Voices from Russia

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Famous Russian-American Musician Lawrence Havriliak Passes… Вечная ему память!

00 Lawrence Havriliak. Russian musician. 29.08.13



Lawrence Havriliak, 86, a lifelong resident of Spring Valley NY, passed away on 25 August 2013. Born on 25 August 1927 in Spring Valley to the late Rev John and Mary Havriliak, his loving wife, June, and his sons, Damian, Mark, and Roman, and 8 grandchildren survive him. A graduate of Spring Valley High School and American International College, he was a veteran who spent two years in Berlin as a translator in the US Army during and after World War II. Larry toured Europe as a tenor with the world-renowned Serge Jaroff Don Cossack Choir in 1953. He was a devoted and loving husband and father, and gave much of his life to the Church as a choir director. Calling hours at Sniffen-Sagala Funeral Home, Spring Valley NY, on Friday, 30A August, from 14.00-16.00 EDT, and from 19.00-21.00 EDT. Pannikhida at the funeral home on Friday at 20.00 EDT. Service on Saturday, 31 August, at 10.00 EDT at 10.00 EDT at St John Russian Orthodox Church, Church Street, Spring Valley NY.

Вечная ему память!



Sunday, 10 March 2013

Japan Remembers 2011 Tsunami Victims

00 Japan. tsunami. statue in Miyagi of Jizo Bosatsu. 10.03.13

A statue in Miyagi Prefecture (Tōhoku Region. Honshu) JAPAN of Jizō Bosatsu, one of Buddha‘s disciples, who guides dead children to heaven. People leave offerings here nearly every day.


Two years ago, a devastating earthquake and tsunami laid waste to the northeast coast of Japan, causing an accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Memorial events commemorating victims of the disaster will be held throughout the country. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his Cabinet members will attend the main ceremony in Tokyo. At 14.46 local time (09.46 MSK), there’ll be a moment of silence. That was the precise time of the first tremors of the quake. Recovery efforts continue in Japan, with officials estimating they might take anywhere from three to 15 years. Amongst the main problems are the slow rate of the reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and the depopulation of the affected areas.

Almost two years after a destructive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011, devastating the northeastern portion of the country, 300,000 Japanese remain in evacuation housing. Many of them have to live in spartan conditions. Some 80,000 former residents of the towns of Okuma and Futaba in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture, evacuated because of quake damage at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, still don’t know when they’ll be able to return to their homes, due to radioactive contamination. The effort to repair the aftermath of the natural disaster in different parts of the country may take anything between 3 and 15 years. The tragedy of 11 March 2011 killed 15,881 people and 2,668 more are still missing.

Japan will need another five to ten years to rebuild and recover from the consequences of the 2011 earthquake. This follows from a poll conducted by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun of 42 Mayors of the cities affected. The Mayors pointed up that some of the major problems were a large population outflow and the disposal of the debris from the quake and tsunami. The M 9 quake and the ensuing tsunami occurred off the northeastern coast of Honshu on 11 March 2011. The elements claimed almost 19,000 lives. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed entire cities and damaged the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, which resulted in widespread radioactive contamination.

11 March 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

20 February 2013. Вечная память…Say a Prayer for Danilia

memorial candles


Say a prayer and light a candle for the soul of Danilia. Have your priest say Pannikhida for her and have him mention her name at the Proskomidi. That’s what Christians do. She was the grown daughter of a dear friend of mine.

Вечная память


Sunday, 30 December 2012

30 December 2012. Denise Would’ve Been 56 Today… I Find the Loss Still Hurts…

svecha pamyati candle of memory

The above says, Cвеча память (Svecha pamyat: Candle of Memory)…


John Tavener’s setting of Eternal Memory for cello and strings…


My friend Denise would’ve been 56 today if uterine cancer hadn’t carried her off some two years ago (3 January 2011). I find that the loss is still there… not as sharp, of course, but still there. You never forget those who stretched out a hand to you when all others turned their backs. I know how nasty people can be… and how good they can be, too. I miss her…

Вечная память

Light a candle for Denise and Jerome (her husband, who passed six months later of a broken heart) at liturgy when you go next, please. Thank you…


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