Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 November 2017

From the Speech of Professor A I Osipov at the Yekaterinskaya Zale in the Moscow Kremlin at His Investiture with the Order of Friendship on 15 November 2017


We live at a time when we face many problems. True, this isn’t new for Rus; it always seems to be in such a state. You can point up many reasons why it arises in different spheres of life. However, I’d like to speak about the most important things, about roots. One can see the basis for such turmoil in the spiritual and moral state of our society. As F I Tyutchyov put it 150 years ago:

In our day, our flesh isn’t corrupted, but our spirit is, so people are in great distress.

For this reason, a terrible and hellish revolution took place; we just marked its 100th anniversary. Is there any solution to this problem? You hear much talk about it. For my part, I’d like to say that I V Kireyevsky, that remarkable thinker of the 19th-century, pointed up the main line of reasoning very well:

Every moral victory in the soul of one person is a great triumph for all of mankind.

The ancient Romans said:

Vive ut vivas… “Live to live [well]”.

However, is life possible without a soul and without God? Vladimir Vladimirovich, your attention to the spiritual and moral side of our society’s life inspires both optimism and hope. Thank you very much!

A I Osipov

Honoured Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy

17 November 2017

Official Site of A I Osipov



Saturday, 11 March 2017

11 March 2017. What Is At the Centre of Christianity? S I Fudel Tells You…


No educated Russian needs an introduction to S I Fudel. He spent a good deal of his life in the camps… but had no bitterness or hate. He wrote:

My life wasn’t an endless series of misfortunes and mishaps; it granted me the chance to bear the Cross for Christ’s sake. In a sense, I died in infertility. Nevertheless, in a strange way, it gave me gratitude for life and, more surprisingly, gave me the hope of forgiveness.

The priest in the photo is the famous Mitred Archpriest N V Balashov, the real tsar of the MP OVTsS (Department of External Church Relations… he’s Alfeyev‘s minder and everyone knows it).


Monday, 30 April 2012

30 April 2012. Advice from the Fathers to Priests Who Like Attacking the Laity in Public…


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Western Shock Headlines Misrepresent Patriarch Kirill

Here’s the real deal on His Holiness… he’s NOT a Langley lickspittle like the Blunder, Denisenko, Rusantsov, and Pashkovsky (not to mention Paffhausen, Kishkovsky (père et fille), Reardon, Serge Schmemann, and Potapov)…


The sensational headlines found in the Western and Scandinavian media caused a Christmas shock. Unfortunately, quite a few Russian news outlets repeated these headlines. Through them, an ordinary reader might suppose that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill [of Moscow and all the Russias] and Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin might even support dollar-funded colour revolutionary leaders. The Western media didn’t write any references to specifics about the Orthodoxy (right mind) and Orthopraxis (right practise) of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the worst cases, the above-mentioned journalists had never even attended an Orthodox service.

Many greetings and prayers of the Orthodox Christmas services focus on brotherly love and peace in Jesus Christ. According to Vladimir Lossky (1903–58), an influential Eastern Orthodox theologian, the Christian life of prayer and worship is the foundation for dogmatic theology, and dogma helps Christians in their struggles. Orthodox doctrine has its basis in liturgical life, prayer, and in the experience of church members of the presence of God in Christ. Did the journalists understand the speeches of Kirill and Chaplin in the context of the Orthodox understanding and devotion surrounding Christmas?

In his 2012 Christmas message, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill told his flock that hope resides in the birth of Christ, rather than in political power struggles, personal greed, and relativism:

God was born in the flesh in order to reveal His love, to help people to find the fullness of life, to give this to every man who wants to hear His message. That’s why this holiday gives us hope for help from above even in the most difficult circumstances of our lives.

Patriarch Kirill spoke about the serious challenges facing our modern world:

This challenge aims to destroy the moral sense embedded by God in our souls. Today, there are those who’re trying to convince people that man, and only man, is the standard of truth… that everyone has their own truth, and everyone defines what’s good, and what’s evil.

One can easily see that Patriarch Kirill’s guiding people away from greedy enterprises and moral relativism towards a sense of morality and an appreciation of the spiritual dimension of life.

Personal forgiveness and Holy Communion (Eucharist) are at the centre of Orthodox Christmas worship; this applies equally to small children and old people. For many secular people, to see that believers of all ages participate in Holy Communion at Christmas is an impressive experience, for everyone needs confession of sins and forgiveness. Orthodox Christmas is joyous, but that joy isn’t commercial in nature. Patriarch Kirill invited both the protesters and the government to Confession. His Holiness turned to the government, as the Western media made very well-known, but he turned also to the demonstrators, and exhorted them to be renewed, “Be honest with yourselves”.

His Holiness warned, “Social networks manipulate the awareness” of people. In his Christmas homily he said, “It’s important to learn how to recognise the deceits and illusions of Earthly well-being in our destructive addictions, in our greedy strivings, in the temptations of advertisements, in the entertainment industry, and in political propaganda”. The patriarch’s speech about “social networks” echoes Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin’s cautionary words about “social network hamsters”. The clerics express the Church’s love for people, but they’re concerned about manipulation and incitement.

On 8 January 2012, Patriarch Kirill said in the Word of the Pastor that everybody wants “to express his own judgement, not only to present it to others publicly, but also to lead others”. Everyone lives under the powerful influence of the informational media during times of election campaigns and political conflicts. To better orient us, the patriarch referred to the Christmas Tropar {a short hymn encapsulating the theme of a feast or saint: editor} and reminded us that the birth of Christ the Saviour opened a new era. Christ is “a guiding star, a beacon, which helps to pull out of the darkness”. His Holiness prayed that God would grant Russia the will to follow the mind of God. “Then, we could avoid the many mistakes of the past”. The messages [of Patriarch Kirill and Fr Vsevolod] sprung from the Orthodox theology and devotion of Christmas. The Church shouldn’t incite dispute, rather, it should try to steer people towards divine peace, brotherly love, and peaceful unity. His Holiness and Fr Vsevolod want to direct people away from momentary emotional manipulation towards a deeper spiritual orientation. Everyone needs to listen more to each other, instead of each one inventing consistently wilder campaigns against one’s opponents.

14 January 2012

Juha Molari

Russia Today


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