Voices from Russia

Friday, 18 May 2012

The Russian Church… Five Years of Unity

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Today, the MP marks one of the most significant days in its history. Five years ago, the MP and the ROCOR overcame a Church schism by signing an Act of Canonical Communion at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The signing of this historic document not only put an end to an almost century-long rift between these Churches, it also reunited Russian people scattered by fate throughout the world. Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, Deputy Chairman of the MP Department of External Church Relations, said, “Yes, it was difficult to overcome our ideological estrangement, but it was necessary for both Churches and for all believers around the world. Ten years ago, it was difficult to imagine that we’d pray and take Communion together, and that nothing would separate us. Today, it’s hard to believe that only five years ago we couldn’t serve the Divine Liturgy together and receive Communion from one Chalice because so many things separated us. This is a great and happy day not only in the history of the Church in Russia, but in the history of Russia too, because the Church reunion meant that the Civil War’s effects were finally over”.

After the 1917 Revolution, some clergy fled because the Soviet government opposed religion, it didn’t recognise the Church. In their places of exile, Russian clergy set up their own Church, which became the ROCOR. In 1927, the ROCOR broke all links with the MP because the Church in Russia maintained relations with the atheist authorities. Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger of Moscow and all the Russias and Metropolitan Laurus Škurla of New York and Eastern America began the process of overcoming this rift, ending in the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion in 2007. Archpriest Seraphim Gan, the Private Secretary of the First Hierarch of the ROCOR, believed, “Still, several more years passed before the rift was overcome not only on paper but in people’s souls. At first, many people doubted the need for us to be in communion, but later, their attitude changed. They see what benefits came with the reconciliation. They began to travel to the homeland, visit the holy places, and talk to priests and believers in Russia. Now, this process has led many of them to review their attitude towards the MP”.

Today, the leaders of the united Russian Orthodox Church are facing a difficult and important responsibility. Russian theologian Yuri Tabak said, “The survival of the Russian Orthodox Church all over the world depends on how we address this task. We can’t overcome the schism (раскол) definitively until before both Churches resolve certain historical facts associated with the schism (расколом). This is hard to achieve, as it implies providing answers to several questions. To what degree must the Church remain independent of society and to what extent should it show flexibility to survive under a persecutorial régime? Was Metropolitan Sergei Stragorodsky’s recognition of the Soviet government an unavoidable necessity? Was that step justified by the need to preserve the Church or was it evidence of weakness? Until we answer these questions, we can’t achieve full unity in the Church”.

A ROCOR delegation headed by its First Hierarch, Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of New York and Eastern America, will take part in the celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of signing the Act of Canonical Communion in Moscow. The delegation will visit the Butovo Poligon in Moscow where tens of thousands of people were shot by the organy in the first decades of the Soviet rule, and will serve a Pannikhida for Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger. After visiting Moscow, plans call for the delegation to proceed to the Diveyevo Convent and St Petersburg.

17 May 2012

Milena Faustova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_05_17/74991360/

Editor’s Note:

The most important part of this, for us as diaspora Russian Orthodox Christians, is the submission by Professor Tabak. Take for instance, the heart of his proposition:

We can’t overcome the schism (раскол) definitively until before both Churches resolve certain historical facts associated with the schism (расколом). This is hard to achieve, as it implies providing answers to several questions. To what degree must the Church remain independent of society and to what extent should it show flexibility to survive under a persecutorial régime? Was Metropolitan Sergei Stragorodsky’s recognition of the Soviet government an unavoidable necessity? Was that step justified by the need to preserve the Church or was it evidence of weakness? Until we answer these questions, we can’t achieve full unity in the Church.

Firstly, note that Professor Tabak uses the strong word раскол, which always takes the meaning “schism” in Church contexts. This means that the ROCOR has a responsibility to abjure, publicly and without guile, its Cold War schism, which was the result of Hard Rightwingers hijacking it, not having a basis in matters of faith at all. In terms of “classical” heresy, it was closest to Donatism, with VERY STRONG elements of actual Sergianism (in its abject dog-like devotion to the woollier elements of the Mammon-worshipping US Republican Party). That is, “Sergianism” didn’t exist in the USSR, but it did in the USA (interesting titbit that, no?)!

The degree of pollution from rightwing politics depended on where one “came from”, in Australia and on the US West Coast, the people came from the interwar China ROCOR, which meant that they were less contaminated with the contagion brought by the Vlasovtsy and KONR collaborationist pigs than people in the Eastern US and South America (the worst pesthole of neo-fascism) were. Jordanville was the centre of this soulless rot in many ways (and the centre of great holiness at the same time… go figure… the flowers of Holiness and of Evil grew up together). Jordanville in its Classical Period (1948-2007) had all too many Fruit Loops rightwingers… they accepted Langley’s money freely; they lied about the existence of a crackbrained Fairy Tale “catacomb Church” (something that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn debunked in the ‘60s).

Yet, what the ROCOR has most to bow in repentance for is its filthy theomachistic actions after the Fall of the Soviet Union (it advanced the cause of the foes of the Motherland and the Church, in exchange for filthy lucre). I remember the fanatics at Jordanville saying, “The communists are still in charge”… and they savaged anyone who advocated reunion mercilessly, in the most unchristian and nasty manner. I know… I advocated reunion, then… I expect never to hear, “I’m sorry” on this side of the veil. NEVER… it’s why it shall take another generation or two for the break to heal properly. The ROCOR refuses to repent for its consecration of schismatic filth such as Valentin Rusantsov and Agafangel Pashkovsky, it refuses to repent for its uncanonical formation of an anti-Church on the canonical territory of the Mother Church, and it refuses to repent for its collaboration with godless forces such as the Nazis and the CIA. It does NOT undo the holiness that’s obviously there… but it DOES delay proper healing by adherence to manifest lies (such as the refusal to admit that Vitaly Ustinov was booted out… he did NOT resign).

We must stand for the truth… but that’s HARD, so, we’ll probably take the “easy route”. That’s why the healing is going to take so long… because we will it so by our actions. God have mercy on us all.

BMD 

Saturday, 21 April 2012

On 22 April His Holiness Will Serve Molieben at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Defence of the Faith, Desecrated Holy Places, the Church, and Its Good Name

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On 22 April 2012, in the 2nd week of Easter, On the Sunday of St Thomas, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias will celebrate Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour at 09.30 MSK. After the Liturgy, he will serve a molieben in the defence of the Faith, desecrated holy places, the Church in General, and its Good Name. Before starting the molieben, Patriarch Kirill, bishops, and clergy of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour will process with reliquaries with a piece of the Lord’s Robe and a particle of the Holy Cross, as well as holy objects subjected to desecration… the veneration cross from Pokrovsky Cathedral in Nevinnomyssk (Stavropol Krai), an icon from the Church of St Prokopy the Righteous in Veliki Ustyug (Vologda Oblast), and Kazan Icon of the Mother of God from the Church of St George in Veliki Ustyug, shot through with bullets in the early 1920s.

The molieben will begin at 14.00 MSK. The public procession (on Volkhonka Street) will start at 11.00 MSK on Gogol Boulevard (near the Kropotkinskaya Metro station (Sokolnicheskaya Line… bright red “line 1” on most maps)) and from the A S Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Multiple screens installed in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour will broadcast the Liturgy and the molieben. In addition, clergy will serve moliebens in all the cathedrals of the MP dioceses in the Russian Federation. On 3 April 2012, the MP Supreme Church Council resolved to serve moliebens in the defence of the faith and for desecrated holy places.

18 April 2012

Patriarchia.ru

Official MP Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/2169115.html

 Editor’s Note:

There was NO mention of this on the official websites of the OCA or the ROCOR. In the case of the OCA, it’s understandable, as its metropolitan is an unhinged rightwing nutter who favours the konvertsy lunatic fringe elements. In the case of the ROCOR, it’s shameful, as it shows that Potapov controls the official website (or, at least, he controls Perekrestov, who’s in charge of it).

Every Russian Orthodox parish in the diaspora should be serving moliebens, as well… in repentance for the attacks of Western elements against our Church. The main culprits are in the USA, but Western Neoliberalism (“conservatism” in Anglosphere terms) is a ravening beast intent on rending Christ’s Church (and the Orthosphere in general) because it stands against the greediness and hubris of “Me First” Vulture Capitalism (as embodied in Mitt Romney, Darrell Issa, and Stephen Harper). We should stand in repentance for what the US and British special services did at the Phanar (deposing a patriarch for his political stance), and for what Langley’s attempting on the former territory of the USSR. It isn’t subtle; it isn’t hidden. The USA’s attempting to decapitate Russia and make it a running-dog lackey of Western multinational corporate interests (with Navalny as president? C’mon, be serious…).

We should bow before Almighty God and ask forgiveness for those amongst us who’ve become loyal servants of Mammon… not just Paffhausen (who’s always been a Far Right Nutter, I’m told)… not just Potapov (who was/is a high US government official in a CIA-front organisation with an official passport)… but for our general torpidity towards the cosiness of certain elements in the diaspora Church and the “Conservative” Rightwing.

Prelest infected us in the Soviet times, blinding us to the real situation. Prelest infected us in the Nasty Nineties, leading to the ROCOR’s stab in the back against the Mother Church and a prideful insistence that the Mother Church “repent”… of what, pray tell? Of having survived a state-imposed official atheism and persecution? They did better than we would’ve done under similar circumstances. Why? Look at us today… all too many of us cooperative with the godless “conservative”, “Evangelical”, and papist enemies of Christ’s Church. In short, prelest infects us still, and it’ll persist until we look in the mirror and SEE it.

Therefore, we need to join the Mother Church in public prayer tomorrow (and have more need of the same than the Mother Church does, as too many of us cooperate with the West’s attack on Christ’s Church in the name of “conservatism”). However, I doubt that we shall. I’d be pleased if a single priest and parish did so… but I’m a realist… sad world, ain’t it. Pass me the jug, please, I know that the world’s crank and crook, but this?

BMD

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Investigation Failed to Find Documents Proving that the Imperial Family was Shot on Direct Kremlin Orders

The Holy New Martyr Grand Princess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna

Vera Glazunova

1997

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Investigation has established that no documents exist that confirm that Lenin and other senior Soviet leaders gave the order to shoot the imperial family. On Thursday, at our main Interfax offices, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator and criminologist at the Forensic Directorate of the SKP RF, said, “If there were verbal arrangements, they never wrote them down; hence, we don’t have any relevant documentation. A decision of the Presidium of the Ural Regional Soviet authorised the execution”.

In turn, Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the House of Romanov’s Chancellery, emphasised that the imperial house has no information about the direct involvement of Lenin in the death of the imperial family either, but has indirect evidence that it was possible that the Soviet leadership was aware about what happened in Yekaterinburg. “We’ve never advanced the thesis that Lenin gave the order [to kill the imperial family]. There’s no official documentation stating such, but this doesn’t rule out that the Soviet leadership may have given such an order, for there’s indirect evidence for that”, he noted. Zakatov added that the House of Romanov unequivocally condemned the actions of the Bolshevik Yurovsky; they believe that he played a direct role in the murder of the imperial family. He said, “For us, there’s no question about whether Yurovsky was the perpetrator or whether he was just following orders. For us, it’s clear that Yurovsky’s a criminal, who carried out a criminal act”.

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On Thursday, at our main Interfax offices, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator and criminologist at the Forensic Directorate of the SKP RF, who dealt with the case concerning the murder of the imperial family, called for the establishment of a government committee with representatives from the Church to settle the question of the authenticity of the remains of Tsar Nikolai II and his family. He said, “The correct solution would be to create a government commission, including members from the Church, or professionals appointed by the Church. There’s been a civilised debate and discussion about such a commission”. In turn, Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the House of Romanov’s Chancellery, noted that the MP hasn’t found sufficient grounds for the recognition of Yekaterinburg remains as genuine, and “for many Orthodox”, the position of the Church “remains normative”.

This January, the Investigative Committee of the SKP RF concluded the criminal investigation into the death of the family of Nikolai II and their companions and closed the criminal case. On the night of 17 July 1918, the imperial family and those close to them, 11 people, were shot by a decision of the Presidium of the Ural Soviet. On 1 October 2008, the Presidium of the RF Supreme Court announced the rehabilitation of Nikolai II and his family. In July 1991, near Old Koptyakovskoy Road near Yekaterinburg, a grave was discovered with the remains of nine people. It was assumed that they were the bodies of imperial family, Nikolai II, his wife Aleksandra (46), their daughters Olga (22), Tatiana (21), Anastasia (17), along with their companions, Yevgeni Botkin (53), Anna Demidova (40), Aleksei Trupp (62), and Ivan Kharitonov (48). They were buried in the crypt of the Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul in St Petersburg. On 29 July 2007, archaeologists digging 70 kilometres (44 miles) to the south of the first burial site found the remains of two more people. Numerous reports indicate that the remains belong to Tsarevich Aleksei and his sister Maria. These remains remain unburied at present. Meanwhile, the MP hasn’t recognised the authenticity of the remains found because it believes that sufficient evidence hasn’t surfaced yet.

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On Thursday, at our main Interfax offices, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator and criminologist at the Forensic Directorate of the SKP RF, thought that we had to intensify our search for the remains of the New Martyrs of Alapaevsk. He said, “I think that it’s necessary to intensify our search so that we can bury the martyrs, which is all the more reason to search in their last known location… we know that the martyrs were buried in China”. Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the House of Romanov’s Chancellery, said that the martyrs’ graves were at an Orthodox church in China. “During the Cultural Revolution in China, the church was destroyed. That gives us a hint to the location of the graves”, he added. The New Martyrs of Alapaevsk (or the New Martyrs of the Alapaevsk Mine) were Romanov family members and their companions, the Bolsheviks executed them on the night of 18 July 1918, the day after the massacre of the imperial family, 18 kilometres (11 miles) from the town of Alapaevsk at the Nizhnaya Selimskaya mine, by throwing them down an abandoned mineshaft. On 8 June 2009, the RF General Procurator posthumously rehabilitated all those killed at the Alapaevsk mine.

27 October 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42806

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42807

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42809

Saturday, 21 May 2011

21 May 2011. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… Memorial Cross in Stavropol Krai for All Cossacks and All Russian Soldiers Who Fell on Both Sides of the Civil War

This cross is at St Lazarus Church in Pyatigorsk, it honours the fallen of both sides in the Civil War. THIS is what modern Russia is all about… the fusion of the best of the White and the Red legacies… their union shall result a new and more vigorous hybrid. Note well that SVS and Stokoe’s rabble don’t tell you about this… they’re culpably ignorant, for they’re addicted to Pat Buchanan, George Weigel, and Paul Goble, and other wilfully-blind Western commentators. As for me, I look for the REAL… not in the two capitals… but out in the REAL Russia… in the provinces. You can choose to observe what Ivan Ivanich and Maria Ivanovna are doing, as I do, or, you can choose to hobnob with unrepresentative zapadnik pseudo-intellectuals, as the autocephalists do.

You can choose to accept reality for what it is, or, you can opt to see only what you find agreeable… I choose the former, what about you?

BMD

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