Voices from Russia

Monday, 23 April 2012

“A Compromise Position is Unacceptable to the Church”

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On Sunday, every major church in Russia served moliebens “in defence of the faith, desecrated holy places, the Church, and its good name”. The main event was at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, where a procession and molieben drew about 65,000 believers. The idea to hold an all-Russian molieben came after a series of provocative actions and blasphemous antics at Russian churches. The most egregious, according to the MP, was the “punk prayer” of the group Pussy Riot at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow. Besides this, there were attacks on the church of St Prokopy in Veliki Ustyug (a vandal hacked at the iconostas with an axe), St Sergei of Radonezh Church in the Byelorussian town of Mozyr, and Pokrovsky Cathedral in southern Russia.

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev described the current attempts to undermine the moral foundations of society and deprive it of spiritual values, saying, “We didn’t come to a rally, for the Church doesn’t hold rallies. We don’t have any posters… but we do have banners, icons, words, and prayers… so that never again would they blow up the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, that no one would defile our holy objects, that no one would falsify our history, that our spirit and moral strength remains unbroken. We’re here to stand before God to pray for our people, for our youth, that God may turn them from diabolic temptations and suggestions; for they have once already ruined our people, it ruined the country and us, too”.

Tens of thousands of people came to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, and there were damaged holy objects there, as well. Special video screens ensured that none of the believers missed any of the special events going on. One of the people present told me that they came to pray for the souls of blasphemers, and of the unity of the Church. His Holiness said, “I want to point up how much we need the Church and spirituality, for we need to cleanse the spirit. Every day, we bathe our bodies; you need to cleanse your soul, too”.

The intent behind the action is to consolidate society and show the power of the Church. According to Aleksei Makarkin, the Deputy Head of the Centre for Political Technologies, said, “The Church is afraid of the growth of secular attitudes in society. What the Church fears is an evolution in the same direction that took place in Western Europe. In these countries, the role of the Church declined; moreover, it collapsed into the sphere of private life. In fact, this action, which is the hierarchy’s idea, shows that a compromise position is unacceptable to the Church and that the Church is ready to go all-out in defending its “self-image” (самость), its position in society, and its view on social processes”.

The current all-Russian molieben was the largest of all similar Church actions in recent Russian history. Today, clergy served moliebens “in defence of the faith, desecrated holy places, the Church, and its good name” in all the cathedrals throughout the country.

Yuliya Ashcheulova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_04_22/72570157/

Editor’s Note:

I have the sad duty to report that neither the OCA nor the ROCOR publicised any action in support of His Holiness and the Mother Church. NOTHING. The Mother Church is under assault by the American special services and its running-dogs in the former Soviet space, and we’re SILENT. That’s not only shameful; it’s condemnatory. WHY?

Reflect on this… BOTH American political parties attack the Motherland. BOTH want to install a vulture-capitalist system WORSE than the oligarchs are (at least now, Putin keeps the oligarchs in line). Here’s what’s worst… we have clergy who support the attack on the Motherland either in the name of American phyletism or as a continuation of spiritual “Vlasovism”. Both are BAD.

Our hierarchies revealed themselves to the world as worse than sacrificitores… those who had “thrown a pinch of incense on the altar”. Some are out-and-out opponents of the Church who hobnob with Uniates and the Hard Right haters of the homeland. Pass me the jug… there’s only so much the human frame can stand…

BMD

Molieben “In Defence of Desecrated Holy Places”

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On Sunday, all the cathedrals in Russia served moliebens “in defence of the faith, desecrated holy places, the Church, and its good name”. His Holiness led a procession around the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Accompanied by clergy, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev marched in a procession that held two icons from Veliki Ustyug, one of which had bullet-holes from the 1920s, and the other was just hacked by an axe-wielding vandal this spring. Before the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, on a specially-built platform, stood a veneration cross from the cathedral at Nevinnomyssk, which a knife-wielding vandal slashed on 20 March.

At the end of the procession, the clergy solemnly hoisted the damaged cross from the platform, and re-erected it at the main entrance to the Cathedral. Then, His Holiness served a molieben, after which he addressed the congregation with a sermon. He called our current epoch disturbing, saying, “Today, when the Enemy’s forces attack us, we’re told that the violation of holy places is just a manifestation of people’s free will, it’s merely commonplace. We don’t threaten anyone, we don’t use force, we don’t have any posters… but we do have banners, icons, words, and prayers… so that never again would they blow up the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, that no one would defile our holy objects, that no one would falsify our history, and that our spirit and moral strength remains unbroken. We’re here to stand before God to pray for our people, for our youth, that God may turn them from diabolic temptations and suggestions; we pray for the prosperity of our great country, historic Rus, a common spiritual space from the Black Sea to the White Sea, from the Baltic to the Pacific. May the Lord give you peace of soul and joy in your heart so that you might meet the future with hope”.

22 April 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_04_22/72548633/

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Patriarch Kirill Says that People Shouldn’t Let the Love of Riches Enslave Them

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias urged the faithful not to let the desire for material wealth overpower them. “Covetousness is an absence of values; it establishes desire in a person. If one has material sufficiency, valuables, and money, then, one should rule over these things, ensuring, first and foremost, that one’s heart isn’t enslaved to riches”, the Patriarch said after the service on Holy Wednesday at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. He noted that if people received due wages for their labour, “This is the law of life, and Christ never condemned it. However, we must never enslave our souls to the acquisition of material wealth, and we must remain the masters of these material things, we must remain people free in Christ, able to manage those goods that come to us, for we must, according to the word of God, use them to good purpose”, Vladyki Kirill said. He pointed up that the Church today remembers how the Lord visited the house of Simon the Leper, and, during the meal, there came a harlot, and, all of a sudden, she poured precious ointment on the Saviour. The Lord Christ noted the act of this woman, saying, “Wherever the gospel is heard, all will know of it”, which pushed Judas to betray the Saviour. The patriarch went on to say, “Why did this action prompt Judas to his act of betrayal? Indeed, it’s because covetous people, those who love money, can’t live according to the Law of Christ”. He called on us “to be with Christ, in subordination to His Will, to be His servants, but not to become enslaved to money and material things, as so many are, for these aren’t valuable in the eyes of God”, the official MP website quoted His Holiness as saying.

20 April 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=40421

Editor’s Note:

The root of the so-called Neoliberal (“conservative”) Free Market ideology is, “Greed is good”. Its scripture is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. His Holiness gives a blunt non licet to all of it. You can have His Holiness Patriarch Kirill (and those with him), or, you can have the Republican Party standard-bearers… Boehner, McConnell, Paul, Walker, Priebus, Limbaugh, Palin, et al. Reflect well on the fact that Paffhausen, the konvertsy, SVS, and the apparatchiki have allied themselves with the Republican greed-mongers rather than with the Lord Christ. I somehow think that’s not kosher…

BMD 

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Христос воскесе! Christ is Risen! Easter 2010 in Moscow and Kiev…

Kids at the Easter services at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

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157.5 million roubles (5.363 million USD 4.01 million Euros 3.518 million UK Pounds) are budgeted for the preparation of the Ninth Moscow Easter Festival, which will run from 4 April to 9 May, sources in the municipal administration told Interfax. Of this sum, 43.65 million roubles (1.486 million USD 1.111 million Euros 975,000 UK Pounds) (27.71 percent) are coming from the city of Moscow, 52.25 million roubles (1.779 million USD 1.33 million Euros 1.167 million UK Pounds) (33.17 percent) from the federal budget, and 61.6 million roubles (2.097 million USD 1.568 million Euros 1.376 million UK Pounds) (39.12 percent) are coming from other sources. This year, festival venues will include Poklonnaya Gora, the Moscow State Conservatoire, the hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Moscow International House of Music, the Tchaikovsky and Orkestrion concert halls, the State Historical and Cultural Museum of the Moscow Kremlin, and various churches and cathedrals. The festival programme includes more than 100 concerts in more than 30 Russian cities. The festival will host more than one thousand performers from Russia and 12 other countries. Organisers expect to distribute 35 percent of tickets for all events free of charge.

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First two selections from the Vigil by Sergei Rakhmaninov sung by the Chamber Choir of Smolny Cathedral

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In connection with the 65th anniversary of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, and as a part of the Festival programme, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Valery Gergiev will perform in Yaroslavl, Kislovodsk, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Voronezh, and Kursk, and in the hero cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, and Volgograd. By tradition, the orchestra will travel between these cities on a special train; the entire route spans 8,000 kilometres. The festival includes symphonic and choral offerings, as well as a week devoted to the art of bell-ringing. According to custom, the choirs will perform in orphanages, boarding schools, nursing homes, and veterans’ homes, in all, more than 20 charity concerts are planned as a part of the festivities. On 5 April, the gala choral concert programme opens in the hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour with the participation of the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Chamber Choir of Smolny Cathedral, and the Patriarchal Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The total choral programme will include concerts in 14 Moscow churches and nine Moscow concert halls, as well as venues in 17 regions of Russia. For the first time, this year’s choral programme is also being presented abroad, on 8 and 9 May, at the Vilnius Festival, the chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre will perform. The bell-ringing portion of the festival will take place in 46 Moscow churches, as well as the Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral of St Petersburg.

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Nationwide surveys run by the Yuri Levada Analytical Centre and Romir indicate that the overwhelming majority of Russians are going to commemorate Easter, the Resurrection of Christ, as an important Christian holiday on 4 April. To mark the day, Russians will bake traditional kulichi, decorate eggs, and make paskha (80 percent), visit the graves of departed relatives on Easter Sunday (40 percent) and go to worship services (20 percent). Conversely, the surveys show that the groups least interested in the Easter holiday are students (18 percent), young people under 25-years-old (11 percent), residents of medium-sized cities (100-500,000 people) (10 percent), and rural areas (10 percent). Sociologists told Interfax that more women than men are going to celebrate Easter on one form or another. The sole exception is going outside the home to visit others… that’s more typical of the masculine set. In the main, families, retirees, housewives and, in general, Russians over 55-years-old and rural residents will bake kulichi and decorate eggs. According to the Levada Centre, only 7 percent of Russians said that they wouldn’t celebrate Easter.

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Easter services on Sunday 4 April at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

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On Saturday night, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, a delegation of the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called brought the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to Moscow. As is usual, hundreds of believers met the delegation at Vnukovo airport to light their lampadas from the sacred fire. From the airport, the Holy Fire was sent to churches in the city of Moscow, Moscow oblast, and other parts of the RF and the CIS. The delegation of the Foundation will deliver the Holy Fire to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour for the Easter service celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill. “For the eighth time, we are honoured to bring the Holy Fire to Russia. We first carried out this initiative in 2003 with the blessing of the [Moscow Patriarchate], and it has since become an integral part of the lives of Orthodox Russians in both Russia and abroad”, Vladimir Yakunin, the head of the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called, told Interfax- Religion. This year, the Foundation plans to deliver the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to Minsk, Riga, Tashkent, Bishkek, Tallinn, Baku, Derbent, St Petersburg, Barnaul, Belgorod, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Kostroma, Krasnoyarsk, Kursk, Lipetsk, Magadan, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Oryol, Perm, Ryazan, Pskov, Saratov, Stavropol, Tambov, Tula, Cheboksary, Yaroslavl, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Rostov-on-Don, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and Yakutsk. In addition, for the first time, the Foundation will bring the Holy Fire to Novy Ierusalime Monastery, which Patriarch Nikon Minin built according to the plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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Ordinary Orthodox folks at Easter services at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

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On Saturday night, before the beginning of the Easter service proper, the Holy Fire was brought to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The clergy in the church gathered and sang the appointed tropar three times, then, the holy gates were opened, and Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias solemnly processed from the altar with two bunches of Easter candles lit from the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. His Holiness blessed all the believers in the church with the Holy Fire. “This Holy Fire was lit in the holy city of Jerusalem at the altar of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It came to us and to our country to bless our people, to strengthen our faith, and to heal our ailments. May the light of Christ enlighten us all”, after the patriarch addressed these words to the parishioners in the church, then, the festive singing of the choir heralded a procession around the church. The believers present all lit their candles from the Holy Fire. According to ancient tradition, the procession ended with the exclamation Христос воскресе (Christ is risen)!

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President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- ), his wife Svetlana Medvedeva (1965- ), and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (1952- ) at Easter services at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 

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President Dmitri Medvedev and his wife, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, attended the Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour served by Patriarch Kirill himself. The Patriarch gave the presidential couple and Mr Putin, as well as Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, decorative Easter eggs; in his turn, the President gave His Holiness an icon of the Virgin. Before the service, a delegation brought the Holy Fire to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which came to Moscow late on Saturday night on a special flight from Jerusalem. National television broadcast the Easter services at the Cathedral all over Russia. Worldwide, some 30,000 parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate held worship services this evening.

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich attended Easter services at the Kievo-Pechersk Lavra. Before the service, Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine passed the Holy Fire to Mr Yanukovich. In addition, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov, Vladimir Litvin, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Sergei Levochkin, the head of the presidential administration, and other members of the government were present at the church service served by the First Hierarch of the UOC/MP. After the end of the services, the Yanukovich family will share a festive Easter breakfast with Metropolitan Vladimir. For many years, attending the Easter services at the Kievo-Pechersk Lavra has been a tradition in the Yanukovich family.

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich (1950- )… he is bringing the Ukraine out of the schismatical and heretical hell of the last 20 years… God bless him!

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov, and Vladimir Litvin, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, greeted fellow Little Russians on Easter. “May the great day of resurrection strengthen us as we go along the difficult path to justice, harmony, and well-being for everybody in our country. May the Lord give us the strength to lift our country from the rubble, so that every person and every family will have a better life free of anxiety”, according to Mr Yanukovich’s message posted on the official presidential website. Premier Azarov, in his message, said that Ukrainian people hope for a revival of the country after its severe ordeal, to improve their lives, and to seek justice. “In mutual respect, the government will labour at all times to ensure that the Ukrainian people see good changes in our country”, the Prime Minister’s address said. According to Mr Litvin, he has never before felt the need for a general expression of common unity, virtue, and harmony as he has felt it on this feast of the Resurrection. “May the light of Easter remind us that we can overcome trials and tribulations only through unity and love. Let them encourage and guide us to new good deeds, fortify our spiritual and bodily strength, and inspire in us enthusiasm, patience, and compassion, so that we can perform our Christian and civic duty in a decent manner”, Mr Litvin noted.

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ) at Orphanage No. 15… His Holiness appears to have a special love for handicapped children… he is often photographed with them, more so than most other bishops… is there a disabled person in his family?

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On Easter Sunday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias visited Orphanage No 15 for mentally retarded children in Moscow. He donated rehabilitation equipment, bicycles, and toys for the children, and he gave each child the traditional Easter gifts of decorated eggs and kulichi, the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate reported. “At the Judgement, the Lord won’t ask us about our social position, nor about our salary, or about how we looked, or about where we lived, or whether we were completely healthy or we had aches and pains, he’ll only ask us if we helped other people. Today, I’m happy to be in an institution where people help others”, His Holiness said, in reference to the management and staff of the orphanage. Later, in an interview with reporters, he emphasised that the Church should seek to ensure that its social work was “significant in proportion all across the country, not merely for show, but because there’s a real need for a believer’s heart”. Currently, at Orphanage No 15, there are 440 children with disabilities. In the office of charity work, nine sisters of mercy and 14 volunteers care for the most severely immobilised children. There are weekly services in the orphanage’s chapel.

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Patriarch Kirill handing out Easter eggs to the kids

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An Orthodox hymn sung by an Abkhazian choir

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Choirs from Russia, the Ukraine, and Abkhazia will participate in a series of Easter concerts at the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic, the press office of the City Committee for Culture said on Monday. The first concert will present the male choir of the Danilovsky Monastery in Moscow. They prepared a special programme entitled Пасха Христова (Christ’s Easter), which includes New Roman and Russian Easter hymns from medieval times to the present. In addition, the audience will hear lyrical and war songs, with religious and secular lyrics. On Tuesday, Petersburgers will have the chance to hear a concert of the State Choir of Abkhazia. They will perform Abkhaz folk songs and spirituals, the earliest of which date from the sixth century. On Thursday, a concert of the choir of the Kievo-Pechersk Lavra will complete the cycle of Easter concerts. Their concert program will include distinctive ancient chants of the monastery and festive Easter hymns and old religious poems in the Little Russian dialect.

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Choir of the Kievo-Pechersk Lavra singing O Russian Land

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The Holy Fire, delivered from Jerusalem to Moscow

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In Tskhinvali, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity passed a capsule with the Holy Fire, delivered to the republic from Jerusalem, to local clergy and faithful. According to our Interfax correspondent on the scene, a solemn service was held in the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in the capital of South Ossetia. Prior to this, the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called brought the Holy Fire to Russia from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. At Vnukovo airport, Dmitri Medoyev, the ambassador of South Ossetia to the RF, received a portion of the Holy Fire. On the morning of 4 April, the Holy Fire was carried to South Ossetia.

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For the second consecutive year, bakers in Nizhny Novgorod prepared a 150-kilogramme (330-pound) kulich. It had a diameter and height of one metre (a tad less than 40 inches); it was blessed, and, then, ceremoniously served during a folk festival in honour of Easter in Sormovo Park. More than 3,000 willing guests ate their fill of the cake, the Nizhny Novgorod edition of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote. In all, 200 confectioners worked on the kulich, it required 100 kilos (220 pounds) of flour, 30 kilos (66 pounds) of sugar, 20 kilos (44 pounds) of butter, 250 eggs, and 20 kilos (44 pounds) of candied fruit. It was topped with an egg-sugar glaze, with onion-domed cream cheese churches fixed into the frosting.

2 to 5 April 2010

Interfax-Religion

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