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Monday, 6 March 2017

6 March 2017. A Lenten Meditation from St Chrysostom

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Monday, 22 August 2016

22 August 2016. What are Martyrs?

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The 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya are true Martyrs in the Church sense. That is, they died precisely because they were Christians and they showed great courage and endurance until the end. The Royal Passionbearers aren’t Martyrs… the Church rejects that. The Imperial Family didn’t die because they were Christians… they died because they were the Imperial Family. Passionbearers are those who suffer an unjust death at the hands of enemies and who show Christian forbearance unto the end. There is no “ranking” involved in being a Martyr or a Passionbearer. They’re equal. However, the terms recognise a difference in the objective reality of how the subject met their death. In the one case, they died because they were Christian. In the other, they met an unjust death in a Christian manner. It’s clear to all but the most pigheaded rightwing apologist that the Imperial Family didn’t die for the Faith… they died as they were representatives of a particular social and political order. To call them Martyrs is to blaspheme Martyrdom and spit on the Church’s Judgement.

Martyrdom is what it is… the Imperial Family aren’t Martyrs (it’s equally true that Lenin didn’t order their deaths… ROCOR rightwing lies to the contrary notwithstanding). Have a care… there are charlatans and poseurs afoot…

BMD

Thursday, 2 June 2016

2 June 2016. Saints Aren’t Infallible… They CAN be Wrong

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I wrote this on FB:

However, although he was a saint, St Ioann Maksimovich wasn’t a good bishop or theologian. He was, indeed, holy. He was, indeed, a Fool-in-Christ (thus, his title of “Blessed”, instead of the more-common “Righteous”). However, he wasn’t an administrator (his successor Antony Medvedev had to clear away his mess) or was he an academic theologian. He was, perhaps, a great pastor and a great mystic, but he wasn’t a Defender of the Faith as was Antony Bartoshevich or a hardheaded diocesan leader like Bishop Kip in NEPA. In short, St John isn’t a good source for defined Church dogma… I’d look to people like A I Osipov for that. Again, apples aren’t oranges… sainthood isn’t scholarship or leadership… we should remember that.

I wish that the konvertsy like Holland would stop with the proof-texting nonsense. We aren’t “Evangelicals”… we shouldn’t be aping their Antichristian ways. The Church defines its dogma by its shared consensus… not on this-or-that isolated quote from this-or-that saint or theologian. If a saint said something, it either agrees with the agreed consensus or it doesn’t… if it’s the latter, it’s simply wrongheaded, and that’s that. We don’t believe that saints are infallible. NO ONE IS INFALLIBLE. Therefore, it’s entirely possible for a saint to be wrong on a particular point without impairing their sainthood one bit. For instance, St Mark of Ephesus had tinges of Latin Purgatory in his writing… but since he was a saint in other ways, we overlook this error. In like manner, we overlook St John’s errors in re the tollhouse fantasy. He was simply mistaken on that. Note well that the konvertsy brats can’t seem to get that. It tells you much about them and their stance doesn’t it? Keep alert… the times aren’t good…

BMD

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Today is the Feastday of St Dmitri Donskoi

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Do Not Yield Russian Land: St Sergei Radonezhsky Blessing St Dmitri Donskoi

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2001

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Today, 1 June, the church honours the memory of Grand Prince St Dmitri Donskoi. He was born in 1350, brought up under the guidance of Metropolitan St Aleksei Byakont of Moscow. Prince Dmitri combined Christian piety with outstanding talents as a statesman. He dedicated himself to uniting the Russian lands and liberating them from the Tatar-Mongolian yoke. Gathering strength for a decisive battle with the Horde, St Dmitri asked the blessing of Righteous St Sergei Radonezhsky. The starets encouraged the prince, sending him the warrior-monks Aleksandr Peresvet and Andrei Oslyabya. After his victory at the Battle of the Kulikovo Polye, on the feastday of the Nativity of the Birthgiver of God, he received the honorific title “Donskoi” (“of the Don”). Prince Dmitri founded the Assumption Monastery on the Dubenke River and built the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Birthgiver of God near the graves of his fallen warriors. St Dmitri died on 19 May 1389, with burial at the Cathedral of Archangel St Michael in the Moscow Kremlin.

1 June 2016

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