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Monday, 6 December 2010

To All Concerned: Please Say a Prayer for a Woman Badly Hurt in an Auto Accident

Filed under: Orthodox life — 01varvara @ 00.00

Would you all please say a prayer for a woman badly hurt in an auto accident? Her father is a notorious internet troll, but she has nothing to do with that. All too often, haven’t you noticed that the relatives of the worst rotters out there aren’t bad sorts at all? In any case, anyone who holds the sins of one family member against all the other family members is very odd and twisted, indeed.

Perhaps, my original informant will give me her Christian name, in which case I’ll update this post. Please, do pass this on. We ARE Christians, after all, and to pray for the badly injured is a DUTY, no matter who it is…

Thank you.

BMD

A Photo Essay. Orthodox China: Is It Dead? DO Check the Tomb!

New Martyrs of China of the Boxer Rebellion

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Russian Orthodox congregation in Yining, Xinjiang PRC. The priest came from Kazakhstan to celebrate liturgy.

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Russian Orthodox congregation in Yining, Xinjiang PRC.

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Interior of the dome of the Mission Church, Shanghai PRC

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Mission Church, Shanghai PRC

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Mission Church, Shanghai PRC

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St Nicholas Church, Shanghai PRC

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Interior of St Nicholas Church, Shanghai PRC, liturgy on the feastday of St John Maksimovich, 2010

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Russian memorial to the fallen of the Russo-Japanese War in Dalian (Port Arthur) PRC

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Russian memorial to the fallen of World War II in Dalian (Port Arthur) PRC

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Prime Minister Putin (1952- ) with Archbishop Mark Golovkov of Yegorevsk (1964- ) in the Russian Embassy chapel in Beijing PRC

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Russian Orthodox parish church in Harbin PRC in the 1930s

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Virgin Mary Church in Harbin PRC

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St Sofia Church in Harbin PRC

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Easter 2010 in Harbin PRC… Khristos voskrese! Yet again… after all those years…

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Russian Orthodoxy in China ain’t down for the count… it’s just lying doggo for the time being. Remember, there’s life in the ol’ dog yet! Chad Morgan said so… and he wouldn’t lie, would he?

BMD

Hieromonk Makary Marques, a Graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary (ROCOR) in Jordanville NY, Believes that Freedom of Speech is Greater In Russia than in the USA

Filed under: politics,Russian,social life and customs,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Here’s what it’s all about… Roberts and his lackey Supreme Court attempted to hand the election to the Republicans by “deregulating” campaign contributions… money over free speech… that’s the world of the Tea Party. Any questions?

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Russian citizens have more freedom of expression than do Americans, according to Hieromonk Makary Marques, an instructor at the Ivanovo-Voznesensky Seminary, who was a computer programmer in the USA, and who graduated from Holy Trinity Seminary (ROCOR) in Jordanville NY. “For anyone who remembers the Soviet times, the words stick in one’s throat if one begins to even think of talking about the lack of freedom of expression there. I had to live in the USA, and our freedom of expression in Russia is significantly higher than it is in America, even though there is a 200-year-old democratic tradition there”, Fr Makary said in an interview with Interfax-Religion. In his view, this is illustrated by “the fact that, today, anyone can publish whatever they desire on the Internet, and print whatever they want”.

Speaking about the controversy over logging in the Khimki Forest, Fr Makary noticed that in the USA, “there a great many such conflicts, too many to count on the fingers of your hands”, and even if such conflicts increase, it doesn’t cause basic dysfunction, “because people learn to defend their interests, they become more active, informed, educated, and street-savvy. For instance, in the Khimki Forest dispute, I saw our children’s innocence, their naïveté in trying to resolve the conflict in a normal democratic manner”, Fr Makary said. He is convinced that “Russia is a nation with its own destiny, and it also has a global spiritual role to play. Therefore, we need to endure as a nation”.

6 December 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=38555

Editor’s Note:

This should be a wakeup call for all Orthodox who have been seduced by the siren-song of the Tea Party. The Tea Party’s pledge to criminalise abortion should not fool you… it’s NOT the same as the Church’s Pro-Life position, at all. Rather, it’s a fascist boot of repression… it’s the same boot that they aim at the faces of the unemployed, the undocumented alien worker, the permanent “temporary” employee, and the “uninsured”. One of these things is not like the other… you can have the Church (Christ) or you can have the Tea Party (Mammon)! You CAN’T have both… it’s like being both alive and dead at the same time… IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. DO choose well…

BMD

Patriarch Kirill’s Space Odyssey

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias (1946- ) in a spacecraft mockup at Zvezdnogo Gorodoka (“Star Town”).

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To fly into space… that’s exactly what His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said he wanted to do…

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias recently visited the Yuri Gagarin Research Test Centre for Cosmonaut Training, and he interacted with the cosmonauts working there. Fr Georgi Roshchin, a spokesman for the patriarch, said, “To see the earth from the porthole of a spaceship isn’t just a childhood dream of the patriarch’s. The desire of Patriarch Kirill to make a flight into space shows his support for the cosmonauts; they have a hard job, both in orbit and at the training centre. He expressed his support for all the efforts made by the government and all those involved in our space programme. This is a tremendously complex operation”. However, His Holiness is a long-time aviation buff; he’s keen on flying. In his youth, he completed 19 training flights in a MiG aircraft; he performed aerobatic manoeuvres, besides making many parachute jumps, as well.

Many critics of Patriarch Kirill’s desire to fly into space say that it’s ridiculous. They say that only a few decades ago, the terms “space exploration” and “religion” were diametric opposites. Besides, sceptics say, to try to unite both the Church and Outer Space is a mere whimsy. Fr Georgi brushed aside such doubts, arguing, “The Church closely monitors space research and development, and endorses the work done in this field. Space exploration is useful, as it opens up new knowledge about the physical world for us, and it helps people to find new uses in the world around them. For example, we have taken plants into space to see how they behave under different conditions, we study what is beyond our planetary system, and we explore the solar system and galaxies, indeed, the entire universe. All of this may help us in solving many problems that face mankind today. Therefore, the Church looks at such research work with approval. Most importantly, there is a moral dimension, as well, as some claimed that the cosmonauts in space never saw God. Such a perspective on Christian belief is rather simplistic”. At present, an Orthodox priest blesses all rockets and orbital vehicles before they go into orbit. In addition, the ISS has religious items, crosses, icons, and the Bible. It has become a tradition to take icons of the saints into orbit. It is likely that sending priests into space will become a good tradition, too.

2 December 2010

Milena Faustova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/12/02/36123122.html

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