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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Today is Forgiveness Sunday

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Please forgive! 

If they ask for and seek forgiveness from the soul and you answer with forgiveness, as hidden sin burdens and injures the soul, your life won’t be in turmoil! On this last day of Maslenitsa… give forgiveness!

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Dear Friends!

Today is Forgiveness Sunday. I ask everyone I’ve wronged to forgive me; let’s bury all our disputes and misunderstandings. Let’s show kindness, to bring comfort our souls. I ask all of you to go to your loved ones to ask them for forgiveness; those who forgive will receive forgiveness. Let universal peace and happiness reign amongst us!

Thanks,

Aleksei Zhuravko

26 February 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Editor:

Aleksei Zhuravko is one of the patriot leaders in the Donbass. Never forget that the Peoples Republics rest on the double foundation of Socialism and Orthodox Christianity. The Uniate aggressors, on the other hand, believe in Oligarch Capitalism and Western Heterodoxy. You may support one or the other, but not both. I think that it’s no mystery where my sympathies lie.

BMD

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

25 February 2017. From the Russian Web… It’s Maslenitsa! For ALL Of Us!

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I used the original caption from the original post I saw on vK. Maslenitsa is the last fling before the onset of the Great Lent. It’s our Russian Mardi Gras… it lasts the whole week before Clean Monday, the beginning of the fast. You party hearty until the cannon goes off at midnight… then, “Maslenitsa’s over! It’s Lent! It’s time to fast”. As everyone knows, “A house is not a home until there’s a cat in it”… such is our Russian folk wisdom. Therefore, even our cats and our other animals share in our festive mood, too. Maslenitsa has pagan roots, like so much else in traditional Christianity, but don’t let that make you drop it. That’s crackbrained… the Church has “baptised” many things, and Maslenitsa is one of them (besides being tonnes o’ fun). The last day of Maslenitsa coincides with the Sunday of Forgiveness on the formal Church calendar. We ask forgiveness of others and extend it to those who ask it of us. Besides this, the women of the family go to visit the family graves, asking forgiveness of the departed, laying blini on the grave (and sometimes pouring out some vodka, too). In country parts, many people do kindnesses to animals.

Christ came to transfigure and redeem the WHOLE world… not just mankind and not just “religious” things. Think on that…

BMD

Sunday, 20 March 2016

20 March 2016. A Blast From the Sov Past… Maslenitsa in 1985

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It’s not a party until the guy with the accordion shows up…

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This was Maslenitsa in Sov times, in 1985… it’s hardly changed at all, has it? It was so… it is so… it shall ever be so… our culture is above politics and economics.

BMD

Thursday, 26 February 2015

26 February 2015. Taking the Snow Fort… An Established Part of Maslenitsa Fun

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One of the established parts of Maslenitsa fun is the storming of the snow fort. Here’s part of this year’s bash.

BMD

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