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Saturday, 11 March 2017

11 March 2017. If Giving is Good… Why Did You Vote Republican?


It’s clear… all traditional religions teach that giving is good and that greed is bad. Therefore, why did you vote Republican? Their credo is “Greed is Good”. Therefore, no moral or decent person can vote for such a faction (the neoliberal Clinton Dems are just as feral and evil, kids). However, the Dems do toss the occasional bone to the masses… the Repugs make no such gestures. It’s “All power to the rich and everyone else be damned!” The swamp isn’t being drained… the swamp is expanding and Trump’s handing it all over to the oligarchs. It won’t be long, but the Trump Era will usher in a reaction… already, many young people are reaching the conclusion that “Socialism is good”. The rich had best party hearty now… their paradise won’t long for long (although it’ll be long enough to hurt millions).

They’ll blame everyone but themselves… and call those who remove them “terrorists”. I think that I’ve heard that one before…


Friday, 4 December 2015

4 December 2015. Give a Gift of Joy for Christmas… Season’s Greetings from the MP Department of Church Charity and Social Services

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I combined two separate demots… they shared the central image in common… one had the upper words only, the other only had the lower words. I did my best to match the English typefaces with the Cyrillic ones.

Do something charitable this holiday season… we’re Christians, that’s what we do…


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Patriarch Kirill Gave a Feast for the Homeless on His Birthday

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Today was the birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, so Orthodox activists prepared festivities for Moscow homeless; street people got treats and gifts. More than 120 homeless people came this afternoon for the daily food handout at the Salvation Tent* on Nikoloyamskaya Street in Moscow; in addition to the normal food distribution, they got cakes, biscuits, and dairy products. In addition, everyone got a prepared meal to take home. Roman Skorosov, the head of homeless services for the Mercy Orthodox Relief Service, said:

We gave them biscuits, ice cream, bananas, cakes, cookies. In addition, we handed out canned fish. This gladdened the homeless people. They thanked us, asking us how old the Patriarch was, as well as asking about his health. They wanted us to tell His Holiness that they were grateful for the food. We told the street people in advance that we were holding a special dinner for them today.

  • In Russian, the word ангар (angar) doesn’t just mean “hangar”, we also use it for large tents and industrial premises… the former is the obvious usage here

On an average day, about 80 to 100 people come to the Salvation Tent. They can warm up there, get a haircut, get medical help, take a shower, and call relatives. Social workers help the homeless to recover documents and purchase tickets to their native area, if anyone wants to go back home. Daily, the staff gives out noodles or potatoes and tea. In the evening, the Social Patrol bus takes people to the Lublin Social Services Centre. Distribution of gifts and treats for the homeless people also occurred near the Paveletsky and Kiev Rail Stations, and in other parts of Moscow. The employees of the Youth Department of the Moscow City Diocese and the Orthodox Volunteers helped the Salvation Tent staff organise the special treats for the homeless on Patriarch Kirill’s birthday, together with assistance from the Danilov Monastery {administrative centre of the MP and winter residence of HH: editor}.

The Salvation Tent is one of the 24 projects of the Mercy Orthodox Relief Service. Its main objective is to ease the return of the homeless into society. Any man in crisis without a roof over his head, regardless of the state of his documents and place of registration, can get help there. Mercy Orthodox Relief Service gives aid of 24 different types, from aid to orphans to helping the homeless and HIV patients. You can help by becoming a Friend of Mercy and setting up a regular donation on this special page.

20 November 2015



Thursday, 21 May 2015

21 May 2015. A Thought from Bishop Panteleimon Shatov

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Bishop Panteleimon Shatov of Orekhovo-Zuevsky heads the MP Synodal Department of Church Charities and Social Service (OTsBSS), the main Church agency for social work and charity. The Mother Church spends more money on good works than it does on TV time, media spin doctors, and political contributions. There’s much wrong in the Church, to be sure, but there’s much that’s right, too. That’s why I’m still a Russian Orthodox Christian, kids…


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