Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

International Procession with the Relics of St Vladimir Entered the Ukraine

00 St Vladimir relics. Odessa. 09.07.13


Editor’s Foreword:

All links in this (and all subsequent posts) dealing with religious topics will go to the Russian Wikipedia, NOT the English Wikipedia as the Russian version hews closely to the Real Church’s definitions, and the English version (to put it mildly) doesn’t. I’ll have more to say on this in a separate post (it’s that important). Please, use the translator in your browser if you lack facility in Russian. Yes, kids, it’s that important.



The Press and Information Office of the Diocese of Odessa informed us that in international procession arrived in Odessa from Sevastopol on Saturday with the relics of Grand Prince St Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Baptiser of Rus. At the Cathedral of the Holy Assumption, Bishop Arkady Taranov of Ovidiopol, clergy, and many believers met the relic. On the morning of 9 July, the reliquary went to Holy Assumption Monastery in Odessa, where it stayed until the evening. Then, it goes to Dnepropetrovsk (10-13 July), Chernovtsy (14-16 July) Užgorod (17-18 July), SvyatogorskDonetskLugansk (19-22 July), Kharkov (23-24 July), and Chernigov (25-26 July). 

In the Ukraine, its first stop was Sevastopol; the reliquary had been last in Minsk, in Belarus. In Sevastopol, the clergy and believers met the reliquary met at the monument to Apostle St Andrew the First-Called in the Khersones-Tavrichesky National Preserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). They took the relic in procession to the Cathedral of St Vladimir, where the Dean of Sevastopol Okrug, Archpriest Sergei Galyuta, served ​​a molieben before the relic. Grand Prince St Vladimir was baptised in Khersones 1,025 years ago, on the eve of Easter. The procession in the CIS dedicated to 1,025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus began in late May in the Primorye in the Russian Far East with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias and Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine. Normally, the reliquary with the relics of Grand Prince St Vladimir is in the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin. The procession will end on 27 July in Kiev when the hierarchs of various Local Churches will greet it.

9 July 2013



Editor’s Afterword:

Do note that Jillions said that he’d be in Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus after 20 July. That means that Mollard et al will be in Kiev for the big 27 July Dixie Fry. Do note that Jillions gave no return date. HH is clever beyond all belief… he knows that Lyonyo’s lusting for some sort of “blessing” upon the OCA. This means that HH is amenable to that… but only if the OCA jumps through his hoops and publicly enlists on his side in the MP/EP Great Game. HH WILL give public acknowledgement to Mollard… but Mollard will have to burn his bridges and piss off the EP in order to do it. It’s yet more proof that the OCA’s nothing more than a dependent and bootless protectorate of the MP (don’t forget what a protectorate is… a state with (formal) internal self-governance with foreign affairs handled by the “protecting power”… of course, the “protector” has much influence internally as well, doesn’t it? If this isn’t “indirect rule” by the Centre, I don’t know what it is… when will the charade end, I wonder?).

A source at the Centre doubts that Fatso will be part of Mollard’s entourage… “After all, Ovchinnikov didn’t show up at St Tikhon’s”. I’m not so sure of that… oca.org has been SILENT on the trip, its itinerary, and composition of the entourage (don’t you just love the extent of Lil’ Mizz Ginny’s openness and transparency? Snooty little snot, isn’t she?). In short, they view you with the utmost contempt, derision, haughtiness, pomposity, and condescension (haven’t the SVSniki always been like that?). I do know that several priests turned down the offer of accompanying Mollard on this junket. That’s why I have misgivings that he’s including El Gordo as part of his band. He’s that clueless, after all. We’ll have to see… I hope that my qualms turn out to be baseless, I truly do.


Monday, 27 August 2012

27 August 2012. HH Spoke Regarding the Assumption at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Moscow on the Feastday of the Assumption 2011… Words That Haven’t Staled… “Aged” in the Best Sense of the Term

Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow KremlinMoscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal DistrictRF


Modern society’s infested with malicious and false values; yet, it’s aware of its inability to reconcile its ideals, which centre upon limitless consumption and pleasure, with the fact of death. There are two different understandings of death. The first understands death as a blessed passing, an example of which was the Assumption of the Mother of God. The other view, more prevalent in the modern world, sees death as a tragic end, the conclusion to everything. Mankind has a primal fear of this tragic end; it fears death. However, death came into mankind’s life through sin. If people live according to the law of the flesh and sin, they never think about God, but because death makes you think about the meaning of your life, about how it’ll all end… most only use secularist values to find meaning in their lives. Then, when they come face-to-face with their death, they’re filled with fear and terror, because of their sins.

Orthodoxy teaches that one overcomes the fear of death through repentance, prayer, victory over the passions, work, patience, and a peaceful spirit, that is, a life led according to God’s commandments. Educating people in the faith is a matter of life or death, not just for our society, but for the entire human race. A godless ideology can’t justify heroism; it can’t lead to great feats (подвига) or self-sacrifice, if irreligious people do such feats (подвиг), it doesn’t mean that the motivation for their exploit (подвига) came from materialistic sources. This is a manifestation of latent primal religiosity, it comes into our lives through our upbringing; it comes from the ideals embedded in a person. If we ever destroy this primal religiosity, we’ll be a completely different people (народом), we won’t be able to sacrifice or do great deeds (подвиг)… you could overpower us with your bare hands. Such a society has no future.

29 August 2011

Kirill Gundyaev

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

Feastday of the Assumption 2011



27 August 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. Tomorrow is One of the Great Feastdays… Call it the Dormition… Call it the Assumption… It’s HOLY by Any Name

Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai AK USA



The 2008 Russian Olympic Team in the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin. Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF


Yuliya Slavyanskaya sings Царица небесная (Tsaritsa Nebesnaya: O Heavenly Queen). The singer doesn’t begin to sing until 0:55… be patient


The plashchanitsa laid out for the feast…


A chorus of nuns sing Слава Богу за всё (Slava Bogu za vsyo: Glory to God in All Things)… written by Grand Princess St Yelizaveta Fyodrovna the New Martyr


Celebration of the Assumption in  Yaransk (Kirov Oblast. Volga Federal District) RF


Yuliya Slavyanskaya sings Плачут Богородицы Образа (Plachut Bogoroditsy Obraza: The Tears on the Birthgiver’s Icon)


The Avgustovskaya Icon of the Mother of God (feastday 1/14 September)


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Vandal Spray-Painting Cathedral Nabbed by Cabbies


On Tuesday, local police in Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East said that taxi drivers tackled a vandal caught spray-painting the walls of a city cathedral. A police press release stated, “On Tuesday night, taxi drivers who were on Komsomolskaya Square saw a man in dark clothing wandering around the Assumption Cathedral. One of the drivers figured out that the stranger was spray-painting the cathedral’s walls”. The driver called police, then, he dashed up to the vandal together with a colleague. The man was unable to escape. Later, the perp failed to give a reason for his actions. He may face a criminal case of vandalism. If convicted, the authorities could lock him up for three years.

17 April 2012



click here for Khabarovsk on Wikitravel

Editor’s Note:

This shows a proper civilian response to an actual crime in progress. The cabbies called the cops, but when they saw that the perp was actually committing a crime (spray-painting graffiti on a church building IS a crime), they knocked him down and held him until the coppers got there. There was no untoward or unnecessary violence. I’m certain that the cabbies used VERY direct methods and that Miss Manners mightn’t have approved of some of their language. Popeye would’ve approved of their actions and their words… so do I. The perp better pack his long-johns and ushanka… he’s gonna be bustin’ rocks under the Arctic sun in the Sakha Republic for the foreseeable future, if my guess is correct. The cabbies were eatin’ their spinach… good on them!


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