Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 November 2017

From the Speech of Professor A I Osipov at the Yekaterinskaya Zale in the Moscow Kremlin at His Investiture with the Order of Friendship on 15 November 2017

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We live at a time when we face many problems. True, this isn’t new for Rus; it always seems to be in such a state. You can point up many reasons why it arises in different spheres of life. However, I’d like to speak about the most important things, about roots. One can see the basis for such turmoil in the spiritual and moral state of our society. As F I Tyutchyov put it 150 years ago:

In our day, our flesh isn’t corrupted, but our spirit is, so people are in great distress.

For this reason, a terrible and hellish revolution took place; we just marked its 100th anniversary. Is there any solution to this problem? You hear much talk about it. For my part, I’d like to say that I V Kireyevsky, that remarkable thinker of the 19th-century, pointed up the main line of reasoning very well:

Every moral victory in the soul of one person is a great triumph for all of mankind.

The ancient Romans said:

Vive ut vivas… “Live to live [well]”.

However, is life possible without a soul and without God? Vladimir Vladimirovich, your attention to the spiritual and moral side of our society’s life inspires both optimism and hope. Thank you very much!

A I Osipov

Honoured Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy

17 November 2017

Official Site of A I Osipov

http://alexey-osipov.ru/video/intervju/vystuplenie-v-ekaterininskom-zale-kremlya-15-noyabrya-2017-goda/

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Official Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias to US President Donald Trump Regarding the Shooting at the Texas Church

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On Sunday 5 November 2017, during services at the Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs TX USA, an armed man went to the premises and started to shoot at random at the parishioners. He killed 26 people, amongst them children, adolescents, the elderly, and a pregnant woman. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias sent his condolences to US President Donald Trump.

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His Excellency Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

Your Excellency, dear Mr President!

I deeply deplore the tragedy that occurred in the Baptist church in Sutherland Springs TX and I express my sincere condolences to you and the entire American people. This horrendous crime committed on a Sunday, a holy day for Christians, took away the lives of dozens of innocent people, amongst them defenceless old people, women, and children, stuns us with its demonic cruelty and cunning. It’s my belief that such acts of violence don’t and can’t have any justification. I ask you to convey my words of sympathy and support to the families of the victims and to the survivors of the shooting. I pray that our Gracious and Mankind-loving God will console all the afflicted and grant prompt healing to the wounded.

Yours in faith,

+KIRILL

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias   

6 November 2017

Patriarchia.ru

MP official website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/5057261.html

13 November 2017. Mitred Archpriest Michael Margitich Died… Вечная ему память

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Sermon of St John Chrysostom for Easter. Santa Rosa CA USA 2012

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Fr Michael was one of the first Orthodox military chaplains in the US forces, serving in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1984, retiring at the rank of colonel. He was in the OCA. I always remind my readers (especially, the younger ones and newbies) that we pray for everyone at their passing, not only those whom we find pleasing. Fr Michael was one of the “good guys”…

Remember to pray always for the departed… we’re Christians; that’s what we do.

Вечная ему память

BMD

Sunday, 12 November 2017

12 November 2017. How to End Arguments With Toll-House Nutters

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If some half-salted idiot starts nattering crackbrained nonsense like the toll-houses or dribbling about the latest “guru” elder, don’t get suckered into a pointless argument. Be wise like a serpent, as the Apostle bade us. If someone spouts such rubbish, simply say:

The toddlers do say such INTERESTING things, don’t they?

AFTER THAT, SMILE WICKEDLY. Only then, come out and say:

There are many mansions in Our Lord’s House. That’s only one. I choose not to live in it.

That’ll normally lead to a pause. They truly don’t know how to respond. Then, say with great emphasis:

Orthodoxy is the freest of all the Churches. We’re not a gulag or prison-house. Do think on that… and not just for five minutes.

Then, break off all further discussion, bidding them to think about it for at least a month or so, considering the ENTIRE debate, not just the konvertsy pabulum. It just may work… for some, at least. After all, I AM an “elder” (63-years-old) and that does mean something.

BMD

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