Voices From Russia, Too

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

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

 

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

12 July 2011. Patriarch Kirill Served Liturgy for the 450th Anniversary of the Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God (Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed) in Moscow

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In Moscow, Patriarch of Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias served Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God, better known as the Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed, on its 450th anniversary, on 12 July (29 June OS) 2011. His Holiness noted that the cathedral isn’t only an outstanding medieval cultural artefact; it’s also a testimony to the inviolability of both the Russian spirit and the Church. He reminded us that the cathedral was almost destroyed on two different occasions… the first was at the time of Napoleon’s occupation of Moscow, and the second was during the Soviet era. After the service, the Patriarch said, “There are many legends about how this happened. You can believe them, or not believe them, as you will. However, when we see this cathedral standing firmly on the main square of Russia, it does so through the spirit of our people, because of their faith”.

During his remarks, the patriarch remembered the victims of the sinking of the cruise ship Bulgariya. His Holiness made interpolations in the service to pray for the souls of the victims of this disaster. The festival of bell-ringing and the other commemorative events planned for the 450th anniversary of the cathedral were cancelled, due to the day of mourning called by the RF authorities. The Liturgy was held in the central chapel of the cathedral (Chapel of the Protection of the Mother of God). Despite the fact that the cathedral looks impressively large from the outside, on the inside, it’s a warren of small chambers, so a relatively small number of people attended the service. One of those attending the service was the cinematographer Nikita Mikhalkov. After serving the Liturgy, the patriarch visited the restored sections of the cathedral. As a part of the 450th anniversary of the church, work on two of the chapels inside the cathedral is now complete.

12 July 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/photolents/20110712/400483850.html

Patriarchia.ru

Official MP Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/1564025.html

Saturday, 14 May 2011

A Photo Essay. Victory Day with His Holiness: An Affair at Christ the Saviour Cathedral Honouring the Vets

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