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Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. A Multimedia Presentation: It’s Holy Friday… For Both Catholics and Orthodox This Year

Ivan Glazunov. 'Crucify Him!'

“Crucify Him!”

Ivan Glazunov



“The wise thief didst Thou make worthy of Paradise, in a single moment, O Lord…”



Golgotha: The Crucifixion of Christ

Ilya Repin



The late Archbishop Job Osacky of Chicago on Holy Friday


Vasili Golinsky. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. no date (1890s-1900s)

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Vasili Golinsky

no date (1890s-1900s)


“The noble Joseph when he had taken down Thy most-pure Body from the tree…”


01 Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The Entombment of Christ. 1602-03

The Entombment of Christ

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio



This is the most solemn day of the Christian Year… Great and Holy Friday, when Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ hung on the cross and gave His life for the Life of the World. That’s the real deal… for me to say more wouldn’t only be pointless, why, it’s irreverent. However, after His three days in the tomb… that means that Golgotha precedes ALL Resurrections… reflect on that, if you will…


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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Greek Orthodox Indifferentism in Worcester MA NOT Good Omen for the Future

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On Sunday, Worcester’s Roman Catholic Bishop Robert McManus will join Metropolitan Methodios Tournas of Boston and clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church in celebrating the Easter Agape Service at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Russell Street. Fr Dean Paleologos, dean of St Spyridon, said the joint presence of the Greek Orthodox and Catholic bishops would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras Spyrou {installed by the CIA in 1948 in an acanonical “coup”: editor} and Pope of Rome Paul VI Montini in Jerusalem in 1964. Fr Dean said, “Bishop McManus is also doing this because of his love for Metropolitan Methodios”. The joint appearance of the two current bishops is possible because Christian churches of the East and West are celebrating Easter on the same day. Eastern and Western churches use a different calendar in determining Easter. The service begins at 11.00 EDT will include vespers, preaching, and Gospel readings.


This is inadmissible. It’s one thing to invite someone as a guest… Archbishop Vitaly Maksimenko of blessed memory did that when they consecrated the church at Jordanville. That’s a good thing. It’s another to have such an indifferentist event. It makes it seem to the simple that “union” is near, when it isn’t. I don’t hate Roman Catholics… they are what they are. They’re welcome amongst us at any time… but we’re not in communion, and we’re not in communion for good and sufficient reason. This isn’t a good augury for the upcoming all-Orthodox Sobor… if it even gets off the ground, that is. I fear that such a meeting, if it occurs, could well end in acrimony, with TWO Sobors occurring at once… a true Sobor at Novy Ierusalime under the aegis of the MP and a false robber’s council at the Phanar headed by the EP.

Why must we live in such “interesting” times? Ask God, I don’t know. Remember St Mark of EphesusPatriarch St Germogen of MoscowSt Maksim Sandovich, and the Martyrs of Talerhof… it’s our turn to “walk in their shoes”…


17 April 2014

Bronislaus Kush

Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette


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

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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…


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

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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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