Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Memorial Church with Sepulchre for Russians Who Fell in 1990s Yugoslavian Civil War Projected in Serbia

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Archimandrite Chrisostom, Igumen of the Reževići Monastery in Montenegro (Crna Gora), proposed building a church in Ćuprija with a sepulchre for the remains of Russian volunteers killed in the civil war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. He told VOR, “So far, it’s just a project of Belgrade architect Dragan Antonijević. We suggested building it in Ćuprija, where the relics of Holy King Lazar Hrebeljanović are. The first local diocese there started in Horreum Margi, in Roman times; its bishop took part in the First Ecumenical Council. We’re planning to build a sepulchre in the lower part of the church, to put to rest the remains of those who fulfilled Christ’s commandment, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend. After the time of the USSR, many came to Bosnia and Kosovo to fight alongside their Serb brothers. When many Serbs fled to America, Canada, and Australia, others came here, who weren’t obliged, to suffer for their Slavic brothers and the Orthodox faith. They fought because of their personal convictions; they believed that they had an obligation to help their brothers”.

It’s unclear how they’re going to finance the construction. We asked Fr Chrisostom if anyone has promised any funds. He said, “At present, there’s no money, but we hope for God’s help. It all starts with prayer. God willing, we’ll be able to give their bones a resting place”. Asked how much time it may take to build the church, Fr Chrisostom explained, “That would depend on many things. We could do it in a year’s time. However, most importantly, we should do it with prayer and love. In this, we should remember the words of Holy Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, ‘You build churches, but you don’t pray to God’. That means that we must accompany any church-building with prayer”. He believes that the Serbian authorities wouldn’t have any objection to the project, saying, “There’s no reason why they shouldn’t support this project. It’s necessary to choose a proper place and buy the land, and, then, we might begin to perform our sacred duty to our Russian brothers”. We have unofficial reports that some parties in the MP are aware of this project; officially, the MP hasn’t received notice of it yet.

At the end of the interview, Fr Chrisostom wished VOR’s listeners and readers, “Repentance, comfort, and hope”. He asked them to pray for some SPC priests in Montenegro whom the National Security Agency in Podgorica denied permission to regularise their legal status for unknown reasons, thus depriving them of the right to serve liturgy in SPC parishes in Montenegro.

12 September 2012

Igor Goykovich

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_09_07/V-Serbii-mogut-postroit-cerkov-s-usipalnicej-dlja-rossijan-pogibshih-v-JUgoslavii-v-90-h-godah/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_12/Church-with-sepulcher-for-Russians-who-fell-in-Yugoslavia-in-1990s-may-appear-in-Montenegro/

Editor’s Note:

This sounds legit… VOR is, after all, a state-run service, that is, you’re dealing with an arm of the Russian state. I don’t have any further information on this. Therefore, I suggest those who wish to help in the building of such a memorial church for those who fell in the defence of the Orthosphere should contact VOR directly.

Their snail mail is:

Voice of Russia

25 Pyatnitskaya St

Moscow 115326

RUSSIA

E-mail: world@ruvr.ru

Refer to the URL of the article, and ask for contact information for the memorial church project. As Russian Orthodox Christians, we have an obligation to see to it that those who fell in the defence of the Orthosphere and Holy Orthodoxy have a proper and fitting burial place and memorial. If one of us is attacked, all of us are attacked. God willing, someone will be able to help in this…

BMD

12 September 2012. VOR Presents… USA Remembers 9/11 Victims

On 11 September 2001, terrorists hijacked four passenger planes, two of which they rammed into the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in New York City, whilst the third struck the Pentagon. The fourth jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after its passengers and the crew fought back.

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2,974 people died because of these attacks; 24 went missing. Most of the dead were civilians; amongst them were 246 passengers and crewmembers of the hijacked planes, 2,606 people in and around the collapsed Twin Towers, and 125 people in the Pentagon building. The victims were not only Americans; they came from as many as 91 countries around the world, including 96 people born in the USSR.

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Death also claimed first responders, including 341 fire fighters and two medics from the New York City Fire Department, 60 police officers, and eight ambulance paramedics.

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Authorities blamed the 9/11 disaster on the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation and its leader Osama bin Laden, who was eliminated on 2 May 2011, although they’ve been largely criticised by both media and scientists, leaving the question open for discussion.

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The collapse of the Twin Towers left behind thousands of tons of toxic waste. Hazardous substances from the burning fires mixed with the air, poisoning the atmosphere and people who were helping the survivors and clearing the debris. Local residents, students, and office workers in Lower Manhattan and adjacent Chinatown complained of health problems.

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A memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attack opened in New York in 2011.

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In 2002, 11 September was officially designating as Patriot Day. In 2009, it was renamed National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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11 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/87895131/87895134/

12 September 2012. VOR Presents… New Jerusalem Ethiopian-Style… or, an Otpust to Lalibela

On 11 September, Ethiopians celebrate the New Year. According to legend, the Queen of Sheba chose this date upon her return from Jerusalem. The queen brought with her good news, which launched a new era for Ethiopia. Currently, perhaps, Ethiopia is the only country in the world that uses the Julian calendar not only for church affairs, but also in secular life. The Ethiopian calendar is behind the one familiar to us by seven years and eight months. Religious services in all the churches, both large and small, herald the Ethiopian New Year… in the early morning people dress in traditional clothes, go to church for services, and, only then, go home to a family meal. We’d like to invite you on the first day of the Ethiopian New Year to come with us to this exotic African country and see one of its main attractions… the churches carved into the living rock at Lalibela.

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Lalibela, located in the mountains in the heart of Ethiopia, is a place of pilgrimage not only for Christians, but for all who are interested in mankind’s historical legacy. Here, far traditional African villages, the Ethiopians built a “New Jerusalem” of monolithic cut right into the living rock at the end of 11th to the early 12th centuries.

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Lalibela was to become a New Jerusalem after the capture of Jerusalem by the Muslims in 1187. The Righteous Holy King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela decreed this role for the city. That is why the location and names of many of the historical monuments of the city repeat the names of the buildings of Jerusalem; even the local river is called the Jordan.

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The Lalibela churches are unique due to the fact that they aren’t built in the usual way; they’re cut into the living rock itself, all in a mountainous region some 2,500 metres (@8,200 feet) above sea level. From ground level, you can only see the top of the entire complex of buildings, which, in addition to churches, grottoes, and labyrinths, includes a whole maze of underground corridors connecting the churches one with another.

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The Church of St George is carved in the form of a cross, it’s located in a deep pit, and its roof is at ground level. You can only gain entrance to the church through a tunnel.

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A fragment of the iconography inside the Church of St George in Lalibela.

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The Ethiopians built the churches by cutting huge trenches into the rock, to a depth of about 12 metres (40 feet), the blocks of rock cut out became the raw material for other churches. Then, the churches in these pits were hollowed out, and were provided with all the customary details such as columns, capitals, ornaments, sculptures, cut-outs, etc.

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Almost all the inhabitants of Lalibela are Christians belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. In the image, we see clergy during a procession.

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The celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord on Epiphany (Timkat) in Lalibela.

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A priest at the entrance to one of the churches of Lalibela.

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There is an ancient Ethiopian legend that explains the rapid rate of construction of the church in only a few years… during the day, people worked on them, at night, angels continued the work.

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A religious procession in Lalibela.

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Welcome to Lalibela!

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11 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/87867375/87867386/

12 September 2012. A Point to Ponder… Socialism is…

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There’s much unmitigated bullshit abroad on the word “socialism“… the rightwing uses it as a boogeyman… and, like the boogeyman, the rightwing version of socialism not only doesn’t exist, it NEVER existed. Socialism is communitarianism… it’s the sharing of resources. You see, the leaders of the right are greedy grasping filth, and as they’re such, they imagine that everyone is like that. That’s not so. Every time that you hear some Republican bloviate about “socialism”, they’re really scared that, in a more just society, they wouldn’t have as much boodle and swag in their hands. They fear the people… they fear the people wanting a fairer cut of the pie… they fear giving up their ill-gotten gains and “privileges”.

“Socialism is a search for a fully democratic society“… not just in politics… but in economics and society, too. That’s what Rush Limboob, Wafflin’ Willy, and Lyin’ Ryan fear… the empowerment of the people. That’s telling, isn’t it?

BMD

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