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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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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Poll sez Only 3% of Russians Strictly Observed Lent

01 Great Lent Calendar 2011

This appeared in the mass-market tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in 2011. “The revival WILL be live…”

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An all-Russian survey conducted in late March in 130 localities in 45 RF federal subjects by the Levada Centre found that the majority of Russians (73 percent) didn’t restrict food intake during the Great Lent. For Orthodox believers, Great Lent began on 3 March. It lasts seven weeks and ends on the preeminent Christian feastday… Easter, which is 20 April this year. Only 3 percent of respondents, mostly pensioners, women, those over 55, kept Lent in full strictness. 11 percent of respondents kept the fast partially (giving up meat or alcohol), whilst another 10 percent said that they’d fast during Holy Week.

The Great Lent is one of the oldest Church seasons, along with Holy Week before Easter, when believers relive the suffering and crucifixion of Christ, which preceded His resurrection. Its 40-day length recalls Our Lord Christ’s 40-day fast in the wilderness. Traditional exemptions from fasting apply to the elderly, the sick, young children, pregnant and nursing women, travellers, soldiers on active service in the field, and prisoners. Before the season began, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias reminded believers that, in its truest sense, the Great Lent is a very special time for Christians. His Holiness thinks that Lent should profoundly change our perceptions and our general outlook on life. He said on Forgiveness Sunday (2 March), “We don’t fast from food to go on a diet to lose weight, nor for reasons of good health, as some believe, although, sometimes, that does happen when we fast physically. Primarily, we fast to change our attitude; our spiritual nature has deep links to the physical”.

Editor:

In the years since 1985 (the effectual start of the end of the restrictions against the Church), the number of those keeping the Lents (even partially) skyrocketed. It’s gone from less than 1 percent of the population (monastics, clergy, and their families) to 27 percent. Yes, there’s a long way to go… but we’ve also travelled a long way down the road, too. Reflect on this… Lutherans, Catholics, and traditional Baptists (not the American-influenced idiots) in Russia all keep the fast in the same way, too. Holy Rus influences all on its territory. It shapes non-Orthodox and non-Christian (and decent secularist!) behaviour. Russian Orthodox Civilisation is profoundly different from Western Me First Individualism (including “Evangelicalism”… that’s nothing more than a pseudo-religious expression of Western Egotism)… it’s why the West can’t understand the unfolding events in the Ukraine correctly.

“We’ve come a long way, baby!” There’s a LOONG road still ahead, but we’re nowhere near the beginning anymore. Let’s not forget that.

BMD

14 April 2014

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=54999

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Motor Rally Under the Red Banner in the Hero-City of Kerch Honoured the Liberation of the City from the Fascists… Ease on Down the Road with Comrade Ilyich!

00 Kerch. Motor Rally 01. 15.04.14

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00 Kerch. Motor Rally 02. 15.04.14

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00 Kerch. Motor Rally 03. 15.04.14

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00 Kerch. Motor Rally 04. 15.04.14

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00 Kerch. Motor Rally 05. 15.04.14

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On 12 April, an auto-motorcycle rally sponsored by the Kerch Gorkom of the KPRF and the RF Leninist Komsomol (LKSM RF), along with support from local bikers, honoured the 70th anniversary of Kerch’s liberation from the fascist occupiers. This is the eighth such rally; this year, the Gorsoviet of Veterans Organisations joined the participants.In the morning, everyone met at the railway station. Forming up into a column, they marched to a military cemetery. At one of the mass graves, the participants stopped to give their respects, headed by I I Zheltenko, the First Secretary of the KPRF Kerch Gorkom. After laying down flowers, the group moved to the Adzhimushkai Quarry Memorial Complex, where they also laid down flowers, and then toured the facilities. Then, the rally participants drove to Eltigen, where they visited another Place of Military Glory. The Kerch Gorkom of the KPRF and the LKSM RF received thanks for their sponsorship from Aleksandr Leontiev, the leader of the biker section, and from Nadezhda Shepel, a staff member of the Republic of the Crimea “Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve”.

Editor:

It’s not taking long for the Crimea to shake off the hated “Ukrainian” occupation. In fact, the same will be true of most of the “Ukraine”. In fact, Russian patriotism will be strongest in these regions… for they know what it means to be truly Russian after having suffered persecution, scorn, and ridicule from ignorant nekulturny Galician hillbillies for far too long. Holy Rus has deep roots in our blood and soil… the “Ukraine” is a foreign implant… it’ll wither and disappear so quickly that many will wonder that it was ever there. May the rest of the “Ukraine” follow the Crimea’s path… and quickly.

BMD

14 April 2014

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/regnews/130298.html

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