Voices from Russia

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/

Sunday, 17 August 2014

17 August 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Futbolki (Tee-Shirts) in Sevastopol

00 tee-shirts Sevastopol. 17.08.14

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Aleksandr Yakovlev of KP wrote:

I wanted to write a post about the amazing atmosphere in Sevastopol, but then I realised that we could say it all with this photo.

‘Nuff said…

BMD

Saturday, 16 August 2014

16 October 2014. A I Solzhenitsyn on the Ukraine… Prophetic Words Written in 1968

00 Cuz Freedom Ain't Free. 26.10.13

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The Gulag Archipelago

Part 5, Chapter 2

(written 1968; published 1974)

It pains me to write this as the Ukraine and Russia are merged in my blood, in my heart, and in my thoughts. However, extensive experience of friendly contacts with Ukrainians in the camps has shown me how much of a painful grudge they hold. Our generation won’t escape from paying for the mistakes of our fathers. To stamp one’s foot and shout, “This is mine!” is the easiest option. It is far more difficult to say, “Those who want to live, live!” Surprising as it may be, the Marxist teaching prediction that nationalism is fading hasn’t come true. On the contrary, in an age of nuclear research and cybernetics, it has for some reason flourished. The time is coming for us, whether we like it or not, to repay all the promissory notes of self-determination and independence; we should do it ourselves and not wait to be burnt at the stake, drowned in a river, or beheaded. We must prove that we’re a great nation, not with the vastness of our territory or the number of peoples in our care, but with the greatness of our deeds, and with the depth of ploughing what we shall have left after those lands that won’t want to stay with us secede.

With the Ukraine, things will get extremely painful. Nevertheless, one has to understand the degree of tension they feel. As it’s been impossible for centuries to resolve it, it’s now down to us to show good sense. We must hand over the decision-making to them… federalists or separatists, whichever of them wins. Not to give in would be mad and cruel. The more lenient, patient, coherent we now are, the more hope there’d be to restore unity in future. Let them live it, let them test it. They’d soon understand that not all problems are resolved through separation. Since in different Ukrainian regions there are varying proportions of those who consider themselves Ukrainians, those who consider themselves Russians, and those who consider themselves neither, there’d be many difficulties there. Maybe, it’d be necessary to have a referendum in each region and then ensure preferential and delicate treatment of those who’d want to leave. Not the whole of the Ukraine in its current formal Soviet borders is indeed Ukrainian. Some regions on the left bank [of the Dnepr] clearly lean more towards Russia. As for the Crimea, Khrushchyov’s decision to hand it over to the Ukraine was totally arbitrary. What about Carpathian (Red) Ruthenia? That’d serve as a test, too… whilst demanding justice for themselves, how just will the Ukrainians be to Carpatho-Russians?

A I Solzhenitsyn

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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