Voices from Russia

Saturday, 11 March 2017

11 March 2017. What Is At the Centre of Christianity? S I Fudel Tells You…

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No educated Russian needs an introduction to S I Fudel. He spent a good deal of his life in the camps… but had no bitterness or hate. He wrote:

My life wasn’t an endless series of misfortunes and mishaps; it granted me the chance to bear the Cross for Christ’s sake. In a sense, I died in infertility. Nevertheless, in a strange way, it gave me gratitude for life and, more surprisingly, gave me the hope of forgiveness.

The priest in the photo is the famous Mitred Archpriest N V Balashov, the real tsar of the MP OVTsS (Department of External Church Relations… he’s Alfeyev‘s minder and everyone knows it).

BMD

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

8 March 2017. Finding of the Relics of St Matrona the Blessed of Moscow

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The wonder-working power of Matrona of Moscow was directly due to her suffering, to the endurance of her anguish as she bore her salvific and life-giving cross. May the Lord help us all; call upon the Holy Righteous Matrona, ask for her aid in solving your life’s problems. At the same time, ask her to fill your heart and your mind with the power of her example, with the understanding of what it means for you to carry the cross that God imposes on you.

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias

On 8 March 1998, Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger of Moscow and all the Russias authorised the uncovering of the relics of St Matrona Nikonova the Blessed of Moscow. This is the second holy day for this saint (the other is on 2 May, the date of her death). Today, her relics are in the Pokrovsky Stavropegic Convent in Moscow… one can venerate them every day from 07.00 until 20.00… on Sunday, the relics open for veneration at 06.00. Thousands of people daily come to Matrona to venerate her relics. Easily, she’s one of the most “popular” saints in Moscow. The fact that International Women’s Day and this holy day of St Matrona coincide is a coincidence, but a happy one.

BMD

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Today is Forgiveness Sunday

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Please forgive! 

If they ask for and seek forgiveness from the soul and you answer with forgiveness, as hidden sin burdens and injures the soul, your life won’t be in turmoil! On this last day of Maslenitsa… give forgiveness!

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Dear Friends!

Today is Forgiveness Sunday. I ask everyone I’ve wronged to forgive me; let’s bury all our disputes and misunderstandings. Let’s show kindness, to bring comfort our souls. I ask all of you to go to your loved ones to ask them for forgiveness; those who forgive will receive forgiveness. Let universal peace and happiness reign amongst us!

Thanks,

Aleksei Zhuravko

26 February 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Editor:

Aleksei Zhuravko is one of the patriot leaders in the Donbass. Never forget that the Peoples Republics rest on the double foundation of Socialism and Orthodox Christianity. The Uniate aggressors, on the other hand, believe in Oligarch Capitalism and Western Heterodoxy. You may support one or the other, but not both. I think that it’s no mystery where my sympathies lie.

BMD

Saturday, 25 February 2017

25 February 2017. From the Russian Web… It’s Maslenitsa! For ALL Of Us!

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I used the original caption from the original post I saw on vK. Maslenitsa is the last fling before the onset of the Great Lent. It’s our Russian Mardi Gras… it lasts the whole week before Clean Monday, the beginning of the fast. You party hearty until the cannon goes off at midnight… then, “Maslenitsa’s over! It’s Lent! It’s time to fast”. As everyone knows, “A house is not a home until there’s a cat in it”… such is our Russian folk wisdom. Therefore, even our cats and our other animals share in our festive mood, too. Maslenitsa has pagan roots, like so much else in traditional Christianity, but don’t let that make you drop it. That’s crackbrained… the Church has “baptised” many things, and Maslenitsa is one of them (besides being tonnes o’ fun). The last day of Maslenitsa coincides with the Sunday of Forgiveness on the formal Church calendar. We ask forgiveness of others and extend it to those who ask it of us. Besides this, the women of the family go to visit the family graves, asking forgiveness of the departed, laying blini on the grave (and sometimes pouring out some vodka, too). In country parts, many people do kindnesses to animals.

Christ came to transfigure and redeem the WHOLE world… not just mankind and not just “religious” things. Think on that…

BMD

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