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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

29 April 2014. The Easter Feast is STILL Rollin’ On!

00 Easter Foods. 28.04.14

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The Easter Feast is still rollin’ on! It’s gonna go on STRONG until Pentecost… 8 June. That is, we have all of May and the first week of June as a festive season. Feast ye BOUNTEOUSLY. We’re Christians… that’s what we do!

BMD

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Catering Staff of the RF Presidential Administration will Prepare 17,500 Kulichi and more than 5,000 Paskhas

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On Tuesday, Viktor Khrekov, a government spokesman, told Interfax-Religion that the catering staff of the RF Presidential Administration would prepare a range of foods for Easter in their own facilities. In particular, they plan to bake kulichi weighing from 500 grammes (1.1 pounds) to 1.3 kilos (2.9 pounds), make tvorog-based paskhas from 100 grammes (4.5 ounces) to 1 kilo (2.2 pounds), and dye chicken and quail eggs and apply Easter appliques to them. The plans call for them to produce and distribute about 17,500 kulichi, more than 5,000 paskhas, and 22,400 dyed eggs. According to size, kulichi will cost 35-600 Roubles (1.00-16.50 USD. 1.10-18.20 CAD. 1.07-17.75 AUD. 0.70-12 Euros. 0.60-9.90 UK Pounds) and paskhas will cost 55-560 Roubles (1.50-15.50 USD. 1.65-17 CAD. 1.60-16.50 AUD. 1.10-11.20 Euros. 0.90-9.25 UK Pounds). In addition, the catering staff is taking orders for kulichi; they’ve arranged a tradeshow of Easter products. Besides this, culinary experts offer advice on how to prepare kulichi, paskhas, and Easter eggs, and teach classes on how to set an “Easter table”. This affects all catering facilities in the Kremlin, the RF Government, the RF Gosduma, the Federation Council, and the Chamber of Accounts. Daily, these dining rooms feed about 15,000 people.

Editor:

A Christian society requires practical preparation as well as spiritual preparation. It ain’t easy getting all the details nailed down. The above indicates that there’s gonna be a whole lot of celebratin’ going on. We’re Christians… that’s what we do. Stand up and cheer! It’s the high point of the Christian Year!

BMD

15 April 2014

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=55022

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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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Saturday, 12 April 2014

12 April 2014. The “Men in Black” Remind You… Easter IS on the Way… Ya Only got to Stomach Beans and Spuds for Another Week

00 Men in Black. Easter. 12.04.14

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The “Men in Black” remind you… Easter IS on the way, it’s only a week off, kids. They also remind you that long faces are from the devil, not from God! God made all sorts of good things for us, and He doesn’t appreciate it when we scorn his Creation in the name of oddbod “religion”. Easter is the centrepiece of our faith… If Christ be not risen from the dead, then your faith is in vain. The Apostle said that… there it is, in a nutshell. Keep it focused, tomorrow is Palm Sunday, which means that the Great Lent’s almost over. The Last Homely Home is our REAL abode… never forget that! Get ready for a dyn-no-mite Easter (Catholic and Orthodox Easter are on the same date this year)! Have the ham, kulich, and paskha ready… God expects you to CELEBRATE!

We’re Christians… that’s what we do. Lent’s only for a time, but Easter IS eternal!

BMD 

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