Voices from Russia

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Deacon Andrei Kuraev Thought That Vladimir Vysotsky was the “Ironic Conscience” of an Era

Filed under: Andrei Kuraev,biography,music,rock,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Deacon Andrei Kuraev, a professor at the Moscow Theological Academy and a popular preacher, believes that the songs of Vladimir Vysotsky made a great change in his life. He regretted that the singer suffered such an early and tragic death. “Vladimir Vysotsky… his was the way of human freedom. Unfortunately, most people abuse their freedom and it leads to their degradation. Only rare people use freedom to transform and create. Vysotsky did that”, Fr Andrei stated to Interfax on Friday. “Vysotsky had many talents. He had a gift as a creative poet, as an actor, and the gift to be a genuine human being. However, he set his experimentation above his well-being, which destroyed his life and led to his tragic early death”, he added.

Vladimir Vysotsky sings В сон мне желтые огни (Yellow Lights in My Dreams)

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Deacon Andrei admitted that when Vysotsky was alive, he knew him only through listening to his records. “If it weren’t for Vysotsky, I wouldn’t have seen the danger signs; I wouldn’t have searched for a path in life different from that held out by the Komsomol. We’ve learned from those close to him of the pain he endured, not only the ordinary pain of mankind and the persecution he suffered from the authorities, but, also, the pain of his addiction that’s all too familiar to millions of druggies in post-Soviet Russia. Eternal Memory to the servant of God Vladimir, but, we shouldn’t imitate all the characters of his songs or emulate his personal life. Now, the most meaningful line from Vysotsky for me is, ‘I must puke, kids! You! Run out, go, and light a candle for me!'” Today, at the end of a service for Vysotsky on the 70th anniversary of his birthday, Deacon Andrei carried out “this request of Vladimir Semyonovich”.

Here’s another of his songs, Лирическая (Марине) (My Lyrical Lady (Marina)), in honour of his wife, the Franco-Russian actress Marina Vlady

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Deacon Andrei is noted for his sermons at rock concerts, and he advised contemporary young people to listen to the lyrics of Yuri Shevchuk, the leader of the rock group DDT. “The creative spark that came from Vladimir Vysotsky in the 70s is probably found today only in the songs of Yuri Shevchuk. It isn’t desirable to imitate Vysotsky’s life, but, if we look amongst contemporary rock musicians for one with the same ‘ironic conscience’ as his, we have to say it’s Yuri Shevchuk. This is because of musical style and the nature of fate, and on the sensations of time, peace, and genuineness he gives”, Deacon Andrei said.

25 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

The Orenburg Diocese Shall Institute a Telephone Hotline Outreach

Filed under: Christian,church in society,religious,saints — 01varvara @ 00.00

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The social outreach section of the Orenburg Diocese shall institute a telephone hotline on 29 January. Fr Aleksandr Azarenkov, the press secretary of the diocese, told Interfax on Friday that the service shall operate four days a week, and a priest on duty shall answer caller’s questions about church life. People can learn anything about Orthodoxy by ringing in. They can ask the priest questions about the principles of the faith, the rules of confession, how one should behave in church during services, the sacraments of baptism and marriage, or even personal spiritual concerns. The hotline shall operate Tuesday to Friday from 17.00 to 19.00. “Unfortunately, not all who wish to attend church can do so. Some are weighed down with troubles and others can’t get out of bed due to illness. The hotline is a good way to reach such people. We can’t operate a 24-hour service at present, but, I think that we’ll be able to do so over the course of time”, Fr Aleksandr noted.

25 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

 

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