Voices from Russia

Monday, 22 July 2013

22 July 2013. Tikhon in Moscow… Day ONE and TWO

00 Patriarch Kirill and Metr Tikhon. 22.07.13

Fatso NEVER got this… there’s more coming a little later… I’ve got some more to translate, kids

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On 21 July 2013, the feastday of the Icon of the Mother of God “of Kazan”, Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of all America and Canada (sic), served Divine Liturgy at St Catherine in the Fields parish… the Moscow podvorie of the OCA. Archbishop Mark Golovkov of Yegorevsk, the head of the MP Secretariat for Foreign Institutions, Bishop Alexander Golitzin of Toledo, Head of the OCA Office of External Relations and Interchurch Affairs, Bishop Kliment Rodaikin of Krasnoslobodsk and Temnikov, Archimandrite Alexander Pihach, OCA representative to the MP, Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, Archpriest Nikolai Krechetov, Dean of Moskvoretskoye Okrug in Moscow, Archpriest Michał Dudicz, an Orthodox chaplain in the Polish Army, and others. Metropolitan Tikhon greeted the clergy and believers from the ambo, thanking them for their joint prayers on this day. Then, Archimandrite Alexander Pihach greeted the OCA First Hierarch, thanking him for visiting the podvorie, and he asked Metropolitan Tikhon to pray for St Catherine parish. Fr Alexander presented the Metropolitan with vestments as a gift. After this, the clergy and believers processed to the entrance of the winter part of the church, where Metropolitan Tikhon blessed a plaque commemorating the 220th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox mission to America. After the ceremony, clergy and believers socialised with Metropolitan Tikhon, and had the opportunity to ask him questions.

(DECR press release)

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On 21 July 2013, Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of all America and Canada (sic), who arrived in Moscow to participate in the celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus, visited the Donskoi Monastery and the Pokrovsky Convent in Moscow. In the Great Cathedral of the Donskoi Stavropegial Monastery, Metropolitan Tikhon venerated the relics of Patriarch St Tikhon Bellavin of Moscow and all the Russias… its patron saint. Igumen Paramon Golubka {he’s Carpatho-Russian: editor}, the monastery’s abbot took the OCA First Hierarch of a tour of the grounds, including the churches and cemeteries on the property, as well as bringing him up to speed on the modern life of the monastery. The same evening, Metropolitan Tikhon led an OCA delegation to the Pokrovsky Stavropegial Convent at Albelmanovskaya Zastava Square, where he venerated the relics of Blessed Matrona of Moscow. The sisterhood warmly greeted the OCA delegation, they told them about the history of the monastery, its status, the restoration of its churches, and the present life of the convent.

(DECR press release)

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On 22 July 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of MP DECR, met with an OCA delegation headed by Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of all America and Canada (sic), who arrived in Moscow to participate in the celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. The meeting was at the DECR headquarters in the Danilov Monastery in Moscow. Metropolitan Hilarion warmly welcomed Metropolitan Tikhon, who’s making his first visit to Russia as OCA First Hierarch. In turn, Metropolitan Tikhon spoke of the liturgy he served at St Catherine of the Fields parish, the Moscow podvorie of the OCA, and of his visits to Moscow monasteries. During the meeting, they discussed a wide range of issues related to Orthodoxy in North America, and what the OCA is doing to carry out its mission. The meeting was attended by Bishop Alexander Golitzin of Toledo, Head of the OCA Office of External Relations and Interchurch Affairs, Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, Archpriest Georgi Roshchin, representative of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) at the UN (assigned to St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY), Deacon Jesse Isaac, OCA Archdiocese of Canada, and DECR staff member D I Petrovsky.

(DECR press release)

22 July 2013

Patriarchia.ru

Official MP Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/3114815.html

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/3115024.html

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/3115029.html

Editor’s Note:

There’s more on the way… I have to take a short break. I started translating this as soon as I got home from work. Unlike Lil’ Mizz Ginny and the layabouts at oca.org, I know what my duty is. That’s to keep you informed. Their secrecy, lying through omission, and laggardliness disgust me to no end. It’s disgraceful. The konvertsy all talk big and deliver little. They’re all poseurs and good-for-nothings. It’s too much of a muchness…

BMD

 

22 July 2013. Did Lenin Order Tsar Nikolai’s Death?

01j Early Red Poster

“We’re not slaves!” THIS is what the Revolution did… bear this in mind when you hear the woollier ROCOR elements spout their lies. They do have an interest in so doing… Uncle Sugar does pay so many of them… 

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Editor’s Foreword:

The following is from a longer debate between a muddled member of Maria Vladimirovna’s household and a KPRF leader. The whole debate is here. However, this statement is where the rubber hits the road for 99.9 percent of all people. Lenin did NOT order the death of Tsar St Nikolai… neither did Sverdlov… nor did the all-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK). It was a local action of the Ural Soviet. I’ll have more to say, afterwards.

BMD

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Now, the question arose as to if there is at least some indirect documentary evidence incriminating Lenin and Sverdlov in the planning of the execution of the former Tsar and his family. According to RF SKP investigator Solovyov, there’s none. Many refer to a doubtful journal entry by Trotsky. He supposedly wrote that he came from the front, learned of the death of the royal family, and asked Sverdlov, “Who decided that?” Sverdlov allegedly replied, “Ilich decided”. However, such a conversation couldn’t have happened at the time for the reason that in the minutes of the meeting at which Sverdlov announced the execution of the former king, Trotsky’s name appears among those present. So, how could he allegedly write about a conversation after arriving from the front with Sverdlov and Lenin? Trotsky had already started to play with the facts. There’s nothing surprising here, there’s nothing to refute…

After all, the situation in July 1918 was terrible. The war with Germany was lost, so, Lenin “resolved” the situation, trying to stop the entry of German troops into Moscow. It started with the signing of the Brest peace. The Left SRs in the government were terribly displeased. That led to a revolt of the Left SRs. Then, there was a provocation against Lenin and the Soviet government… the murder of Graf Mirbach.  On top of that, the Soviet government was beset by foes on all fronts, and there was yet another provocation… the murder of the German princesses. Understand, this was extremely disadvantageous to Lenin and Sverdlov, to Soviet power in those conditions. It was yet another provocation in order to provoke a war with Germany, from which the Soviet government strongly denied Lenin’s involvement…

The RF SKP stated that neither Lenin nor the Soviet government were involved in the lawless execution of the royal family. Lenin and Sverdlov insisted on a trial, and no one raised the issue of murdering them. It’s only a contemporary opinion that they were guilty of a criminal offence. This act was against the will of the central government. It was an excess of the Civil War. This fact, the KPRF admits.

17 July 2013

KPRF Official Website

http://kprf.ru/history/date/120724.html

Editor’s Afterword:

Victor Potapov and his ilk are known quantities. Potapov was (or is) a paid propagandist of the US government, paid to undermine the Orthosphere. If “he who pays the piper determines the tune”, then, its clear that any statement on his part concerning Russian society, politics, or history reflects the Russophobic views of his paymasters. His statement on Stalin on the official ROCOR website must be taken in that spirit. Of course, he attacked Stalin… he’s the obedient lapdog of pro-Free Market forces, who’re the enemies of all decent people. All other similar statements by those of like-mind should be likewise given short shrift. Do note that they’re silent on the White Terror and on Russian collaboration with the Nazis (many of them do have family ties to KONR and SS traitors).

Sad, ain’t it? A bunch of opportunistic First Families has hijacked Christ’s Church, and they accept a “mess of pottage” from its foes. Nevertheless, it won’t last forever… it’ll only seem that way…

BMD

 

22 July 2013. Lyonyo’s Going to Moscow… On His Own… Is He Paying His Own Freight or the Centre Picking Up the Tab?

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I knew that my acerbic comments on Lyonyo would excite a response. One of the Cabinet wrote me:

No, he’s not in Moscow yet. Fr Leonid will  leave for Moscow tomorrow (Monday), as he’d planned all along.

I replied:

Then, why didn’t oca.org report that? Their secrecy is oppressive and severe, even in minor matters.

Yes… Lyonyo holds you in the utmost contempt. He’s a public official of the Church, so, his comings and goings are of public interest. He had a duty to inform us that he’d be going separately… but he didn’t, as views you as dirt under his pristine feet. Isn’t it grand to be treated like a serf? That’s the First Families for ya…

BMD

 

ROCOR Rapped “Loose Cannon” Clergy in their Western Rite Parishes

00 Jerome Shaw 02

THIS is why the ROCOR Holy Synod had to act…

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At a meeting in New York, the ROCOR Holy Synod took disciplinary action against a bishop who ordained priests in the Western, not the Orthodox, Rite. A ruling of the Synod published on the official ROCOR website stated that the suspension was for Bishop Jerome Shaw’s ordination of new clergy for parishes adhering to the Western Rite, and it censured Bishop Jerome “for his wilfulness” in the supervision of such parishes. Simultaneously, the Synod refused to recognise the ordination of a group of individuals by Bishop Jerome. The Synod relieved Bishop Jerome of all duties, including the post of the vicar for pastoral care of Western Rite parishes, and sent him into retirement. The Synod reminded so-called “Western” parishes of the need for them to follow Orthodox liturgical traditions, even if they maintained, if necessary, some features of the Western Rite.

Commenting on the decision, Archpriest Georgi Roshchin, the representative of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) at the UN, explained to Interfax-Religion, “The history of the Western Rite in the Orthodox Church is complex and ambiguous. Originally, it existed amongst communities that converted to Orthodoxy en bloc. In order not to violate the customary course of the liturgical life of whole communities that converted to Orthodoxy, the Church allowed them to keep the liturgical order according to the so-called ‘Roman Rite’. However, along with the preservation of a Western liturgical order, such parishes had to follow the Orthodox Paschalia strictly, and strive in every way over time to bring their liturgical life in accordance with Orthodox canons and traditions”.

In 2011, the ROCOR established a special Vicariate in the USA for such parishes, headed by Bishop Jerome of Manhattan. Fr Georgi said, “Unfortunately, it became apparent that this form of mission didn’t bring the desired results, often, it was an obstacle to believers who adhere to the ancient Orthodox liturgical tradition”. Besides that, he pointed up that the ROCOR isn’t the only group that practised this kind of concession in Orthodoxy. Until now, most of such parishes in the USA were under the omophor of the Local Church of Antioch and all the East. Fr Georgi stated, “However, in the case of the vicariate under the ROCOR, ordained priests were permitted to use Western formularies, that is, these converts perceived the Western Rite not as a vehicle for the confession of Orthodoxy using their familiar liturgical order, but as something self-contained, having a legal right to existence and development within the Orthodox tradition. Naturally, that caused confusion on the part of believers”. Due to this, the ROCOR Holy Synod decided, in his words, “to use a very strict interpretation [of the concession]”. As a result, it removed Bishop Jerome from the post of vicar overseeing parishes of the Western liturgical tradition.

18 July 2013

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=51999

Editor’s Note:

Hilarion Kapral does it again! Firstly, with that bunch of rebellious nuns in Maryland, and, now, with Shaw (and his sidekick Bondi). Hilarion has a definite MO… first, he gives the perp a chance to “fly right”. Then, he gives them another chance. If they still don’t “get the message”, Hilarion acts swiftly and without equivocation. In the case of the dippy nuns (who refused to give up a squffy pseudo-“elder”), he pulled their antimins, in effect, putting them under an interdict. They disobediently went another bishop… no doubt, pleasing Hilarion, for they were no longer his headache, and someone else’s. In this case, he expects the disgrunts to do likewise. In both cases, Hilarion kicked no one out directly… keeping his “white hat” clean. Freddie MG was a truculent little harridan over the nuns… is she going to be likewise over these jabronies? Hilarion should think twice before allowing her to speak at any more parishes…

BMD

 

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