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Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. Easter’s On Its Way… Making Easter Eggs in Yekaterinburg

00 Easter 01. Assumption Cathedral Yekaterinburg. 18.04.14.

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They’re gettin’ ready for Easter in Yekaterinburg (that’s in the Urals… it’s where the Imperial Family suffered martyrdom). People at the Assumption Cathedral are making Easter eggs for the weekend services. Yes, Virginia, things are achingly NORMAL in the Mother Church… thank God for that! Get those last-minute things done… it’s almost here! Remember… the Easter Bunny’s legit… he’s on pre-Revolutionary Easter with “Christ is Risen” on ‘em… let your kids have some FUN…

BMD

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

17 April 2014. A Photo Essay: They’re Bakin’ Up Kulichi… Yum, Yum! Easter’s on its Way!

00 kulich 01. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 02. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 03. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 04. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 05. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 06. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 07. easter. 17.04.14

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00 kulich 08. easter. 17.04.14

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Christianity isn’t only theology and morals… it’s about celebration, joy, and humanity. Easter isn’t only the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Flesh… yes, it IS that, but it’s more besides! It’s about Easter eggs, kulichi (them’s the thing-a-ma-bobs being baked and blessed above), your child’s smile, and a feast! It’s divine and human, sublime and earthy, utterly transcendent, yet closely intimate… all at once, all mixed up, and inextricable.

It’s almost here. If Christ be not risen from the dead, your faith is in vain… that’s the long and the short of it all. Keep it focused… it’s not much longer…

BMD

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17 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Another Side of the Defence of Slavyansk

00 Slavyansk. 03. 17.04.14

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In the above image, we see local women at the barricades holding vigil. That’s the “other side of the story”. Some years back, President Putin said, “Russia has a double shield of defence. Its material shield is the RVSN (Strategic Rocket Forces)… its spiritual shield is the Orthodox faith”. Many Westerns don’t understand the depth of Orthodox commitment in most Russians… because we don’t act like Radical Proddies (however, most traditional Catholics are close to us in their patterns of practise), because we don’t wear our religion on our sleeves, and because most of us don’t go to church every week, they think us “irreligious”. That’s stupid. Take a look at the above picture. As a priest wrote me (about an image I posted of a priest blessing the Slavyansk fighters):

Thanks for showing the picture of the priest blessing those on the barricades. That’s where I’d be, and all true Orthodox would be there, too.

The strength of the fighters and the prayers of the people defend Slavyansk. That’s the way it’s was, that’s the way it is, and that’s the way it shall be in Russia.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

16 April 2014. A Point to Ponder this Holy Week…

00 Jesus was a radical.16

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Jesus wouldn’t have been welcome at Liberty University… Jesus wouldn’t have been welcome at the Washington Times or the Washington Examiner… Jesus wouldn’t have been welcome at the American Enterprise Institute. The New York Times, CNN, and Fox would’ve shunned him… Pat Robertson, Timothy Dolan, Paffhausen, and Franklin Graham would’ve denounced him… Serge Schmemann, Sophia Kishkovsky, and Rod Dreher would’ve ignored him. The Council on Foreign Relations would’ve laughed at him. The WCC would’ve “tolerated” him. The country club set would’ve told rude jokes about him. Certainly, he wouldn’t be on the guest list for Mary Lou Whitney’s next party and Langley would tail him “for national security reasons”.

Reflect on this when you hear unhinged righties try to tell you that Our Lord Christ would’ve approved of the anti-people ravening agenda of the Republican Party. They lie… Our Lord Himself said so when He was on earth. They didn’t tack him up to a cross for nothing…

BMD

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