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Sunday, 4 October 2015

4 October 2015. A Thought from Elder Nikolai Guryanov

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In Russia, the commies came to repentance. They showed that repentance in a solid way by their defence of the canonical Church against American-financed and –fomented mobs in the Nasty Nineties (sadly, Victor Potapov, in particular, defended the American assault on the Church and established anti-canonical factions in the homeland). The Komsomoltsy stood tall to defend our church buildings, our clergy, our bishops (“The Komsomoltsy were real muscle men… but they treated the elderly bishop with respect and always asked his blessing”), our sacred things, our believers, and the Canonical Church in general. That wiped away the sin of the Persecution.

Sadly, some of our people in the diaspora refused to accept this (some, like Victor Potapov, James Jatras, and Alexander Webster, aided the American persecutors of Holy Rus actively and enthusiastically)… today, some of them still attack Communists and socialism (as many come of families well-off under the Ancien Régime). Odd… they didn’t scruple at coöperation with Nazi murderers and American Republican greedsters… ravening enemies of Holy Rus!

Just as the Church gladly accepted repentance from the commies (G A Zyuganov and HH are personal friends, by the way), we should accept repentance from those in the diaspora who defend amoral neoliberalism (mislabeled “conservatism” in the Anglosphere) at present. However… they must repent of their sin and do so publicly, through their actions. Until Potapov, Paffhausen, Webster, Dreher, et al repent of their support for the US Republican Party (and its evil “Me First” Money First Anti-Life Anti-Family agenda) and repent of their attacks on socialism and the Soviet era, no Christian should take them at face value. When they do… we should treat them as the Church treated the commies… as long-lost family gladly brought back into the domestic circle. Sadly, they haven’t come to that point, yet. One hopes that they shall…


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

15 September 2015. A Thought from Elder Nikolai Guryanov

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Friday, 14 August 2015

14 August 2015. A Thought from Elder Nikolai Guryanov… and a Plea to Attend to What’s Needful

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I have sad news to report. The MP Holy Synod meeting on 13 July 2015 in St Petersburg (zhurnal nr 41) set aside a special day of prayer for God’s Creation. Of course, the ROCOR is an integral part of the MP, so, obviously, all MP Holy Synod decisions are binding upon it. The OCA is effectually a dependency of the MP, as all know.


The MP has written a special molieben for the occasion, this is not usually done, which indicates the importance that His Holiness attaches to this. However, to look at the OCA and ROCOR official websites… it might as well not be occurring. They do obsess about I V Stalin and about same-sex marriage… two topics that affect the Holy Church not at all. Whatever the US Supreme Court decided about civil marriage doesn’t affect the Church. There is NO persecution in the works in the near-term, nor in the long-term either. I’m sick of the konvertsy blathering on homosexuality and abortion. These topics do NOT lie at the centre of our Faith. Our Church, pre-eminently, WORSHIPS. It stands before the Holy of Holies and PRAYS. That’s what I was taught, that’s what I believe, that’s what I think that we should concentrate on. We shouldn’t wave placards. We should follow godly hierarchs like Bishop Panteleimon Shatov, who shows the world what true Christian charity is through his actions, NOT HIS WORDS. We shouldn’t follow poseurs like Jonas Paffhausen, who protected abusers and who lies about his past… we shouldn’t follow poseurs like Victor Potapov, who obsesses over Stalin and bloviates on same-sex marriage. We should follow His Holiness, who bids us pray for God’s Creation, that we should do so as Church, in an all-Church effort (after all, the Church did issue a decree to that effect through the Holy Synod). We should follow His Holiness, who is friends with the Castro brothers… NOT THE KOCH BROTHERS.

This is disgusting. However, it gives us a choice… you may follow Potapov and Paffhausen, and embrace the rightwing enemies of Holy Rus and our Holy Church… you may follow His Holiness, who bids us to care for the environment, to care for social justice, to reject the Free Market hell of the neoliberals (“conservatives”), and who embraces the LEFT. Those be the choices… those be the ONLY choices. They’re mutually exclusive. Choose wisely.

For more information on Respect God’s Creation Sunday, click here and here


Friday, 31 July 2015

31 July 2015. A Thought from Elder Nikolai Guryanov

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