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Saturday, 21 April 2012

On 22 April His Holiness Will Serve Molieben at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Defence of the Faith, Desecrated Holy Places, the Church, and Its Good Name

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On 22 April 2012, in the 2nd week of Easter, On the Sunday of St Thomas, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias will celebrate Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour at 09.30 MSK. After the Liturgy, he will serve a molieben in the defence of the Faith, desecrated holy places, the Church in General, and its Good Name. Before starting the molieben, Patriarch Kirill, bishops, and clergy of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour will process with reliquaries with a piece of the Lord’s Robe and a particle of the Holy Cross, as well as holy objects subjected to desecration… the veneration cross from Pokrovsky Cathedral in Nevinnomyssk (Stavropol Krai), an icon from the Church of St Prokopy the Righteous in Veliki Ustyug (Vologda Oblast), and Kazan Icon of the Mother of God from the Church of St George in Veliki Ustyug, shot through with bullets in the early 1920s.

The molieben will begin at 14.00 MSK. The public procession (on Volkhonka Street) will start at 11.00 MSK on Gogol Boulevard (near the Kropotkinskaya Metro station (Sokolnicheskaya Line… bright red “line 1” on most maps)) and from the A S Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Multiple screens installed in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour will broadcast the Liturgy and the molieben. In addition, clergy will serve moliebens in all the cathedrals of the MP dioceses in the Russian Federation. On 3 April 2012, the MP Supreme Church Council resolved to serve moliebens in the defence of the faith and for desecrated holy places.

18 April 2012

Patriarchia.ru

Official MP Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/2169115.html

 Editor’s Note:

There was NO mention of this on the official websites of the OCA or the ROCOR. In the case of the OCA, it’s understandable, as its metropolitan is an unhinged rightwing nutter who favours the konvertsy lunatic fringe elements. In the case of the ROCOR, it’s shameful, as it shows that Potapov controls the official website (or, at least, he controls Perekrestov, who’s in charge of it).

Every Russian Orthodox parish in the diaspora should be serving moliebens, as well… in repentance for the attacks of Western elements against our Church. The main culprits are in the USA, but Western Neoliberalism (“conservatism” in Anglosphere terms) is a ravening beast intent on rending Christ’s Church (and the Orthosphere in general) because it stands against the greediness and hubris of “Me First” Vulture Capitalism (as embodied in Mitt Romney, Darrell Issa, and Stephen Harper). We should stand in repentance for what the US and British special services did at the Phanar (deposing a patriarch for his political stance), and for what Langley’s attempting on the former territory of the USSR. It isn’t subtle; it isn’t hidden. The USA’s attempting to decapitate Russia and make it a running-dog lackey of Western multinational corporate interests (with Navalny as president? C’mon, be serious…).

We should bow before Almighty God and ask forgiveness for those amongst us who’ve become loyal servants of Mammon… not just Paffhausen (who’s always been a Far Right Nutter, I’m told)… not just Potapov (who was/is a high US government official in a CIA-front organisation with an official passport)… but for our general torpidity towards the cosiness of certain elements in the diaspora Church and the “Conservative” Rightwing.

Prelest infected us in the Soviet times, blinding us to the real situation. Prelest infected us in the Nasty Nineties, leading to the ROCOR’s stab in the back against the Mother Church and a prideful insistence that the Mother Church “repent”… of what, pray tell? Of having survived a state-imposed official atheism and persecution? They did better than we would’ve done under similar circumstances. Why? Look at us today… all too many of us cooperative with the godless “conservative”, “Evangelical”, and papist enemies of Christ’s Church. In short, prelest infects us still, and it’ll persist until we look in the mirror and SEE it.

Therefore, we need to join the Mother Church in public prayer tomorrow (and have more need of the same than the Mother Church does, as too many of us cooperate with the West’s attack on Christ’s Church in the name of “conservatism”). However, I doubt that we shall. I’d be pleased if a single priest and parish did so… but I’m a realist… sad world, ain’t it. Pass me the jug, please, I know that the world’s crank and crook, but this?

BMD

Friday, 20 June 2008

The Centenary of Futurism

Visual Synthesis of the Idea: “War”

Gino Severini

1914

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Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts opened an exhibition to mark the approaching centenary of the foundation of Italian Futurism. The exhibition features artworks by Italian and Russian artists. In 1909, the Italian poet Filippo Marinetti published the famous Futurist Manifesto and launched a new movement that rejected the past, celebrated speed and machinery, and sought the modernisation and cultural rejuvenation of Italy. Marinetti denounced Italy as a museum of the past and called for getting rid of “professors, archaeologists, and antiquarians”. Sixteen days after its release, the Manifesto was published in Russia. Like their Italian counterparts, the Russian Futurists were fascinated with dynamism, speed, and the restlessness of modern urban life. They purposely sought to arouse controversy and to attract publicity by repudiating the standards of the past. The likes of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, according to their own manifesto of 1912, should be “heaved overboard from the steamship of modernity”.

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Abstract Speed + Sound (Giacomo Balla, 1914)

Irina Antonova, Director of the Pushkin Museum points out that there were considerable differences between Russian and Italian Futurists. “Italian artists sought ways to show speed, aggressive intensity, and dynamism. In contrast to them, Russian Futurism was a literary rather than a plastic movement. Most Russian artists who propounded Futurism were trying to implement the canons and style of Futurism, but, developed their own highly individual manner”. The Pushkin Moscow has completely renovated its interior to create a pastiche that toys with Futurist ideas. Its luxurious grand staircase is covered with a fabric mottled with Futurist texts, whilst the marble walls of the side galleries are hidden under graphics and poetry. About 30 museums of Russia, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States provided showpieces for this exposition. It boasts sculptures and canvasses by Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni, and legendary noise machines by Luigi Russolo. Born as a rejection of the past, Futurism died away within a short period of time. In Russia, its influence was paramount for only seven years, as there were few who dared to heave Pushkin and Dostoevsky overboard from the steamship of modernity. At present, Futurism is no longer regarded as a total annihilation of tradition, but, rather, as a significant component of modern Western culture.

19 June 2008

Olga Bugrova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28609&cid=62&p=19.06.2008

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

18 June 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Main Prize of the Kinotavr Russian Film Festival Goes to the Movie Schultes

A short clip from Schultes

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The Main Prize of the 19th Kinotavr Russian Film Festival has gone to the movie Schultes by director and scriptwriter Bakur Bkuradze. This came in a statement during the festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday. According to Pavel Chukhrai, the chairman of the panel of judges, the festival is bound to support this kind of movie. In Schultes, the main character leads a double life. At present, he is a poor soul who lost his memory. In the past, he was a thief. The film is an attempt to understand his troubled personality. Mr Chukrai believed that the director’s point is to ask the audience if they think that they are any better than the protagonist.

16 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28414&cid=51&p=16.06.2008

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Moscow’s Pushkin Fine Arts Museum to Take its Collection of Matisse to an Exhibition in Shanghai

The Dessert: Harmony in Red

Henri Matisse

1908

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Moscow’s Pushkin Fine Arts Museum is going to take its collection of paintings, drawings, etchings, and statuettes by the French post-impressionist artist Henri Matisse to a panoramic exhibition in Shanghai. The opening is due for 2010. The announcement came from the chief curator at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, Dr Irina Antonova.

16 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28452&cid=51&p=16.06.2008

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Book about Valery Gergiev Published

Maestro Valery Gergiev (1953- ), Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

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The book Valery Gergiev. Music. Theatre. Life, comprising statements made by the Maestro, was presented in St Petersburg’s Angleterre Hotel in the presence of Maestro Gergiev. The book is based on quotations from the conductor, his thoughts, and comments, presented in the form of a diary. Maestro Gergiev voiced the hope that the book would enable readers to get an idea of how much the Mariinsky theatre company has done over the years to push their theatre into a leading position on the world art music scene. In his opinion, the theatre exerts every effort to ensure that St Petersburg continues as a world cultural capital in real terms.

17 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28494&cid=87&p=17.06.2008

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Third International Festival of Baltic Cities Due in St Petersburg

Interior of the Hermitage in St Petersburg

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The Third International Festival of Baltic Cities is due in St Petersburg. According to the festival director, Sergei Shub, St Petersburg came up with the idea of holding this kind of festival, since the city boasts much experience in staging this sort of thing. Art celebrities now pave the way for politicians, who sometimes find it difficult to meet each other halfway. The festival agenda features a roundtable discussion entitled Culture as a Universal Language in the Baltic Countries’ Dialogue.

17 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28494&cid=87&p=17.06.2008

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Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater Begins a Week-Long Tour of Latvia

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A voice from the past of the Bolshoi, tenor Zurab Andjaparidze

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Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater begins a weeklong tour of Latvia as part of a festival of Russian culture opening today in this former Soviet Baltic republic. Last year, the Latvian National Opera Company performed in Moscow as part of a Latvian art festival in Russia. The Bolshoi’s tour kicks off a long series of Russian cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions to run throughout the summer.

17 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28461&cid=51&p=17.06.2008

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Julio Iglesias Concert in Moscow Tonight

Julio Iglesias (1943- ), famous Spanish pop singer

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The famous Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias is kicking off a new Russian tour with a single concert in Moscow tonight, offering the audience a wide selection of new songs and old hits like Manuela, Hey, and El Amor. Señor Iglesias turns 65 in September; he says that this is his farewell tour. During his long career, Julio Iglesias has released a staggering 77 albums and has given almost 5,000 concerts.

17 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28493&cid=51&p=17.06.2008

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Life in World Heritage Monuments Exhibition Opens in Moscow

Golden Twenties development in Berlin, designed by Bruno Taut, built 1927-28

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The presentation-exhibition Life in World Heritage Monuments. Residential Heighbourhoods of Berlin Constructivism opened in Moscow. The exhibition documents the history of the construction of settlements built to the design of the German constructivist architect Bruno Taut in Berlin and its suburbs in the 1920s. The travelling exhibition has already been in Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Athens, and Glasgow, and is timed for the 125th anniversary of Herr Taut’s birth.

18 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28534&cid=87&p=18.06.2008

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Solo Exhibition by Photographer Marina Antonova Due in St Petersburg

From the cycle “Planeta Petersburg”

Marina Antonova

2008

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The magazine Digital Photo is due to launch a solo exhibition of the artistic photographer Marina Antonova in St Petersburg this coming Friday. The project, officially known as Planet Petersburg, is due to last for a whole year. Visitors will be welcome to enjoy the artist’s large panoramic canvases, of which some are more than 5 metres (@16 feet) long.

From the cycle “Planeta Petersburg”

Marina Antonova

2008

18 June 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28534&cid=87&p=18.06.2008

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