Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 December 2014

6 December 2014. A Thought from HH…

00 Patriarch Kirill. Religion. 22.05.14


Christ was love; He embodied love. Furthermore, we know how hard it is to transmit that feeling in everyday life to the people around us. Often enough, we can’t even do it for our closest friends and relatives… that’s not even to bring up strangers! However, the Lord doesn’t excuse us from this commandment… He says to us, “Love one another” (Gospel according to St John 13.34). This means that we must grow in love.

His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Oblast) Russian Federation


The complete verse is:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

This is a dominical statement. The complete paragraph spans verses 31 to 35, and it came after the Washing of the Apostles’ Feet:

Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

After this, Christ predicted that St Peter would betray him, that “in my Father’s House there are many mansions”, and “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. If we love one another… we must be willing to serve (the Washing of the Feet)… we must be willing to be loyal unto death… we must be willing to confess the Faith full and entire. Indeed, if you want to get the full meaning of this, you have to look at the whole dialogue, which is Chapters 13 to 17.

What this is NOT is “speaking the truth in love”… people who use that misbegotten phrase never speak the truth, nor do they speak it in a loving way. All those who say such are really prideful and puffed-up self-appointed judges. God is my and your judge… not me! Not John Whiteford! Not Rod Dreher! God is the Judge of All… that allows us to love our fellow-man, as we are NOT their judge.

If we love one another, we won’t go out looking for windmills to tilt at… we’ll look for real people to love. That’s what I see from the standpoint of my six decades. Will the children grow up? That’s up to them… keep the light on and make sure that the key is under the mat… they could very well surprise us. Keep the jug at hand…


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Kaliningrad will Install a Lift for Disabled Access

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On Friday, a spokesman for the Diocese of Kaliningrad told our Interfax-Religion correspondent that the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Kaliningrad is undergoing renovation to install a lift for mobility-impaired parishioners (especially, wheelchair users). Our source told us, “initially, we didn’t plan for such a lift, but it appears that there’s a vital need to offer access during religious services and special events at the Cathedral”. Together with two ramps, the lift should provide improved access for people for whom the climb up the stairs to the nave of the church is difficult. The lift has a capacity of 600 kilos (1,321 pounds). From the north entrance, the lift will allow people to access the main level of the church. The authorities plan to have the lift operational by mid-October.

23 August 2013



Editor’s Note:

A contact told me that the lift needs such a capacity in order to accommodate motorised wheelchairs, “which are heavy-assed suckers” (as my source put it so clearly). We should be doing likewise… it’s not “politically-correct”, it’s the “right thing to do” (shades of Wilford Brimley). The Church is there for EVERYBODY… and that’s that…



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