Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

24 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Main Russian New Year’s Tree in the Moscow Kremlin

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Main Russian New Year's Tree in the Moscow Kremlin. 2013


Loggers cut down the main Russian New Year’s Tree in a forest in Naro-Fominsk Raion in Moscow Oblast on Thursday 19 December. It’s a spruce tree, over 110-years-old. Soon, workers will load it onto a flat-bed trailer and deliver it on Saturday in Moscow, where workers will put it on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. Strict standards exist for the selection of the Kremlin New Year’s Tree… it must have a smooth trunk, a pyramidal shape, feathery branches, and be at least 30 metres (99 feet) in height. The quality of the trees’s timber is important, for it must be able to withstand temperature fluctuations, and it must last for three weeks without deterioration. Foresters reject any trees with moss or lichen on the trunk, or if they discover that the tree’s hollow. Usually, the trees come from the edge of the forest, as it’s easier to take them out and ship them to the city. For several weeks, a special commission examined the forests surrounding Moscow to select a proper tree. They choose two or three main candidates, for two are backups, just in case the primary tree has an accident for one reason or another during the display period. The decorations are rather simple… it has large, medium, and small ornament balls in the colours of the Russian flag (red, white, and blue).

19 December 2013





Wednesday, 11 July 2012

11 July 2012. ROCOR Hasn’t Adjusted the “Upcoming Events” on Its Website to Reflect JP’s “Resignation”


Note this from the ROCOR official website from 13.15 EDT Wednesday 11 July 2012:

The Western American Diocese will mark the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America; His Eminence Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk, President of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department of External Church Relations; His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR; His Eminence Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and His Grace Bishop Benjamin of Western America (OCA).

JP’s been officially gone for three days, “unofficially” gone for five, and the ROCOR hasn’t either pulled or modified this blurb. It shows hutsky-klutsky incompetence on the part of the present webmaster, at least. One would hope that this is corrected, and pronto. Does ANYONE know what’s going on?


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