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Saturday, 7 November 2015

7 November 2015. Patriarch Kirill with Young Athletes… Why We Don’t See Likewise from Tikhon Mollard

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A while back, one of the Cabinet was bitchin’ and moanin’ that Tikhon Mollard doesn’t show up at athletic events sponsored by our parishes. Let me try to explain that. Firstly, Mollard doesn’t have the all-inclusive view of the Faith that we do… like most zapadniki, he sees it as a “religion”, and that blessing athletic events is “not done”. HH, being Russian, knows that the Faith touches all aspects of life, including those not specifically “religious” or “spiritual”. The Western newbies are either “religious hobbyists”, rightwing political activists, or simply overzealous clueless novices (as one can clearly see in Paffhausen, Dreher, Reardon, and Mattingly). They don’t care that X parish has sponsored a basketball team for decades or that the bowlers at St Nick’s brought home the trophy yet again. Cut them some slack. They’re either going to leave us or grow up. After all, we’re talking of people obsessed with homosexuality and abortion… when the Holy Church focuses on worship and the Incarnation. They’re going to wise up and find their way to the Only Homely Home or they’re going to leave us (and excoriate us for impurity as they do so). That’s the way it is…

BMD

Saturday, 8 December 2012

8 December 2012. A Joyful Place… Photography by Vladimir Yeshtokin

00 Vladimir Yeshtokin. A Joyful Place. 08.12.12

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

3 January 2012. RIA-Novosti Presents: Novy Ierusalime Monastery

In 1656, Patriarch Nikon founded Novy Ierusalime Monastery as a patriarchal residence near Moscow (today, its part of Moscow Oblast). The stone wall with towers dates from 1690-94, and the Over-the-Gate Church from 1694-97.

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The restored dome of the Underground Church of Ss Constantine and Yelena, Equals-to-the-Apostles.

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A hall in the New Jerusalem historical, architectural and art museum. On the left is a gold-embroidered 18th century felon, the sleeveless overgarment in the ritual vestment of Orthodox Christian priests; on the right is a felon sewn from the skirt of Tsaritsa Yelizaveta Petrovna.

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A museum hall containing 16th and 17th century icons.

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A museum hall containing precious objects made of Meissen porcelain from Germany.

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A modern replica of Patriarch Nikon’s table with a 17th century inkstand and an old Gospel.

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A corner in a five-walled izba that was originally in the village of Vykhino, it once belonged to Kokorin, a prosperous peasant.

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The “Red Corner”, a place for religious icons, in a genuine rural izba, one of the exhibits at the wooden architecture museum on the premises of the Novy Ierusalime Monastery.

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At present, the churches of Novy Ierusalime Monastery are under reconstruction.

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29 December 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20111229/170547667.html

Editor’s Note:

There’s a reason why there’s an izba museum on the grounds of Novy Ierusalime Monastery. Patriarch Nikon Minin was of peasant background, and he never forgot that fact. Indeed, it was the state, not the Church, that was violent in forcing the Nikonian reforms; this ham-fisted approach led to the rise of populist preachers such as Avvakum Petrov, which led to the growth of the so-called Staro-obraztsy (Old Ritualists, usually mistranslated as “Old Believers” in the West). You’ll note that one of the distinguishing marks of the semi-heretic konvertsy is their overblown affection for Old Ritualists (and Uniates, too). The Old Ritualists are outside of the Church of Christ… full stop. They left of their own accord. By now, most of them have degenerated into semi-Protestantism, even those who’ve retained externals of Orthodox ritual. There’s little to choose between a Khlyst, a Molokan, or a bezpopovtsy Old Ritualist (the popovtsy retained Orthodoxy’s essence more so than their priestless brethren have). So, beware the ignorant rantings of konvertsy on Old Ritualists (and Uniates)… it’s one of the signs  that the konvertsy are going to leave us… we’re not “loving” enough, you see. Crazy world, ain’t it?

BMD

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Monday, 15 August 2011

15 August 2011. The Faces of the Church: “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them…”

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