Voices from Russia

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sermon of His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias on Holy Saturday 19 April 2014

00 Patriarch Kirill. Holy saturday. 20.04.14

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With this magnificent divine service… the Liturgy of Holy Saturday… we enter the feast of Holy Easter.  Although Easter begins at midnight astronomically, when all the Church sings hymns to the risen Christ, now, inasmuch as this Liturgy has associations with the previous evening, and according to the Tradition of the Church, a feast begins at sundown, we enter into this celebration. This is an especially blessed Saturday, as Christ was asleep, asleep in the bonds of death… it was a human physical death, but it couldn’t overcome His Divine Body. We know that at the Resurrection the Lord rose from the dead. This is the greatest event in human history.

During this spiritually intense moment of our religious life, when we open our hearts to meet the Lord, the risen Saviour of the world, I urge everyone, all of our Church, to offer ardent and sincere prayer for the Ukraine. The Ukraine is a country politically apart, but spiritually and historically it most certainly isn’t such. Before God, we’re one people; we confess one Orthodox faith. Moreover, I’d like to reiterate that the Ukrainian people profess that faith, and none other. Of course, we respect religious minorities, but I continue to argue and will maintain that the Ukraine is organically united with Holy Rus… it’s an Orthodox country.

Today, we must pray for the people of Rus living in the Ukraine; we must ask the Lord to grant peacefulness to the Ukrainian land, to prevent internecine warfare within the Ukrainian state at all costs. In relations between the Ukraine and Russia, we must defeat the plans of those who’d use political means or forceful pressure to break Holy Rus. Repeatedly, many tried to do so throughout our history, but no one has ever managed to do so. Today, some think that they can exploit this gap by acquiring military and political superiority, we, as children of Orthodox Holy Rus, should pray to the Lord to bring peace to the Ukraine, to end the violence, to usher in a reign of harmony. The peoples of Holy Rus shouldn’t be enemies to one another. That’s so no one could ever use the peoples of Holy Rus for their own purposes, to push them into internecine warfare, thus, weakening their spiritual life, and, above all, to injure Orthodoxy.

Whilst respecting the sovereignty of the modern Ukraine, we pray also that the Lord would help to overcome the political and social crisis in that country caused by an overthrow of the legitimately elected government. We hope that the enemy of the human race doesn’t sow the seeds of discord in the Ukrainian people, not now, not at any time, nor under any circumstances, so as bring disunity between the Ukraine and the rest of historical Holy Rus.

19 April 2014

Patriarchia.ru

MP official website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/3630283.html

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Peskov sez Putin’s Popularity at Its Peak

00 Putin Easter. Moscow. 19.04.14

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On Saturday, Presidential Spokesman Dmitri Peskov told TVC TV that President Vladimir Putin’s popularity is at its peak, “It’s absolutely obvious that we can see a phenomenal consolidation of society around the idea of patriotism, a sort of renaissance of Russian patriotism. Practically all of society supported Putin’s position on the Crimea’s reunification with Russia. [Putin] showed that he’s the president of both those who agree and those who disagree [with his views], as long as they act according to the law. It’s regrettable that there’s been intolerance towards other points of view in Russia, but it isn’t widespread”. Peskov pointed up Putin’s words about rejection of such intolerance, “He said, ‘I think this is also a good signal… as the saying goes, every cloud has its silver lining’, this is what he said on the direct line [on 17 April]”.

19 April 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/728796

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G A Zyuganov: To the Bright Paschal Feast! If We Preserve an Undying Commitment to the Ideals of Good and Justice, Then, a Public and Political Revival Will be Possible!

00 To the Bright Feast of Easter. 19.04.14

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I give you my most sincere greetings on the Bright Feast of Easter; I wish you the most vibrant spiritual joy, the enjoyment of all good things, and domestic happiness.

The ancients said that symbols and images rule the world. In these Easter holidays, special images shine over Russia. Not only the traditional ones of Resurrection as revival… today, we celebrate the return of Chersonesos and we celebrate the 700th anniversary of the birth of St Sergei of Radonezh. The first saw the beginning of the Orthodox civilisation, the Russian World. The second saw the Great Russian ethnos emerge as a united people stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific, from the White Sea to the Black Sea.

V O Klyuchevsky wrote, referring to the view of St Sergei of Radonezh, “Our people attended to their moral revival, this made possible the revival of the political”. This moral revival allowed our ancestors to start the awakening of the Russian people from darkness, from humiliation by their enemies and by their own stupid rivalries. St Sergei’s spiritual encouragement inspired the soldiers on the Kulikovo Field to bring forth a great podvig of arms, which laid a foundation for the Great Russian ethnos, one of the branches of an ancient tree, the root of which engendered three fraternal Slavic peoples. Our three East Slavic peoples share a common destiny and a common past. One of the turning points was the Baptism of Rus, but we must remember that the famous event in Chersonesos preceded it… the conversion to Orthodoxy of Grand Prince St Vladimir the Red Sun. Today, our eyes now turn to fiery Chersonesos, to its current residents, the heirs of Russian glory and pride, now reunited with Russia, now living as one yet again.

Today, during the bright feast of the Resurrection, our thoughts are with our Ukrainian brothers, who hope to see a sign from the powers-that-be, who hope for a victory of light over darkness. We’re shoulder to shoulder with fraternal Belarus. We’re with you, our brothers and comrades. St Sergei taught us that only love and unity will saved us. That’s how we saved ourselves and saved the world from the “brown plague” seven decades ago. Contrary to the vapourings from the West about “the end of history”, recent events show that the historical process continues and that it still progresses towards the good and to good-will. However, this will only happen if its true creator… the people… preserves its historical memory and its true ideals.

I give you my most sincere greetings on the Bright Feast of Christ’s Easter; I wish all of you the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians 4.3) during these happy days. I wish you love and unity, for if we preserve an undying commitment to the ideals of good and justice, then, a public and political revival will be possible!

To the Bright Paschal Feast, dear friends! 

Christ is Risen!

00 G A Zyuganov 201119 April 2014

Gennady Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Chairman of the Central Committee of the KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/130489.html

Editor:

White and Red now converge… if the above doesn’t prove that to you, then, you have no eyes to see with, no ears to hear with, and no brain to think with. The Cross or the Red Banner? NO! The Cross AND the Red Banner! Look at the vapourings of the Free Marketer Evangelicals and look at what Comrade Zyuganov says and what HH says (these two are in word-for-word agreement)… one of these things is NOT like the other! We have a choice. I’ve chosen. What about you? Your immortal soul IS in the balance… by the way, choosing any of the neoliberal/neocon paths isn’t an option (that means that supporting Langley or any of its front organisations (such as RFE/RL) in any way is evil)… that McMansion DOES have a VERY dear price… Ol’ Scratch does drive a hard bargain, doesn’t he?

BMD

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19 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Blessing the Patriots in the Southeast

00 Blessing the Patriots in Lugansk 01. 19.04.014

Blessing the patriots in Lugansk

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00 Blessing the Patriots in slavyansk 01. 19.04.014

Blessing the patriots in Slavyansk

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00 Blessing the Patriots in Donetsk 01. 19.04.014

Blessing the patriots in Donetsk

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Life goes on in the patriot-controlled areas, as you can see, and there’s LESS disorder than in junta-controlled areas. I fully expect the junta to desecrate the feast… after all, Yatsenyuk is a SCIENTOLOGIST, a filthy cultist! The rest of ‘em are heretical Evangelicals, schismatical Orthodox, and treacherous Uniates… not a savoury lot, are they? I fully expect them to blaspheme yet again. Reflect on the fact that the USA supports such shit and that American Evangelicals slobber their approval of it!

Pray for these brave people. May God grant them the victory over their godless foes. What courageous wonderful people… they do show us that there’s something other than “success” and filthy lucre in this world, don’t they?

BMD

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