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Saturday, 11 June 2011

11 June 2011. A Point of Unity… A Mark of Christianity… The Pilgrimage: the Romería de el Rocío

Filed under: Christian,popular life and customs,religious,Roman Catholic — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

As I was putting together a post (see below) on a religious procession in Russia, I was struck by how “pilgrimage” is a mark of the Christian… and how loud Sectarian poseurs reject it. If someone doesn’t go on pilgrimage, if they don’t venerate the saints, if they won’t bow before wonderworking icons and shrines… they’re godless charlatans (or, at the least, their leaders are such). Remember what Our Lord Christ said, “Not all those who cry, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. REAL Christians know how to “give a reverence”… the Sectarian does NOT. One of these things is NOT like the other…

The Romería de el Rocío is about the same “age” as the Russian pilgrimage in Kirov Oblast cited below. It began in the 14th century, and pilgrims go to the Ermita de la Virgen del Rocío in Almonte. Often, over a million believers arrive for the great pilgrimage on Pentecost weekend.

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The Ermita del Rocío in Almonte (Huelva Province. Autonomous Community of Andalucía) SPAIN, at the time of the great pilgrimage on Pentecost weekend…

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The Altar of the Virgin at the Ermita del Rocío in Almonte (Huelva Province. Autonomous Community of Andalucía) SPAIN, young pilgrims at the Pentecost pilgrimage…

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On the way to the Pilgrimage of the Virgin de la Rocío. Villamanrique de la Condesa (Huelva Province. Autonomous Community of Andalucía) SPAIN

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Each convoy of wagons belongs to a different hermandad (lay brotherhood)…

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11 June 2011. “Asia News” Does It Again… Opens Mouth… Inserts Foot… FULL LENGTH!

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

Look at this:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Moscow-bans-feeding-the-hungry-21785.html

Firstly, note that the source is the crook Asia News… a papist outlet with an agenda (they’re ecumaniacs; they think that everything’ll be hunky-dory if Orthodox kiss the Pope of Rome‘s bum and become Uniates). Also, note the sensationalist headline, one that bears no relation to the truth. Firstly, anyone with brains knows that three MP figures are ALWAYS involved in dealings with the state apparatus in the City of Moscow. Firstly, there’s Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov, the Patriarchal Vicar for the Diocese of Moscow… he’s got power to spare… he’s KMG’s unsinkable satrap as far Moscow is concerned. Secondly, there’s Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department of Church and Society, he’s the liaison between the Church and “political Russia”… besides that, he’s KMG’s closest confidant and “closet prime minister”. Thirdly, there’s Bishop Panteleimon Shatov, the head of the MP Department of Charity, the man directly responsible for the soup kitchen. Ms Achmatova named NONE of these men… it means that her information DIDN’T come from reliable and righteous MP sources, it didn’t reflect the reality of the close and harmonious working relationship between the Church and State in the City of Moscow (it may have come from rebellious elements in the Blunder’s camp in Bolshaya Ordynka, though).

C’mon, this isn’t the only soup kitchen in Moscow… there’s plenty more. Friends of mine in Moscow tell me that the lowlifes were harassing people and panhandling. They weren’t only a nuisance, they were a security nightmare (a terrorist could dress as a tramp easily enough). Mayor Sobyanin went through all the proper Church and State channels… this story comes from a disgruntled underling who didn’t like the decision reached by his superiors, so, he mouthed off to a zapadnik reporter with an agenda. I predict that this priest will get into the deep kimchi with Vladyki Yuvenaly for shooting his mouth off to the wrong people. No doubt, he doesn’t like the fact that the soup kitchen’s going elsewhere… that means that the budget for his parish (which is set by the diocese) will decrease. It makes one wonder if this guy isn’t skimming off the top… there are crook priests, after all.

Most of all, there was no mention of this incident on patriarchia.ru, the official MP website, or on interfax-religion.ru, which many consider an “unofficial” source for some in the Church. There’s NADA, kiddies… that means that this story’s crank and that you should ignore it. NEVER trust Asia News… they’re chock fulla beans; in any case, they’re pissed off because their pal, the Blunder, is seemingly in KMG’s doghouse. For instance, recently, at an Orthodox liturgy served at Basilica Sancta Maria Maggiore in Rome, Archbishop Mark Golovkov, not the Blunder, was the main celebrant (don’t forget, the Secretariat is KMG’s “shadow DECR”). Now, THAT’S interesting, and patriarchia.ru DID corroborate that story! Asia News didn’t find it important…

ALWAYS find out who’s paying for what… it’ll save you a great deal of grief. The MP ISN’T cutting any services to the poor… not in the least. File this one under “Much Ado About Nothing”. It DOES take all kinds…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 11 June 2011

Albany NY

11 June 2011. A Photo Essay. Ninety Klicks on Foot for St Nick… There was a Whole Lotta Ben-Gay Goin’ On, I’d Say!

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More than 25,000 people took part in the procession from Kirov (formerly Vyatka in tsarist times) to Velikoretskoe in Kirov Oblast (Volga Federal District) RF, from Friday 3 June 2011 to Tuesday 7 June 2011. It’s one of the largest and oldest religious events in contemporary Russia; the route goes from Kirov (which is due west of the Urals) to Velikoretskoe village on the Velikaya River (Yuryansky Raion. Kirov Oblast), then, it loops back to Kirov. This ancient procession is associated with the acquisition of a wonderworking icon of St Nicholas by Semyon Aglakov of Krutitsy village on the Velikaya River in 1383. Soon, believers built a wooden chapel there, which became a place of pilgrimage. In 1392, the image came to the fortress town of Khlynov (later, the city of Vyatka, now, Kirov). When they returned the icon to its rural shrine, the residents of Khlynov vowed to return every year to its special chapel. This was the genesis of one of the most ancient traditions of Vyatka Guberniya (later, Kirov Oblast), the Velikoretskoe procession. In 1935, after the demolition of the cathedral in Kirov by the atheist authorities, the “official” religious processions ended, but it took until 1959 to enact a formal state ban on pilgrimages to the shrine. Despite this, private pilgrimages to the wonderworking icon never really stopped. In 1989, the “official” processions resumed, as the state cancelled the law forbidding them (note well that this happened before ’91… it’s why Russians “date” the “religious revival” from 1985, NOT 1991 (that is, it started in Soviet “communist” times, rightwingers!)). The number of participants was about 2 percent of the oblast’s 1.3 million people… pretty good, I’d say! Believers go to Velikoretskoe to venerate a wonderworking icon of St Nicholas. On Sunday, 5 June 2011, a festive hierarchical liturgy was part of the procession programme. It took the marchers two days to cover 90 kilometres (55 miles) on foot; they spent Sunday at Velikoretskoe; then, they returned to Kirov, also on foot. As a Syrian deacon said in the 16th century, “The Russians have feet of iron!” Hey, kids, it’s STILL true…

7 June 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

RIA-Novosti

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/51461969/51461980/

http://rian.ru/photolents/20110607/385543825.html

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