Voices from Russia

Saturday, 23 August 2014

John Richard Daeuenhauer. Easter Matins

00 Russian Orthodox Easter Basket. 08.06.14


Easter Matins

In redness, the votive lamp

glows red. The altar is the still

centre of the world. We stand

in midnight darkness, semi-

circling the altar, and become

an icon, standing as the halo

spelling out “I AM

WHO I AM”, bearing

salvation history in icons

of the prophets, Annunciation,

Nativity, Theophany,

and Lazarus, about to light

the candles, chant

the resurrection, and proceed

around the church. This circling

becomes at once the first, and yet

the farthest, the once and yet most recent

ring of ever expanding con-

centric circles, both the splash

and ripple, the candles tracers

captured in a time exposure

of the timeless moment. We circle

stillness at the empty

centre of creation: a cosmic

gyroscope of time and space

balancing the world, as the church itself

becomes the empty tomb.

John Richard Daeuenhauer


John Richard Daeuenhauer. Russian Easter, 1981

00 Larisa Sudakova. A Church in the Carpathians. 1999

A Church in the Carpathians

Larisa Sudakova



Russian Easter, 1981

As if

these northern lights confirm

what the music tells us

circling the church

with the myrrh bearing women

on our three-day journey

to the empty tomb:

“The angels in heaven

sing Thy resurrection”,

but we on earth

still await the news

beneath the physics

of solar flares and shock waves,

energy showers

sprinkling the earth-

the earth still frozen

crunchy, where we meet it,

thawing underfoot

after equinox, after

Passover, but still

Not fully released

From the hold of death—

while songs and incense rise;

as if perhaps

from some angelic vista

this stream of candle flame

is some

human northern lights

rising from the earth,

a flowing glimmer in the vernal

almost-midnight dark.

John Richard Daeuenhauer

23 August 2014. Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, OH MY! Little Mizz Ginny Falls Into the Pit (AGAIN!)… oca.org Does Its Usual Shitty Job

00 same ol' shit. 29.05.12


Well, it didn’t surprise me, but it’s sad to note that oca.org didn’t note the passing of John Richard Daeuenhauer… the guy was famous throughout the state of Alaska and beyond, he was a big sweat in promoting and preserving the Tlingit language, he wrote kick-ass poetry, what’s not to like? However, oca.org didn’t note his passing. They DID note a deacon and matushka… but not Mr Daeunhauer… and this happened on TUESDAY, kids… FOUR DAYS AGO. This is proof, even for the slow learners, that Lil’ Mizz Ginny is incompetent and clueless… she doesn’t know how to run an official website. She may have the credentials to do so, but her actions show that she doesn’t know shit from shinola about the real world and how to go about one’s work in it. I know what I would’ve done… but I’m not going to give this lazy gofer any hints on how to do her job. Trust me, the news would’ve been up, and any person of good sense would know how I did it. This shows that Lyonyo and the Syosset mob have nothing but contempt for you… but, that’s not news, is it? However (as Chukcha the Wise would have it)… Lyonyo (and all the First Family apparat) does approve of journalistic drooling running dogs like Victor Potapov, Serge Schmemann, Freddy M-G, Sophia Kishkovsky, and Rod Dreher… so, his patronage of Lil’ Mizz Ginny isn’t exactly a surprise, is it?

SHAME ON oca.org!

However, do note that they lose no sleep over it. That’s how much contempt that they have for ordinary believers. May God see and judge!


Вечная ему память. Reader John Richard Daeunhauer: Orthodox Christian and Poet

00 Dauenhauers. 22.08.14

A note to my readers… anything that you see on this blogsite, you can post on yours… I don’t believe in suing people, puffing myself up, or trying to steal credit that’s not mine to steal. We’re all in this together…


00 John Richard Daeunhauer. 23.08.14

Dick and Nora earlier this year, in May…


Reader John Richard Daeuenhauer wasn’t only a scholar and preserver of Tlingit language and literacy. He was a faithful Orthodox Christian and Church Reader who attended services, received sacraments, served on his parish council, and was on the St Herman Seminary Board. One of his many legacies is his poetry, which fuses Orthodox theology with creative expression and interactions with the Alaskan landscape and people. Daeunhauer’s writings and poetry are full of the themes of personal transfiguration, death, and resurrection in Christ. The Orthodox faith helped shape his worldview; his essay The Spiritual Epiphany of Aleut clearly expressed that. Reader John showed an abiding interest in the Orthodox teaching of theosis, the gradual process of human beings becoming “partakers of the divine nature” (1 Peter 1.4) and growing in the likeness of God. He wrote:

The potential for divinity is inseparable from the potential for humanity, because, as Jesus teaches in the Gospel according to St Luke (17.21) that the Kingdom of God is within us and doesn’t come visibly in the form of a geographic place. Likewise, St John the Theologian repeats a theme throughout the Fourth Gospel that we all have the potential of being born as children of God (1.12-13) and that unless we undergo a spiritual rebirth or enlightenment… a spiritual coming alive… we can’t see the Kingdom of God (3.3-8). Conversely, the act or experience of enlightenment reveals the Kingdom of God.

Orthodox Alaska

January 1979, p. 35   

This quest for spiritual rebirth and regeneration certainly was a major theme in Dauenhauer’s life and work. As a faithful Orthodox Christian, Reader John sought to be personally transformed and transfigured by Jesus Christ and the life of the Church. Through personal rebirth, not only do we see the Kingdom of God (even in this life), but we become truly human. It’s only in relationship to God that we can become human beings.  Reader John’s love, humour, and kindness show that he had truly become a new creature in Christ.

Reader John often meditated and wrote on death and mortality in the Light of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. Now, he’s personally made that passage from death to life that he prayed about for many years.  His unpublished poetry collection Doxologies has two beautiful poems on Pascha, which express his belief in life after death and the unique way in which Orthodox services link the Church on earth with the Church in heaven. In these poems, the liturgical worship of the Church mirrors and reflects cosmic worship and transformation of all of God’s Creation. As we pray for Reader John, Norah, and family, his poetry can help us experience the Empty Tomb and the Light of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. They form a lasting legacy to Reader John’s abiding faith and hope in Christ. We believe that Reader John is now experiencing the heavenly cosmic Liturgy of which he wrote so convincingly. May His memory be eternal!

Вечная ему память

undated (after 19 August 2014)

The Diocese of Alaska


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