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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

22 November 2011. OCA Issues Panegyric Video on Dmitri Royster… Shall it Mention the FBI Investigation?

I wonder if the OCA vid includes the FULL story of his escapades in Mexico… probably not…

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Click here for an OCA article on a fawning video on the life n’ times of Dmitri Royster. I don’t intend to waste any of my God-given time watching it. I wonder if it includes the fact that Mr Royster was a figure of some interest in an FBI investigation? Probably not… note well that Ginny Nieuwsama and oca.org is wasting your time on disgusting fluff like this, yet, they refuse to answer the question, “Is Dickie Wood suspended or not?” I don’t give a busted rat’s arse for the life of Mr Royster (I do daresay that he’s more than a little overrated)… I do care whether Mr Wood is actually suspended or in good graces. Note well that Ms Nieuwsma REFUSES to inform you about that. In any case, the OCA isn’t long for this world, although the diciest portion of the road lies right ahead of us. Dmitri Royster was a man who was NOT what he pretended to be, and it’s sad to see people take him at face value. I’ll tell you what’s hilarious… those who produced this video are violently anti-homosexual… one wonders if they could even begin to process the truth about Dmitri? Probably not… I’ll predict that one of the first actions of the Rump OCA (the pure konvertsy) will be to canonise Dmitri Royster and Alexander Schmemann. As I said, sad ain’t it?

BMD 

VOR Presents… Happy Birthday, Ded Moroz!

18 November is the birthday of one of the most beloved kids’ favourites… Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost).

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No one really knows how old the winter magician is, but we do know that he’s more than 2,000-years-old.

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A few years ago, a kid’s contest came up with Dede’s birthday as 18 November, as that’s approximately the actual start of winter at his headquarters in Veliki Ustyug.

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Every year, more than a thousand kids from all over Russia come to bring birthday greetings to Ded Moroz in Veliki Ustyug.

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On his birthday, Dede’s house becomes a magical playground where a fabulous show involving all our favourite fairy tale heroes unfolds.

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Birthday greetings to Dede come from all of his numerous relatives… Santa Claus from Finland, Chishaan, the Grandpa Frost of Yakutia, Pakkajne from Karelia, Mikulaš the Winter Tale-Spinner from Czechia, Snegurochka from Kostroma, as well as official delegations from Vologda, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, and many other cities.

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Each year, Dede’s trusted assistants prepare him a new costume, adorned with distinctive embroidery.

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Chishaan of Yakutia took part together with Dede in a festive procession marking Dede’s birthday in Veliki Ustyug in 2010.

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A Cossack Ded Moroz from Gatchina welcomed guests during the celebration of Dede’s birthday in Veliki Ustyug in 2010.

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Saagan Ubugun of Buryatia took part in the festive procession marking Dede’s birthday in Veliki Ustyug in 2010. Behind him, in blue, you can see Yamal Iri from Salekhard from Yamalo-Nenetsia in the Far North, above the Arctic Circle.

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Many Fairy Tale characters, including the Prince and Princess of Belozersk were guests at Dede’s birthday party in Veliki Ustyug in 2010.

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Voice of Russia World Service

18 November 2011

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/35254988/35254991/

22 November 2011. You Need Words? The Cossacks Still Live… and They’re Guarding His Holiness!

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22 November 2011. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… This is What Symphonia Looks Like

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ) of Moscow and all the Russias with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (1952- ) on the occasion of His Holiness’ birthday on 20 November 2011.

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In the above image, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave birthday greetings to His Holiness on last Sunday. In our Orthodox doctrine of symphonia, the Church and the State, the Patriarch and the Ruler, work together. It’s not like the Proddies, where the Church is subservient to the the State, nor is it like the Papists, where the ultramontanists maintain that the State is subservient to the Church, where the Pope trumps all civil rulers. In Orthodoxy, the Church and State have their own spheres; they maintain an attitude of mutual respect and reciprocity… the Church has always been subject to the State in its temporal doings (for the state apparat didn’t collapse at the Centre in New Rome, only in the peripheral Western barbarian provinces), just as the State’s been subject to the Church in its spiritual affairs. That is, believers have recourse to the civil courts if the Church commits a civil wrong against them (as happened in the Koumentakos case), and they have recourse to ecclesiastical courts if the offence is canonical, not statutory. The Church has always held to this positive dynamic of dualistic tension between the “Powers”… just as we believe that Our Lord Christ is both human and divine, we believe that Power is embodied both in the Church and the State, and each has its proper sphere. That’s symphonia in “25 words or less”, kids…

BMD

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