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Thursday, 8 September 2011

8 September 2011. OCA Fumbles Yet Again… It Didn’t Post a Timely Report on the Death of Dmitri Royster… The Report Itself was Written LAST FRIDAY (It Took FIVE DAYS for oca.org to Post It)

Read this:

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/the-funeral-of-archbishop-dmitri-a-sacrament-of-love

Note this:

The following reflection on the life and ministry of the late Archbishop Dmitri, written by Archpriest Basil Zebrun, rector of St Barbara Church, Fort Worth TX, on the day after the Archbishop’s funeral, was sent to the OCA web team on 6 September 2011. 

This is an obvious lie… did you notice that they can’t even fib well? They should have kept silent about the date of writing… it wasn’t necessary to the understanding of the piece. The piece was written last Friday… and they received it then, but there was a hell of a fight over the “slant” that the coverage would take (I heard that a Synod meeting for this week was scrubbed). Ergo, the five day delay. Of course, they’ll deny it, just as they denied any wrongdoing in all of their settlements (“We admit no wrongdoing”). Do note the lack of actual reportage on the funeral itself. NO IMAGES, NO TEXT, NO NOTHING. It’s now a WEEK after the funeral. This is unprofessional in the extreme. The OCA web team are a bunch of drooling layabouts who ought to be taken out at dawn and shot by Wally the Mexican and his band of grinning Mexican banditos. Compare the coverage of Dmitri’s funeral and that of Metropolitans Laurus and Nicholas! Neither the ROOCR nor the ACROD have a paid staff or a “web team”, yet, both got the news out in a timely fashion.

I note that Mark Stokoe is silent on this, too. He’s waiting for his orders from Lyonyo, no doubt. Remember… Mark is nothing but Lyonyo’s sock-puppet on the web. I’ve heard it from several sources that Lyonyo, Stokoe, and Connine Tarasar formed a “troika” that attempted to “take over” the Chancery, as a part of a plan to “hijack” the upper levels of the OCA. Lyonyo and Connie were involved in TOC, so they couldn’t “start” an “independent” website. Note well that Mark isn’t an independent “outsider”… he’s been a highly-partisan “insider” for years. What I find interesting is how Stokoe’s seems to have pulled the wool over the konvertsy element’s eyes. I wasn’t well-connected, so, I didn’t know the whole megillah at first… but I asked around, I found reputable sources, and I learned (I especially asked people of the generation preceding me, that is, people born in the ‘30s and ‘40s). My conclusion is that the konvertsy aren’t clueless… they can see what the rest of us can see. Simply put, they tolerate the schmutz out of ambition. They want to take over the Church and remake it in their image. They desire to twist it into a caricature… into a distortion.

I want you to think on that. That’s why I’m not going to go on and on. THINK on what I just wrote. Ask yourself, “Do I want a REAL Church for my kids and grandkids?” That’s what’s worth fighting for… not pointless disputes over this-or-that canon or this-or-that Father… do we want a REAL Church for our kids and grandkids?

Now, that’s a question to PONDER…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 8 September 2011

Albany NY 

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8 September 2011. Not Only All Russia, But the Entire Hockey World, Mourns the KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Tragedy

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The tragic deaths of nearly the entire roster of KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Yaroslavl Oblast. Central Federal Region) not only shocked Russians, but also fans all over the world. People in Yaroslavl, Moscow, Prague, and Sweden gathered yesterday to commemorate the dead. In the image above, we see KhK Dinamo Minsk supporters laying flowers and lighting candles near the Minsk-Arena in memory of the Lokomotiv players who died in a plane crash near Yaroslavl whilst they were enroute to Minsk for a match with KhK Minsk Dinamo.

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Loko fans lay flowers and light candles near the Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl in memory of the Lokomotiv players killed in the plane crash, most of the leading players, along with coaches and staff, perished in the disaster.

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Fans of the Swedish hockey team HV71 gathered at the Sports Arena in the Swedish city of Jönköping (Småland Province. Götaland Land), to pay tribute to their former goalkeeper, Stefan Patryk Liv, who died in the Lokomotiv disaster.

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This is another image of the memorial held in Jönköping.

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Fans light candles at the Old Town Square in Prague (Prague Capital City. Bohemia), in memory of the KhK Lokomotiv players, three of whom were from Czechia.

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Loko fans lay flowers and light candles at an improvised memorial near the Arena 2000.

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At the Assumption Cathedral in Yaroslavl, a Pannikhida for the victims of the crash lasted about an hour {longer than usual: editor}. According to local clergy, other churches will serve Pannikhidas, especially in the hometowns of the team members killed.

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A woman cries after learning of the KhK Lokomotiv tragedy during a KHL match in Ufa (Republic of Bashkortostan. Volga Federal District); the news of the tragedy caused a break in the game. The crowd observed a moment of silence in memory of the fallen athletes.

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Local residents gathered near the crash site.

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Only two people survived out of 45 on board the aircraft. One was a flight engineer, Aleksandr Sizov, and the other was KhK Lokomotiv player Aleksandr Galimov. They were both rushed to the ICU at the main hospital in Yaroslavl in very critical condition; both are still alive and in stable condition (earlier unconfirmed reports saying that Galimov had died are untrue), and were transported to Moscow for more specialised treatment. The KHL decided that all its member teams would give KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl one of their best players for to aid in its reconstruction.

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Pray for the recovery of:

  • Aleksandr Sizov, flight engineer
  • Aleksandr Galimov, KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Right Wing Forward

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Pray for the rest of the the souls of:

  • Andrei Solomentsev, Commander
  • Igor Zhivelov, second pilot
  • Vladimir Matyushin, flight engineer
  • Sergei Zhuravlyov, flight engineer
  • Yelena Sarmatova, flight attendant
  • Nadezhda Maksumova, flight attendant
  • Yelena Chavigny, flight attendant
  • Vitaly Anikeyenko, Defenceman
  • Yuri Bakhvalov
  • Aleksandr Belyaev
  • Mikhail Balandin, Defenceman
  • Aleksandr Vasyunov, Left Wing Forward
  • Josef Vašíček, Centre Forward, Alternative Captain
  • Aleksandr Vyukhin, Goaltender
  • Robert Dietrich, Defenceman
  • Pavol Demitra, Centre Forward
  • Andrei Zimin
  • Marat Kalimulin, Defenceman
  • Aleksandr Karpovtsev
  • Aleksandr Kalyanin, Right Wing Forward
  • Andrei Kiryukhin, Right Wing Forward
  • Nikita Klyukin, Centre Forward
  • Igor Korolyov
  • Nikolai Krivonosov
  • Yevgeni Kunnov
  • Vyacheslav Kuznetsov
  • Stefan Patryk Liv, Goaltender
  • Jan Marek, Centre Forward
  • Brad McCrimmon, Coach
  • Sergei Ostapchuk, Left Wing Forward
  • Vladimir Piskunov
  • Karel Rachůnek, Defenceman, Captain
  • Ruslan Salei, Defenceman
  • Yevgeni Sidorov
  • Kārlis Skrastiņš, Defenceman
  • Pavel Snurnitsyn, Forward
  • Daniil Sobchenko, Centre Forward
  • Ivan Tkachenko, Left Wing Forward
  • Pavel Trakhanov, Defenceman, Alternative Captain
  • Yuri Urychyov, Defenceman
  • Gennady Churilov, Centre Forward
  • Maksim Shuvalov, Defenceman
  • Artyom Yarchuk, Left Wing Forward

They all died together… pray for all of ’em or none of ’em… that’s the way of it… don’t listen to hard-hearted zealots who want to break the list into “Orthodox” and “non-Orthodox”… that doesn’t apply to your private prayers… thank God.

BMD

Patriarch Kirill Prayed for the Repose of Those Killed in the KhK Lokomotiv Plane Crash

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias expressed his condolences in connection with the plane crash involving the members of the KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. “The sudden death of young people at the peak of their strength and energy causes a particularly sharp pain. Please, let me convey my sincere condolences to the families, relatives, and fans of the dead. I hope the regional authorities will do everything in their power to assuage the people’s suffering”, His Holiness wrote in a message of condolences to Governor Sergei Vakhrukov of Yaroslavl Oblast, published on the MP official website. In addition, Patriarch Kirill sent a telegram to Archbishop Panteleimon Dolganov of Yaroslavl and Rostov saying that he was praying for the repose of the dead, for the strengthening of the spirit of their family members, and for an early recovery for any survivors.

8 September 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42132

A Multimedia Presentation. 8 September 2011. Updated Figures Say 43 Dead in KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Tragedy… Вечная память!

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KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Tribute Video

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A Yak-42 with the hockey team KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on board crashed a few kilometres from Yaroslavl, a few minutes after take-off, barely having time to climb to a height of 10-50 metres (33-165 feet). The airplane simply couldn’t gain altitude; reports say that the plane hit a pylon. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS), the Yak-42 broke into two parts on crashing… the nose collapsed into the Toksha Creek and the tail fell on the ground. The airliner was enroute to Minsk for the KHL season opener. The plane disappeared from air controllers’ radar screens at 15.50 MSK (12.50 UTC 09.50 EDT 06.50 PDT), shortly after takeoff. Two people survived the crash, a spokesman for the RF MChS told RIA-Novosti. “In the crash, according to updated figures, survived two people”, a spokesman said. According to police sources, the pilot survived, along with one of the players. In all, 45 people were on board the plane. Right Winger Aleksandr Galimov was rushed to the Yaroslavl City Hospital ICU with burns over 90 percent of his body and fractures; he is in very critical condition, some of the doctors fear for his life {some unconfirmed reports are now saying that Galimov’s died of his injuries… this isn’t confirmed officially as of yet: editor}. The latest report is that MChS crews have recovered 35 bodies.

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The Embassies of Slovakia and Czechia confirmed the deaths of the Lokomotiv players that were of their nationalities. Interfax confirmed the death of Slovak Pavol Demitra, the Lokomotov captain, and three Czech players, Joseph Vašíček, Karel Rachůnek, and Jan Marek. Pavol Demitra was an icon of Slovak ice hockey. “He knew it all; he was quite a heroic figure. For us, it’s a huge tragedy”, said Rastislav Mojta, Third Secretary of the Slovakian Embassy to the RF. The KhK Lokomotov website is temporarily down, with the message, «Уважаемые пользователи! Сайт временно прекращает свою работу в связи с чрезвычайным происшествием» (Dear users! We’ve temporarily shut down this site in response to the tragic incident). FKhR President Vladislav Tretiak expressed his condolences to the families of all those killed in the crash, saying, “We express our condolences to the families of the victims, and to the club. This is a very great loss to the Russian hockey world, because Yaroslavl fielded a lot of very strong players. We’ll do our best to find out the causes of the tragedy, and, of course, support the families. Hockey in Yaroslavl isn’t dead”.

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Lokomotiv SCORES!

In our memory, you’ll live forever. Rest in peace…  

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Mishka (“Mikey”… also, “Bear” in colloquial Russian), the KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl mascot… I couldn’t find a better image, the team website is down…

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Confirmed Killed in the crash:

Aircrew (7):

  • Andrei Solomentsev, Commander
  • Igor Zhivelov, second pilot
  • Vladimir Matyushin, flight engineer
  • Sergei Zhuravlyov, flight engineer
  • Yelena Sarmatova, flight attendant
  • Nadezhda Maksumova, flight attendant
  • Yelena Chavigny, flight attendant

Passengers (36):

  • Vitaly Anikeyenko, Defenceman
  • Yuri Bakhvalov
  • Aleksandr Belyaev
  • Mikhail Balandin, Defenceman
  • Aleksandr Vasyunov, Left Wing Forward
  • Josef Vašíček, Centre Forward, Alternative Captain
  • Aleksandr Vyukhin, Goaltender
  • Robert Dietrich, Defenceman
  • Pavol Demitra, Centre Forward,
  • Andrei Zimin
  • Marat Kalimulin, Defenceman
  • Aleksandr Karpovtsev
  • Aleksandr Kalyanin, Right Wing Forward
  • Andrei Kiryukhin, Right Wing Forward
  • Nikita Klyukin, Centre Forward
  • Igor Korolyov
  • Nikolai Krivonosov
  • Yevgeni Kunnov
  • Vyacheslav Kuznetsov
  • Stefan Patryk Liv, Goaltender
  • Jan Marek, Centre Forward
  • Brad McCrimmon, Coach
  • Sergei Ostapchuk, Left Wing Forward
  • Vladimir Piskunov
  • Karel Rachůnek, Defenceman, Captain
  • Ruslan Salei, Defenceman
  • Yevgeni Sidorov
  • Kārlis Skrastiņš, Defenceman
  • Pavel Snurnitsyn, Forward
  • Daniil Sobchenko, Centre Forward
  • Ivan Tkachenko, Left Wing Forward
  • Pavel Trakhanov, Defenceman, Alternative Captain
  • Yuri Urychyov, Defenceman
  • Gennady Churilov, Centre Forward
  • Maksim Shuvalov, Defenceman
  • Artyom Yarchuk, Left Wing Forward

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They all had faces… they all had names… no one is forgotten… nothing is forgotten. Say a prayer for these guys and light a candle for them when you go to liturgy… God will bless you for it.

BMD

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