Voices from Russia

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Pope Francisco’s First Foreign Destination: Brazil

00 Pope Francisco. 21.07.13

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The first Latin American pope is going to Brazil, which is to be his first international trip since his election as head of the Catholic Church earlier this year. Pope Francisco Bergoglio, widely-known for his humility, shall get even closer to people, leaving his bullet-proof popemobile to walk the streets of a shantytown, visit juvenile prisoners, and greet thousands of pilgrims this week during World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro. Francisco insisted on travelling in an open-top jeep during his week-long visit, which begins Monday and includes numerous opportunities to mingle with everyday people. The pope will pray with crowds of young people on Copacabana Beach, visit a favela in poor Zona Norte, talk with young inmates from a Rio prison, inaugurate a hospital wing for treatment of drug addicts, travel via helicopter to the Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida (Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida) (a black Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Brazil), and say his final Mass in a once-vacant lot that was transformed into Campus Fidei. Francisco’ predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Ratzinger, planned to make the trip to Brazil before he resigned. The new pope kept the itinerary, but with a few twists that’ll bring him into closer contact with Brazilians and pilgrims from 170 countries.

21 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_21/Pope-Francis-s-first-foreign-destination-Brazil-5477/

Thursday, 4 October 2012

4 October 2012. Something to Hang Onto During the Dark Times Ahead

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There’s going to be a lot of wild n’ goofy stuff coming down in the next month… trust me, you won’t know one end from another. If it starts getting to ya, cross yourself, and say, “Holy Mother, help me!” That’s all… that’s all you need. It’s a twofer… as the icon indicates, the Holy Mother doesn’t come without her Son. It’ll help… I know. There… and I didn’t charge you 25 bucks for the clue-in, like some people we know…

Reach out… she’ll be there…

BMD

Monday, 27 August 2012

27 August 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. Tomorrow is One of the Great Feastdays… Call it the Dormition… Call it the Assumption… It’s HOLY by Any Name


Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai AK USA

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The 2008 Russian Olympic Team in the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin. Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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Yuliya Slavyanskaya sings Царица небесная (Tsaritsa Nebesnaya: O Heavenly Queen). The singer doesn’t begin to sing until 0:55… be patient

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The plashchanitsa laid out for the feast…

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A chorus of nuns sing Слава Богу за всё (Slava Bogu za vsyo: Glory to God in All Things)… written by Grand Princess St Yelizaveta Fyodrovna the New Martyr

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Celebration of the Assumption in  Yaransk (Kirov Oblast. Volga Federal District) RF

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Yuliya Slavyanskaya sings Плачут Богородицы Образа (Plachut Bogoroditsy Obraza: The Tears on the Birthgiver’s Icon)

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The Avgustovskaya Icon of the Mother of God (feastday 1/14 September)

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

VOR Presents… The Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God Came to the Russian Land

On 20 October 20, the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God came to Russia for the first time from Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos. Orthodox Christians believe that the belt’s miraculous and that it’s a special help with childbirth. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met the delegation carrying the reliquary with the Belt at Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg.

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The monks from Vatopedi who carried the reliquary showed it to Vladimir Vladimirovich, and clergy from the Diocese of St Petersburg served a molieben before it.

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From the airport, a procession carried the reliquary to the Icon of Kazan Cathedral of the Resurrection Novodevichy Convent of St Petersburg, where Metropolitan Vladimir Kotlyarov of St Petersburg and Ladoga and some of his clergy served molieben before the reliquary of the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God.

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Metropolitan Vladimir of St Petersburg and Ladoga holding the reliquary of the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God in the Icon of Kazan Cathedral of the Resurrection Novodevichy Convent.

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The Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God, which is now divided into three parts, is the only surviving relic of her earthly life. According to legend, the Mother of God wore a belt woven from camel wool, and, after her death and Assumption (Вознесении), it came into the hands of the Apostle St Thomas. In the first centuries of the Christian era, it was held in Jerusalem. In the 4th century, we know that it was in the Cappadocian town of Zela, and in the same century, Emperor Theodosius the Great once again returned it to Jerusalem. Later on, his son Arkadios took the relic to Constantinople.

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The Belt remained in Constantinople until the end of the 12th century. However, one of the consequences of the defeat of Isaac Angelos by the Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen was that the Bulgars seized the Belt and took it to Bulgaria. It later fell to the Serbs. Prince Lazar I Hrebeljanović gave the Belt and a piece of the True Cross to Vatopedi Monastery. Since then, the monks have kept it in the sanctuary of the Katholikon of the main cathedral at the Monastery.

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There have been countless miracles worked through the intercession of the Holy Belt over the centuries.

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For the first time since it came to Vatopedi Monastery, the Holy Belt was taken beyond Greece. Usually, once a year, the reliquary with the Belt visits Greek towns upon request, but it never went outside the country. An exception was made for Russia.

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The reliquary with the Belt will be in Russia from 20 October to 23 November, the Vatopedi delegation will visit 12 cities, in the Northern, Far Eastern, and Southern regions.

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21 October 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/59093714/59093717/index.html

Editor’s Note:

I’d guess that the Belt would go to Valaam (in the North), Vladivostok (Far East), and Kiev (in the South)… yes, Virginia, I’m sure that His Holiness would serve a molieben before the Belt at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It wouldn’t surprise me to see it at Optina or Diveyevo.

Note well that VOR isn’t a “religious” source… it’s a regular “secular” news agency. I specialise in giving you news from secular sources with a “secular” take, not a “clerical” perspective, on Church affairs. That’s why I avoid patriarchia.ru, save for vetting secular reports. If it’s the only source on a major story, I’ll go with it, but I prefer secular sources to clerical ones. This is to give you the balanced sort of reporting that believers have in the Rodina. People have access to both religious and secular sources on Church events… it’s a great corrective to the secretiveness and lying that’s endemic in the OCA and ROCOR (there’s no secular counterweight to the self-serving official outlets… except for VFR). Far from being “out of the mainstream”, I’m very much “in it”. The official sources in the USA are crank and out-of-touch… they live in a cloud-cuckoo land of their own making, unlike Vsevolod Anatolyevich and Vlad Legoida, who have to stand and deliver when Pervy Kanal, NG, RIA, and VOR come calling.

VVP met the Vatopedi delegation at the airport. This showed that the trip had implicit state support. That’s what symphonia is all about… and reflect on the fact that Renovationists like Lyonyo, Jillions, Stokoe, JP, Hatfield, and Behr stand against it. They stand for the religious anarchy of the American Neoliberal Religious Right”… they want to make common cause with the secular (GOP) and Sectarian (“Evangelical”/Pentecostalist/Mormon) enemies of Christ’s Church. Paffhausen and Potapov (and their running-dog-lackeys) support American political scum who attack pious Orthodox politicians like Prime Minister Putin. These cretins support Radical Right forces that wish to destabilise Russia and to export godless American Free Market consumerism to the Rodina. Think on that… there are people in our Church in the diaspora who wish ill on the Motherland and the Mother Church. Think on that seriously… don’t forget, Jillions has taken the Pope’s shilling and works enthusiastically for the Uniate enemies of Our Church.

You can have Vladimir Putin or you can Jonas Paffhausen… but you can’t have both. Wither thou goest?

BMD

PS:

If the Belt’s going to Vladivostok, that’d be ideal for Native folks from Alaska… check out your local sources… you’d know far better than I ever could. Just an idea, guys…

BMD

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