Voices from Russia

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Вечная ему память. Reader John Richard Daeunhauer: Orthodox Christian and Poet

00 Dauenhauers. 22.08.14

A note to my readers… anything that you see on this blogsite, you can post on yours… I don’t believe in suing people, puffing myself up, or trying to steal credit that’s not mine to steal. We’re all in this together…

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00 John Richard Daeunhauer. 23.08.14

Dick and Nora earlier this year, in May…

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Reader John Richard Daeuenhauer wasn’t only a scholar and preserver of Tlingit language and literacy. He was a faithful Orthodox Christian and Church Reader who attended services, received sacraments, served on his parish council, and was on the St Herman Seminary Board. One of his many legacies is his poetry, which fuses Orthodox theology with creative expression and interactions with the Alaskan landscape and people. Daeunhauer’s writings and poetry are full of the themes of personal transfiguration, death, and resurrection in Christ. The Orthodox faith helped shape his worldview; his essay The Spiritual Epiphany of Aleut clearly expressed that.  Reader John showed an abiding interest in the Orthodox teaching of theosis, the gradual process of human beings becoming “partakers of the divine nature” (1 Peter 1.4) and growing in the likeness of God. He wrote:

The potential for divinity is inseparable from the potential for humanity, because, as Jesus teaches in the Gospel according to St Luke (17.21) that the Kingdom of God is within us and doesn’t come visibly in the form of a geographic place. Likewise, St John the Theologian repeats a theme throughout the Fourth Gospel that we all have the potential of being born as children of God (1.12-13) and that unless we undergo a spiritual rebirth or enlightenment… a spiritual coming alive… we can’t see the Kingdom of God (3.3-8). Conversely, the act or experience of enlightenment reveals the Kingdom of God.

Orthodox Alaska

January 1979, p. 35   

This quest for spiritual rebirth and regeneration certainly was a major theme in Dauenhauer’s life and work. As a faithful Orthodox Christian, Reader John sought to be personally transformed and transfigured by Jesus Christ and the life of the Church. Through personal rebirth, not only do we see the Kingdom of God (even in this life), but we become truly human. It’s only in relationship to God that we can become human beings.  Reader John’s love, humour, and kindness show that he had truly become a new creature in Christ.

Reader John often meditated and wrote on death and mortality in the Light of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. Now, he’s personally made that passage from death to life that he prayed about for many years.  His unpublished poetry collection Doxologies has two beautiful poems on Pascha, which express his belief in life after death and the unique way in which Orthodox services link the Church on earth with the Church in heaven. In these poems, the liturgical worship of the Church mirrors and reflects cosmic worship and transformation of all of God’s Creation. As we pray for Reader John, Norah, and family, his poetry can help us experience the Empty Tomb and the Light of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. They form a lasting legacy to Reader John’s abiding faith and hope in Christ. We believe that Reader John is now experiencing the heavenly cosmic Liturgy of which he wrote so convincingly. May His memory be eternal!

Вечная ему память

undated (after 19 August 2014)

The Diocese of Alaska

http://www.doaoca.org/news_140821_1.html

Friday, 22 August 2014

22 August 2014. Shevchuk Unrepentant Sack o’ Shit… REFUSES to Repent for Uniate Murders and Church Burnings in Novorossiya… Cites Non-Existent “Persecution” of Uniates in the Crimea and Novorossiya

00 Pope Francisco meets the Orthodox Grumpy Cat. 08.11.13

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I have never seen such a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehood and distortion. Scoundrels and piss-ants.

Cordell Hull

(1871-1955)

US Secretary of State (1933-44)

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I just read the most bizarre, surreal, Kafkaesque, and evasive pack o’ lies that I’ve ever read in my days, and I’m 60-years-old. I kid you not. I feel like Cordell Hull facing Ambassador Nomura in 1941. S Yu Shevchuk is a lying sack o’ shit and the Roman Curia is backing him to the max. Firstly, YOU MUST READ THIS. READ IT!

READ IT TWICE!

I’M NOT JOKING. THIS is what the Uniate swine believe. THIS is what the Roman Curia supports. However… DO NOT TAKE IT OUT ON THE RCs DOWN THE STREET! DON’T! They didn’t have anything to do with this lying shit. Shevchuk REFUSES to repent for the Dom Profsoyuzov fire! Shevchuk REFUSES to repent for the murders of Orthodox clergy in Novorossiya! Shevchuk REFUSES to repent for the anti-people pro-greedster policies of the fascist junta! Shevchuk BLESSES the junta for smashing its heel full-force into the faces of working people and pensioners (he BLESSES the combination of pension cuts coupled with rises in food prices). He cackles maniacally as the junta deliberately targets civilians and deliberately targets Orthodox churches!

This is satanic shit… full stop. If you support the junta, you support Satan. If you support Shevchuk’s lies, you support Satan. It’s quite that simple. The UGKTs has been an evil golem since its formation in 1596 at the Unia of Brest. It’s now time to separate the sheep from the goats. We have to disown Victor Potapov for being a loyal Step n’ Fetchit house nigger of the CIA. We have to disown Jonas Paffhausen for being the fawning running dog of enemies of the Church like George Weigel. We have to disown Vassa Larina for her subservience to Bob Taft, a Jesuit poseur, and her open kowtowing to the Catholics. We need to disown Alexander Webster for being an apologist for the neocon drive for world hegemony. We need to disown Rod Dreher for his cheerleading of neoliberal economics and anti-people “conservative” politics. We need to disown Freddy M-G for her indifferentist pro-Uniate attitude.

This is wild shit. It’s truly, truly surreal. Here are your choices:

  • You can stand with HH and the canonical Church… you can stand for Our Lord Christ and the Truth
  • You can stand with S Yu Shevchuk and F A Denisenko… you can stand for Satan and Diabolic Falsehood

There are NO other choices… choose well. I gotta walk away from this one. I will say this in closing… the Uniate enormities in Novorossiya are going to lead to “revengers” rising up to avenge the blood of the innocent victims. As a Christian, I don’t like seeing it, I don’t like reporting it, and I certainly don’t like what’s about to happen. However, as a conscientious reporter, I’m going to tell you “what’s out there”. Pass me the jug, Shevchuk’s lies are too much of a muchness. I can see why war correspondents drink…

I wrote this earlier… I stand by it:

We must be like the fighters of the VOV. “Don’t cry, baba… we’ll make them pay for this!” Forgive… yes, a thousand times, yes! I forgive the Uniates, schismatics, and nationalists for what they’ve done; I hope that God shows them mercy in the hereafter. However… forgiveness doesn’t cancel out earthly consequences for earthly crimes. I’d put the noose around the necks of S Yu Shevchuk, A P Yatsenyuk, F A Denisenko, and P A Poroshenko, and I’d trip the trap with no emotion. Nevertheless… the solution, although necessary, isn’t good in itself, and I’d have to confess it. A greater evil doesn’t cancel out the sin of a lesser evil. It merely underlines necessity; it DOESN’T exculpate it. We live in a fallen world. It’s especially fallen now. It’s a time of moral dilemmas and temptations to unbounded hate and violence… God do help us…

Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто… No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

Keep it focused…

BMD

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mother Cathedral

00 St Michael Cathedral. Sitka AK. 19.08.14

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St Michael Cathedral is a great example of Old Russian church architecture. The greatest Orthodox Missionary in Alaska, Bishop Innokenty Veniaminov, designed it. He came to Sitka in 1834, returned to Russia in 1838, and became a bishop in 1840. He was the first Bishop of Alaska, and upon his return to Sitka in 1841, he began planning the construction of the cathedral. Bishop Innokenty laid the cornerstone in 1844 and hired carpenters and craftsmen to build it. The building used spruce logs with an outer layer of clapboard, and sailcloth covered the ceilings and walls for insulation and acoustics. The history of St Michael Cathedral began when a ship carrying the St Michael icon sank, along with all its valuable cargo, 30 miles short of its destination. Thirty days after the Neva sank, the undamaged crate carrying the icon washed ashore at Sitka and local residents found it On 20 November 1848, Bishop Innokenty consecrated St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The building is laid out in the form of a cross, with three altars dedicated from left to right to the Mother of God “of Sitka”, St Michael the Archangel, and St Innokenty.

Bishop Innokenty learned how to speak the Tlingit language, and the Tlingits loved him, as he went all-out to understand their way of life and spiritual needs. He provided them with medicine and vaccines. Today, 90 percent of the cathedral congregation is Tlingit, as well as other native groups. The music in the liturgy is sung a capella (unaccompanied voice) in English, Slavonic, Tlingit, Aleut, and Yupik. Bishop Innokenty eventually returned to Russia and became the Metropolitan of Moscow and all the Russias. The Church canonised him a saint in 1977.

On 2 January 1966, tragedy struck the cathedral. A fire in Sitka’s business district in the middle of the night eventually spread to the church. Scores of local people rushed to the cathedral, where they formed human chains to remove most of the treasures… original artworks, icons, and religious objects, at the risk of their own lives. Unfortunately, the fire destroyed the structure, the clock built by Bishop Innokenty, Bishop Innokenty’s library, and bells. The Icon of the Last Supper above the Royal Doors in the main altar also perished in the blaze. Immediately after this tragedy, concerned citizens made plans to rebuild the cathedral in its original form, beauty, size, and style. They formed the Sitka Historical Restoration Committee, including many prominent citizens. It took 10 years to rebuild due to the difficult conditions peculiar to Alaska. The original plans were extant and they used them in the reconstruction. The replacement was completed and consecrated on 21 November 1976. The generous support of thousands of people in Sitka, throughout Alaska, and Lower 48 states made all of it possible.

The National Parks Service designated St Michael Cathedral a National Historical Monument and the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops named it an architectural and historical monument. To this day, its clergy serve a full cycle of liturgical services to accommodate the needs of Orthodox believers in Sitka, and it’s the “Mother Cathedral” of the Orthodox Church in America.

20 August 2014

Junjun Ablaza

Manila Bulletin

http://www.mb.com.ph/mother-cathedral/

Friday, 15 August 2014

Lyashko Led Fascist Extremists in Scandalous Commotion at UPTs/MP Parish in Kiev Oblast

00 #savedonbasspeople 01. 28.05.14

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Ilya Repin. The Rejection of the Sermon of the Uniate Kuntsevich in Byelorussia. 1893

The Rejection of the Sermon of the Uniate Kuntsevich in Byelorussia

Ilya Repin

1893

We face the same threat today… the Vatican hasn’t changed its spots (but ordinary RCs didn’t make the decision, kids)…

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Watch the first 30 seconds carefully, look at the vehicles… they’re commandeered civvie off-road jobs; the jeep has improvised DIY Homer n’ Jethro “armour-plate”. More on that later… but I want to you know this… watch the first minute, even if you watch nothing else.

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Controversial Rada People’s Deputy O V Lyashko led extremist toughs from the Svoboda and Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko factions in disrupting worship and mocking the clergy at a UPTs/MP parish in Kiev Oblast. The intruders dared to lay hands on and desecrated the altar. R A Silantyev, head of the Human Rights Centre of the Worldwide Russian People’s Council (VRNS), told reporters that fascist extremists poured tomato juice on and otherwise abused Fr Vladimir, the rector of Holy Protection-St Tikhon parish in Chervonaya Motovilovka (Fastov Raion). Under threat of violence, the priest asked for a chance to go to Russia. The intruders accused him of being pro-Russian and “supporting terrorists”. This pogrom occurred after only a day after the election of Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky as First Hierarch of the UPTs/MP. Silantyev said, “The meeting of the higher organs of the UPTs/MP and its Sobor on 13 August took place in an atmosphere of relative calm. However, they’re not afraid to attack ordinary priests. There have already been more than 60 attacks on clergy and they’ve destroyed churches, they’ve set many churches on fire and damaged them with artillery fire and killed two or three priests”. This number includes incidents incurred during the fighting in Novorossiya. The new head of the UPTs/MP, Metropolitan Onufry, has already appealed to junta strongman P A Poroshenko to stop bullying and intimidation of canonical clergy by junta security forces.

15 August 2014

RT

http://russian.rt.com/article/45544#ixzz3ATDEh4HK

Editor:

Some of my sources in the Rodina tell me that civil order, the rule of law, and legitimate government no longer exists in the Ukraine. It’s become a lawless kleptocracy, with those with arms in control of the streets, as the above vid showed. Therefore, what Poroshenko thinks is irrelevant… he doesn’t control the streets, the fascist toughs do. Remember, the fascists demanded and got key posts in power ministries after the coup. I think that the Americans wanted it that way… since the fascists only have minority support, they’d NEED the Americans in order to stay in power. The fact that they’re anti-Semitic to the bone doesn’t bother Victoria Nuland… it tells you much about neocons, doesn’t it?

The fascists are attacking the canonical Church, just as they did in the 1990s. Back then, the Komsomoltsy stood up for the real Church… I shall remind all that the ROCOR stabbed the Mother Church in the back, supporting the CIA’s efforts to undermine the canonical Church (Victor Potapov was a major actor in this). Today, the First Family apparatchiki desperately try to hide this, but it happened… the ROCOR DID ordain Valentin Rusantsov and Agafangel Pashkovsky as bishops. The ROCOR did cooperate with soulless slimers like John Herbst (who tried interfering in the reconciliation of the ROCOR and the Mother Church… with the aid of certain ROCOR clergy who’ll remain nameless).

Today, we have quislings in our midst. There are signs that tell you who’s a Church stalwart and who’s a semi-Uniate traitor. Firstly, if a priest wears Uniate-style vestments, not Russian-style vestments, he betrays his opposition to Holy Rus and support of the Unia. Michael Dahulich pushes this innovation, but he’s a semi-papist (he was a willing and receptive pupil of the Jesuits at Duquesne) who had a major fracas with the late Metropolitan Nicholas Smiško… Dahulich slunk off to the OCA (who was dumb enough to take him). Any priest who wears such vestments shows his open antipathy to Holy Rus, to the Rodina, and to our received Russian Traditions, customs, and usages.

Secondly, if they spell “Kiev” as “Kyiv” and if they say “Volodomyr” in hillbilly dialect instead of “Vladimir” in proper formal usage (it’s like calling “Joseph” “Joey”… it lacks all taste, education, and class… it’s nekulturny to the max), you know that they harbour semi-Uniate tendencies. Some say that Mollard has such… he certainly has a deacon, one Roman Ostash, who’s known to have pro-junta leanings. Dahulich is a Uniate in all but name (unfortunately, his influence on young clergy at St T’s will take years to root out completely)… don’t let his “Pro-Life” posturing fool you… he’s anti-abortion, NOT Pro-Life in Cardinal Bernadine’s sense. SVS is totally pro-Uniate… New Skete’s always been soft on Uniatism. Mind you, that doesn’t mean that they’re outside the Church… it means that they hold questionable opinions. Remember, we don’t believe that people or institutions are infallible… we’re not papists. However, it’s safe to say that there’s treason in the upper reaches of the Church, whilst the lower reaches are still solid. That’s saved us before (the Iconoclasts, the Ferrara-Firenze kafuffle, and the Unia of Brest… in all three cases, bishops became apostates and betrayed the Church, but the people kept the Faith and saved the Church).

It’s time for ordinary folks to save the Church yet again. How, I don’t know… but that’s what history teaches us. Remember, we have the examples of Patriarch St Germogen of Moscow and St Mark of Ephesus, and of the Apostates Kirill Terletsky and Iosafat Kuntsevich in front of us. It’s up to us to choose which one to follow. You KNOW which one I chose, don’t you? Keep it focused, the times are evil.

BMD

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