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Saturday, 6 December 2014

6 December 2014. A Thought from HH…

00 Patriarch Kirill. Religion. 22.05.14

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Christ was love; He embodied love. Furthermore, we know how hard it is to transmit that feeling in everyday life to the people around us. Often enough, we can’t even do it for our closest friends and relatives… that’s not even to bring up strangers! However, the Lord doesn’t excuse us from this commandment… He says to us, “Love one another” (Gospel according to St John 13.34). This means that we must grow in love.

His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Oblast) Russian Federation

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The complete verse is:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

This is a dominical statement. The complete paragraph spans verses 31 to 35, and it came after the Washing of the Apostles’ Feet:

Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

After this, Christ predicted that St Peter would betray him, that “in my Father’s House there are many mansions”, and “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. If we love one another… we must be willing to serve (the Washing of the Feet)… we must be willing to be loyal unto death… we must be willing to confess the Faith full and entire. Indeed, if you want to get the full meaning of this, you have to look at the whole dialogue, which is Chapters 13 to 17.

What this is NOT is “speaking the truth in love”… people who use that misbegotten phrase never speak the truth, nor do they speak it in a loving way. All those who say such are really prideful and puffed-up self-appointed judges. God is my and your judge… not me! Not John Whiteford! Not Rod Dreher! God is the Judge of All… that allows us to love our fellow-man, as we are NOT their judge.

If we love one another, we won’t go out looking for windmills to tilt at… we’ll look for real people to love. That’s what I see from the standpoint of my six decades. Will the children grow up? That’s up to them… keep the light on and make sure that the key is under the mat… they could very well surprise us. Keep the jug at hand…

BMD

Antiochan Orthodox Installing New Leader: North American Diocese Celebrates Its Roots

00 metropolitan joseph. 06.12.14

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No one under 50 can remember the last enthronement of a North American leader of the Antiochian Orthodox, a church with ancient roots in the Arab lands in and around Syria. However, today, they’ll experience it in Brooklyn in a service that’d formalise the election earlier this year of Archbishop Joseph al-Zehlaoui as the new metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Earlier this week, by phone, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna al-Yazigi of Antioch and all the East, who arrived from Syria earlier this week to preside at the ceremony, said, “This event means to us a lot… joy for the faithful in America and the homeland. We are one family”.

Even amidst the full pomp and splendour of the Orthodox liturgy at the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Brooklyn, worshipers will keep in mind their counterparts in and around Syria, where the self-styled Islamic State and other extremist militants target Christians and other religious minorities. Extremists kidnapped Patriarch Youhanna’s brother, also a bishop, with another bishop near Aleppo in Syria, almost two years ago. The Patriarch said, “It’s not so easy, but … despite all these difficulties and tragedies, we still hope”. His brother remains missing.

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA) has 266 parishes and missions, with an especially strong presence in Pennsylvania due to historic Arab Christian immigration here. St George Cathedral in Oakland PA is the centre of a diocese spanning five states. Antiochian Village, a summer camp and conference centre in Westmoreland County, is a regional hub of church activity. Fr Anthony Yazge, camp director at Antiochian Village, one of about half a dozen Pittsburgh-area priests headed to the enthronement, said, “[Metropolitan Joseph] is a very pious man who places great value in the youth of the Church. He’s not a person who’s going to take the easy way. He’s going to take the right way”.

Earlier this year, the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch elected Metropolitan Joseph to succeed Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who died at age 82 in March after a 48-year tenure in which he expanded the church’s appeal to converts and other Orthodox beyond his fellow Arab-Americans. The denomination reported having about 100,000 members and more than 400 clergy. Metropolitan Joseph, 64, was born and raised in Syria, where he began his ministry before working as a priest in Europe and later America. In 1991, he began a tenure as bishop and later archbishop of Los Angeles. He was one of three nominees to replace Metropolitan Philip.

In a phone interview, he said, “The enthronement isn’t only for me. It’s a blessing to the entire archdiocese and the entire Orthodox world”. He plans to continue his predecessor’s outreaches beyond the ethnic Arab community, continuing an emphasis on young people that’s always marked his ministry. He said, “The problem is, whether within the archdiocese or any other jurisdiction, we’re losing the new generation because we don’t have much for them”. He said it’s important to meet with and listen to young people regularly. He expects to be a regular visitor at Antiochian Village and elsewhere, saying, “I have a fancy office here (in New York), but you won’t find me in the office most of the time… I’ll be on the road”.

He said he’s on equal footing with the newest of converts, noting, “Even though I was born in the faith, I have to convert to the faith daily by practising the faith and doing virtuous and Christian actions”. Echoing the Patriarch’s concerns for Syria, he said that cousins have died and a young great-nephew suffered serious wounds in the fighting in his native land, observing, “Christians and Muslims lived side by side for all those years. Now, various factions are destroying Christianity. We’re between this and that.”

Patriarch Youhanna said that he has no word on the whereabouts of his brother, Bishop Boulos al-Yazigi, or fellow Bishop Youhanna Ibrahim following their kidnapping in April 2013 near Aleppo. The relatively sparse news reports on them give different accounts of which Islamic extremist group may be holding them. Patriarch Youhanna lamented how little attention their plight received in news or diplomatic circles, “We see an international silence about this matter, which is a shame for all the world when we speak about democracy and human rights”.

6 December 2014

Peter Smith

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2014/12/06/Antiochan-Orthodox-installing-new-leader/stories/201412060031

Editor:

Mollard is in Moscow. The OCA knew EONS ago about this event. No doubt, Mollard was going to be there. Note well that HH called Mollard in without any advanced warning. This means that HH is VERY concerned about something. This kerfuffle will affect future relations between the AOCANA and the OCA. Normally, HH would NOT call Mollard in at such a time… but something happened after the USA put its three carpetbaggers in the Uniate junta. I wouldn’t trust Peterson or Dahulich (both are going to the installation), but who else can the OCA send? Watch Dahulich schmooze with the radical konvertsy element in AOCANA (I don’t think that Dahulich really left the EP in his heart-of-hearts). If I were the Antiochians, I’d watch who he confabbed with… he’s capable of leading a bloc of parishes out of the OCA and AOCANA into Bart’s grasp. The OCA was abysmally stupid to have taken him in as a bishop. What’s done is done… it won’t be pretty in the end, I’ll wager. Watch events and watch Dahulich… he has the capacity to be another Rusantsov or Pashkovsky. We’ll regret having enabled him, I fear.

BMD

6 December 2014. Latest Sitrep Map from Novorossiya… Truce Holding for Nearly Three Months

00 donetsk 02. 03.08.14

“The DNR: A People’s Republic economy without oligarchs or corruption”. The Novorossiya patriots don’t need foreign carpetbaggers… the Uniate junta does. That, dear friend, says it all… one side has patriots, the other has foreigners or lickspittle mercenaries who’ve sold themselves out to outside interests. It proves that no healthy patriotism or love of homeland exists amongst Uniates and schismatics. God do preserve us…

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00 sitrep map Novorossiya. 05.12.14

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Since 8 September, a truce in the War of Liberation in Novorossiya has held. Yes… there are many violations on the part of the Uniate pigs, but one has to expect that, as they never keep their word (would you trust an apostate’s veracity?). However, on the whole, the truce has held. Why? Firstly, the truce allows the Union of People’s Republics the breathing space to repair major war damage and receive succour from their Russian allies. Yes, there’s sporadic shelling and constant patrol actions, but nothing major. Secondly, the Uniate junta is in disarray… the fact that it named foreign carpetbaggers as Ministers of Health, Finance, and Economics shows that even the Ukrainian political class has abandoned the Uniate junta. Reports keep coming out of massive draft-dodging in junta areas and massive disaffection in the junta forces. As the Ukrainian media is under draconian control more severe than that of the USSR, there’s no way that objective observers can get the truth from junta sources. I’d only say that the Uniates and schismatics glorify the Nazi collaborators of the VOV… they do so openly, so, that means that the US Republican Party spits in the faces of all remaining World War II vets and laughs at them… after all, the USA did fight with the USSR AGAINST the Nazi filth. The history of the US Republican Party since 1946 is clear… it supports former Nazis (and their progeny and those of like ilk) and it kicks leftists (and the memory of the socialist New Deal… which won World War II!) when it can. In short, the Uniate junta is gasping for breath… the only way that it can survive is if the USA backs off… but the Anglo Americans are wilful children who think that they own the world.

The truce is holding, for that is what VVP wants. It’s obvious… Russia will hold back as the Ukraine unravels. The USA can’t use its overwhelming naval superiority, and US air and land forces in-theatre are too weak to hold the Russian forces; they’re only useful as a nuclear tripwire. It’d be a rerun of 2008, but the Russians learned from their errors in that campaign… the USA didn’t. Remember, Russia got a windfall of tons of juicy intel when it captured the American base intact at Gori (the Americans believed their own lies, so, they didn’t skedaddle in time). Persistent reports in Russia say that Russia handed back American special operators on the QT after an abortive attack on the Roki Tunnel (probably, American servicemen got “seconded” to Blackwater to give the US government deniability). That does fit VVP’s MO… he’s not a compulsive gambler like John McCain… he’s not a boastful liar like Ted Cruz (remember his antics at the Arab dinner?)… nor is he a rightwing fanatic like Marco Rubio. VVP is a good example of the Organy… cool, professional, competent, and patient. That’s why the truce is holding. V V Putin is for peace… the US Republicans and Interventionist Democrats are for war.

None dare call it evil…

BMD

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