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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Archbishop Adam Dubec of Przemyśl-Nowy Sącz Died

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During the afternoon of 24 July, Archbishop Adam Dubec of Przemyśl-Nowy Sącz died. Archbishop Adam was born in the Lemko village of Florynka in 1926. His way in life was hard; in his teen years, he experienced war, and he lived through the tragic expulsion of 1947, sending time in internal exile. He became a priest, giving devoted service to the Orthodox Church and its people.

One could speak of his many successes, but the one of the most important events of his diocese was the canonisation of the Holy Hieromartyr Maxim Sandowicz of Gorlice, which, after many years of efforts, took place on 5-6 September 1994. It occurred in Żdyni and Gorlice on the 80th anniversary of Fr Maxim’s martyrdom. Another achievement was the building of many churches and new rectories for the clergy.

Another notable event was the Exaltation (прославлення) of the Wonderworking Icon of the Godbearer of Sanok, held at the diocesan cathedral in Sanok on 7 September 1997. This icon of the Godbearer showered many graces on believers in Sanok, bringing many people comfort, solace, and answers to prayer. Archbishop Adam led all the parishes of the diocese in the solemn celebration of the Millennium of the Baptism of Rus in 1988. In 2000, he led a celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. In publishing, Archbishop Adam oversaw the printing of an Orthodox Church Calendar in the Ukrainian language. The crowning achievement of 30 years of revival in the Diocese was the return of Orthodoxy to Rzeszow. Archbishop Adam consecrated the Orthodox parish church in Rzeszów on 7 September 2013. Archbishop Adam was the leading light behind the planning and building of this edifice.

The funeral will be on Wednesday 27 July in Sanok at 09.00. His Beatitude Sawa, Metropolitan of Warsaw and all Poland, will serve, along with other clergy.

Вечная ему память

24 July 2016

Priest Julian Felenczak

Official Website of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church


26 July 2016. Fyodor Emelianenko Tells Us What’s Important

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Of course, you’d have to be living under a rock not to know that F V Emelianenko, eight-time MMA champ, is a big-time Orthodox Christian. Here, Fyodor Vladimirovich is holding one of our most sacred wonderworking images, the Kursk-Root Icon. This is a rare blessing and honour… it speaks of the high regard that he’s held in higher Church circles. Not all Christians are intellectuals or scholars… in fact, most of us aren’t. Reading won’t get you the Kingdom… simple humility will. Know yourself and act accordingly. Do the good that’s set in front of you… we’re Christians; that’s what we do!


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sensationalist Rightwing Post Devoid of Fact… As Per Usual

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You are now entering a fact-free zone… the lair of the Pro-Lifer… enter at your own risk


Read this. This isn’t at all what responsible MDs and scientists are writing in serious peer-reviewed journals. If you wish any information on transsexuality (the actual medical/technical term), you won’t find it in the so-called “Pro-Life” media. It isn’t vetted for accuracy and scientific veracity, so, virtually all of it’s nonsense and/or garbled rubbish. Do remember the faked Planned Parenthood videos. There has yet to be a verified assault on anyone in the ladies’ room by disguised men. I sure haven’t seen it nor have any other gals of my acquaintance seen or heard of such. Have a care with “conservatives”… they believe that “winning is the only thing” and that anything done to win one’s point is legit. I’d advise having as little as possible to do with such people, if you can. They not only hold untrue and bigoted beliefs on transsexuality, they also hold such on many issues. Be wary of them, for they hide their hatred and bias under the Church’s vesture. The times are dark, so, please, do have a care…


Icons for New Naval Cathedral Delivered to Severomorsk

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A transport aircraft of the 45 Air Army delivered icons for an iconostas to Aerodrom Severomorsk-3 of Naval Aviation and the PVO. The icons will be part of an iconostas at the St Andrew Naval Cathedral in Severomorsk. Icon-painters in Moscow executed the work; now, they’re turned over to the Diocese of Severomorsk for the newly built cathedral. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias will bless the new edifice in August. This will be the First Cathedral of the Northern Fleet. At the airport, the commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice-Admiral N A ‪Yevmenov, and Bishop Mitrofan Badanin of Severomorsk and Umba met the plane carrying the icons. The four main images for the iconostas were of the protector-saints of Russian navy sailors… St Andrew the First-Called, the Godbearer, the Saviour, and St Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker… officers of the 45 Air Army and the Northern Fleet PVO carried the icons out of the cargo compartment of the plane by hand. After a short religious service, those present venerated the holy images. The same evening, they sent the boxes containing the disassembled iconostas to Severomorsk. Shortly, the icons will be part of the assembled iconostas at the St Andrew Naval Cathedral. The church is in near the Northern Fleet HQ and the warship quays.

22 July 2016

Minoborony Rossii



Bishop Mitrofan served as a navy officer for 21 years (1976-97, reaching the rank of Captain of the 2nd Rank), mostly with the Northern Fleet, and Elder Archimandrite Ioann Krestyankin blessed him to be a monk. Therefore, he’s a perfect fit to be bishop in an area that has one of the main fleet bases.


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