Voices from Russia

Thursday, 28 July 2016

28 July 2016. Today is St Vladimir Day! URA for the Baptism of Holy Rus 1,028 Years Ago

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с Дём ангелом to all you Vladimirs out there. 1,028 years ago, Grand Prince St Vladimir ordered the Christianisation of his country. Russia lives with that legacy today…

Today, the two cross processions for peace are to meet in Kiev, with thousands of believers. I truly wish that nothing happens. I truly want no violence or bloodshed. The fact that schismo and Uniate nationalists threatened such exposes them as frauds and blasphemers. Let no one say otherwise…

BMD

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

27 July 2016. Priests are NOT Politicians… They Shouldn’t Involve Themselves in Partisan Politics

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The priest’s role is to point the way to the Kingdom of Heaven for ALL people… not to prefer this-or-that political faction and promote it in his preaching and social media posts. I seem to notice that the Church agrees with me on that…

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Our clergy must have a care. The canons forbid priests to interfere in “Roman” (political) affairs. To preach on the sanctity of life is one thing… no state regulation prohibits that. To preach that one should vote for rightwing candidates because they claim to represent pro-life principles is another. The first is kosher… the second isn’t… the Church does tell its priests and clergy to keep that in mind in their preaching and social media posts. To preach on moral issues… yes. To preach on voting for ANY candidate, right or left… NO, emphatically, NO.

BMD

27 July 2016. The Two Streams of the all-Ukrainian Cross Procession for Peace Near Kiev

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Despite multiple provocations by ultra-right gangsters and ruthless government pressure, the all-Ukrainian HOLY PROCESSION of Peace, Love, and Prayer for the Ukraine is approaching Kiev. The procession, blessed by Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, started on 9 July at two holy Lavras, ‪Pochaev in the west and‪ ‎Svyatogorsk in the east. Both columns of believers have already marched hundreds of kilometres on foot and are due to enter Kiev and meet in the centre of the city on 28 July, the very place and day where and when St Vladimir baptised Rus 1,028 years ago. The MVDU tried to block and ban the procession “for safety reasons” as they “can’t guarantee the participants’ security”. The march goes on anyway, with an unambiguous submission to God’s will. Many expect that the holy procession will be a long-awaited turning point in the Ukrainian conflict.

26 July 2016

Andrei Fomin

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

26 July 2016. Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant

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TO:

His Eminence André Cardinal Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of France

Your Eminence!

With a sense of deep sorrow, we received the news of the terrible crime in a Catholic church in Rouen… a terakt* during liturgy, which led to a hostage situation and to the killing of Priest Jacques Hamel. This heinous crime occurred in the Holy Place. It was striking in its inhuman cruelty; it violated every moral norm. It doesn’t and can’t have any justification. I express my sincere condolences to you, to the clergy and faithful of the Roman Catholic Church in France, and to the relatives, friends, and spiritual children of the murdered pastor. May God, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (Gospel according to St John 3.16), give rest to the soul of His servant in the mansions of heaven, give comfort and support to the victims, and give peace and blessing to the French people.

  • Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”

With love in the Lord,

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Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

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When a Christian or group of Christians dies because they trust that Christ is the faithful revelation of God and of a new humanity, their death is not like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s last words to Darth Vader, “Strike me down and I’ll become more powerful than you could imagine”. Resurrection isn’t about returning to fight worldly means of power with the powers known to this world. No… as the Body of Christ, our death is like the death of Jesus, a great humility accepted voluntarily for the life of the world… with all kinds of conflicting human emotions. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”… even friends that at the moment look a lot like enemies. Our hope (and our vindication) isn’t in a resurrection that makes us more powerful than our temporal enemies, but a resurrection to eternal life… a great victory for ALL persons over the enemies of all whom God has made in His image, all whom God cherishes… every last human-being. Those enemies are sin, famine, disease, pestilence, sword, decay, calamities, death, and the Accuser. If we’re in Christ, our enemies are no longer our human brothers and sisters.

26 July 2016

Kenneth Tanner

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A witness of Christ, Fr Jacques Hamel, martyr. Pray for his soul, his witness, for Christians throughout the world suffering persecution.

26 July 2016

Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap

Archbishop of Boston (Roman Catholic)

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Editor:

You can say what you will about Cardinal Seán… he walks the walk when it comes to aiding the poor and needy (a good Orthodox analogue would be Bishop Panteleimon Shatov). This Sunday, light a candle when you go to liturgy and say a private prayer for the repose of Fr Jacques… priests can say a private prayer as they do the Proskomidi. The canons allow this. We’re Christians… that’s what we do.

Look at HH… he shows us the way. ‘Nuff said…

BMD

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