Voices from Russia

Sunday, 15 November 2015

15 November 2015. A Blast from the Metropolia Past…

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Frs Dmitri Ressetar, Kohanick, and Kuby in Jersey City NJ in the pre-World War II period.

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Fr Daniel Ressetar (son of Fr Dmitri) with the Icon of the Mother of God “of Tikhvin” (1967?), Harrisburg PA

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Archbishop John Garklavs of Chicago and the Midwest with the Icon of the Mother of God “of Tikhvin” (1967?), Harrisburg PA

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Another image of the Icon of the Mother of God “of Tikhvin” visit in Harrisburg PA (1967)

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If we don’t know where we came from, we can’t know where we’re going. Most of the loudmouth konvertsy voices on the internet know nothing of the REAL history of the Church here, nor do they have a clue about who the real heroes and villains were. They don’t know who Bishop Kip was, they haven’t heard of anyone other than Schmemann, Seraphim Rose, and the “Evangelical Orthodox” set. Well, if it hadn’t been for the spadework by the pioneers, none of those people would have mattered… ordinary working people and the priests who served them founded our Church… not the rich, not the powerful, not the people in the “big house on the hill”.

I honour what our forebears did. THEY founded the Church, but they get no credit on worthless chatter-sites such as Monomuckos. Keep this in mind… our Church did NOT begin in the “right” suburb… it did NOT begin amongst the garden party set. Our Church started in countless mine and mill towns off-the-beaten-track. Our Church started in obscurity. It didn’t have anyone like Freddie M-G or Rod Dreher in it… but it did have thousands of ordinary Joes and Marys who built up the Church that we have today. THEY ARE THE REAL HEROES.

I will NEVER stop saying such until the day I die. Grasp the real… not the phantasmagorical… that’s where God is…

BMD

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015. A Blast from the Metropolia Past… Mike Naymick of the “Tribe”

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“Tribe” has two complementary meanings here… firstly, Mike Naymick was from the “tribe”, he was “one of us”, he came out of American Slavonia, he was Russian Orthodox, he was an Old School Hunkie. Secondly, Mike played for the Cleveland Indians, “The Tribe”, in 1939-40, and 1943-44 (and for the St Louis Cardinals in 1944). He was 6 foot 8 inches tall (2.03 metres) and wore Size 17 (Size 53 European) shoes! Whew!

BMD

Sunday, 15 February 2015

15 February 2015. A Blast from the Metropolia Past…

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Yes, Virginia, there was life before there was SVS and Syosset (“Pishtey’s Folly”)… NEVER forget our roots in the mines and mills… may my right hand wither if I do. Our babas and dedes stood tall in the sit-down strikes… Russkies and Hunkies were RABBLE-ROUSERS… they weren’t “respectable”. Maybe, we should recapture that spirit and stop trying to impress the Anglo Establishment… they’re never going to accept us except as second-class helots, any road. I don’t think that I’m alone in thinking that way…

BMD

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

3 December 2014. A Blast from the Past… Russian Orthodox Choir in Mt Carmel PA (1909 to 1912)

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This is what “rooted” means… Russian Orthodoxy has been in NEPA for over a century, and it’s still goin’ strong. Certain people should attend to that… but they won’t. Remember our past… if we forget our past, we won’t have a future. That’s the way of it…

The picture dates from 1909 to 1912… the dirigent is Mikhail P Balandnyuk.

BMD

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