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Saturday, 19 April 2014

19 April 2014. This Year in Jerusalem… The Holy Fire Appears, Yet Again…

00 Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. 19.04.14

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In Jerusalem, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Holy Fire appeared yet again. Every year, delegations from Orthodox lands take the fire back to their homelands. Russia is no exception. HH will light his Easter Candle from the Holy Fire brought by plane from Jerusalem. It’s coming… ever the same and evergreen at once.

BMD

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Monday, 6 May 2013

6 May 2013. The Magic of Easter Endures… Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

00 Holy Fire 2013. Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem. 06.05.13

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The magic of Easter continues until Pentecost. Now, it’s proper to feast, feast, and feast! Yours truly will carve the roast beast and pass it round for all to enjoy. We were at Easter services at Jordanville, and the Easter magic worked there, too. Remember what the Apostle said, If Christ be not risen from the dead, your faith is in vain. No matter how much schmutz and shit we try to paste on Christ’s Church, it doesn’t stick in the end. Maybe, this one or that one falls away, but we can’t screw up all of Christ’s Church, no way, no how, no matter how hard we try to do so. Why? Hey, kids, the Easter magic still works. Christ IS risen from the dead, ergo, our faith isn’t in vain… and no amount of jumped-up, Sergianist, corrupt, rebellious, dishonest, immoral, or power-hungry clergy can change that. Easter tells us that we won’t be in the tomb forever… it may seem that way, but it won’t be that way, trust me. In the end, Truth does win out.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death…

That tells us that any good in the Church has to be fought for; it ain’t gonna be easy, we’ll have to “be in the tomb for three days” before it’s all over. That’s what Easter’s all about… are you willing to swallow a kopeck’s worth? If so, we can win through… if not, the nogoodniks win, and part of the Church falls away. It IS up to us…

Христосъ воскресе!

Воистинну воскресе!

BMD

Saturday, 4 May 2013

4 May 2013. It’s Started! Easter 2013… The Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

00 Holy Fire 2013. Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem. 04.05.13

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The miracle has happened, yet again… the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. As always, Russian delegations go the Holy Land to bring the Holy Fire back to Russia on special flights. When HH holds the torch high at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (as it’s almost 01.00 MSK now, it’s already happened), it’s lit from the Holy Fire. This shows the interconnectedness of the Orthosphere… something that all too many Americans are unaware of. What’s truly saddening is how so few American konvertsy have internalised a sense of “being one” with the Orthosphere… they support the drive of the American rightwing for global hegemony. That shows that they’re NOT one of us in soul.

Yet, for all real Orthodox, the miracle has come… it’s time for the feast!

BMD

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

17 April 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. A Little Bit of Paschal Joy…

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Nicosia (Lefkosia District) CYPRUS

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Sofia (Sofia Capital Oblast) BULGARIA

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Moscow (Federal City of Moscow) RF

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Skopje (City of Skopje. Skopje RegionMACEDONIA

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Almaty (Almaty Special City) KAZAKHSTAN

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Okolitsa (Gomel OblastBYELORUSSIA

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Bishkek (Bishkek Special City) KYRGYZSTAN

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Kiev (Kiev Special City) THE UKRAINE

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Coptic Orthodox girls in Islamabad (Islamabad Capital TerritoryPAKISTAN

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Ethiopian Orthodox believers in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem PALESTINE (under Israeli occupation) with the Holy Fire… although we aren’t in communion, the Greek patriarch sees to it that the Ethiopians share in the Holy Fire.

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Sofia BULGARIA

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Moscow (Federal City of Moscow) RF

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Ceremony of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem (under Israeli occupation)

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From the description of the last video:

On the night of 14/15 April, Archbishop Luke of Zaporozhe and Melitopol served Easter Liturgy at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Zaporozhye. There are festivals more accompanied by expectations of great trepidation than actual celebration. Apparently, this is one of the peculiarities of human nature. However, let’s speak of a unique holiday, which we believe is the most beautiful, most illuminating, most generous, and most important in the life of any person. This holiday is Easter… the resurrection of Christ Light. Infinite spiritual awe and unspeakable joy accompany the waiting, meeting, and celebration of Easter. “Christ is risen!” In these two words lies a secret of our eternal human nature. Being involved in this mystery isn’t only an involvement in a historical fact, such the construction of the Egyptian pyramids, or the first flight into space. To be involved in it means to answer the questions that tormented and haunted us for many hundreds of years. If the resurrection of nature, which mankind watches every spring, becomes commonplace, then, what about the resurrection of man? Surely, it’s beyond the mind of all, we don’t understand it; a common yardstick can’t measure it. That belief has led us all to the church through faith, Easter joy is the joy of all and of each individual. Is this why the many-times-repeated “Christ is Risen”, pronounced by Vladyki, find an echo in the hearts of believers, not only do they desire to answer “Truly, He is Risen”, but also do they realise that that, at last, there was a welcome, as I dreamed, bringing meaning to our lives?

This is from the REAL Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the MP… from Zaporozhe, no less! Don’t listen to Uniate or schismatical lies… these are the only REAL Orthodox in the Ukraine… keep them in your prayers and in mind. The American government (especially Langley) attacks these good people… and supports their godless opponents with money and material aid (and eggs on the Galician diaspora in the USA and Canada to aid unhealthy elements in the Ukraine). Bear that in mind when you hear bloviating about “democracy” from American politicians… they support the foes of Christ’s Church (don’t forget that they aided the Nazis willingly, too… they weren’t averse to murdering Jews, Russians, and Roma)! They want to tear out the heart of our faith and replace it with extremist rightwing money-grubbing, “Me First” selfishness, and sectarian “Me n’ Jayzuss” foolishness. Oppose them with all your might… especially, those who want to ally the Church with the Republican Party. We CAN keep the Church ORTHODOX…

BMD

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