Voices from Russia

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

22 February 2017. A Point to Ponder From HH

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

21 February 2017. The Passing of One of the Greats… Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov Dies

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The most important thing is to preserve love. Don’t fall into animosity; don’t fall into disputes. The enemy hates harmony. Discord is one of his most ancient wiles. Therefore, I wish that you had brotherhood and unity. Restrain yourself; forgive one another.

Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov

1919-2017

On 20 February, in the 98th year of life, Fr Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov departed this life. Today, 21 February, his body will lie in state at the St Sergei-Troitsa Lavra in Sergeyev Posad. He was one of the greatest elders of our time. Always remember that their numbers are few… and that we have none here in the USA. Kirill Dmitryevich was the elder to three patriarchs and people called him the “all-Russian Confessor”

The memory of the righteous will be eternal

Вечная ему память

BMD

21 February 2017. Update on Constantine’s Condition

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I have good news to report. Nicky’s brother Gregory (who’s a deacon at the famous St John the Baptist parish in Mayfield PA) told us that Constantine is now out of hospital and is recovering at home. He’s not completely well yet and still needs your prayers… we’re Christians; that’s what we do.

Remember, to pray for those “of the house” isn’t only a duty, it’s a positive good, not only for those we pray for but for us, too.

Your yoke is easy and your burthen is light

BMD

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