. That’s our responsibility. The most important thing is that the Church, as an institution, serves the community.

Tawadros Sulaymān

Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa

Coptic Orthodox Church              

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Our Russian Orthodox Church should focus on the “one thing needful”… putting our house into order before we even say anything to anyone else. Our most crying need is to unite our fractious body. The OCA, ROCOR, and MP/USA and Canada are one sociological whole. Why do we tolerate such disunity? The Cold War is over. We should put all minor issues to the side. Better heads than mine have told me that the Calendar issue is something best left to the healing hand of time. However, there’s one thing that many Great Russians haven’t faced… their unconscious assumption that their ways are the only ones in the Church. I wrote a friend:

It’s time for Russian Orthodox people here in the diaspora to start seriously talking unity… it’s the only way that we’ll keep the feral in check. I’ll be blunt… I think that there’d be a “Rump OCA” after such a union… but the healthy parts would “come home”. It’s TIME… it’s time to overlook minor disagreements… we NEED to be together… that’s the lesson of the Ukrainian Civil War… the Ukie nutters have unity, ergo their voice is heard. We’re shunted to the side… it’s our own fault!

They replied:

You’re aware that Great Russian chauvinism is behind our disunity? They disdain Carpatho-Russians, Byelorussians, and Russophile Ukrainians and THAT has been the cause of our disunity. “We’re ‘HIGH Russians’ and You People are ‘Low Russians’. You will do as WE say”. UGH. Can you fight THAT?

I shot back:

Veliki Rus is the core of Holy Rus, but it isn’t the only part… Great Russia is the largest partner at table, but not the only one. God willing, “High Russians” like me can help move things right…

My interlocutor wished me well, and admired my lack of chauvinism. However, we all need to look at our attitudes. Are we furthering “organising the house from within?” If not, the Church can’t serve the community; it lacks any real purpose. It then becomes a pseudo-temple… an abomination. We shouldn’t be talking about ecumenical contacts and missionary work when we can’t even set our own rooms to rights. We have work to do…

Can these dry bones live? It IS up to us!

BMD

Sunday, 26 October 2014

26 October 2014. Vox Pop on Podkarpatskaya

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Carpatho-Russians are a unique and distinct people… very different from all other Russians, yet, carrying the essence of Holy Rus perhaps better, and more authentically than all the others do. Our language is the closest to Church Slavonic. Our cuisine is in many ways more in line with New Rome (Byzantine Empire) (spices, flavours, etc). Our dance is Balkan. Our Faith is a distinct but solidly established strain of Russian Orthodoxy. No one else can absorb us. It’s impossible. We are what we are. “Da živet Karpatskaja-Rus!”/”Carpatho-Russia LIVES!” THIS is what we say. A Carpatho-Russian knows another Carpatho-Russian a mile away. If we’re too small to be a nation, we’re something better… a tribe… or better yet, a family. We’ll endure, survive, and thrive. We WILL accuse our many cruel persecutors on the Last Day.

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I have nothing to add, not being “of the tribe”. THIS is why I treasure the Rusin people so and stick up for them at every juncture. “Rusins lived… Rusins live… Rusins will live”… ‘nuff said…

BMD

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky, the First Hierarch of the UOC/MP, Served Liturgy at St Nicholas Monastery in Khust Raion on the Feastday of Righteous St Aleksei Kabalyuk Confessor of Podkarpatskaya Rus

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On 21 October, on the feastday of the Righteous St Aleksei Kabalyuk Confessor of Podkarpatskaya Rus (2001), as part of an archpastoral visit to the Diocese of Khust, Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, the First Hierarch of the UOC/MP, served Divine Liturgy at St Nicholas Monastery in Iza-Karpovtlash (Khust Raion) in Podkarpatskaya. Besides, this day was the 100th anniversary of the tragic Maramorosh-Sigotsky trial of Orthodox activists in 1913-14. The accused were on trial because they professed the Orthodox faith openly. The main defendant was Priest Aleksei Kabalyuk… an active partisan in the movement to revive Orthodoxy in Podkarpatskaya. On 21 October 2001, the late Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan canonised St Aleksei at the St Nicholas Monastery.

At the service, which took place outdoors to accommodate a crowd of thousands of believers, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry served along with Metropolitan Mark Petrovtsy of Khust and Vinogradov, Metropolitan Fyodor Gayun of Kamenets and Gorodok, Metropolitan Sergei Gensitsky of Ternopol and Kremenetsk, Metropolitan Vladimir Moroz of Pochaev, Metropolitan Antony Pakanich of Borispol and Brovary (UOC/MP Chancellor), Archbishop Ioann Siopko of Kherson and the Tauride, Archbishop Fyodor Mamasuev of Mukačevo and Užgorod, Archbishop Melety Egorenko of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, Bishop Antony Borovik of Ugolsk, Bishop Efrem Yarinko of Berdyansk and the Primorsky, Bishop Kliment Vecherya of Irpensk, Bishop Paisjusz Martyniuk of Gorlice (Orthodox Church of Poland), Archimandrite Iov Stec (Secretary of the Diocese of Khust), governor Monastery Archimandrite Adrian Maleta (Superior of St Nicholas Monastery), the clergy of the monastery, and many clergy from the Diocese of Khust, the Orthodox Church of Czechia and Slovakia, and the Orthodox Church of Poland. Local officials came to the liturgy, including Vasili Gubal, the head of the Podkarpatskaya Oblast OGA, Podkarpatskaya Oblast Soviet Chairman Ivan Balogh, and Mayor of Khust Vladimir Kashchuk.

In his sermon to the assembled believers, Metropolitan Onufry described the tragic events of a century ago, and noted the example of courage and resilience in the faith shown by St Aleksei, along with all the other confessors with him. During the Liturgy, Metropolitan Onufry prayed for peace in the Ukraine. He also lifted up prayers for the repose of the souls of all those who fought for the Orthodox faith in Podkarpatskaya. After the end of the festive Liturgy, in gratitude for the archpastoral visit, the thousands of believers sang Many Years for Vladyki Onufry, along with the choir.

21 October 2014

Media Service of the UOC/MP

http://news.church.ua/2014/10/21/zakarpattya-v-den-proslavlennya-prepodobnogo-oleksiya-karpatoruskogo-predstoyatel-ukrajinskoji-pravoslavnoji-cerkvi-zvershiv-bozhestvennu-liturgiyu-u-svyato-mikolajivskomu-cholovichomu-monastiri/

Editor:

The Uniate pig who is the “Governor” of Podkarpatskaya Oblast refused to show up at the Liturgy. The head of the OGA (Oblast State Administration… the administrative apparat of the oblast) DID show. Note well that I I Balogh (the brother of V I Balogh) was at the Liturgy… that means that Vladyki Onufry confabbed with him. No one knows what went down… but it sure looks like Onufry is deep into plotting. The Balogh brothers (“Clan Balogh”… Viktor, Ivan, and Pavel) are the “bosses of Podkarpatskaya”. Nothing goes down without their say-so. Some say that V I Balogh (the most powerful brother) is in Hungary now (or has gone and has returned), for what, no one knows, although people have reported that he’s confabbed with both government and Jobbik figures. The Triumvirate shitcanned Geletei… Geletei was a major pal of the Baloghs. There’s no doubt that the Baloghs believe that they’re next on the shit list. There’s also no doubt that Vladyki Onufry believes that the junta isn’t long for this world and he’s gathering intel personally.

The Uniates are taking “stupid pills” big-time. They should have gone to this affair… but they didn’t… or the UOC/MP didn’t report it. The Uniates rant that they’re “Orthodox in Union with the See of Rome”. Until they recognise Ss Maksim Sandovich and Aleksei Kabalyuk… they aren’t. They’re peddling utter horseshit. These bodies have become nothing but Roman Catholics with a funny liturgy… as institutions, they’re NOT very Orthodox at all (note well that the “Byzantine Catholic” clergy and hierarchy kiss the junta’s ass, whilst the people don’t). God willing, “Byzantine Catholic” believers will see this… and do something of it. Your place at table IS waiting for you in the Last Homely Home…

BMD

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

21 October 2014. Why Hungary? RT Video on Rusin Identity

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Why Hungary? For one, Magyar is sufficiently different from Rusin to ensure survival of the language. Secondly, the Rusins were under the Kingdom of Hungary prior to 1914. Thirdly, and most importantly, the Magyars aren’t bent on destroying the Rusin people as the Galician Uniate fascists are. Galician Uniate “Consciousness” is a racist ideology very similar to Nazism. “The Ukraine for Ukrainians only!” “Knife the Moskals!” That’s why many Rusins are looking towards Hungary. That’s what I see, any road…

BMD

 

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