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

Happy Easter and Happy Workers’ Day!

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Russian Orthodox Churches don’t have pews. You stand the whole time (5 hours). Someday, we’ll all stand like this before God. (original caption)

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Me with Fr Boris, my Godfather, former chaplain and soldier in the Vostok Battalion. We may look like a couple of bikers in this pic, but this was after a 5 hour Orthodox Easter service. It was beautiful. (original caption)

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Editor:

We as Orthodox Christians have a choice. We can follow rightwing charlatans like John Whiteford, Rod Dreher, Victor Potapov, and Josiah Trenham, or we can follow true Christian gentlemen like Russell  Bentley. Read the following… you know what the rightwing pukes say, I needn’t repeat it. Weigh the two positions, then, choose… choose wisely, for the fate of your immortal soul IS in the balance…

You can line up with the Trump Chumps or with decent people of goodwill such as Russell Bentley. One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

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Today’s an auspicious day; it’s both Easter Sunday in the Russian Orthodox Church, and 1 May, the real Labour Day, when we honour the workers of the world. Therefore, it’s a very special day for Essence of Time volunteers in the DNR and all around the world. Essence of Time believes in Communism 2.0 and in the Russian Orthodox religion. We seek to invent an improved Communism, a Socialist Union of workers, peoples and nations around the world, and we realise we can only do this with God’s help. However, we don’t expect God to do it for us. We know it’ll take a great deal of work, wisdom, and sacrifice on our part to achieve this lofty goal.

The Russian Orthodox religion isn’t like most religions in the West… the phoney “Prosperity Gospel”, a despicable lie that says that rich people are rich because God rewards their “virtues” and the poor people of the world suffer because they are somehow bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. The basis of the Russian Orthodox religion is humility, generosity, and solidarity with our fellow-man. It’s the true interpretation of what Jesus taught. Moreover, Jesus was a Communist. He shared equally with all. The Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper are perfect examples.

What’s the idea of Essence of Time’s Communism 2.0? It seeks to take the basic premises of Marx and Lenin, to understand what mistakes we made, to correct them, and move forward to build a more just, more sustainable, more equitable world. We can and should judge the true character of any society, of any civilisation, not by the opulence of its richest members, but by the condition of its poorest least-advantaged members. If every member of that society, including the least among them, has food, housing, education, and medical care, sufficient for every member to achieve their full human potential, it’s a just and humane society. If some have more than they can ever earn, more than they can ever spend, while others have less than enough to live, it can hardly be called civilised, much less a just human society. It is nothing more than, as Marx said, Man’s exploitation of Man. That is what we’re now fighting against. It’s a fight, a war, for the future of Humanity. A fight we plan to win.

Humanity now has only these choices… either we make a better more just world for all who are in it, or we face extinction for the majority and enslavement of the rest, by a small class of people who want to rule the world in perpetuity, who want to exploit human beings like livestock, or exterminate them like insects. Furthermore, they will, if we let them. That’s the work of the Devil. No realistic survey of the human condition in the world today can come to any conclusion but that things are getting worse, every day, for the majority of mankind. We have the resources to provide for all, a decent living, education, health care, a chance for everyone to fulfil their true human potential, but some have diverted these resources and added them to the already obscene and unjustifiable wealth of a ruthless few. The battle for the future of humanity is a battle between us and them.

So, on this day when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, on the same day that we respect the contribution, and the rights, of all the workers in the world, the majority of Humanity, let us join together to make the world a better place for all of us, for every person in it, and to fight those who believe they can make us their slaves. As Jesus said, that which we do for the least of our Brothers, we do for Him. As Marx said, we have nothing to lose but our chains.

1 May 2016

Russell “Texas” Bentley

http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2016/05/happy-easter-and-happy-workers-day.html

Editor:

Either Russell Bentley follows true Orthodoxy or the rightwingers do… there’s no middle ground. You MUST choose one or the other…

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/

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