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Sunday, 10 September 2017

10 September 2017. Truth Without Love is a Lie

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Do note how the konvertsy hound the bishops about people they deem “impure”. They claim that they’re upholding the truth. Dostoyevsky makes it clear that their “truth” is the most despicable of lies… do reflect on that. I wanted to choose an image of absolute sterility and deadness… no people or animals… no plants… no tracks… no nothing. That’s what the konvertsy and their “uncompromising truth” are… sterile, empty, and dead. They have no life within them as they lack all semblance of love. They don’t even know that Orthodoxy is the freest of the Christian confessions and the one most ready to overlook human frailties in the name of salvation. They HATE oikonomia. They hate compassion and understanding. They hate what our real Church Fathers teach. They’ve created a soulless golem with no relation to Real Living Orthodoxy. The sterile desert is, indeed, an apt metaphor for them.

BMD

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Где же Бог? Where is God?

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In recent months, the monstrous concentration of madness, enmity, and hatred troubled us, leading to increasing anxiety, a multiplication of our suffering and pain.

Where is God?

In recent years, we’ve had problematic responses to the increase of nature’s disturbances on the one hand, and the intensification of human passions on the other. Nevertheless, both of these things have close connections. I don’t have any wonder at the increasing madness about me. However, I’m not scared and I don’t lose heart, because, ultimately, it’s what we do, not under what circumstances or what era that we live in that determines things. That’s the main issue that should concern us, and that should strengthen us amidst all these alarming events taking place around us. Maybe, we should start praying a little bit more and with more intensity than usual, asking the Lord to intervene in our madness and to lead us into an agreement with his Divine Will. Maybe, it’s time to become a little more careful with our words and deeds, making sure that they’re in consonance with the Gospel. Maybe, we should try a little harder to start doing what’s good for Christ’s sake. Moreover, our prayer, our faith, and the fruits of our faith are great things, even if only on the scale of our own lives and the lives of our families and our loved ones. Without a doubt, Elder Paisy of the Holy Mountain was wise when he taught that if you wanted to make the world better, you’d best start with yourself, to make a small part of our world a better place. We should all take a deep breath, trust God, and be patient. The Lord will put everything in its place! We should take care that our place remains constant… at the feet of Our Saviour.

29 June 2017

Yuri Igorevich Vorobyov

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Monday, 29 May 2017

29 May 2017. What Does the REAL Church Teach?

“Everyone needs to carry their cross”… do remember what our Lord Christ said of such sorts. Pharisaism didn’t die in the First Century, sadly enough…

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I’ve seen rightwing priests (usually konvertsy, but not always) put up new barricades around the Eucharist to “protect” it. From whom? Ordinary sinful-ginful Christians? I know of a young priest who always pridefully announces at every liturgy that communion is only for those who’ve prepared… then, he communes people who haven’t made a confession in months! Some priests deny the Mysteries to those who didn’t go to the evening services the night before. The REAL Church is more forgiving… see the following:

Священник не имеет права отлучать или лишать причастия ИСКРЕННЕ КАЮЩЕГОСЯ ЧЕЛОВЕКА без разрешения своего епископа. Он может только посоветовать не приступать к причастию в определённых ситуациях или однократно не допустить (например, если человек не подготовился должным образом).

Указы Святейшего Синода РПЦ

1722, 1734 года

A priest doesn’t have the right to excommunicate and deny communion to a SINCERELY PENITENT PERSON without the permission of his bishop. He can only advise not to proceed with communion in certain situations or tell them once to avoid it (for example, if a person didn’t prepare properly).

Decree of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

1722 & 1734 

Священник не имеет права отлучать от Причастия или называть блудниками супругов, живущих в законном, но не венчанном браке.

Определение Священного Синода РПЦ

1998 года

A priest doesn’t have the right to exclude someone from communion or call people immoral, if they have a legal, but not sacramental, marriage.

Definition of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

1998 

I gave the Russian originals as they’re normative, not the English translation. Note well that these are synodical declarations of the Church… that is, they’re binding on us as disciplinary nomocanons. Most of the arrogant rightwing clergy out there have no clue as to what the Church has actually said “as Church”. All too many are recent converts ordained before they were ready, and some only have a heterodox formation, with no real Orthodox clerical formation. The REAL Church is fond of oikonomia… the “protectors” of the Eucharist are fond of strictness. You can see the difference, can’t you?

The Church is a Welcoming Haven for Sinful-Ginful Humanity… the konvertsy want a Pure Conventicle of the Righteous Pious. You can have one or the other. Choose wisely…

BMD

Saturday, 29 April 2017

29 April 2017. We Must Unburden Each Other

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