An Echo of the War
I translated a piece about St Hilarion Troitsky the New Martyr on VFR, and these illustrations of modern Russian churches came to mind. There are many new churches throughout Russia… some dedicated to new saints, some to the old standbys. So, here’s a representative selection. The revival shall not be televised… the revival shall be LIVE.
Alapaevsk (Sverdlovsk Oblast. Urals Federal District) RF
A church in Carpatho-Russia
Pray for the beleaguered Orthodox believers of Carpatho-Russia as the Uniates and Galician nationalists persecute them. Pray for their leader, Fr Dmitri Sidor, who has been beaten by the CIA-trained goons of Yushchenko.
St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF
Komi Republic (Northwestern Federal District) RF
It’s the largest single church in Orthodoxy… it’s the Mother Church of all Russian Orthodox Christians… blown up in 1931, replaced by a swimming pool, it was rebuilt in the 90s. A fitting ending to this montage, no?
This is a soldier of the tsarist army, wounded in World War I. I find this picture to be a wonderful allegory of our Church in America at present. It’s wounded, it’s weakened; oddly enough, by those claiming to be friends. However, one can see that the soldier isn’t despairing; he hasn’t lost hope. Neither have we. People such as Alexander Schmemann thrust a bayonet into our vitals; yet, we still live on, and we’re ready to fight again. In fact, there’s a deepening cleavage between we “ethnic” Orthodox and some recent converts (one need only look at the writings of Joseph Honeycutt and Frederica Matthewes-Greene to see the difference). We wish to “go home”, whereas they wish to “play at Church” and try to use the Church as a laboratory for their notional ideas. That sounds much like the Catholic lefties of the 60s (no mistake, for Schmemann was friendly with radical Catholics). We’re wounded, yes, but we wish to rejoin our proper regiment and fight under our traditional banners. As for those who wish to do otherwise, I say, “Go, go in peace, and don’t bother the Church. The rest of us are going home where we belong”.