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Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. XMAS IS ON ITS WAY!

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Halloween is almost upon us, which means that commercial Xmas is about ready to begin. It begins right after Halloween, but it really doesn’t pick up steam until Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving. I call this day “the Black Mass of American Consumerism”. Everything that’s bad about America and Americans gets put on very public display. Every year, one hears about someone trampled to death or mauled by other crazy shoppers. As for me, I avoid malls until after 25 December… I don’t like the hype, the tension, and the angst on display. It’s not the crowds… it’s not the crass commercialisation of a sacred holiday… it’s the joyless and haunted look on the faces of the people. No one really likes Xmas and its ritualised greed, but it seems that most give in to it. Truly… the canned vapid carols and the goofy decorations don’t bother me. It’s the people… their lemming-like acquiescence in something that they don’t truly want to do. Christmas and Xmas are two different things. Welcome the Christ Child into your home… have a family celebration… yes, give a gift or two (or three). Have a JOYOUS day. You don’t have to give in to Xmas. By the way, Santa’s OK (share a cone with Santa, as Kevin Bloody Wilson sang)… he’s no ogre unless you make him one. We’ll all survive the coming holiday blitz. Have a drink and smile.

BMD

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

29 April 2017. Is Your Parish Still Celebrating? It Should Be…

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The above image is of the Красная горка (Krasnaya Gorka: Red Hill) celebration in Dmitrov (Krasnogorsk Raion, Moscow Oblast). Where better to celebrate “Red Hill” than in “Red Hill” Raion? Red Hill is the popular name for Thomas Sunday and for the following week. Obviously, it’s a “baptism” of pre-Christian pagan festivities marking the beginning of spring, people hold dances and fairs, organise bonfires and celebrations, and often hold marriages at this time (it’s thought particularly auspicious). People make another round of Easter Eggs and Cakes and keep the party spirit alive. By the way… the Igumen of the local Monastery of St Dmitri Salunsky blessed this festival…

It’s party hearty until Pentecost… keep it alive until then…

BMD

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

184 Orthodox Churches Will be Open for Easter Services in the DNR

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The media service of the DNR MVD reported that 184 Orthodox churches all over the DNR would serve festive services to celebrate Easter, which is on 16 April this year. It noted:

184 houses of worship in the territory of the Republic will serve celebrations to commemorate the Resurrection of Christ.

According to the MVD, before holiday services, they’ll search all churches and surrounding areas for dangerous objects. Police patrols and MChS first responders will be on duty near each church to prevent emergencies and violations of public order. In total, the action will involve about 700 police, including traffic inspectors. The MVD also reminded people that there’s no curfew on Easter evening. However, it reminded people to keep proper public order and promptly report all incidents using the emergency number “102”. In 2017, Orthodox Easter is on 16 April. According to a decision taken by DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko, there’ll be no curfew on Easter evening to allow people to attend festive church services without problems.

15 April 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

https://dan-news.info/obschestvo/v-dnr-na-pasxu-dlya-prixozhan-otkroyutsya-184-pravoslavnyx-xrama-mvd.html

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko: Христосъ Воскресе! Christ is risen!

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Dear Friends!

The glorious feast of the resurrection of Christ comes into our homes as a symbol of purity, renewing our souls and thoughts, a symbol of prosperity and faith. Nature welcomes spring and we feel the joy of spring in our hearts! Let this glorious festival welcome and comfort everyone in your household, may peace and harmony be always with you… not only for one day. Keep Purity in your thoughts, keep Holiness in your soul, and keep Faith in your heart; if you abide in Christ, He’ll be with you! Give love to those close to you and give care and warmth to strangers. Then, the world would be bright and joyful, just like today’s celebration!

Христосъ Воскресе!

Christ is risen!

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

16 April 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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