Petr Chelčický: Do Not Repay Evil with Evil
from the cycle, “The Slavonic Epic”, nr 12
Many of you are aware of St Maksym Sandovich of Gorlice, the Protomartyr of the Lemkovshchyna. A smaller number, but still substantial, know of the Austro-Hungarian concentration camps at Talerhof and Terezín. However, most Orthodox people in the USA aren’t aware that the Habsburgs (and their Uniate lickspittle running-dogs) were scared to death of the Russophiles and Pan-Slavs. They weren’t scared of the Poles or Croats… the Croats and Poles were loyal to the Dual Monarchy. They weren’t scared of the Uniate leadership (both lay and ecclesiastical)… they were in their pockets. They WERE scared absolutely shitless of the Pan-Slav Movement. Look at what happened in America… thousands of Uniates “came home” to the Mother Church. They were scared of the Lemkos, of the Slovaks, of the Czechs, and of the Carpatho-Russians… the spectre of the po-nashemu people rising up against their Hapsburg oppressors haunted their sleep. Ergo, when war broke out, they started shooting Russophile activists such as St Maksym.
However, how many of you are aware of the Pan-Slav ferment in the musical and art worlds of the Dual Monarchy? Musicians like Leoš Janáček and artists like Alfons Maria Mucha were tailed by fearful Hapsburg secret police agents. Yet… Pan-Slavism lived! Mucha produced his seminal The Slavonic Epic… a series of 20 historical paintings documenting the historical path of the Slavs. Janáček wrote In the Mists and On an Overgrown Path… we shouldn’t talk about music and art… we should LOOK at art and LISTEN to music…
In the Mists…
On an Overgrown Path…
As for the art, I just finished posting the entire Slavonic Epic on Art and Faith, Too… click here to go to the first painting. Before you do anything else, look at the “tags” and click “The Slavonic Epic”… that’ll bring up all the works in order. Everything has links to most obscure points, so, you’ll learn a lot about the Western Slavs, in particular.
Any time that you hear some Uniate claim, “I’m Orthodox in Union with Rome”… remember St Maksym… remember St Aleksei Kabalyuk, remember Blessed Gavriil Kostelnik… remember Fr Mikhail Shuvar. Ask your Uniate interlocutor if his church honours St Maksym… do note the silence that’ll greet that question. Yes, Virginia, Pan-Slavism not only lived, it lives now… and we’ll pass on the flame to the next generation, too…
Sunday 20 November 2011
This Just In Department:
A friend of mine wrote me:
You might like to know that Mucha’s niece became Orthodox and a matushka in the Czech Republic (she died quite recently) and Janáček’s grand-daughter also became Orthodox. She’s in the USA in a ROCOR parish.
Who woulda thunk it? SMALL WORLD…