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Monday, 18 August 2014

The Magical Mountain

17-Alfons Maria Mucha. Mount Athos, The Holy Mountain. The Orthodox Vatican (from the Slavonic Epic, nr 17). 1926

Mount Athos, The Holy Mountain: The Orthodox Vatican

Alfons Maria Mucha

1926

from The Slavonic Epic, nr 17

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Mount Athos is truly a magical mountain, not in the Thomas Mann sense of the term, but rather as a blessed holy place that speaks volumes to Greeks. I don’t believe that I’ve ever felt the way I did in the early morning hours, listening to hymns, watching the elderly monks on the benches, observing the younger monks artfully and patiently lighting candles in the chandeliers, in an incense-scented scene of absolute and disciplined beauty. Leaving aside the natural beauty and the few unique interlocutors who leave an indelible mark on visitors, the Mountain is a source of inspiration offering an opportunity for recollection.

Mount Athos is various worlds in one. One part, rightly or wrongly, is identified with all the backward elements of modern Greek thinking, ranging from conspiracy theories to the most primitive perceptions of the modern world. However, whilst backward-looking people look and listen to all that matches their bias and theories, those in search of their own balance vis-à-vis a complicated world will find solace in the landscape, the early dawn services, and the discussions. Athos also demonstrates the art of survival. The Church is the oldest political organisation in the country and Mount Athos is living proof of how it’s managed to overcome historical adversity and catastrophes, as well as more ephemeral situations, such as government and régime changes. A friend visited one of the barest, most primitive, monasteries and saw a photograph of dictator Ioannis Metaxas there. He asked the abbot, “How come you still have a portrait of Metaxas hanging on the wall?” The monk replied, “He was a benefactor to our monastery. Sometimes, we take longer to hang portraits of rulers, but, more importantly, we take even longer to bring them down”.

Stories of survival and the tactics of those in charge are passed on by word of mouth, from one generation of monks to the next as they continue to support and maintain their traditions. I remember an elderly monk explaining that his monastery had been able to expand thanks to the good-will of the Byzantine (sic) emperor’s high-ranking secretary, “What today’s young politicians fail to understand is that they’ll disappear in a few years, but the monastery will still be here long after they’ve gone”. The self-assurance rendered by tradition and survival in the face of adversity is invincible and, clearly, Mount Athos teaches this unique art. Athos is a unique heritage that we must protect and safeguard for centuries to come. In the meantime, its current representatives are walking a tightrope as they are called on to distinguish between what’s necessary for survival from business and traditions of obscurantism.

17 August 2014

Alexis Papachelas

Kathimerini

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite3_1_17/08/2014_542177

Saturday, 16 August 2014

16 August 2014. Now, For Something Entirely Different… There Be Orthodoxy in Darkest Africa, I Hear…

00 african orthodox church. 16.08.14

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Do you know WHY Holy Orthodoxy is the fastest growing religion in Sub-Saharan Africa? Of course, it’s the True Faith and it appears to simple innocent people with signs and wonders. However, there’s more to it… unlike the RCs and Protestants, Orthodoxy appeared in Black Africa as ANTI-imperialist. It didn’t come in under the protection of the colonialists’ bayonets. Catholics, Anglicans, and Protestants all came to the black man as a part of the white man’s often brutal, sometimes patronising, but always condescending dictatorship.

On the other hand, Orthodoxy came to modern Africa from Greece and (especially) Cyprus. Cyprus, like much of Africa, had been under arrogant and arbitrary British rule and imperialism. Like the Africans, the Cypriots loathed their “paternal” overlords and their condescending snootiness… they struggled long and hard to break free. When Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda struggled for their freedom and dignity after World War II, they found rich support from Metropolitan Makarios of Cyprus, who furnished Africans with both spiritual weaponry (The Holy Faith) and material weaponry (military training and support from Cyprus).

The African peoples NEVER forgot this… Greeks and Russians (yes, even in the time of the USSR) won the love of the African peoples… and their Faith inspired Africans too… Orthodox Christianity. It was a Christianity free of the White Man’s Diktat. The struggle of the Kenyan freedom fighters against the Brit occupiers was a hard one, as the Brits had no scruples and spared no one. However, with God’s help, in the end, the natives kicked out the Brits and won their freedom. Cyprus was the first nation to recognise the sovereignty and independence of almost a dozen African states. Africans haven’t forgotten this… nor have they forgotten the cruelties of the conceited and snotty Western Europeans and Anglo Americans. We see their narcissism and wilfulness in the Ukraine today, don’t we? They sure haven’t changed, have they?

BMD

Friday, 8 August 2014

Russian Komsomolka Goes to DPRK… It’s NOT Hell on Earth… The American Media Lies…

00 Russian girl in the DPRK 01. 08.08.14

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00 Russian girl in the DPRK 02. 08.08.14

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00 Russian girl in the DPRK 03. 08.08.14

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00 Russian girl in the DPRK 04. 08.08.14

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00 Russian girl in the DPRK 05. 08.08.14

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00 Russian girl in the DPRK 06. 08.08.14

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Maryana Naumova, a world-record power-lifter at 15, a present-day Komsomolka (and former Pioneer) went to the DPRK. She said, “I’m a Komsomolka. The Pioneers still exist in Russia, and I was one, but the other day the Komsomol inducted me as a member. Because of this, many of my friends joked that I’d would have liked to live in the DPRK”. No, it isn’t “hell on earth”… it isn’t “heaven on earth” either. Remember, the US media machine has an agenda set by its Corporate bosses, and if one doesn’t follow the script, one doesn’t eat… it’s quite that simple. It’s why I have no regard for Sophia Kishkovsky, Serge Schmemann, Victor Potapov, Terrence Mattingly, and Rod Dreher… they’re all willing running dogs for their crapitalist bosses and they all yip away for their scraps. I may not make any money at this, but I don’t have to be a dog servitor of the Corporate News Machine either.

The DPRK isn’t in the lap of luxury… it isn’t in the throes of starvation… it’s a rather normal place where people mostly stay out of the government’s way, and the government mostly doesn’t have to use the whip. The whip isn’t necessary… the Americans are still in the ROK… Koreans still remember the calamities caused by reckless American use of “firepower”. Those bombs and shells landed somewhere… usually, on some poor Korean sod who was just trying to stay alive. America’s hands aren’t clean… and Koreans (in both the ROK and DPRK) know it. After all, the USA supported Park Chung-hee… he was just a different flavour of dictator… he was a Kim with a different ideology, that’s all. The DPRK is relatively poor, but it’s free of American paternalistic bossing and smarmy lecturing… trust me, many people would rather have the Kims than that. Americans ARE that hated throughout the world… and for good cause (they DO bomb first and ask questions later).

Note that contemporary communists respect the Church. We have a canonical Church in Russia, Belarus, the Ukraine, and the Baltics due to the bravery of the Komsomoltsy, who defended the churches against American-paid mobs. I also remember how the ROCOR knifed the Mother Church in the back at Langley’s behest (one of the loudest was Potapov, who scurrilously attacked Patriarch Aleksei at Georgetown in the 90s)… yet the Mother Church forgave them that shameless perfidy and nasty treachery. Not all of the pro-American clerics left the ROCOR in ’07… I think that we all know who they are. As for me, I’d rather stand with Maryana… wouldn’t you?

BMD

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Junta Pigs Destroy Church with Indiscriminate Shelling in Gorlovka

00 Annunciation Church. Gorlovka. Donetsk People's Republic. 07.08.14

Annunciation parish in Gorlovka (Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Union of People’s Republics of Novorossiya) in happier times

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Editor:

This consecration of this church was on 12 June… less than two months ago. The junta pigs don’t care what they destroy. The Galician Uniates are ravening beasts, only fit for death or exile. I shall speak bluntly… the bulk of the Galician Uniates remain silent as their hierarchy and clergy bless the destruction of Orthodox churches and the killing of Orthodox priests. This is too much of a muchness. I have nothing but contempt for all UGKTs and Ukrainian Orthodox institutions and clergy… they have blood on their hands and they’re unrepentant. As for “Byzantine Catholics”, I’d say, “It’s time to come home to Orthodoxy… otherwise, you get lumped in with the UGKTs fascists. Think on it…”

Here is a report on the consecration of this church…

BMD

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A direct hit by a junta artillery shell caused a fire that destroyed the wooden Annunciation Church in Gorlovka. The Diocese of Gorlovka and Slavyansk of the UPTs/MP put this report on their website. No church employees died, but there were a few more fires in the Stroitel neighbourhood.

7 August 2014

Novorusinform​

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/5390

Editor:

WATCH THE VIDEO. This is what the junta pigs want to do to all Orthodox in the Ukraine… this is what the UGKTs blesses. This is why I despise Victor Potapov and his “political correctness”… this is why I despise Vassa Larina for her sucking up to the phoney Jesuit “Archimandrite” Bob Taft… this is why I despise Sophia Kishkovsky for being part of the media apparat that cheers on the junta… this is why I despise John Jillions for being a defender of the Uniate pigs… this is why I despise Paffhausen for brown-nosing the K Street crowd… this is why I despise Freddy M-G for her flippant semi-Anglican indifferentism… this is why I despise Rod Dreher for his ignorant support of the worst people in diaspora Orthodoxy. We have traitors in our midst.

Our compatriots bleed… their churches burn… but these “worthies” consort with our enemies willingly, with malice aforethought, and without shame… why, they stuck in their thumbs and pulled out some plums… boy, what wonderful “tolerant” “religious” people they are! I’ve gotta walk away from this shit… I know that the world can be crank and there are evil mercenary people in the world, but this is too much… it makes one doubt the truth of religion… it makes unbelief look decent and humane. I’m not going to leave, but I can see why people do leave… the people named are Satan’s own in their absorption in their little First Family world (the rest of us don’t even count in their estimation… they’re THE CHURCH, dontcha know). As I said, I gotta walk away from this shit…

BMD

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