Voices from Russia

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Farewell… to the Aleksandrov Ensemble… to General Khalilov… to Dr Liza… Вечная память!

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev serving Pannikhida for the Sochi crash victims at the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow on 2 November 2017

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This is an unedited vid of the funeral at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery (FVMK) in Mytishchi (Moscow Oblast)… the secular farewell proper begins with speeches at 8:38. The religious service begins at 16:15. The procession to the grave begins at 23:00. The burial proper begins at 34:00. Fast forward, if you wish…

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A more edited vid… the religious service begins at 1:40… it ends with the famous Sacred Love by G V Sviridov

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The farewell for Lieutenant-General V M Khalilov, the Ensemble dirigent (click on the link… it works… it only looks broken for some reason)

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The Russian government is keeping a tight lid on the investigation. It’s releasing nothing to the media as of today. However, I’ll report that most ordinary Russians believe that the CIA sabotaged the aircraft. Most believe that they simply interfered with the structure or engines, to make it look like a technical breakdown (a common Langley tactic). No matter what conclusion the investigation reaches, the Russian public has made up its mind… the Americans did it… at the urging of Hillary Clinton and her allies. It’s much like the sinking of the K141 Kursk… no one believes the official reason… everyone believes that an American sub rammed the Kursk.

In short, this wasn’t only a tragedy, it was another link in the chain of incidents that has eroded Russian faith in the USA. Deserved or not, that’s the reality. Unfortunately, the actions of feckless warmongering filth such as McCain and Clinton exacerbated this. God do help us.

BMD

Thursday, 2 February 2017

2 February 2017. Today is the 40th Day After the Tu-154 Crash… It’s a Day of Special Memorial for Believers

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Today is the 40th day after the tragic plane crash in the Black Sea that killed most members of the Aleksandrov Ensemble and Dr Liza. It’s a special time for Orthodox believers to pray for the repose of the souls of the departed. Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov served the funeral for Dr Liza, as he was close to her family… as the second-most-powerful churchman in the MP, it also sent a message on how HH viewed the matter (HH would’ve served, but Yuvenaly had closer ties to the family, so he stepped aside). The members of the Ensemble share a common grave at the new military cemetery outside Moscow… that’s fitting and right… they lie together as they died together. Illarion Alfeyev served the funeral for General Khalilov, the Ensemble director, as the general was one of his instructors at the Gnessin (another appropriate and fitting action).

Don’t forget to pray for the repose of their souls… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…

BMD

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Moscow Celebrated Despite Coldest Christmas Night “In 120 Years”

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Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t stop worshipers from celebrating Epiphany and Orthodox Christmas. Christian believers across the globe joined in celebrations. Those who attended midnight liturgy at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour had to bundle up for the bitter cold as temperatures in the capital dropped to about -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) on Christmas night. In Moscow Oblast, temperatures dropped below -32 (-26 Fahrenheit). Extremely cold weather hit the whole country, with some regions such as Siberia and Yakutiya recording temperatures of -40 (-40 Fahrenheit). In Moscow, the MChS deployed around 500 emergency personnel to help worshipers. Authorities provided around 200 mobile food tents with hot meals during the Christmas celebrations due to the cold. RIA Novosti quoted a meteorologist from Fobos weather centre:

This Christmas night was the coldest in the last 120 years, although the absolute record was more than 130 years ago in 1881, it was -35 (-31 Fahrenheit).

Frost hits Russia as Christmas Comes for Orthodox Christians (IMAGES)

The Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar adopted by the Catholic Church in the 16th Century. This is why Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, and not on 25 December. The Local Churches of Jerusalem, Serbia, Poland, Czechia/Slovakia, and Georgia, as well as the so-called Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniates) and some Protestants, use the Julian calendar, so they also celebrate Christmas on 7 January.

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On Friday, in Serbia, where temperatures dropped below -15 (+5 Fahrenheit), Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve in front of St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade with a traditional oak log fire.

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In Turkey, Orthodox Christians also joined the celebrations despite sub-zero temperatures. On Friday, believers jumped into the Golden Horn strait in Istanbul in a traditional ceremony celebrating the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany, or the baptism of Christ. Traditionally, Orthodox Epiphany is on 19 January, according to Julian Calendar. However, some Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany on 6 January as they use the Catholic calendar for fixed feasts.

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Orthodox believers in Bulgaria waded into the icy waters of the Tundzha River and danced the Hora, in a traditional male-only event to celebrate Epiphany. The men dressed in folk costumes and dived into the freezing waters to find a crucifix thrown in by the priest, before handing it to the youngest participant of the dance. The folk belief is that the person who retrieves it will be healthy all year.

7 January 2017

RT

https://www.rt.com/news/372902-orthodox-christmas-frost-celebrate/

Friday, 9 December 2016

9 December 2016. A Point for Priests to Ponder from Bishop Panteleimon Shatov

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To teach people to love, they need an example. First of all, love is caring and being concerned about your spiritual children. Let them know that you’re always there for them… give them your phone number, let them know when you’re at the church building, let them know that you’re ready to talk to them. Without this, it’s impossible to teach them to love. If you’re going to love them and care for them, you must do this… for they won’t learn love if you don’t. … You can also involve the active laity… for example, teach them how to greet people on the Great Feasts, teach them how to talk to others about the church and about prayer, and have them publicise parish activities. It’s imperative that priests interact with unchurched people. Many such people have good hearts; they want to engage do good works… engage them in volunteer activities. For many people, volunteering can lead to becoming more churched.

Bishop Panteleimon Shatov of Orekhovo-Zuevo

Head, MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service (OTsBSS)

Editor:

Bishop Panteleimon is the Mother Church’s “tsar” of social service and social justice. He’s a former parish priest (he’s a widower with grown children), so he knows from hard experience what works and what doesn’t “out there”. He’s one of my fave bishops… he’s always out there doing what he should; he’s always out there serving the people. If anyone “gives an example” and is an exemplar, he does and he is. People like Vladyki Panteleimon keep me in the Church after the latest antics of Farley, Whiteford, Trenham, et al. Bishop Panteleimon is the REAL Church… those named (and those like them) aren’t. Keep it focused and you’ll keep it together.

BMD

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