Voices from Russia

Saturday, 21 June 2014

21 June 2014. Gassios Probably Next Midwest Bishop for OCA… Cabineteer Opines on Maymon

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Got this from one of my loyalists:

Paul Gassios (runner-up to Moriak in the Midwest’s last election for bishop) is now the diocesan administrator. It’s just a matter of time before he’s chosen bishop. I suspect that’ll come at the next diocesan convention in the fall. His appointment was back in March, but the news was only announced a few days ago.

A few weeks back you had a post about Maymon being a poor choice for the Eastern PA diocese. Back when he first came into the OCA, he served Paschal services at the OCA Dallas cathedral with another rebel priest from the Antiochians (he was in the Midwest and knew Maymon). Instead of the Russian melodies they should’ve sung, Maymon and the other priest sang everything in Byzantine chant. They were the only ones singing. I remember this being the subject of much discussion on OCANews then. I wonder if Maymon will try to shove Byzantine chant down the throat of the Eastern PA folks, good old Hunkies who know their Russian music inside and out.

There are rumblings about Maymon, but some on the MC are trying to save him from himself. If he’s to survive, Maymon’s got to understand two things:

  1. Eastern PA is the most “Hunkie” diocese in the OCA
  2. They’re SET in their ways like concrete

He’s got to adapt to them, not the other way ’round. He wouldn’t know what hit him, because they’re po-nashemu, which means that they’d put up with a lot at first, then, they’d just snap and lay down the law. Maymon had best learn humility FAST… or he’ll be gone even faster…


Saturday, 29 March 2014

29 March 2014. The Passing of Metropolitan Philip Saliba… the Coming of Metropolitan Joseph al-Zehlaoui… Is this the End of Angliochianism?

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Here’s a report from the Cabinet:

There wasn’t much English at Metropolitan Philip’s funeral. The Arabs are taking the Church back. I also didn’t see Freddie M-G… hardly any of the white bread Angliochian converts were in evidence. It’s all going to unravel now that Metropolitan Philip is dead. Watch the Bishops all become Metropolitans and watch the converts lose their power.

It’s too soon to make statements, but it’s been clear for some time that Archbishop Joseph al-Zehlaoui was the anointed heir to Saliba (being godson of the previous Antiochian Patriarch, Ignatius Hazim, sure didn’t hurt him). Does this mean that the Toledo crowd will elbow out the konvertsy? You know who I’m talking about, the pro-Russian crowd around the late bishop Michael Shaheen (don’t diss Vladyki Michael’s memory in Toledo… it’s not healthy). When one sees how AOCANA poured cold water all over the so-called “Episcopal Assembly”, it’s a possibility.

Look for changes. Look for blood on the floor. Oh, yes, “Metropolitan” in the Middle East means a ruling bishop, so, if the AOCANA bishops take on that title, they’d be in sync with their Mother Church (“Archbishop” is what they call what we call a “Metropolitan”… go figure, that’s Orthodoxy for ya… if ya want consistency, go to the Westerns).

Pass the jug and the popcorn… the real show hasn’t begun yet…


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Friday, 28 March 2014

28 March 2014. Funeral Service for Metropolitan Philip Saliba to be Livestreamed Saturday 29 March

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You can watch a livestreamed online broadcast of the funeral service for Metropolitan Philip Saliba on Saturday 29 March at 09.00 EDT (06.00 PDT. 13.00 UTC. 17.00 MSK. 00.00 Sunday 30 March AEDT). Click here for a page with a link to the stream. This stream isn’t compatible with iOS devices; Noursat does provide an iOS app via their website.


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Thursday, 27 March 2014

27 March 2014. Visitation at Brooklyn Cathedral for Metropolitan Philip Saliba Began Today

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One of the Cabinet was at the opening of the visitation for Metropolitan Philip Saliba’s body in Brooklyn. They took the above pics. The second is a wreath from President Bashar al-Assad of Syria (“Peace be upon his soul”).


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