Voices from Russia

Saturday, 26 March 2016

26 March 2016. A Point to Ponder from a Righteous Catholic Bishop

00 fulton sheen good friday golgotha repin 260316

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Whenever someone of culture and education uses the word “Liberal”, it encompasses what illy-educated Americans call “conservative” and “liberal”. Interestingly enough, “conservatives” are more Liberal than “liberals” are… whenever Russians denounce “liberalism”, they’re not denouncing American liberals… they’re denouncing American “conservatives” such as Patrick Buchanan and GWB! It’s clear from the context of this quote that Bishop Sheen has similar intent… after all, “conservatives” praise Edmund Burke, the most Whiggish of all Whigs (I kid you not).

Liberalism is evil… more evil than any Leftist ideology was or is. It’s a demonic construct that worships power and money… do bear that in mind as you hear “conservatives” speak… they’re the most consummate Liberals of the lot… you forget that at your peril.

BMD

Friday, 10 April 2015

10 April 2015. It’s Holy Friday… Our Lord Christ Hangs On The Cross

Ilya Glazunov. Golgotha. from the triptych 'The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor'. 1983

Golgotha

from the triptych “The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor”

Ilya Glazunov

1983

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This is probably the most solemn day of the Church Year. Our Lord Christ hangs on the Cross. The wise thief didst Thou make worthy of Paradise, in a single moment, O Lord. By the wood of Thy Cross, illumine me as well and save me. What more need I say? Nothing frivolous today…

Please, do note the date of the painting. The religious revival was well under-way long before 1991. The Soviet state, in the end, wasn’t a barrier to Christ and His Church…

BMD

Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words: A Good Sign… Greek Bishop and Turkish Imam in Holy Friday Procession in Famagusta (Cyprus)

00 Greek Orthodox bishop and Islamic cleric. Holy Friday. 18.04.14

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Here’s a sign of GOOD NEWS. A Greek bishop and a Turkish imam walk together on Holy Friday in Famagusta in Cyprus. Mind you, the imam didn’t take part in the services, and there’s no set rubric for processing with the plashchanitsa (there are customs, but that isn’t the same, they differ from place to place, and rightfully so). This is isn’t the same as “sharing prayer”.

By the way, I didn’t post anything until after 15.00 EDT because this is the most solemn day of the Christian Year. In fact, I’m not going to post any “Church politics” today, as it’d be out of place. I AM posting on a VERY important story tomorrow. Stay tuned, kids.

BMD 

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18 April 2014. A Multimedia Presentation: It’s Holy Friday… For Both Catholics and Orthodox This Year

Ivan Glazunov. 'Crucify Him!'

“Crucify Him!”

Ivan Glazunov

1994

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“The wise thief didst Thou make worthy of Paradise, in a single moment, O Lord…”

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00 Ilya Repin. Golgotha (The Crucifixion of Christ). 1869

Golgotha: The Crucifixion of Christ

Ilya Repin

1869

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The late Archbishop Job Osacky of Chicago on Holy Friday

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Vasili Golinsky. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. no date (1890s-1900s)

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Vasili Golinsky

no date (1890s-1900s)

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“The noble Joseph when he had taken down Thy most-pure Body from the tree…”

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01 Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The Entombment of Christ. 1602-03

The Entombment of Christ

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

1602-03

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This is the most solemn day of the Christian Year… Great and Holy Friday, when Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ hung on the cross and gave His life for the Life of the World. That’s the real deal… for me to say more wouldn’t only be pointless, why, it’s irreverent. However, after His three days in the tomb… that means that Golgotha precedes ALL Resurrections… reflect on that, if you will…

BMD

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