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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

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The House of Romanov Doubts the Authenticity of the Remains Found in Yekaterinburg

Filed under: history,politics,Revolution/Civil War,Romanovs,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

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The House of Romanov announced that the remains found near Yekaterinburg and buried in the crypt of Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in St Petersburg may not be those of Nikolai II and his family. “Certainly, alas, we can’t rule out such a possibility”, Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the Chancellery of the House of Romanov, told Interfax on Wednesday. He emphasised that the priests who officiated at the burial of the Yekaterinburg remains on 17 July 1998 “didn’t use any particular name at the service. In any case, the remains were those of martyred people, victims of the terror. No one says that we should disturb their bones again, even if we can prove that they’re not the Romanovs. What’s done is done. May they rest in peace. However, we must settle the truth”. He noted that when the first debate about the authenticity of Yekaterinburg remains surfaced, the head of the Romanov House, the late Grand Prince Vladimir Kirillovich suggested that we temporarily bury them in a church or chapel, then, do an honest, open, and verifiable examination without haste and excitement. “However, in the 1990s, no one listened to the position of the Grand Duke; they wanted to make a political show by a certain date. The result was disastrous. The investigators and officials themselves did their best to sow distrust amongst the faithful and the public of their expertise”, Zakatov said. In his view, the state commission “ignored the position of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Imperial House. If there are doubts, neither the Church nor the House of Romanov is guilty of the sin of leading people astray. Those who try to pressure the Church into issuing scandalous findings only drive the situation into a dead end. It’s possible that only the next generation of Russians could look into this matter calmly and objectively”.

In July 1991, archaeologists opened a gravesite at the Old Koptyakovskoy Road near Yekaterinburg; it contained the remains of nine people. It’s assumed that they belong to members of the royal family, Nikolai II, his 46-year-old wife Aleksandra, their daughters 22-year-old Olga, 21-year-old Tatiana, and 17-year-old Anastasia, as well as members of their entourage, 53-year-old Yevgeni Botkin , 40-year-old Anna Demidova, the 62-year-old Aleksei Trupp, and 48-year-old Ivan Kharitonov. On 29 July 2007, during archaeological excavations 70 kilometres south of the first grave, at a depth of 60 centimetres, investigators found bone and tooth fragments. The identity of the victims and circumstances of their deaths wasn’t determined at the time of the excavation, but the location and nature of burial gave reason to believe that the remains were those of two children of Nikolai II, Tsarevich Aleksei, and his sister Maria. Vladimir Solovyov, an investigator with the SKP RF, who headed the team carrying out the official inquiry into the murder of the royal family, told Interfax in January that he had no doubt that the remains discovered near Yekaterinburg were the remains of the imperial family. “We’re fully confident that the identification of the remains of the royal family is 100 percent correct”, Solovyov said. Solovyov worked on the criminal case and investigation into the murder of Nikolai II and his family since 1993. On 14 January 2011, he signed an order terminating the criminal case.

9 March 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=39804

Editor’s Note:

Maria Vladimirovna (MVR) is a typical pretender… full of pretence and pride, lacking in power and resources. Why would she issue such a statement now? The only possible explanation is that the Church is ready to accept the Yekaterinburg remains as genuine, and that would upset MVR’s applecart completely. To begin with, she’s isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, and if the Church was to accept the remains as genuine, it would close this chapter of Russian history, it would lay the topic to rest. She’d have to find another hobbyhorse to ride! Patriarch Kirill’s shown himself to be an innovative leader who’s not afraid of making controversial decisions. If he accepts the remains, it’ll help the reconciliation process between the “Red” and “White” streams in Russian life. Reflect seriously on the fact that MVR wants to keep such tensions alive. I say that the Yekaterinburg remains are genuine, we must say so, and that if obscurantists don’t want to admit that, well, let them stew! Let the remains of the Royal Martyr Passionbearers lie in peace in St Petersburg… enshrine the new remains in the Spas na Krovi in Yekaterinburg… that would write a fitting end to this chapter in our history.

BMD

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