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Monday, 15 September 2014

15 September 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Christ and the Red Banner in the LNR

00 lugansk. 15.09.14

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00 Art Young. Jesus wanted poster. He stirreth up the people. 1913

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Here’s an image to set things straight. First, we had HH giving a high Church decoration to Comrade Zyuganov, now this. Take a GOOD look at it, kids. The righties are NOT champions of Christ… the Left is! The Left embodies what He taught… NOT the right! Whenever the junta murders a opolcheniets, it murders Christ. When the junta fires rockets blindly into civilian neighbourhoods to cause deaths and mayhem, they fire at Christ. When the junta slashes pensions to fatten the boodle bags of the Affluent Effluent, it steals food from Christ. When the junta allows Uniate fascist thugs to roam the streets to wreak havoc on innocents, it beats Christ. That’s the way of it… “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. Also look at the Art Young graphic from 1913… Our Lord Christ is with the patriot volunteers in Novorossiya, not the greedster mercenaries of the junta.

As Christians we can have nothing to do with objective evil… the junta commits objective evil daily and has no repentance of it. I need say no more…

BMD

Sunday, 14 September 2014

“Glory and Honour … Everyone Who Does Good”: Comrade Zyuganov Met with Patriarch Kirill at the Danilov Monastery

00 Zyuganov and HH Kirill. 14.09.14

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His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias invited Gennady A Zyuganov, Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee, head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma, to visit the patriarchal residence at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill served liturgy, dedicated to two eminent Russian historical figures, Prince St Daniil of Moscow and Grand Prince St Aleksandr Nevsky. On 12 September, the Church celebrates the finding of the relics of Prince St Daniil of Moscow (1652), as well as the translation of the relics of his father, Grand Prince St Aleksandr Nevsky (1724).

After a tour of the monastery grounds, Gennady Andreyevich went to the Patriarch’s residence, where Patriarch Kirill awarded Comrade Zyuganov the Order of Glory and Honour (Third Class). Patriarch Kirill warmly welcomed Gennady Andreyevich, giving him birthday greetings personally, and then solemnly presented him with the Order of Glory and Honour. His Holiness emphasised Gennady Andreyevich’s personal contributions to preserving traditional moral and spiritual values and the strengthening of interethnic and interreligious peace amongst the peoples of Russia. For instance, Comrade Zyuganov took part in all meetings of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) since the founding of the organisation.

Patriarch Kirill noted that the Church is outside of politics, but the Church is aware that political parties are vehicles for citizens to articulate their visions and make proposals for the development of society. However, one must see that the main thing is preserving the cultural and civilisational code of the nation, and its traditional core values. His Holiness noted that G A Zyuganov’s role in this and that of the KPRF is well-known, saying, “Since there are different forces in the political life of the country, the Church doesn’t identify herself with any one of them, but it always defends those fundamental values without which our people and our society can’t exist. Therefore, when it comes to preserving core values… and these values ​​are faith, morality, culture, and our people’s unity… all the various political factions should stand united in that”.

In reply, G A Zyuganov said that the basis of our highest ideals are justice, friendship amongst the peoples, respect for every person, and honouring those whose intelligence and talent creates all good things. Comrade Zyuganov emphasised that Russia has always been uppermost in his priorities, saying, “I think that without the Russian spirit, Russian culture, Russian faith, and Russian traditions, it’d be impossible to unite the vast expanses of our country. Our strength and power… in truth and in dignity… was defended by such great ascetics as St Aleksandr Nevsky and such military geniuses as Suvorov, Kutuzov, and Zhukov”.

In thanks to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Gennady Andreyevich gave him a medal of the KPRF Central Committee, “70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Crimea and Sevastopol from the Fascist Invaders”. Also in attendance were S P Obukhov, S A Gavrilov and A A Yushchenko, Deputies of the RF Gosduma KPRF Party faction, and Executive Secretary of the Interparty Duma Group in Defence of Christian Values ​​O V Efimov.

12 September 2014

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/134536.html

Editor:

HH HONOURS the Left… that’s because the Left’s vision and that of the Church is more in sync than the fevered nostrums of the Neoliberals (“conservatives”) are. That is, Communists are closer to Christ’s ideals than the Republicans are (simply mouthing religious platitudes True Religion does NOT make). The Neoliberals are GODLESS… despite all their mewling about “Jayzuss”… they’re mindless devotees of the Almighty Dollar… followers of the Black Banner of Nihilism, Profit, and Perpetual Warfare. You can follow the Cross and the Red Banner, or you can follow the Dollar Sign and Jesus® (copyright held by Franklin Graham, no copying without due payment and express permission). The “respectable” and the powers-that-be crucified Our Lord Christ (after all, the First Century equivalent of Rick Perry crucified Him)… he wasn’t a social visionary, but that was one of the things that he preached about. I remember some earlier words of Comrade Zyuganov… “Christ was the first communist”. Indeed. You may follow Comrade Zyuganov, or you may follow Victor Potapov, Paffso, Rod Dreher, Alexander Webster, and those like them.

As always, the choice is yours… choose well… the choices ARE exclusive of one another…

BMD

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Prophecies of Venerable St Lavrenty Chernigovsky

Ilya Glazunov. The Kiss of Judas. 1985

The Kiss of Judas

Ilya Glazunov

1985

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Editor:

Remember how the Church views prophecies… it’s not what “will be”… it’s what “can be”. One of the most basic teachings of the Church is Free Will. These things can happen if we’re not vigilant and true. If we are, we can put things right. Otherwise, prophecy would have no point, would it? After all, remember the “Sign of Jonas”… he preached and the people of Nineveh repented. Shall we do likewise?

Prophecies often seem strange… but they ARE warnings that Christians disregard at their own risk. Do recall St Serafim Sarovsky’s prophecies given to the last tsar… they came true in every particular. Remember, we DO hold the future in our hands… the True Church does NOT teach predestination or fatalism. Bear that in mind as you read this.

BMD

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As it’s impossible to divide the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the One Lord God; so, it’s impossible to divide Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus, which together are Holy Rus.

Venerable St Lavrenty Chernigovsky

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St Lavrenty Chernigovsky died 60 years ago on 19 January 1950. The future Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, Kirill Gundyaev, quoted the above words of Saint Laurence of Chernigov in speaking to youth during the celebration of the 1,020th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.

St Lavrenty’s prophecies of the Last Days are well-known in the Orthodox world. Today, people pass them on, often without reference to the author, “There will come a time when all the closed churches will reopen, repaired both outside and inside. Their domes and bell towers will shine with gold. Finally, when they all shine in glory, the time for the reign of the Antichrist will come. All the churches will be incomparably splendid as never before, but you won’t be able to go inside of them”.

What do we know about this Orthodox prophet of the Soviet era? Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty, in the world Luka Yevseyevich Proskura, was born in 1868 in Karylskoe (Korop Uezd in Chernigov Guberniya… today, Korop Raion in Chernigov Oblast in the Ukraine). He was the sixth child in a believing and pious peasant family. In early childhood, disaster struck… during games, he fell and hurt himself so badly that it crippled him for life. As if in recompense for his physical disabilities, God bestowed many gifts on Luka… including an ear for music and a love of singing. In Korop, Luka met a former director of the Imperial Choir, who came from this locality, who immediately appreciated the boy’s ability and began to teach him the art of choral direction. Under him, Luka learned to play the violin. At 14-years-old, Luka became a choir director, holding rehearsals in his home. Six years later, he took monastic obedience at the St Nicholas-Rykhly Pustyn. Luka showed prayerfulness in his singing and rigour in complying with the Ustav of the services, and his direction of the choir led to it evidencing a polished performance. During this period, we know that St Lavrenty made three otpusts to Mount Athos and visited the holy places in Palestine. In 1905, Bishop Antony Sokolov of Chernigov and Nezhin transferred Luka (by then, a Novice) from the Rykhly Pustyn to the Chernigov Trinity-St Ilya Monastery to act as choir director. Here, in 1912, in the 45th year of his life, Luka took monastic vows, taking the name Lavrenty. Two years later he became a deacon, and, in 1916, a hieromonk. In 1923, under the Bolsheviks in Kiev, Fr Lavrenty secretly took the schema at the Lavra under Schema-Igumen Gavriil, and in 1928, he became an Archimandrite. During the Renovationist schism, Fr Lavrenty unhesitatingly took the side of Patriarch St Tikhon Bellavin. He condemned the communist government; nevertheless, he didn’t recognise the ROCOR, he taught that the true Church was the one purified in the crucible of persecution.

Immediately after the revolution, Archimandrite Lavrenty took on, as did Ss Antony and Feodosy of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, the obedience of living in a cave. In 1917-25, at the Trinity Ilyinsky Monastery in Chernigov, he dug caves at Boldinoi Gore, which people later called the Lavrentievymi. These caves were particularly deep and long. Next to them were the Alipievy, the caves dug by Igumen Alipy, a fellow struggler with Fr Lavrenty. He set up an underground monastery in the cave, with a church dedicated to St George the all-Victorious. Elder Lavrenty prophesied the death of Fr Alipy to him… soon afterwards, the atheists brutally killed Fr Alipy in Ulyanovka in Sumy Oblast. By the way, the “terrible Basavryuk” (a character in a Gogol story)… Viktor Yushchenko… was the manager of the savings bank here for nine years.

In 1930, when the communists closed the Trinity Monastery, Fr Lavrenty secretly settled in a little house in Chernigov, meeting his spiritual children at night. He conducted services in a small Ilyinsk parish. Until 1941, he lived in hiding. During the war, after the capture German troops captured Chernigov, the 73-year-old elder organised two monastic communities… a men’s house of 35 monks and a convent of 70 nuns. His last abode was the Chernigov Trinity-St Ilya Monastery; on Easter 1942, Fr Lavrenty resumed serving at the Cathedral.

Nun Yevlampiya, in whose house he lived after the closure of the monastery, preserved a memory of an amazing event. She said, “It happened in 1939. Batyushka talked the whole night, with whom, I couldn’t make out. I didn’t dare to step in and see with whom. In the morning, he said, ‘Matushka, we had guests, and you’re a witness to that’. I asked, ‘Who?’ He replied happily, ‘God prophesied through Ss Ilya and Enoch. They talked to me about the Last Judgement, Russia, the Orthodox Tsar, and the Antichrist. They told me that Apostle St John the Theologian would come to talk to me, too’”. That happened only after ten years passed, in 1949, during the night of 26 September/9 October. According to Elder Lavrenty, he talked with the Apostle St John the Theologian for about seven hours. Archbishop Simon, Archbishop Feodosy, Bishop Iakov, and Archimandrite Feofan testified about what St John told Fr Lavrenty.

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Ilya Glazunov. Christ and Anti-Christ. 1999

Christ and Antichrist

Ilya Glazunov

1999

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“They’ll crown the Antichrist as King of Jerusalem in a magnificent temple with the clergy and the Patriarch (obviously, of Jerusalem). He will give free entry and exit to Jerusalem for everyone. However, don’t go! He’ll do all sorts of things to deceive you. Antichrist will come from lascivious virgins… from the Jewish twelfth tribe, ‘from fornication’. Even as a boy, he’ll be very capable and smart, especially since when he becomes a boy of 12, he’ll walk with his mother in the garden, and meet with Satan, who’ll came out of the very abyss and enter into him. The boy will shake with fright, but Satan will say, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll help you’. After this, the boy will grow into a man and become the ‘Antichrist’. At his coronation, where they read the Creed, he won’t let them read it; where the words proclaim Jesus Christ as the Son of God, he’ll deny it, and recognise only himself. The Patriarch will exclaim that this is the Antichrist, but for this, they’ll kill him. At his coronation, the Antichrist will wear gloves. When they shoot him, the Patriarch will notice that the Antichrist has claws on his fingers, not fingernails, so, this would be a sign that this was indeed the Antichrist. The Prophets Enoch and Elijah will descend from heaven, who will explain it to the people and exclaim, ‘This is the Antichrist, don’t believe him!’ He’ll slay them, but God will resurrect them and bring them back to Heaven”.

“Satan will train the Antichrist in all way of tricks, and he’ll give false signs… not in church, but in every house. In the corner where holy icons now hang, will stand a seductive thing (apparently, the TV) to deceive people. Many will say, ‘We need to watch and listen to the news’. The Antichrist will give out the news… his people will stamp their “seal” on everyone. He’ll hate Christians. He’ll begin the last persecution of Christians… those who refuse to take on Satan’s seal… this seal will be readily visible, it’d be obvious whether a person received it or not. Christians won’t be able to buy or sell anything. However, don’t let this discourage you… the Lord won’t leave His children… the Lord will take the weak, and purify those with faults. This war will wash away sins in blood, and show the martyrs. The Lord will take the most powerful believers to Him. Until He completes the number of witnesses of God, and until there’s a complete falling away of the ruined angels, the Lord won’t come in Judgement”.

During 1942-50, Fr Lavrenty lived in the Chernigov Trinity-St Ilya Monastery. He departed to the Lord on 19 January 1950, at Epiphany. The elder’s body laid in state for a week before the funeral. Believers touched the hands of the body and noticed that they were warm and soft, as though he was asleep. Then, the open coffin with Fr Lavrenty’s body was in lower church of the crypt of the monastery for 20 days, and no one saw any evidence of decomposition during this time. On 5 March 1950, they placed the elder’s body in the tomb. The communists closed the Holy Trinity-St Ilya Monastery in September 1962, during Khrushchyov’s persecution of the Church, and access to Fr Lavrenty’s tomb wasn’t possible for a long time, until 1988. On 22 August 1993, the UPTs/MP Holy Synod canonised Archimandrite Lavrenty of Chernigov as a “Venerable”. When they opened the tomb of the holy elder, it filled with a marvellous flavour, the air became moist, and its physical nature changed, as if engorged with the heavenly… heavenly fragrant oil. The incorrupt relics of St Lavrenty of Chernigov have a dark brown colour, like the relics of the ancient Fathers of the East and the Kievo-Pecherskaya saints, the podvig of which the elder imitated man during his lifetime. Today, they’re in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chernigov.

To return to the prophecies of St Lavrenty, one should note that they not only concern the “End Times”, but they also speak of the present… for instance, the schism in the Ukraine. “In the Ukraine, the demons will unleash all sorts of false doctrines and secret atheists (Catholics, Uniates, ‘Ukrainian Orthodox’, and others) will turn strongly against the canonical Orthodox Church, attacking its unity and integrity (соборности). These heretics will support an atheist government; therefore, they’d try to destroy the Orthodox Church and persecute its believers. Then, a Metropolitan of Kiev (not worthy of this title), together with like-minded bishops and priests, will strongly shake the Russian Church. However, he’d end in eternal perdition, as did Judas. Nevertheless, all these slanders and false teachings of the Evil One will disappear in Russia, and the One Church, Russian and Orthodox, will stand… there’s never been a Patriarch in Kiev; the Patriarch was always in Moscow. Beware so-called ‘Ukrainian Orthodox’ and the Unia”.

Fr Kronid, Vicar (Наместник) of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, who was present at this conversation, said that St Lavrenty noted that the schismatics and Uniates had disappeared (since 1946). He said that the elder told him, very sadly, “The devil will enter into them, and they will turn their satanic malice against the Orthodox Faith and against the Church, but they’ll suffer a shameful end, their followers will suffer the punishment of Heaven from the Lord God of Hosts”. St Lavrenty spoke strongly and strictly on “our native designation… ‘Russia’ and ‘Russian’. Be sure to remember and not forget that it was the Baptism of Rus, not the Baptism of the Ukraine. Kiev is a second Jerusalem and the Mother of All Russian Cities”. He also said, “The Ukraine… an outlier of what? Why is it a borderland?! The Poles brought us the concept of ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Ukrainian’; are we to forget the name ‘Russian’, and be forever separated from Holy and Orthodox Rus?” Today, people throughout the Ukraine venerate St Lavrenty of Chernigov, including many believers in Filaret’s schismatic “church”, who got into it in error or in the wish to embrace a so-called “Ukrainian faith”. Obviously, they do not know the prophecy of St Lavrenty, that Denisenko “will go into eternal perdition, as Judas did, pulling along with him many of his followers”.

The prophecies of Venerable Lavrenty spoke not only about the coming of the Antichrist and the church schism in Ukraine, but also of our Church on the eve of the “End Times”. Contemporaries recalled that he’d sigh and wipe away the tears, saying, “Before the End Times, the clergy will get carried away by worldly wealth. They’d have a car and house, they’d visit resorts, but they’d forget the Jesus Prayer! They’d forget it! Then, they’d get on the wrong path, and they’d lead the faint-hearted down the same path! However, you be wise and prudent. Listen to their beautiful words, but don’t do what they do! I tell you, and I’m very sorry to have to tell you, that they’d buy houses, and waste time clearing big beautiful monastery premises. They wouldn’t have enough time for prayer, even though they vowed not to own anything! Many, many of these priests will die for their negligence and careless spiritual life! Most priests will betray the Holy Church and mislead the people. They won’t think of their own salvation, much less that of others”.

Terrible words… It’d be better not to know them. It’s rare for us to learn of a prophecy beforehand (as it was, for example, with the predictions of St Serafim Sarovsky), and in time for us to do something of it. Isn’t this a sign from above that we… both clergy and believers… should be able with God’s help to change what we can?

21 January 2010

Andrei Vorontsov

Odigitriya

http://www.odigitria.by/2010/01/21/prorochestva-prepodobnogo-lavrentiya-chernigovskogo/

Monday, 8 September 2014

Schismatical “Orthodox” Steal Three Churches from the UPTs/MP

00 Jesus. 08.09.14

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Adherents of the schismatical UPTs/KP stole three churches of the UPTs/MP.  At the same time, they also threatened to steal other UPTs/MP churches. Metropolitan Varfolomei Vashchuk of Rovno and Ostrog make a request for assistance from the authorities to aid the monks involved, but they refused to respond. The UPTs/MP hierarchy stated that the monks say that they’ve put it all in God’s hands.  Metropolitan Varfolomei said, “Under the guise of patriotic appeals, the forces of evil sow discord and strife among our people”. He urged his flock to preserve the faith of the Church, protect its churches, to keep unity with the larger Church, and not to succumb to provocations,

8 September 2014

Novorusinform

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/8108

Editor:

This looks like the Wild West days of the Nasty Nineties, only the commies aren’t there to protect the real Christians. The UGKTs and schismatical Orthodox hated V F Yanukovich, not because he was corrupt, but because he gave equal rights to the UPTs/MP and protected it against American-paid Uniate and schismatical mobs. Someone from Podkarpatskaya told me that, usually, the Uniates have minority support, but they had guns from nationalist politicians and money from Langley. In many villages, there’s only one church; in many cases, the Uniates took them over by force and killed or brutalised the Orthodox clergy. Fr Mikhail Shuvar’s case isn’t unique. That’s why Frederica M-G is a soulless and ignorant pig… she schmoozes with the Uniate enemies of Christ’s Church and encourages others to do likewise. None of the Anglican “converts” have given up the heretical Branch Theory (the MP defined it as such, HH himself wrote up the declaration when he still a Metropolitan). They’ve never internalised tserkovnost (Churchmindedness) and they never shall.

You may follow the godpleasing example of Fr Mikhail Shuvar or you may follow the demonic example of Freddie M-G. That’s the situation, plainly put and without froufrou. The Uniate and schismatical robbers steal our churches, kill our priests, and brutalise our believers. They call those of us who publicise this, “haters”. Go ahead, you can call me a “hater”… you can gauge a person better by their enemies than by their friends… never forget that.

BMD

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