Voices from Russia

Monday, 3 September 2012

3 September 2012. Video. An Old C of I Hymn in Modern Vesture… An Illustration of the “Open Gate” Spoken of in the Last Post

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This is a beloved old Church of Ireland hymn set to a modern orchestration… it’s one of the legitimate Reformation Protestant bodies… which go all the way from Anglicanism to REAL Evengelicalism (“Lutherans“) to Calvinism (Reformed/Presbyterian) to Mennonites, Amish, and real Baptists (NOT Southern Baptists). Orthodoxy has always gotten on well with real Protestants… and they’re welcome. As for sectarians… they’re the enemies of all Christendom, not just we Orthodox. Just because someone is anti-abortion doesn’t mean a thing… trust me on that. Real Christians should have nothing but the most unavoidable contacts with sectarians… they aren’t of us, and that’s that. The company of unbelievers is preferable to that of such heretics.

Thank you to the friend who passed this on to me. It’s real… remember, the key IS under the mat, dears… and the jug is still open…

BMD

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Friday, 20 July 2012

20 July 2012. Gleanings from My Mailbag

 

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Editor’s Foreword:

I’m in plain type; my interlocutors are in italics. God, I owe so much to my correspondents…

BMD

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I fear that there hasn’t been much on Vladyki Constantine in the general press. If it’d been there, I would’ve posted it. Is this a consequence of the inward-looking nature of the “Ukrainians?” There was MUCH more on Nicholas Smisko (let alone Metropolitan Laurus and Patriarchs Pavle and Aleksei). Here’s the sad part… Metropolitan Constantine was a decent man… and he got the least press of all of ’em. That’s not fair…

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The old journalism adage goes, “It it bleeds it leads”. I’m afraid that also means that bloody fools, bleedin’ idiots, and bluebloods also get more than their fifteen minutes of fame.

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I know my limitations; I’m not a theologian, that’s why I stay away from it (that includes the canons and the Fathers)… I know enough to know that I “know nothing”. My training’s in history… that I DO know. It’s not good to think that one’s a “know-all”… I run up against my limitations daily. If there’s anyone who knows my limits, I do. It’s why I stay out of Greek things usually… I don’t know them! I learn something new from each article I read, and I can say that the last four years of writing this site have taught more than all my classes in college did. Be good… I hope that you had a wonderful holiday… hoist a jigger of Bushmills and SMILE. God did make a GOOD world for us… it’s not His fault that we shit on it. However, we CAN recover the joy… but you gotta “wanna”… you KNOW what I mean!

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As for us, we have to think ahead to when the guns fall silent. Building up the ruins is a different enterprise than storming the redan. It’s LONGER… and much more “tedious”. Nevertheless, you or I will NOT see the end of it before our earthly time’s up. Our task is to lay a good foundation for our children to build upon… and that’s a noble cause.

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When you say, “put pressure on the authorities to investigate this and get to the bottom of it. If they won’t…  go to the civil authorities… it’s what they’re there for”, you’re saying something that’s anathema for some of the politically-conservative, who consider government to be the enemy, rather than any protector of the populace. My experience with some members of a convert parish was instructive in that regard.

They consider government to be the enemy because many of them are involved in shady business doings. It’s quite that simple. Besides… X is another one of Gleb Podmoshensky‘s disciples. One of my CA friends saw X driving from Platina some years back. They’re all together….

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That’s because you play the tragic part of the prophet. You bring about tectonic shifts with your boldness, yet both sides whip you in the end. Yet, you’ll have your just reward, but it won’t be at the hands of the goodthinkers…

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Both the Holy Synod meeting and the London Conference are due in October. I’ve been told that a new face is coming to NY. A source tells me that the buzz at Peredelkino is that the ROCOR and the MP Abroad are going to merge… but you knew that, didn’t you? C’mon. If my other source is correct, and the South is on the verge of revolt… well, let them go. “Good riddance to bad rubbish”, I say. They never were of us in the first place. What’ll happen to Freddie M-G and Dreher?

I’ve anticipated the merger of ROCOR and the MP; it was inevitable. If only the Southern clowns would go away, go out the door as schismatics. I hope some fool in the ROCOR doesn’t decide to give them a home. Didn’t ROCOR receive the Washington DC deacon who refused the Eucharist to a lesbian? I think others on Monomucky claimed they’d gone to the ROCOR.

That’s due to Potapov. He’s a rightwinger, both theologically and politically. Interestingly enough, Lebedeff’s not so bad. He’s an apparatchik… so, he’s going to do and say what keeps his bread buttered. Do note his silence. I should add that some of the more obscurantist rightwingers are at Jordanville. Do note that the Centre refuses to give permission for a bishop there. Yes, there are unrepentant shits in the ROCOR. They’re the ROCOR equivalents of the OCA‘s troublemakers. However, as one of my Centre contacts scornfully wrote, “Jordanville? It’s nothing but a minor Ukrainian skete and seminary”. In short, there’s a whole lot of mud out there, and it all has to come out before we can start cleaning things up.

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It’s what I’ve been writing for five years… is it God’s good time, though? That’s not ours to determine… 1917 wasn’t our decision, either, come to think of it. Even some Renovationists are despairing of the situation. Shall we drain the chalice to the dregs? It’s not bloody pleasant, I can assure you. As for me, I’ll be glad when it’s all said and done. I’ll be able to concentrate on Russian Church, cultural, and art matters. I’m looking forward to the future (for the present situation’s in its terminal stages… anyone can see that). It’s “April 1945“… and we stand on the banks of the Odra.

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Odd, ain’t it, you can find simple humanity in the “irreligious” Northeast and Pacific Coast (and Industrial Midwest), but heartless brutality in the so-called “religious” Bible Belt.

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We all have to work together after the edifice falls (and it shall)… gloating is STOOPID. To rebuild shattered trust and confidence isn’t a matter of waving a wand… it’ll require a generation of steady and unsung labour… and we won’t see the end of it this side of the veil. However, it’s our duty to our kids and grandkids (that’s how I see it, any road).

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They’re getting ready to leave us… we’re not “good enough” for them, you see. Don’t worry about them… it does take all kinds…

I agree. I have my hands full just trying to live my life.

I’d say to them, “Don’t let the door hit you in the arse as you leave… and don’t come back, now, see”… and I’d check to make sure that they hadn’t stolen the silver or poisoned the cat.

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 20 July 2012

Albany NY

 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

23 May 2012. A Photo Essay. From the Russian Web… Photographs Brimming with Love and Humanity

The Smile of a Child…

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A Small Life in the Midst of Much Death…

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‘Till Death Do Us Part…

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A Brother’s Love…

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A Love for Old Lost Comrades…

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In the Midst of Pain… Hope… the Love of Life…

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The Love of God… “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”

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I want to say that, even with wars, turmoil, and political upheaval, there’s really a point to life in this world. The main thing is to keep hold of our humanity, no matter what occurs. In all the confusion, we sometimes don’t seem to notice the most important things. Let’s take pleasure in and be thankful for all that we do have…

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

25 April 2012. Two of My Fave Bits from Dostoyevsky’s “Brothers”…

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We’ll persuade them that they’ll only become free when they renounce their freedom to us and submit to us. Shall we be right or shall we be lying? They’ll be convinced that we’re right, for they’ll remember the horrors of slavery and confusion to which Your freedom brought them. Freedom, free thought, and science will lead them into such straits and will bring them face to face with such marvels and insoluble mysteries that some of them, the fierce and rebellious, will destroy themselves; others, rebellious but weak, will destroy one another; while the rest, weak and unhappy, will crawl fawning to our feet and whine to us, “Yes, you were right, you alone possess His mystery, and we come back to you… save us from ourselves!’’

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This is from The Tale of the Grand Inquisitor. I think of this whenever I see Mormons, Evangelicals, or Pentecostalists. They don’t want God’s real freedom and true presence… instead of the Living Lord Christ, they prance around their idol of Jayzuss. Pitiful, isn’t it?

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Once upon a time, there was a peasant woman, and a very wicked woman she was. She died, and didn’t leave a single good deed behind. The devils caught her and plunged her into the lake of fire. So, her guardian angel stood and wondered what good deed of hers he could remember to tell to God. He said, “She once pulled up an onion in her garden, and gave it to a beggar woman”. God answered, “You take that onion, then, hold it out to her in the lake, and let her take hold and be pulled out. If you can pull her out of the lake, let her come to Paradise, but if the onion breaks, then the woman must stay where she is”. The angel ran to the woman and held out the onion to her, saying, “Come, take hold, and I’ll pull you out”, and he began cautiously pulling her out. He had almost pulled her right out, when the other sinners in the lake, seeing how she was being drawn out, began catching hold of her to be pulled out with her. However, she was a very wicked woman and she began kicking them. “I’m to be pulled out, not you. It’s my onion, not yours”. As soon as she said that, the onion broke. The woman fell into the lake, and she is burning there to this day. The angel wept and went away.

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Yes, our good deeds CAN save us… but only if we’re willing to “share” them. What does that tell you about “rugged individualism” and “looking out for Number One?” As a friend of mine said:

There are constricted and damaged souls who’d actually rather pay more for their healthcare, as long as they wouldn’t have to pay for anybody else’s. Then, there are others, whose souls are like are a pair of open arms, who’d pay more for healthcare if it meant that everyone would have coverage.

The first sort is like the woman who refused to “share” her good deed… they are cursed of God. The second sort is like the angel, “how can I save her?” There’s no comparison, is there? DO grasp the onion… and if someone grasps at you, help them up…

BMD

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