Voices from Russia

Sunday, 23 April 2017

23 April 2017. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… This is the Russian Side of the International Space Station


If you had ANY doubt as to the religious preference of most Russian people…



Sunday, 24 July 2016

Icons for New Naval Cathedral Delivered to Severomorsk

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A transport aircraft of the 45 Air Army delivered icons for an iconostas to Aerodrom Severomorsk-3 of Naval Aviation and the PVO. The icons will be part of an iconostas at the St Andrew Naval Cathedral in Severomorsk. Icon-painters in Moscow executed the work; now, they’re turned over to the Diocese of Severomorsk for the newly built cathedral. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias will bless the new edifice in August. This will be the First Cathedral of the Northern Fleet. At the airport, the commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice-Admiral N A ‪Yevmenov, and Bishop Mitrofan Badanin of Severomorsk and Umba met the plane carrying the icons. The four main images for the iconostas were of the protector-saints of Russian navy sailors… St Andrew the First-Called, the Godbearer, the Saviour, and St Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker… officers of the 45 Air Army and the Northern Fleet PVO carried the icons out of the cargo compartment of the plane by hand. After a short religious service, those present venerated the holy images. The same evening, they sent the boxes containing the disassembled iconostas to Severomorsk. Shortly, the icons will be part of the assembled iconostas at the St Andrew Naval Cathedral. The church is in near the Northern Fleet HQ and the warship quays.

22 July 2016

Minoborony Rossii



Bishop Mitrofan served as a navy officer for 21 years (1976-97, reaching the rank of Captain of the 2nd Rank), mostly with the Northern Fleet, and Elder Archimandrite Ioann Krestyankin blessed him to be a monk. Therefore, he’s a perfect fit to be bishop in an area that has one of the main fleet bases.


Sunday, 21 February 2016

21 February 2016. Time-Lapse Iconography from Syria

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Christ “Not-Made-By-Hands”

Unknown Artist

14th century




This time-lapse vid from Syria gives you the painting of Christ “Not-Made-By-Hands” in about two minutes…


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Russian Icons at Knights of Columbus Museum

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Mother of God “of Konevskaya”

Unknown Artist

19th century



Orthodox Christians revere Russian icons as sacred devotional pieces. However, to others around the world, they’re magnificent treasures, collected and cherished for their beauty, artistry, and history. Simply put, the appeal of Russian icons is international, extending beyond religious or ethnic background. With this in mind, the museum at Knights of Columbus International Headquarters in New Haven CT (where the organisation was founded) is presenting Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons and Treasures, which will run for more than a year… through 27 April 2014. The exhibition opened in time for Orthodox Easter on Sunday, 5 May. Many Orthodox Christian churches, including the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox churches, celebrate Easter Sunday based on the Julian calendar.

The exhibition features about 325 icons and liturgical pieces, most of which are on loan from a private collector who requested to remain anonymous. A few pieces are from the museum’s permanent collection. Museum Curator Mary Lou Cummings said the exhibition is visually stunning, no matter how one views iconography. The exhibition points out that iconographic customs have endured for more than a millennium and that they “offer a story of spirituality, tradition and cultures, shaped by the triumphs and struggle of Russian Christians through their country’s 12 centuries”, according to information provided in the exhibition.

The museum said in a statement, “Orthodox Christianity, adopted from the Byzantine Empire (sic) in Constantinople (now Istanbul), was instituted as the state religion in Kiev by Prince Vladimir in 988 AD, and spread across all of Russia. One of the most important elements of the Orthodox faith that followed from Constantinople was the sacred art of iconography. These highly-venerated images spread across Russia … fostering religious understanding and devotion among the people of Kievan Rus in the present-day Ukraine, Belarus, and northwest Russia … with nearly every home having a sacred (or prayer) corner containing one or more icons. … Iconographers historically prayed or fasted before and during the creation of an icon”.

According to the exhibition’s introductory text, Prayer to, and veneration of, icons “was understood to be an encounter with God, His saints, and angels”. Cummings added that Orthodox Christians consider icons as conduits for prayers or “windows into heaven” and they “aren’t created to be artwork”. She said that many of the icons on view are centuries old, thus, predating the Bolshevik Revolution of the early 20th century.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “Icons have been synonymous with Christian prayer and practice for centuries. One of the great traditions of Eastern Christianity, icons are less-well-known here, and we’re pleased that this exhibit will enable residents of the Northeast to grow in their understanding of the history and religious significance of these windows into heaven”. According to the museum, “Traditionally, icons were painted in egg tempera on wood and often accented with gold-leaf or covered with ornately-gilt metal covers called rizas. Rich in symbolism, they’re still used extensively in Orthodox churches and monasteries, and many Russian homes have icons hanging on the wall in a ‘Beautiful (or prayer) Corner’. Today, Russian Orthodox icons are renowned throughout the world”. Cummings said that the exhibition has four distinct sections, each devoted to specific icons:


Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St, New Haven CT. Open daily from 10.00 to 17.00, admission and parking are free. Call (203) 865 0400 or visit kofcmuseum.org.

2 May 2013

Phyllis A S Boros

Connecticut Post


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