Voices from Russia

Thursday, 31 January 2008

The Exhibition “The ‘Measured Icon’: Its History and Its Present” shall open in Tallinn

Filed under: Christian,Orthodox life,religious,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00


St Andrei Rublyov

Vladimir Chorny

no date (1990s-2000s?)

The Club of Orthodox Maecenases and the Russian Centre in Tallinn shall present an exhibition, The ‘Measured Icon’: Its History and Its Present in the Estonian capital. It’ll open on the eve of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple in mid-February. “At the end of 2007, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Cathedral in Revel, and we’re glad to announce the news of this next significant event, an exhibition of Russian icons. This asserts the indissoluble ties of Orthodoxy in Estonia with the Church in Russia, it shows our support for our Russian compatriots in Estonia, and it’s a part of our effort to strengthen relations between our peoples”, Andrei Poklonsky, the chairman of the Club of Orthodox Maecenases, said to Interfax on Wednesday.

In accordance with an old Russian tradition, the “measured icon” is ordered upon the birth of a child by his godparents. It depicts the saint who is the heavenly patron of the child. Its size corresponds to that of the child, hence, the name for this type of icon. “Today, the revival of the ancient Orthodox tradition of the ‘measured icon’ is an attempt to restore the torn thread of our link with the great past of Russia, as a contribution to the reassertion of our traditional family values and morals”, Mr Poklonsky said. The exhibition shall present copies of “measured icons” from the Arhangelsk Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin, the Novodevichy Monastery, the collection of the Moscow Theological Academy, and also modern examples of the genre. Participants in the opening of the exhibition shall include the composer Grigori Gladkov and the television presenter Oksana Feodorova.

30 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

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Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Urged Everyone to Oppose Nationalist and Religious Extremists Vigorously

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, the Deputy Chairman of the MP Department of External Church Relations, believed that Russia can’t survive if it doesn’t win the struggle against nationalist and religious extremists. At the 16th annual Christmas Reading in Moscow on Wednesday, Fr Vsevolod stated, “It’s extremely important to oppose radicalism in all its forms so that the many attempts from all quarters to drive Russians apart and separate us are unsuccessful”. In his view, the attempts by the West to weaken Russia by using economic, military, intelligence, and diplomatic methods have failed. “Now, they attempt to use ‘divide and conquer’ tactics against us, so, they try to sow strife between our peoples. In the past, some of these manoeuvres succeeded”, Fr Vsevolod observed. “We must keep radical forces from gaining any popular support. We must mark all who make provocative racist remarks and who slanderously accuse state and church figures with false charges of crime and sin as provocateurs and liars”, he said. Fr Vsevolod said emphatically that this was a pressing duty of public authorities, legislators, and the media. He thought that contemporary society was “too blasé concerning radicalism, it doesn’t see it as the dangerous illness it is, and, all too often, it just lets people ‘have it out’ with one another”. Fr Vsevolod believes that this torpidity can lead us “into a state of ‘near death’”. He warned that the present public stability in Russia isn’t a “given certainty”, and he urged everyone to make all possible efforts to counteract the development of radical forces in society.

30 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

The First Muslim Youth Spartakiad Shall Take Place in Kazan

Filed under: domestic life,Islam,patriotic,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

The First Muslim Youth Spartakiad shall take place in Kazan, it’ll run from February to June of this year. “Participants shall come from Muslim educational institutions, from the Russian Islamic University, and from the ranks of the young imams in the mosques”, Ilgiz Fakhirev, the head of the Kazan executive committee for gymnastics, said to Interfax on Wednesday. He reminded us that, in the past, a number of mosques in Tatarstan had held sports competitions amongst their imams and parishioners. This generated great interest and was much enjoyed by the participants and spectators alike. “Several of our youth organisations proposed that we hold a Spartakiad in Kazan. God willing, it’ll grow into an all-Tatarstan event, and we hope that it’ll eventually attract athletes from all over the Volga Federal Okrug”, Mr Fakhirev said. The event is open to competitors between the ages of 18 to 30. The men shall face off in mini-football (soccer), swimming, Tartar fighting, table tennis, tug-of-war, arm wrestling, and basketball matches. Women shall compete in swimming, table tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Mr Fakhirev emphasised that all competitors shall follow the rules of Islamic law, and special modest sports clothing shall be provided for all participants. “We shall showcase the strong and the agile, we shall present our Muslim sports fraternity”, he said.

30 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Ukrainian MP Archbishop Demands the Withdrawal from Sale of Playing Cards with the Picture of Grand Princess St Olga


The Baptism of Grand Princess Olga (Part One of the Triptych “Holy Rus“)

Sergei Kirillov

1993

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On Wednesday, the official MP website reported that Archbishop Pavel Vyshgorodsky of the canonical UOC/MP, the Deputy Superior of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, protested the sale of playing cards with the image of Grand Princess St Olga. “As a Christian, as a bishop, and as a member of the clergy, I don’t countenance blasphemy of sacred things, whether such mockery is open or implied. I’m against the circulation of these playing cards with the image of Grand Princess St Olga categorically. These cards must be withdrawn from sale immediately”, Vladyki Pavel stated. “We’ll use all means available to us; we’ll go to the secular courts if necessary, because holy things were, indeed, profaned. First of all, please, I ask all of all of you to be sober and not be led astray by your anger, because, if you do so, you’ll have to answer for it, if not now, then, on the Last Day”, he noted. Vladyki Pavel urged “everyone to vote in favour of truth”, and he emphasised the point that “this mockery shouldn’t stand in our country, with its ancient heritage of Christianity and its strong Orthodox traditions”.

30 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

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