Voices from Russia

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Happy Easter and Happy Workers’ Day!

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Russian Orthodox Churches don’t have pews. You stand the whole time (5 hours). Someday, we’ll all stand like this before God. (original caption)

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Me with Fr Boris, my Godfather, former chaplain and soldier in the Vostok Battalion. We may look like a couple of bikers in this pic, but this was after a 5 hour Orthodox Easter service. It was beautiful. (original caption)

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Editor:

We as Orthodox Christians have a choice. We can follow rightwing charlatans like John Whiteford, Rod Dreher, Victor Potapov, and Josiah Trenham, or we can follow true Christian gentlemen like Russell  Bentley. Read the following… you know what the rightwing pukes say, I needn’t repeat it. Weigh the two positions, then, choose… choose wisely, for the fate of your immortal soul IS in the balance…

You can line up with the Trump Chumps or with decent people of goodwill such as Russell Bentley. One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

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Today’s an auspicious day; it’s both Easter Sunday in the Russian Orthodox Church, and 1 May, the real Labour Day, when we honour the workers of the world. Therefore, it’s a very special day for Essence of Time volunteers in the DNR and all around the world. Essence of Time believes in Communism 2.0 and in the Russian Orthodox religion. We seek to invent an improved Communism, a Socialist Union of workers, peoples and nations around the world, and we realise we can only do this with God’s help. However, we don’t expect God to do it for us. We know it’ll take a great deal of work, wisdom, and sacrifice on our part to achieve this lofty goal.

The Russian Orthodox religion isn’t like most religions in the West… the phoney “Prosperity Gospel”, a despicable lie that says that rich people are rich because God rewards their “virtues” and the poor people of the world suffer because they are somehow bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. The basis of the Russian Orthodox religion is humility, generosity, and solidarity with our fellow-man. It’s the true interpretation of what Jesus taught. Moreover, Jesus was a Communist. He shared equally with all. The Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper are perfect examples.

What’s the idea of Essence of Time’s Communism 2.0? It seeks to take the basic premises of Marx and Lenin, to understand what mistakes we made, to correct them, and move forward to build a more just, more sustainable, more equitable world. We can and should judge the true character of any society, of any civilisation, not by the opulence of its richest members, but by the condition of its poorest least-advantaged members. If every member of that society, including the least among them, has food, housing, education, and medical care, sufficient for every member to achieve their full human potential, it’s a just and humane society. If some have more than they can ever earn, more than they can ever spend, while others have less than enough to live, it can hardly be called civilised, much less a just human society. It is nothing more than, as Marx said, Man’s exploitation of Man. That is what we’re now fighting against. It’s a fight, a war, for the future of Humanity. A fight we plan to win.

Humanity now has only these choices… either we make a better more just world for all who are in it, or we face extinction for the majority and enslavement of the rest, by a small class of people who want to rule the world in perpetuity, who want to exploit human beings like livestock, or exterminate them like insects. Furthermore, they will, if we let them. That’s the work of the Devil. No realistic survey of the human condition in the world today can come to any conclusion but that things are getting worse, every day, for the majority of mankind. We have the resources to provide for all, a decent living, education, health care, a chance for everyone to fulfil their true human potential, but some have diverted these resources and added them to the already obscene and unjustifiable wealth of a ruthless few. The battle for the future of humanity is a battle between us and them.

So, on this day when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, on the same day that we respect the contribution, and the rights, of all the workers in the world, the majority of Humanity, let us join together to make the world a better place for all of us, for every person in it, and to fight those who believe they can make us their slaves. As Jesus said, that which we do for the least of our Brothers, we do for Him. As Marx said, we have nothing to lose but our chains.

1 May 2016

Russell “Texas” Bentley

http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2016/05/happy-easter-and-happy-workers-day.html

Editor:

Either Russell Bentley follows true Orthodoxy or the rightwingers do… there’s no middle ground. You MUST choose one or the other…

BMD

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Moscow Celebrated Despite Coldest Christmas Night “In 120 Years”

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Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t stop worshipers from celebrating Epiphany and Orthodox Christmas. Christian believers across the globe joined in celebrations. Those who attended midnight liturgy at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour had to bundle up for the bitter cold as temperatures in the capital dropped to about -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) on Christmas night. In Moscow Oblast, temperatures dropped below -32 (-26 Fahrenheit). Extremely cold weather hit the whole country, with some regions such as Siberia and Yakutiya recording temperatures of -40 (-40 Fahrenheit). In Moscow, the MChS deployed around 500 emergency personnel to help worshipers. Authorities provided around 200 mobile food tents with hot meals during the Christmas celebrations due to the cold. RIA Novosti quoted a meteorologist from Fobos weather centre:

This Christmas night was the coldest in the last 120 years, although the absolute record was more than 130 years ago in 1881, it was -35 (-31 Fahrenheit).

Frost hits Russia as Christmas Comes for Orthodox Christians (IMAGES)

The Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar adopted by the Catholic Church in the 16th Century. This is why Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, and not on 25 December. The Local Churches of Jerusalem, Serbia, Poland, Czechia/Slovakia, and Georgia, as well as the so-called Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniates) and some Protestants, use the Julian calendar, so they also celebrate Christmas on 7 January.

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On Friday, in Serbia, where temperatures dropped below -15 (+5 Fahrenheit), Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve in front of St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade with a traditional oak log fire.

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In Turkey, Orthodox Christians also joined the celebrations despite sub-zero temperatures. On Friday, believers jumped into the Golden Horn strait in Istanbul in a traditional ceremony celebrating the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany, or the baptism of Christ. Traditionally, Orthodox Epiphany is on 19 January, according to Julian Calendar. However, some Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany on 6 January as they use the Catholic calendar for fixed feasts.

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Orthodox believers in Bulgaria waded into the icy waters of the Tundzha River and danced the Hora, in a traditional male-only event to celebrate Epiphany. The men dressed in folk costumes and dived into the freezing waters to find a crucifix thrown in by the priest, before handing it to the youngest participant of the dance. The folk belief is that the person who retrieves it will be healthy all year.

7 January 2017

RT

https://www.rt.com/news/372902-orthodox-christmas-frost-celebrate/

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A Christmas Wish from Syria

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Merry Christmas to our Russian Orthodox friends who are defending the roots of Christendom and Normal Muslims in the Middle East.

7 January 2017

This is Christian Syria

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Sputnik Presents: Pray, Sing Carols and Tell Fortunes… How Russia Celebrates Christmas

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The majority of those celebrating Orthodox Christmas on 7 January live in Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Minority populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria also observed the holiday according to the Julian calendar.

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President Putin attended Nativity services at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod Oblast.

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias served on Nativity at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

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In 337 AD, Roman Pope Julius I approved 25 December as the date of Christmas. Since then, Christendom celebrates Christmas on December 25 (except the Armenian Church, which celebrates Christmas and Epiphany as a single feast on the Epiphany). The Russian Orthodox Church also celebrates Christmas on 25 December, but as it didn’t accept the calendar reform by Roman Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni, the Church observes the feast on that date according to the old Julian calendar, which is 7 January on the “new” Gregorian calendar.

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President Putin talked to fishermen after attending Nativity services at the Yuriev Monastery.

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At Christmas, it is customary in many families to decorate a Christmas tree and give each other gifts. People adorn Christmas tree branches with various sweets and glowing lights.

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After attending services on Christmas day, people would break the fast with all kinds of meat and fish dishes, as well as a jellied or roasted goose with apples. Roasted poultry adorned the Christmas table. Chicken was served cold, whilst goose or duck was served hot. People garnished cold chicken with pickles, tomatoes and herbs; they served hot poultry with roast potatoes. In every home, there were pies and cakes made of unleavened rye dough with various fillings. People also gave out Christmas cakes to “starrers” (kolyadki* singers).

  • Kolyadki: Russian equivalent of Christmas carols, sung during the entire Svyatki period, and sometimes, in some places, right up until the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple on 15 February

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In Russia, tradition and religion intertwine. Christmas celebrations last from 6 to 18 January in most places. People still follow old customs such as “Starring” (Russian carolling), which is the Russian equivalent of “trick-or-treat” (but without the pranks).

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On the evening of 6 January, Chairman of the Government D A Medvedev and his wife Svetlana prayed at Orthodox Christmas services at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.

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“Starrers” walk from house to house of friends or acquaintances singing Christmas carols in their honour and ask for treats. People show generosity and hospitality to their unexpected guests and give them traditional gifts.

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The “starrers” sing songs wishing their benefactors a rich harvest, newborn livestock, and good order at home in thanks for their generous gifts. Then, they go on to the next house.

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On 6 January (Nativity Eve), a woman prayed during services at Vigil mass at St Serge Russian Orthodox church in Paris.

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The Svyatki period is also known for its fortune-telling tradition. Eastern Slavs consider Christmas and Epiphany Eves to be the best time for fortune-telling. If a girl wants to see her groom, she must sit in a dark room between two mirrors, light candles, and peer into the gallery of reflections, hoping to see her future husband. Questions about love, marriage, and family life have always been the most popular in fortune-telling.

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Participants in the Winter Malanya Festival of ethnic groups and historical reenactment at Klyuchi Oblast Park in the village of Kostroma in Prokhorovka Raion (Belgorod Oblast).

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Archpriest Pavel, the parish rector, oversaw Christmas services at the Church of the Icon of the Birthgiver “of Tikhvin” in Kazan.

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Truth in Advertising Department:

Some of these images are from last year or the year before… but that doesn’t matter, as they illustrate Russian Nativity and Svyatki customs well. Just tellin’ you what is…

BMD

7 January 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/photo/201701071049349536-russia-celebrate-christmas/

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