Voices from Russia

Saturday, 30 April 2016

30 April 2016. WHY EASTER? (The Short Version)

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“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death!”

‘Nuff said. All else is mere commentary on that… it’s why it’s the Feast of Feasts. It’s coming (in more ways than one)…

BMD

30 April 2016. The Easter Feast Has Begun… It’s Easter in Oz!

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Especial good wishes to Alex and Olesya and their family… good on all of you! Do keep the jug at hand…

BMD

Sunday, 27 March 2016

27 March 2016. Happy Easter to All My Friends Keeping Western Easter

Khristos Voskrese Easter Bunny

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This is a turn-of-the-20th-century Russian Easter greeting card. My, my, my… it’s got an Easter Bunny… with eggs! Of course, there were many RCs and Lutherans in the old empire (along with a generous sprinkling of Mennonites and native Russian Baptists)… so, some of their imagery influenced the larger Russian Orthodox culture (it worked the other way ’round, too!). People were tolerant of one another… they wished each other well on their respective holidays. We should do likewise… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…

Have a happy and most blessed holiday. I bow before you in respect…

BMD

Sunday, 20 March 2016

20 March 2016. A Blast From the Sov Past… Maslenitsa in 1985

01n Maslenitsa 2011. St Petersburg

It’s not a party until the guy with the accordion shows up…

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This was Maslenitsa in Sov times, in 1985… it’s hardly changed at all, has it? It was so… it is so… it shall ever be so… our culture is above politics and economics.

BMD

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