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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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00 patriarch kirill with athletes. 13.06.15

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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

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

14 October 2013. It’s the Hajj! HH Gives His Greetings to the Muslims Going to Mecca… So Should We

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Every year, not only HH, but many other Orthodox Christian people, give their good wishes to their Muslim neighbours who go on the Hajj. We should emulate Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, who broke bread with his Muslim colleagues in the Ramadan Tent on Poklonnaya Gora, not John Whiteford, who repeats hateful Evangelical rot. Most Muslims are upright decent people… you can’t judge them by the Islamist minority. Indeed, we wouldn’t want the Church to be judged by the konvertsy minority, would we? It’s the same thing! Give good wishes to your Muslim neighbour as he departs for the hajj… you’ll be in GOOD company.

BMD

 

Monday, 1 August 2011

1 August 2011. The Faces of the Church: Going to Diveyevo for Batiushka Serafim…

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

23 July 2011. Patriarch Kirill Paid Homage to the Dead of the VOV at the Memorial of Glory in Saransk

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On 21 July 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias laid flowers at the Memorial of Glory in Saransk in memory of the soldiers from the Republic of Mordovia who died in the Great Patriotic War.

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