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Monday, 21 July 2014

“St Sergei Radonezhsky as a Symbol of the Russian World”: G A Zyuganov to His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, and to All Those Participating in the Celebrations Honouring the 700th Anniversary of the Birth of St Sergei Radonezhsky

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When the people (народ) remember their moral revival under St Sergei, it makes political revival possible, as it renews the essential living rule that our political foundation is strong only if it sustains its moral force.

V O Klyuchevsky

Today, all Rus, the entirety of the Russian World, celebrates the 700th anniversary of the birth of St Sergei Radonezhsky, a prayer-warrior of the Russian Land, a great statesman, a key figure in our country’s history. It’s gratifying to know that thousands of pilgrims gathered in Sergiev Posad for the occasion, and millions of our fellow citizens pay tribute to and give respect to our illustrious compatriot in these days, as well.

His great faith and his continual service to others and to the Motherland played a key spiritual role in the victory of the united Russian forces on the Kulikovo Field; it made St Sergei a symbol of the Russian World, a personification of national revival and of the victory of light over darkness. The saint blessed Grand Prince Dmitri of Moscow before the battle, predicted his victory, and sent such warrior-heroes as Peresvet and Oslabya to fight in the campaign, who had taken monastic vows as Aleksandr and Rodion. However, when the prince hesitated whether to proceed to the Don, cutting off retreat, the Great Starets once again encouraged him to dare to do a podvig. He sent a letter blessing him to march to the Don, not to retreat, to dare…

Today, this call… “Don’t retreat, dare”… inspires us to fight for a revival in our divided motherland, surrounded by foes and beset by various sanctions.The battle with Mamai in the Don Land, at Nepryadva, wasn’t merely a struggle between the Horde and the Rus. The border wasn’t ethnic, it wasn’t religious; rather, it was moral and geopolitical.The men of Moscow, of Vladimir, of Suzdal, of Yaroslavl, of Rostov, from all of Muscovite-Vladimir Rus marched to the Kulikovo field under a Red Banner; they went forward under a red and gold banner with the image of the Saviour “Not Made by Hands”. Along with the men of Rus marched men from Lithuanian Rus… from Smolensk, Polotsk, and Bryansk. This combined army crushed not just the hordes of Mamai, it also brought low those Westerners, Genoese and Teutonic Knights, who fought under his banners.

It was a geopolitical confrontation, repeated many times later in Russian history. The balance of power on the Kulikovo Field resembles the current situation, where Good, Order, and Unity face Evil, Chaos, Aggression, and Adventurism. Now, destructive forces in Malorossiya and Galicia, the “temniks” with Euromaidan and Western allies, the New World Order gendarmes of the USA and Romano-Germanic Europe confront multinational Russia, insurgent Novorossiya, likeminded Belarus, and those Ukrainians who revere our common past.

However, St Sergei gave not only spiritual leadership in that great battle of ancient times; he still affects current times, after seven centuries of veneration. Peering into Russian history, into the very fabric of our national culture, we find that the remark of the philosopher Pavel Florensky is just… there isn’t a single thread that doesn’t lead to St Sergei, to this seminal source. Our moral ideology, our conception of statehood, our painting, our architecture, our literature, our schooling, our science… all these facets of Russian culture meet in St Sergei. In his personality, our people realised themselves… the nexus of our cultural and historical place, its essence, and its main tasks. Only then, realising itself, did it have a right to independence and greatness.

One can’t separate the concept of “Holy Rus” from the veneration of St Sergei. One can’t separate his name from his foundation, the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra, the most sacred site of the Russian people, the “spiritual fountainhead of our Motherland”. Through a new self-identity, the dying New Rome passed its genius to the young Russian people. St Sergei awakened this transition, in greatness of spirit and creativity, along with such like-minded saints as Aleksei and Kiprian of Moscow, Dionisy of Suzdal, Fyodor of Rostov, renowned podvizhniki and disciples of St Sergei, who founded a quarter of all Russian monasteries. These monasteries became centres of spiritual enlightenment, these podvizhniki enriched agriculture, construction, and crafts, laying the foundations of a mighty state. He bequeathed great selflessness, inspired service to the Motherland, spiritual elevation, and continuous moral improvement to our monastics and ordinary people… he became the intercessor for the rulers and people of the Russian Land. His hard work, patience, humility, purity of soul, and unfeigned love for all… he left his personal example to his monastic brethren and to his spiritual children.

This great Russian podvizhnik had a multifaceted life full of spiritual creativeness. Service, faith, and Motherland, the people and the state drove the life and deeds of St Sergei. St. Sergei’s “quiet and gentle sayings” could act on the most callous and hardened hearts, reconciling warring rulers, softened the manners of his spiritual children, “causing repentance without exasperation” (V O Klyuchevsky). “The hand of Sergei stretched out like a deep river, a quiet stream” (Epifany the Wise). Nevertheless, he was determined and adamant when the Motherland was in danger.

In a famous speech delivered over a century ago, The Meaning of St Sergei for the Russian People and State, prominent historian V O Klyuchevsky said, “One of the hallmarks of a great nation is its ability to rise to his feet after a fall. No matter how hard the humiliation, at the appointed hour, it’ll gather its scattered moral strength, and embody it in one great man or in a few great people who’d put it back on its temporarily-lost direct historical road… in bringing forth the memory of St. Sergei, we examine ourselves compared to his moral reserves. The great builders of our moral order bequeathed them to us, we update them, adding to them as we spend them”. We must do the same… check our spiritual roadmap, update our moral stock, replace incurred expenses, overcome spiritual schisms, comparing our historical era to our great ancestors and teachers. After all, historical fate sets before us a choice… we can stay in the marketplace of evil, or, we can flee from that, not retreating, to find solid ground in the works of righteousness and justice. Much serious effort lies ahead of us, but our great guide St Sergei Radonezhsky is with us, inspiring and enlightening us with the light of Goodness, Truth and Truth. 

00 G A Zyuganov 201117 July 2014

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/133045.html

Editor:

Let’s not dwell on things nor shilly-shally about. You may follow G A Zyuganov in the above text, or, you may follow Victor Potapov’s foolish attack on I V Stalin on the ROCOR official website. You MUST choose… you MUST choose one or the other. Your choice is between Orthodox Socialism and the Theomachistic Free Market (with its “Evangelical”/Mormon/Pentecostalist fellow travellers)… there’s nothing else on offer. You may follow G A Zyuganov, HH, V A Chaplin, and V V Putin… or you can follow Victor Potapov, Jonas Paffhausen, Chad Hatfield, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, and Michael Dahulich. The choice is yours… I can’t make it for you.

Choose well…

BMD

Sunday, 20 July 2014

20 July 2014. Here’s What “Orthodox Socialism” Looks Like

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00 victory day smolensk russia. patriotic russian priest. 28.06.14

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This is what “Orthodox Socialism” looks like… it’s growing in Russia… it’s strong in the People’s Republics. That is, it’s the Cross AND the Red Banner… it’s St Vladimir AND Vladimir Ilyich! If you want “White”, you MUST accept the “Red” as well, and vice versa. You MUST accept all the GOOD that came from the USSR (and from the old Empire, too). Never forget, HH was a Soviet patriot, and he’s LEFT to this day… he saw the West and its “Free Enterprise”, and it sickened him (as it does all decent people of good will).

Here’s what HH believes:

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I’d say that’s a GOOD TREE with GOOD FRUIT! ‘Nuff said!

BMD

20 July 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words: Slavyansk… BEFORE and AFTER the Uniates Came…

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BEFORE

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Today, Slavyansk is a battered shell… only some 20 percent of its population remains. The rest? Dead or fled… or killed by the Uniate swine (especially, the so-called “National Guard”, who’re nothing but untrained and undisciplined Euromaidan terrorists in uniform). The first thing that the Uniates did upon entering Slavyansk was to unleash a Reign of Terror on communists and Orthodox believers (they particularly hunted down UOC/MP clergy). If you support the Uniate junta in any way, that’s what you support, and you’re my enemy. I don’t hate you… I don’t dwell on it… but you’re an enemy, and I must treat you accordingly. Such enemies are Victor Potapov, who refuses to break ties with the CIA… Lyonyo Kishkovsky, who refuses to break ties with the CFR… JP, who refuses to break ties with the rightwing neocon warmongers on K Street… Michael Dahulich, who’s a closet supporter of the EP (he sneakily tries to influence young priests to follow foreign Greek, rather than our good old-school Russian, customs) and a Uniate lover. DO NOT HATE THEM… but do oppose them, for they oppose the good of Christ’s Church. It’s time for all decent Orthodox to stand tall for Russia and the People’s Republics… to stand tall with HH in opposing the Free Market hydra and in support of Orthodox Socialism… those who refuse to do so are enemies… full stop. DO NOT HATE THEM… but Christians have no obligation to roll over and “play dead”, either.

You needn’t be “Lion Chow”… after all, there were canny Bishops like Mensurius of Carthage who weathered the storm… so should we…

BMD

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

St Herman Monastery LIES and PUFFS UP Podmo’s Funeral

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Podmo’s funeral at Holy Dormition parish in Santa Rosa CA… do note the lack of a proper iconostas

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A Cabinet member sent me this (hold on to your cookies… it’s off kilter and divorced from all reality)… no URL available, just copies of two e-mails:

E-mail One:

Fr Herman was buried in Sebastopol CA in the new Orthodox section of one of the cemeteries in the area. It was the decision of our Bishop Maxim to not allow his burial at the monastery. The below is a report sent out by one of the parishioners at the Holy Dormition Church. If you like, I’ll ask her permission to send you a link to the photos that were taken during the funeral and burial.

Yours in Christ,

The unworthy Hieromonk Paisius, secretary

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E-mail Two:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As most of you know, Fr Herman reposed in the Lord on the morning of 30 June 2014 in Minneapolis MN. The funeral for Monk Herman Podmoshensky, the former Abbot of St Herman of Alaska Monastery, was served at Holy Dormition Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa CA (USA) on Thursday, 3 July 2014. His Grace Daniil, Vicar Bishop of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (Bulgarian Patriarchate), officiated. He was assisted by the clergy of Holy Dormition and Hieromonk Paisii of the St Herman of Alaska Monastery, and by nearly 20 priests, hieromonks, and other clergy of many canonical Orthodox jurisdictions, and by monastics and laypeople from all over America and from as far away as Mt Athos and Moscow.

The graveside burial service took place in the Orthodox section of the Pleasant Hills Memorial Park in Sebastopol CA. The address of this cemetery is 1700 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol CA  95472; it’s only a 15-20 minute drive west of Santa Rosa CA, deep in the countryside. After the graveside service, those who didn’t have to leave immediately to the airport gathered under the redwoods next to the Holy Dormition Church for a memorial meal. Bishop Daniil, who became a monk in Bulgaria when converted as a young man by the writings of Fr Seraphim Rose, never met Fr Herman, so many of those present shared dozens of stories about their encounters with Fr Herman.

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An interlocutor commented on the situation:

It happened at the OCA (sic) church in Santa Rosa CA, a bit north of San Francisco. If that’s their iconostas, how strange! … Did they do his funeral in their church hall, not in their church proper, for some reason? This church in Santa Rosa belongs to the Bulgarians; it’s a bunch of HOOMies.

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Another Cabineteer opined on California Fats, and why he’d avoid going to his guru’s funeral:

He won’t go… that type forgets the past and expects us not to bring it up… he also doesn’t honour his friendships.

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Firstly, here are images of the church and of its parishioners:

00 Holy Dormition 'Orthodox' parish. Santa Rosa CA. 15.07.14

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00 Holy Dormition 'Orthodox' parish 02. Santa Rosa CA. 15.07.14

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A careful headcount gives fifty people (including clergy) in this “parish”. For his miniscule conventicle, there are THREE PRIESTS and TWO DEACONS. I shit you not (click here for the proof). There’s no real iconostas in this “church”… NONE. One can tell that the funeral was in the church proper by the presence of the bema. The “About” section of the website doesn’t give the foundation date for the parish (odd… that’s one of the most important titbits on a normal parish’s site), but it does refer to the patronal feastday in 2007, so, this odd lot is at least seven years old, if not older.

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Here’s an image of the “crowd” at the funeral and of the trapeza after the burial:

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There are ten seats at each table; it looks like there are six or nine tables in all, not counting the clergy table (do note the empty seats at the tables… there may be another row of three tables out of sight). That is, at most, there could be 60 or 90 people at the funeral (but there wasn’t… the empty seats are mute testimony to that)… this tiny conventicle couldn’t fit that many, to be frank. My guess is that about 40 to 60 people, all told, attended this affair. I only counted six clergy in the images, and the largest number of laypeople in any one image was 33. There wasn’t 20 clergy present… that figure is fiction at best, a self-serving lie at worst. In short, a small bunch of groupies gathered for Podmo’s funeral. The OCA, ROCOR, MP, GOAA, Serbian, or Antiochian bishops and clergy were no-shows. None of ‘em showed up. NONE. Fatso didn’t show up, even though Podmo was his guru for years (including after his 1988 deposition… James Paffhausen went to Russia under Podmo’s auspices in that Russky Palomnik boondoggle, remember?). Note well that the Serbian bishop refused to allow the burial of Podmo at Platina. That means that he doesn’t trust the Seraphim Rose groupies. Maxim refused to come to the funeral… yet, the Platina brotherhood (and the nuns nearby) came to the affair. This means that they’re unrepentant and haven’t truly turned away from Podmo’s oddbod teachings. Actions DO speak louder than words do. Never forget, we live in a crank world where first impressions can be misleading. Have a care… there be dragons…

BMD

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