Voices from Russia

Friday, 7 September 2012

7 September 2012. A Photo Essay. Yes, Virginia, There IS an Orthosphere… Places, People, Things…

Tamiš River near Pančevo (South Banat Okrug. Autonomous Province of Vojvodina) SERBIA 


House in the middle of the Drina River near Bajina Bašta (Zlatibor Okrug) SERBIA


Lake Baikal (Irkutsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF


Contemporary Coptic icon of Christ


VDV Day in Gorky Park. Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF


Reading a newspaper in Addis Ababa (Chartered City of Addis Ababa) ETHIOPIA


Indian Malankara Orthodox married couple


Christ Pantocrator

Unknown Artist

Church of the Mother of God Pammakaristos

Istanbul* (Istanbul ProvinceMarmara RegionTURKEY

*formerly Constantinople New Rome

Early 14th century


Melissani Cave. Kefalonia (Ionian Islands Periphery) GREECE 


In the mountains of Ethiopia


Armenian-American journalist with Armenian soldiers


The Orthosphere… a place of stunning beauty… of homely domesticity… of honest heartfelt patriotism… a place of every good thing, both man-made and natural… it’s all ours… po-nashemu. If you want the heavenly, you must approach it through the earthly and earthy… that’s the way that God intended it to be. Beware all those who want to excise the Faith from its lived incarnations… such people are creating soulless zombies. Like it or not, that’s the way it is…

Yes… I know that the Oriental Orthodox “aren’t in communion”… but they’re part of our civilisational bloc; they’re part of our culture, they share our ethos and world-view (the Uniates are only superficially similar… they’re traitors with an Orthodox ritual masking Western “internals” and subservience to alien authority). There’s an Orthodox “visage” that we all share… that’s because we share so many of the “internals” as well, despite not “being in communion” (and that’s why some who seem to externally resemble us aren’t of us).



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