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Friday, 24 June 2011

24 June 2011. A Russian POV. The Other Side of the Fence: The Feast of Corpus Christi

Naiguatá (Vargas State. Gran Caracas Capital Region) VENEZUELA

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Port-au-Prince (Port-au-Prince Arrondissement. West DépartementHAITI

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Brasilia (Brazilian Federal District. Central-West Region) BRAZIL

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

2 June 2011. The TRUE Face of the Church… It’s the People…

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There’s much shouting and preening from SVS and from konvertsy pretending to be “clergy” and “monastics”… well… the Church is NOT embodied in a self-centred and hubristical seminary such as SVS… it’s NOT restricted to the clergy as hyperclericalist converts tell us (as Freddie M-G put it, “We have to follow the clergy”… if that’s so, it’s an explicit endorsement of the Unia and the Old Ritualists). The Church is the PEOPLE… first, last, and always. His Nibs just made a lovely statement on the laity, which I’m going to translate. The Church is the laity surrounding the clergy and the hierarchs… we’re NOT under them. We’re not pupils in a lecture hall, like the Proddies… we’re not suppliants at court, like the RCs… we’re not drunks in a tavern, like the Sectarians. We’re the Church… and that means that the People, the Laos, the Narod, are at the centre of things… sure, there are times when prideful crank clergy forget this… but God has HIS ways of “reminding” them… one such was the atheistic state of 1918-85… God expressly permitted it to chastise corrupt crook clergy, to purify his Bride by burning out the cancers that had taken up residence in it. We’re going through that in America, now… it’s rough… it’s tough… and there’s no other way.

That’s why we’re going through the crisis that we’re going through now in American Russian Orthodoxy… God the Father is “trampling out the vintage that the grapes of wrath hath stored”… Christ is wielding “a sharp sword” and He “treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God”… God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, is there too… He reminds that there’s hope in all of this, that “these dry bones shall live”, and that Christ’s Bride will be in the tomb for only a spell, it’ll rise again, just as the Mother Church, cleansed of its stinking clerical corruption and nasty priestly malfeasance, did (all of Lebedeff’s horses and all of Lyonyo’s men won’t be able to stop it, either). THAT’S inspirational and hopeful, isn’t it?

BMD

Sunday, 1 May 2011

A Multimedia Presentation. It’s May Day 2011! The International Day of Labour Solidarity!

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G K Ots in a 1965 performance of the popular Soviet-era song, Я люблю тебя, жизнь! (I Love You, Life!)

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The boss NEEDS you… you DON’T need the boss…

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Union Town by Tom Morello

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Gennady Zyuganov (1944- ), First Secretary of the KPRF

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Arturo Toscanini conducts the Internationale in a 1944 performance that was censored by Red-baiting rightwingers in the ’50s…

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Communists and socially-conscious people in Russia today are more-often-than-not believers… as G A Zyuganov said, “Christ was the first communist”… 

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The Sretensky Monastery Seminary Choir sings Враги сожгли родную хату (The Foe Burned Down Our Childhood Home), a Soviet-era patriotic song

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On May Day, we should remember the Great Victory of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army (RKKA) over the Fascists… Священная война (The Sacred War) is sung by the Pyatnitsky Choir 

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The Sretensky Monastery Seminary Choir sings Go Down, Moses

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Come All Ye Coalminers… 

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The Sretensky Monastery Seminary Choir sings the popular Soviet-era song, Я люблю тебя, жизнь! (I Love You, Life!), in a contemporary performance.

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May Day, interestingly enough, started in the USA as part of the effort to win the eight-hour workday. The bosses have always hated it… no school textbook in America teaches this fact, for instance. Throughout the world, workers march on this day, from Russia to Canada, from Kazakhstan to Ireland, from Cuba to Germany, and from the Ukraine to the USA (the belly of the Corporatist Beast). Never forget what previous generations went through to win state pensions, decent healthcare, adequate safety regulations, reasonable wages, job security, and freedom from company goons… never forget the great sitdown strikes or the massacres of workers by Pinkerton agents, police, and federal troops. After all, the Republican Party wants to reimpose that wicked order in all of its evil aspects… indeed, they call it their “New World Order”… which was the same title that the Nazis gave to their monstrous vision.

We can have a world with justice… or we can have a world where “might makes right”. You can follow Christ in seeking the first… or you can follow the Anti-Christ in embracing the latter (as too many “Christian” figures do). It’s your choice… here’s a hint… the Sretensky Monastery Seminary Choir is singing “progressive” songs in this collection… that shows that the Church ISN’T on the side of the oligarchs!

BMD

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