Voices from Russia

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

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Patriarch Kirill Urged Russians to Learn from the Spiritual Experience of the Shaolin Monks

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The patriarchal press service announced that Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias discussed with Buddhist Abbot Shi Yongxin, Rector of the Shaolin Monastery, issues of inter-religious cooperation. A delegation of Chinese monks arrived in Moscow to participate in the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival. His Holiness observed, “Great martial arts originated within the brotherhood of your monastery, a most wonderful illustration of the concept that human strength depends on the strength of the spirit”. Patriarch Kirill pointed up that the most-well-armed and the richest side doesn’t necessarily win a war, rather, those who’re capable of a podvig win them, that is, those who’re spiritually strong. He lamented that modern civilisation has “as one of its idols, the idea of comfort”, saying that comfort enervates a person, it makes one weaker. Vladyki Kirill believed, rather, spiritual growth occurs in those who’re able to bridle their appetites, expressing his deep conviction that “the 21st Century, which looks for ever more comfort, should focus on spiritual education, that is, we should accompany material progress with an internal and spiritual progress of humanity”. In turn, Abbot Shi Yongxin spoke on the way of life of the Shaolin Temple.

5 September 2013

InterfaxReligion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=52546

Editor’s Note:

Read this:

The most-well-armed and the richest side doesn’t necessarily win a war, rather, those who’re capable of a podvig win them, that is, those who’re spiritually strong.

And this:

Modern civilisation has “as one of its idols, the idea of comfort”, saying that comfort enervates a person, it makes one weaker. Vladyki Kirill believed, rather, spiritual growth occurs in those who’re able to bridle their appetites, expressing his deep conviction that “the 21st Century, which looks for ever more comfort, should focus on spiritual education, that is, we should accompany material progress with an internal and spiritual progress of humanity”.

With these, HH rebuked the USA and its hubristical drive for hegemony. Elements in the American ruling class hold the rest of the world (and, indeed, most of the American population) in contempt. I think that they’re in for a rude awakening…

BMD

 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Archimandrite Ilya Nozdrin (Confessor to Patriarch Kirill) Predicted Recurrence of Kolyma, Magadan, and Solovki if there was “Régime Change” in Russia

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Archimandrite Ilya Nozdrin, the confessor to Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, considers demands for “régime change” in Russia troubling. On Wednesday, in a post on the website Орловская губерния (Orlovskaya Guberniya: Oryol Province), he said, “A brutally devastating conclusion might result from the efforts of current social reformers for ‘régime change’, for a coup; that is, they’d implement the catastrophic old revolutionary script. Do understand that all that this would lead to is a new outbreak of genocide, a new GULag in the Kolyma, Magadan, Solovki, and the Arctic. Those craving power would give us nothing but streams of blood, fratricide, famine, and foreigners attempting to seize our land. One can’t ignore the contemporary situation, not only in our motherland, but also in the world at large. We’ve produced such weapons, such that we can’t even fully comprehend. We must care for our country’s peace and stability, and we should fear not only large, but also small, conflicts. So, you still want to follow hotheads? You’ll get nothing but chaos, blood, hunger, and death. You’d put our country on the edge of the abyss”.

In October 2011, the deputies of the Oryol city government unanimously gave Fr Ilya the status of an honorary citizen of the city for his charitable activities, for his activism to preserve and restore historical and cultural monuments (including churches), and for his significant contributions to the revival of national spiritual traditions and spiritual education. Fr Ilya was born near Oryol, and he often visits there.

15 February 2012

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=44228

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