Voices from Russia

Thursday, 26 September 2013

26 September 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… The Orthosphere Lives! Patriarch Kirill and Catholicos Karekin Embrace in Moscow

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00 patriarch kirill. catholicos karekin. Armenian church in Moscow 03. 26.09.13

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On 17 September, a new Armenian Apostolic church was dedicated in Moscow. HH showed up to share the festivities, and he embraced his old friend Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin Nersessian, the head of the Armenian Church. There may not be communion between us, but Russia and Armenia are part of the Orthosphere; we ARE part of a seamless sociological whole (that’s completely separate from the issue of intercommunion). Let’s raise a glass and cheer our friendship… long may it last!

BMD 

Friday, 26 April 2013

26 April 2013. More Vox Pop… On “Ecumenism”

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00 Malankara Orthodox Church. Holy Qurbana Liturgy. 09.12

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Brothers and Sisters!

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Many say that “dialogue” with the RCs and Anglicans is a waste of time and energy. The papacy can’t bring itself to repent of its concentration camps at Talerhof and Jasenovac. Then, there was the ethnic cleansing and religious persecution of the interwar Second Polish Republic and the Ukrainian Uniate (to say nothing of Vatican) support for Hitler and fascism. What makes our Orthodox “theologians” think that Rome’s interested in repenting of its heresies if it can’t repent of the above crimes? After all, the pope offended our Church, its martyrs, and truth itself when he “beatifiedCardinal Alojzije Viktor Stepinac. Let’s concentrate our energy on the Oriental Orthodox, who truly desire real unity, who truly love us, and who truly suffer for Jesus Christ. Let the Bishop of Rome keep his prideful heresies and obscene wealth. Let’s turn to the poor and humble in Ethiopia, India, Egypt, and Armenia. They’re our own lost brothers. Rome wants to conquer us… as for Anglicanism… well… we can discuss that when it gets around to defining its own theology.

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Again, the Orthosphere isn’t an airy-fairy academic theory… it’s a real-world fact. The encounter with the Oriental Orthodox is the only real dialogue out there… all others are nothing but sterile mutual masturbation engaged in by likeminded and windy professors. Like all masturbation, it’s pointless, fruitless, and results in nothing (it does produce tons of irrelevant and unreadable bumfodder and it spends far too much of the believers’ hard-earned money (the “widow’s mite”) on junkets and parties for layabout academics). That says much about the lot at SVS and their relentless sucking up to papists and Anglicans, doesn’t it?

BMD 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Patriarch Torkom Manoogian of Jerusalem Passes Away

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According to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the St James Brotherhood, Patriarch Torkom Manoogian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, passed away on the morning of 12 October. Patriarch Manoogian was born in 1919 in Baquba in the Mesopotamian desert to genocide survivors from Van. In 1931, he enrolled in the Armenian Theological Seminary of Jerusalem and was ordained a celibate priest in 1939. He held many posts, including dean of the Armenian Theological Seminary, and was for many years the choir master of the St James Cathedral and the parish priest in Haifa. In 1946, he left for New York for theological studies and founded the Armenian Society of Choirs. The patriarch was an accomplished writer and musician, and had dozens of studies and publications. He served as ruling bishop of the Armenian Church in America’s Eastern Diocese in New York. In 1990, he became the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem; he served in this capacity until his passing. The Armenian Patriarchate’s jurisdiction extends over Armenian communities in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. It is one of the three custodians of the Holy Sites in the Holy Land.

On 15 October, Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan sent his condolences to Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of all Armenians. Sahakyan wrote, “Patriarch Manoogian contributed greatly to fortifying the Armenian Apostolic Church, strengthening the Christian faith, as well as developing interchurch relations. He also made valuable contributions in preserving the Armenian national identity, maintaining the motherland-diaspora ties, promoting international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and the fair representation of the Artsakh issue”.

 18 October 2012

Armenian Weekly

http://www.armenianweekly.com/2012/10/18/patriarch-of-jerusalem-torkom-manoogian-passes-away/

Editor’s Note:

Patriarch Torkom was a very familiar and much-loved figure in the New York City Orthosphere. Everyone knew who he was, and everyone respected him. He was the Armenian bishop in the City from 1966 to 1990… he was a FIXTURE, kids. He built St Vartan’s over on 34th and Second on the East Side and he was EVERYWHERE. Do note that oca.org didn’t mark his passing. He was a great friend of the Metropolia/OCA, and he was an honoured guest at the Chancery many times. Jillions could write fluff about this Pihach character, but he couldn’t see to it that the OCA published public condolences for Patriarch Torkom’s passing. They couldn’t even post, “He was a great friend of our Church… we mourn his passing”.

I waited to post on this, hoping that oca.org would “do the right thing”. They didn’t. I’ll say to all Armenians, “All the ordinary Russian people and clergy remember Patriarch Torkom, and we share your grief. Patriarch Torkom had a big heart, a generous soul, and an expansive mind. We’ll all miss him. We bow to you in your time of sadness”… this is what issuing timely “letters of friendship” is all about. God be with you…

BMD 

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Whoppers from SVS! Read all about it!

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Here’s the latest Pravda from Syosset and Yonkers… guaranteed 100 percent total BS and totally LATE. Abandon hope, all ye who believe her.

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Do read this. Sound impressive, huh? Ms Belonick is a liar by omission. SVS played only a very minor role in that evening. I translated the actual Russian dispatch. It follows below.

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In the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, there occurred the Tenth Annual Awards Ceremony of the International Public Foundation for Unity of Orthodox Peoples (MFEPN) “For Outstanding Work In Strengthening The Unity Of Orthodox Peoples”, this was given in recognition of promotion of Christian values in society, in the name of His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei, in 2009.

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Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of All Armenia (1951- )

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The Foundation awards this prize annually to heads of states, governments, and parliaments, to Orthodox Churches, and to well-known public figures for their contribution to the enhancement of economic and political ties between states with historic ties to Eastern (sic) Christian Eastern traditions, who assert high standards of Christian morality in the life of the Orthodox community. The recipients of the MFEPN Award for 2009 are President Dmitri Medvedev, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of All Armenia; filmmaker Emir Kusturica (Serbia); and St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers NY USA). Before the ceremony, His Holiness held a private audience with the President of Russia and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian.

Amongst the honoured guests at the ceremony were: First Lady of Russia S V Medvedeva; Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Central Federal District G S Poltavchenko; Vice-Chairman of the RF Gosduma L K Sliska; Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov; Mayor of Moscow Yu M Luzhkov; President of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry E M Primakov; Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of Russia, Deputy of the RF Gosduma A N Chilingarov; Ambassador of Armenia to Russia A B Sambatyan; Chairman of the Union of Armenians in Russia A A Abramyan; Ms Maya Kusturica, Bishop Ezras Nersisyan of the Armenian Apostolic Church; the representative of the OCA to the MP, Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood; and clergy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Bishops and clergy of the MP also attended the ceremony, Archbishop Ilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, chairman of the MP Department for External Church Relations; Bishop Savva Volkov of Krasnogorsk, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Moscow; Bishop Sergei Chashin of Solnechnogorsk, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Moscow; and Archpriest V A Chaplin, chairman of the MP Synodal Department for the Coordination of Church and Society.

The President of the MFEPN, Professor V A Alekseyev, addressed the opening remarks to the audience. He noted that winners of the prize in the past included His Holiness the Patriarch and heads of state, and people of lesser status in the political and societal arenas, but who were no less significant for the entire community of our common Eastern (sic) spiritual space. As noted by Professor Alekseyev, over the past ten years, 45 individuals and organisations from 22 countries worldwide were given awards. He said, “This year marks fifteen years since the establishment of the International Public Foundation for Unity of Orthodox Peoples. We’re grateful to honour the memory of His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei, with whose blessing and active participation that we created and developed our Foundation. We’re deeply grateful to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias for his decision to head our Board of Trustees. His presence not only blesses us and strengthens our Fund, but it also means that our First Hierarch cares for our Local Church and for the development of civil society, of which, the Orthodox community is an integral part”.

After his opening remarks concluded, Professor Alekseyev asked His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias, to ascend the podium in his role as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MFEPN. His Holiness addressed a welcoming speech to the laureates and guests of the ceremony.

“By their example, the importance of which one can’t overemphasise, the winners clearly demonstrated that you can and should live with dignity, dedication, and sacrifice at all times, that you can be faithful to the spiritual values and historical roots of our people, and that you can serve both those near you and those far away, to carry out your duties as Christians and human beings.

I’d particularly like to acknowledge the efforts of President D A Medvedev that aimed at strengthening the community of nations, especially those belonging to the Orthodox Christian tradition. This is extremely important in the context of building relations between the countries of the post-Soviet space, as they’re connected by a common history, common culture, and, I’m sure, a common future.

Another one of the honourees is a great friend of our Church, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin of All Armenia. I see in this a testimony to the fraternal love that characterises the relations between our churches. For many centuries, we felt ourselves to be brothers, despite the fact of our different national languages and the theological differences between our churches. We’ve long lived within the borders of one state and have affinity with each other.

If the fruits of human creativity meld together in the crucible of religious experience, culture ceases to be a purely earthly artifice, then, it’s open to coöperation with God, it elevates and ennobles man. These aspirations are typical of the art of Emir Kusturica.

For decades, St Vladimir’s Seminary was a part of the Russian theological tradition, through its origins, its prominent founders, and its tradition of theological thought. It remains a place of inter-Orthodox coöperation. Among the graduates of the seminary are 30 bishops and 700 clergy”.

Then, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Professor Alekseyev awarded the prizes to the 2009 honourees, who were President Medvedev, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin Nersessian, film director Emir Kusturica, and Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary Archpriest John Behr. By tradition, a speech from the honourees accompanies the presentation of the award.

President Medvedev said, “I’m sincerely grateful to the MFEPN for awarding me such a prestigious award. I see it as a high recognition of the role of Russia in the development of the inter-Orthodox dialogue. Over the past two decades, our state and the Orthodox Church had an exceptionally fruitful collaboration in addressing key challenges for our country. Especially, such things as the education of our youth, the safeguarding of our national traditions, the preservation of our culture, and the strengthening of societal harmony, helped to build up the unity of our country. Ultimately, this secured the national life of our state. The Church contributed to this great achievement of the Church, generally, and, His Holiness Kirill did so personally”. The President made it clear that the money from his prize would go the fund for the restoration of the Resurrection-Novy Ierusalime Stavropegial Monastery and to a number of educational institutions.

Catholicos Karekin Nersessian said, “We accept this high award as a sign of the importance that the Moscow Patriarchate attaches to the mission of the Armenian Church in the life of the Armenian people and in Christendom in general. Today, our peoples are enacting historical reforms, confidently and optimistically building a new life in hopes of a brighter future. Our rich traditions of friendship should help us to unite our efforts for the strengthening of our countries, and to care for the welfare and happiness of our peoples. We should further strengthen the mission of our churches, their interaction, because the revival of spiritual life is now more important than ever”. Catholicos Karekin announced the start of construction of a new Russian Orthodox church in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. He asked the Board of Trustees of the MFEPN to send his prize money to help fund the construction of the new Russian church in the Armenian capital.

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Famed Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica (1954- )

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In his remarks, Emir Kusturica spoke about the impact of Dostoyevsky on his creative work. He said, ”The works of Dostoevsky helped me find solutions to life’s problems. During my youth, when I still hadn’t formed a real concept of religion, his novel The Brothers Karamazov left a particularly strong impression on me. I began to understand Dostoyevsky better after my baptism. One of the heroes in The Brothers Karamazov, the elder Zosima, said that a star would shine from the East. Consequently, for me, matters of life and death became connected with this image of the star. The life and death of our Patriarch Pavle shone forth like this star. I see the light of this star in the reception of this award from the MFEPN”.

Giving his thanks for the award, Archpriest John Behr, the Dean of St Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, noted that it recognised the work of the seminary founded in 1938. He said, “We are particularly happy that this award is based in Russia, as our own roots go back to the spiritual traditions of the Russian Church”. He said that, thanks to tireless work of such prominent church figures as Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich, Protopresbyters A D Schmemann and I F von Meyendorff, and Archpriest G V Florovsky, St Vladimir’s Seminary graduated more than a thousand students, many of whom made significant contribution to Orthodoxy in North America and around the world.

A concert performance of the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Sveshnikov State Academic Choir, the Klassika Chamber Choir, soloists of the Moscow musical theatre, and other artists concluded the ceremony.

21 January 2010

Press office of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchia.ru

MP Official Website  

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/1046209.html

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President D A Medvedev (1965- )

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Editor:

There’s the real deal. Let’s see… out of 17 paragraphs, only four dealt with the OCA, and only two did so in their entirety. Out of 1,540 words in the main body of the text, only 179 words dealt with the OCA. In short, Deborah Belonick and John Matusiak are LIARS and they lie with the full support and coöperation of JP, Hatfield, and Behr. I must also note that this is the only note of SVS in ANY Russian language source. All other mentions of this affair only mention President Medvedev, Catholicos Karekin Nersessian, and Emir Kusturica. That’s to say, they expect you to swallow their rubbishy nonsense… they have nothing but the most consummate contempt for you. Do recall that those two lied in Herman’s time. They lie now. Pass this link on to journalists… the MP dispatch is verbatim… translated to the best of my ability.

SVS played a VERY minor role in all of this. Ms Belonick despises you… she expects you to take her handout and say, “Thank you”. Also, note the fact that she and Matusiak are bone-idle lazy dogsbody layabouts. It took them SIX DAYS to give you a bowdlerised and castrated version. In addition, I can testify that I’ve never heard of this foundation; it’s gotten a mention in any important news dispatch from any major Russian news outlet. This Professor Alekseyev is also an unknown… he’s no Professor Aleksei Osipov or Dr Leonid Roshal, that’s for certain!

Also, note that there was a monetary prize involved. Hatfield, JP, Belonick, and Matusiak are MUM! They don’t tell you how much it is or what they gave it to! I’ll bet ya it went straight into their gaping maws… the Island and Westchester ain’t cheap, ya know. TRANSPARENCY! Where’s Mark Stokoe now? Hey, Mark, why don’t you ask your buddies about the money? You weren’t afraid to excoriate Herman when he wouldn’t fess up… what about it?

It sure isn’t boring covering THIS beat. Be good, all of you. Don’t send these lying jerks a dime. Buy yourself a beer and smile… now, THAT’S the best revenge! 

BMD

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