Voices from Russia

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Patriarch Kirill Will Consecrate Russian Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will visit France and Switzerland on 3-7 December. On 4 December, the Patriarch will consecrate the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris, and on 7 December, he will serve at the 80th anniversary celebration of Resurrection parish in Zürich. The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris opened on 19 October. It is on a 0.42 hectare (1.038 acre) site in the 7e Arrondisement of the French capital, and consists of four buildings… the Cultural Centre on Quai Branly, an educational complex on Rue Université, an administrative building on Rue Rapp, and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Administratively, the Centre is part of the Embassy of Russia in France and has diplomatic immunity. The centre is in the same area as the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Bourbon, the Grand Palais, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAMVP), the Musée du quai Branly, the Hôtel national des Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Maillol, and the Musée Rodin. The closest RER d’Île-de-France stop is Pont d’Alma and the closest Métro de Paris stop is Alma-Marceau.

25 November 2016

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=65299

Thursday, 23 June 2016

23 June 2016. A Thought From Oscar Wilde…

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

30 March 2016. The Revival Will NOT be Televised… The Revival Will be Live… Kid’s Choir at the Khram Spasitelya

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Children’s Choir of Moscow and Moscow Oblast at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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Many people think of “revival” in Born-Again Proddie terms. Sober observation soon convinces all grounded people that such emotionalism rarely lasts, and hardly ever leads to real reformation and conversion. Real revival is the work of years… even generations. If one looks at Russia today, a solid foundation is there. More people go to church on a given Sunday than they do in the contemporary West. Let’s keep it simple… in the West (including the USA!) church buildings are falling vacant and finding new use as clubs, restaurants, or even private homes. In Russia, new churches pop up… most are rarely empty and operate seven days a week (if you want a pannikhida any day of the week, the priest and dirigent are normally there). People go in and light candles… they confess… they pray… it’s not like American parishes, where the church building stands locked most of the time.

The konvertsy want us to follow “Evangelical” models. I say that’s evil. If we want revival… let’s follow the Mother Church. It may take years… I certainly wouldn’t see the full fruit of it… but it’d be real, unlike Born-Again ersatz spiritualism. It’s time to take the first step… by denouncing ALL forms of “Evangelical” sectarianism (it isn’t Christian in the least) and all those who want to bring such rubbish into Christ’s Church. Let’s be REAL Christians, following the traditions given us by the Saints and our forefathers (not Antichristian “Evangelical” notions)… after all, the Church DID exist before the Born-Agains popped up, didn’t it?

BMD

Sunday, 8 November 2015

8 November 2015. A Look Over the Fence… What is a Retreat?

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We live in the “now”… not in the past, for that’s gone… not in the future, for it hasn’t come yet… we live NOW. If we can internalise that, we’ve gone a long way to defeat pride. However, the road to that is neither short nor easy… mistrust all “young elders”. As St John of the Ladder said, “If you see a young monk advancing by his own efforts, pull him down, for his own good!” A young priest of my acquaintance would do well to take that to heart…

BMD

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