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Monday, 15 June 2015

Religious Procession in Lugansk Honoured the Icon of the Mother of God “of Lugansk”

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Narration in Russian, but worth watching for the visuals

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Believers held a procession through the main streets of the capital in honour of the icon of the Mother of God “of Lugansk”. At 08.00, at All Saints parish (near the bus station at the trolleybus depot) held Divine Liturgy, and at 15.00 a procession began from the Icon of the Mother of God “of Tenderness” parish to All Saints part. At the end of the procession this evening, the clergy will serve the Akathist to the Most Holy Godbearer and Mother of God.  From 12 to 14 June, with the blessing of His Eminence Mitrofan Yurchuk, Metropolitan of Lugansk and Alchevsk, believers held celebrations to honour the icon of the Most Holy Mother of God “of Lugansk”.

In Lugansk, the Church celebrates the appearance of the Mother of God in June for three days… as she commanded Elder-Deacon Filipp of Lugansk (here and here) (Filipp Yeliseyevich Gorbenko, born 22 November 1858). Hagiography has it that the Mother of God appeared three times in different years to Elder Filipp, showing him a route of a procession across the city. Elder Filipp had the icon of the Mother of God “of Lugansk” painted, and it was in his cell until his death, but people often photographed and copied it during his lifetime. After his death on 22 November 1956, people thought that the icon was lost forever. However, in 2009, by happy circumstance, a local TV crew found it in Aleksandrovsk, where Elder Filipp served as a deacon in his last years. As it turned out, the icon didn’t disappear as all sources claimed; it just was in a hidden place all the time, waiting for the right time. This icon is closely associated with the prophecies of Elder Filipp, who promised that it’d play a crucial role in the life of the city and become a landmark in its history.

14 June 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre

http://lug-info.com/news/one/krestnyi-khod-v-chest-mestnochtimoi-luganskoi-ikony-bozhiei-materi-proshel-segodnya-v-luganske-3952

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Austrian Composer Kurt Schmid Nixed in Lugansk Due to Austrian Foreign Ministry

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Well-known Austrian composer Kurt Schmid, who performed in Lugansk before the war with the Lugansk Oblast Philharmonic Society, wanted to visit the LNR, but the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs nixed the trip. Vera Getsy, manager of the Lugansk Philharmonic told us, “Schmid was trying to come to Lugansk; he even opted to enter through Russian territory, in particular, through Volgograd. However, the Austrian Embassy only gave the composer permission to enter territory controlled by the Kiev authorities”. Getsy was commenting on remarks posted earlier today on the website of the so-called “Lugansk Military-Civilian Administration” by Gennady Moskal that Schmid would conduct a Victory Day concert in Severodonetsk, where the junta sources claimed that the Lugansk Philharmonic moved “almost at full strength”. Getsy denied this fib, “Of our 80 musicians, only five left, who, after wandering in the Ukraine, landed in Severodonetsk. They joined with the student orchestra of the Severodonetsk music school, which now claims that it’s the Lugansk Philharmonic. Schmid was and remains honorary conductor of the Lugansk Philharmonic”.

Getsy pointed up that almost all the Lugansk Philharmonic remained in the city, even in the most difficult days of July and August last year. Musicians gave impromptu concerts in the besieged city under fire, often under the open sky. She said, “There is video of these concerts, there are eyewitness accounts. We’ve posted many of them on the internet, for free access. Our orchestra was born at the time of the Great Victory… some of the first musicians of our ensemble took part in the Victory Parade in Moscow in 1945. In fact on 30 May, we invite all Lugansk people to our anniversary programme”.

Getsy said that more than 15 percent of the musicians have been with the ensemble for more than 50 years, and 70 percent have played for 30 years. All of the best musicians in the orchestra remain; they continue to delight their fans with their creativity. She said, “Today, the orchestra participates in the action Книга памяти (Kniga pamyati: Memory Book) and we give concerts all over our country. Yesterday, 5 May 5, we were in Krasny Luch, tomorrow, 7 May, we’re going to Sverdlovsk. On top of that, we have planned a tour of the Russian Federation. The Lugansk Philharmonic never moved. Our first formal concert this season will be 6 September”. Posters of all the Philharmonic concerts are on its official website; you can be sure that Lugansk’s favourite artists and musicians are still here. Our next concert will be on 10 May, presenting a programme entitled, Песни Победы (Pesni Pobedy: Songs of Victory). Moskal’s allegations that we present “bush league” concerts in Lugansk are simply not true”.

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As noted on Schmid’s official website, in 2002, he became artistic director of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Lugansk Oblast Philharmonic. He organised numerous concerts of the orchestra in Austria, the most striking of which were performances at the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus, where they played Little Russian music and masterpieces of the Viennese classics. In other Austrian cities, they performed traditional folk music and Mozart’s Requiem. During the period of coöperation with Schmid, the orchestra first performed such works as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carmina Burana by Orff, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, amongst others. Since December 2003, Schmid taught at the Institute of Culture and Arts of Shevchenko Lugansk National University. In 2004, he received the title of honorary professor of the university. In 2006, Schmid received the Medal “For Significant Contributions to the Cultural Development of Lugansk Oblast” (Third Class).

6 May 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre

http://lug-info.com/news/one/izvestnyi-kompozitor-kurt-shmid-ne-smog-posetit-lnr-iz-za-pozitsii-posolstva-avstrii-3071

Friday, 17 April 2015

Cross Procession Brings Orthodox Holy Objects from Russia to Cathedral in Donetsk

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Today, a Bright Week religious procession dedicated to strengthening the fragile peace in Novorossiya reached Donetsk. With the blessing of Russian Schema-Archimandrite Ilya, the marchers brought a Verneration Cross, with a particle of the True Holy Cross, to the cathedral. Russian Hieromonk Makary, who accompanied the cross, said, “Also, the Veneration Cross has capsules with earth taken with prayer from fields of military glory of Holy Rus and Russia… from Kulikovo Polye, and Ugra and Borodino”. He added that another capsule has earth from Godenovo, “a place with an ancient wonder-working Cross, which appeared 600 years ago in Yaroslavl, shortly before the fall of the (New) Roman Empire. The very appearance of the Godenovo cross shows Holy Rus’ continuity with the Orthodox Roman Empire”. At the same time, he brought a reliquary (in the form of an ancient cross) with relics of saints.

Sergei Polyakov, one of the organisers of the event, Vice President of the international organization antiterrorist unit “Alpha”, said, “This cross procession blessed by Schema-Archimandrite Ilya began in March during the Cross week of Lent. On 14 April, it reached the Kulikovo Polye. In Krasny Kholm, we held a molieben at St Sergei of Radonezh church. Procession participants also visited the famous monastery of St Tikhon of Zadonsk. In Novorossiya, marchers took part in a service at the cathedral in Lugansk, then, they went to Saur-Mogila and served a pannikhida for our fallen soldiers”. The procession ended at Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Donetsk, they brought in the holy things, and Bishop Varsonofy Vinnichenko of Novoazovsk, the Vicar of the Diocese of Donetsk and Mariupol, served a solemn molieben. Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet A Е Purgin also attended the molieben, saying, “Our state gives a special role to Orthodoxy, for it’ll establish and fill the spiritual life of the citizens of our young republic”.

16 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/gumanitary/rossijskie-svyatyni-pravoslaviya-peredany-v-dar-spaso-preobrazhenskomu-kafedralnomu-soboru-v-donecke.html

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

LNR Sez Junta Forces Redeployed 200 Armoured Vehicles Near Lugansk

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Editor:

I decided to translate this as there are mistranslations circulating claiming that the LNR alleged that 200 self-propelled artillery systems (SPAS) redeployed near Lugansk. Rather, the source said that there were 200 vehicles of all sorts, INCLUDING self-propelled artillery. I think that this is due to machine translations and to people not familiar with military terminology, usage, and doctrine. 200 SPASs would mean 50 batteries under current junta organisation (4 guns per battery), which translate out to 16 2/3 battalions, which would be fire support for 5½ divisions. I think it doubtful that the junta has 200 operational SPASs all told in its inventory, let alone 200 deployed to the area of Lugansk alone. Have a care with stuff on the web… fools and charlatans post much of it…

BMD

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Last night, a VSN source in the LNR informed us that the junta forces redeployed 200 armoured vehicles from Belovodsk to areas near Lugansk, saying, “From 23.00 yesterday evening to 06.00 today, the VSN confirmed the redeployment of Ukrainian armoured vehicles from junta-occupied Belovodsk to areas near Lugansk. The equipment included self-propelled artillery systems of various sorts. This is a flagrant violation of the Minsk Agreements. We advised the Joint Centre for Monitoring and Coordination of this redeployment of Ukrainian armoured vehicles”.

27 March 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre

http://lug-info.com/news/one/vsu-za-minuvshuyu-noch-styanuli-v-stanitsu-luganskuyu-do-200-samokhodnykh-orudii-narodnaya-militsiya-lnr-2268

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