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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Thousands of Believers Gathered in DNR Churches for the Feast of the Holy Trinity

00 church. donetsk. dnr. 31.05.15


Archpriest Georgi Gulyaev, spokesman for the Diocese of Donetsk and Mariupol, told us that thousands of believers gathered in all DNR churches for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, “The holiday is still going on; it lasts a few days. Today is the day of the Holy Trinity, tomorrow is the day of the Holy Spirit. We saw that people loved this holiday; today, our churches were full of people praying. The main celebration today was at Holy Trinity Church, in Donskoi Mikroraion of Donetsk. We had services there with Metropolitan Ilarion Shukalo of Donetsk and Mariupol serving, along with many clergy and parishioners. By tradition, we decorate our churches with green branches, and we put freshly cut grass on the floor. Thus, a festive atmosphere prevailed in all our churches in the Republic. People long for peace… so, today, there really was a large influx of believers”. The DNR MVD previously reported that 114 churches in 36 localities opened for the feast of the Holy Trinity. For public order and security near places of worship and monasteries, it assigned more than 360 police and GAI*.

  • GAI: Traffic police

31 May 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Official Greetings of the LNR Government to the People on Pentecost

00.01n Grabarka. 19.08.12. Patr Kirill



Dear compatriots!

Brothers and sisters in Christ!

I sincerely greet you on the blessed holiday of the Holy Trinity!

On this day, along with fragrant herbs, we bring peace, harmony, and the grace of God into our homes. Human hearts fill with goodness, sincerity, and warmth. During this holiday, these positive attributes are life affirming, giving us hope in these difficult times facing our very young state. For our people, the Christian commandments and the universal human ideals of goodness and justice have always been and remain reliable guides. Brothers and sisters, let us pray on this bright holiday along with the entire Orthodox world… a day of affirmation of human values, a day of spiritual victory over the conventional… that we may receive the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Reason, and the Fear of God. May the Holy Trinity instruct us, strengthen our faith, release us from all sin, and destroy all human weakness in our lives.

I V Plotnitsky

Chairman of the LNR Government

A V Karyakin

Chairman of the LNR Peoples Soviet

G N Tsypkalov

Chairman of the LNR Council of Ministers

31 May 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Patriarch Daniel of all Romania: “The Church of Christ… ‘The Holy Spirit Living Within Mankind’”.

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I’d like to thank a Romanian friend who helped me by looking this up in the original Romanian. I do have some talents, but facility in Romanian is NOT one of them.



We can see the Holy Spirit in a man when he does a good deed gladly. Not out of fear, but because he is a son of God by grace… he does a good deed, he builds a church, founds a family, works for the spreading of belief… as a son of God, by grace, with the joy of a son, not a servant. The Jews who spoke unknown tongues represented the peoples who’d come to Christ throughout history. He commanded His Apostles saying, “Go forth, teaching all peoples, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to guard all that I’ve commanded you!” That meant that Christ Pantocrator didn’t only envision only the salvation of the Jewish people, but that this salvation extended from the Jewish people to all nations, ethnicities, to all peoples.

This celebration shows us the connection between Christ who has ascended to Heaven and the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent to the world at the request of the Son. Christ ascends in glory, so that the Holy Spirit may descend in humility, with the purpose of extolling those faithful and humble in the Church of Christ. The Orthodox faithful celebrate, this Sunday, 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus, Pentecost, marking the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the assembly of apostles, in the form of tongues of fire, and they started preaching. Although the Holy Spirit was present since creation, He descended upon the world fully to consecrate it only after the defeat of death and the return of Christ to the Father. Only then was the Holy Spirit able to descend upon the human nature, rid of sin and redeemed, and it dwelt in those who’ve received Christ. On the day of Pentecost, through the descent of the Holy Spirit, a new organism appeared… a divine-human foundation, the Church.

In other words, the descent upon the Apostles of the Spirit, the gifts and charismata received by them, and the preaching and baptising of the first 3,000 people constitutes the foundation of the Christian Church, both as a community of believers and as an institution. The Church is not, thus, only a human group associated in the same faith, nor is it only an institution bordered by dogma and laws. It is a communion of mankind with God, and God bears within Him the Holy Spirit. Some Church Fathers named the Church of Christ “the Holy Spirit living within mankind”.

31 May 2015

00 patriarch daniel of romania. 31.05.15His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel Ciobotea

Archbishop of Bucharest and Patriarch of all Romania

Nine O’ Clock


Saturday, 21 June 2014

21 June 2014. Some Things for the Centre to Mull Over Before Accepting Paffhausen at Face Value

a fork in the road


I’d posted some quotes of mainstream media offerings earlier that the Centre would do well to consider before allowing JP to go to the ROCOR. Indeed, Vladyki Hilarion Kapral would do well to read n’ heed ‘em, too. In fact, youse guys would do well to read ‘em, as well. It tells you much about Potapov, JP’s sponsor (and “co-chairman” with Lyonyo of the OCA/ROCOR First Family duopoly). Here they are:






However, do note that JP’s going nowhere fast. Partly, it’s his own doing. My intel tells me that he’s holding the lumber over the OCA for beaucoup money after he jumps, so, the OCA is retaliating by not giving him a release. Partly, it’s because he’s made influential enemies at the Centre. JP is part of the cabal around the Blunder and Shevkunov. That means that he’s on the outs with the group around Mark Golovkov and Vsevolod Chaplin. To top it, Fatty refuses to stop dallying with Far Right Russophobes in the District such as George Weigel. That’s dumb, as the Centre has a veto over Fatso going into the ROCOR. Finally, El Gordo pals with weirdos such as Nathanael Kapner… I saw the two schmoozing at Jordanville on Pentecost. Potapov, thankfully, isn’t “the All-Powerful Oz”… indeed, he’s more like the scene near the end of the movie than he cares to admit… “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” HH, NOT Potapov, DOES have the last word…

My view? The Centre would do best to avoid all known cow pats. This is one such. Let Paffso take the schema and go to the Mountain… now, THAT would write a proper ending to all this.


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