Category: Russian Faith & Religion

If Women Strictly Kept Their Chastity, They Could Save the World (Fr. Dmitry Smirnov)

If Women Strictly Kept Their Chastity, They Could Save the World (Fr. Dmitry Smirnov)

Dmitry Smirnov is a very popular Russian priest, dedicated activist in the Russian fight against abortion. He is an influential supporter of large families, homeschooling, and, simply put, traditional family values. He has a huge media presence, regularly appears on television, and has numerous subscribers and fans in Russia and in other countries.  He is prized by many for his unapologetic refusal to sugarcoat anything. Here he answers a question he says he hears way too often from women who have failed to create families. Transcript: The Hard Truth about Women (Popular Priest Dmitry Smirnov) Some ladies come to me saying “I am not married, what I should do?”…

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A New Missionary: Priest Roams Remote Russian Countryside in Bus-Church

A New Missionary: Priest Roams Remote Russian Countryside in Bus-Church

An innovative missionary tool was presented at the recent 3rd International Orthodox Youth Forum “Past. Present. Future” in Moscow. Fr. Andrei Strelkov is the creator of Russia’s only bus-church, which he has used to travel throughout Russia to remote villages that have no churches. Fr. Andrei has visited, celebrated the Liturgy, and preached in more than 30 such remote villages over the past seven years, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists. patriarchia.ru    The missionary priest traveled 680 miles from the small Tatar city of Zainsk to attend the Moscow forum. The bus-church was presented in the “Missionary Work” section of the youth forum, and was…

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19th C Russian-Ukrainian Author: Slavic Peoples Are Irrevocably United By Faith

19th C Russian-Ukrainian Author: Slavic Peoples Are Irrevocably United By Faith

Nikolai Gogol is not a writer well-known in the West. The picture of him one gets in English-language sources—Wikipedia and introductions to translations of his fiction—is of a talented but unfulfilled writer. A crypto-Ukrainian nationalist despite never writing in Ukrainian, even when writing home to his mother. A religious fanatic towards the end of his life and finally, quite preposterously, possibly a homosexual. His fiction is little appreciated, hopelessly misinterpreted and over-analysed, and his thinking outside of it—almost unknown. But Gogol had very much to say. About God, Holy Church, Russia, Europe, enlightenment, the future. These themes dominate and preoccupy him even in his fiction. Without…

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A Friend of George Washington Secretly Converted to Russian Orthodoxy (Colonel Ludwell)

A Friend of George Washington Secretly Converted to Russian Orthodoxy (Colonel Ludwell)

When we think of the pilgrims, who came to the American continent from England to start a new life and a new country, we think of Puritans and Calvinists. But how many of us know that one of the largest landowners in the state of Virginia, a personal friend of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, an ancestor of Robert E. Lee, was a pious Orthodox Christian? His daughters as well? Meet Colonel Phillip Ludwell III, possibly America’s first Orthodox convert—the founding father of American Orthodox conversion. In this video, British historian Nicholas Chapman gives more detailed, fascinating information on the life of this “pious man,…

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Australia’s Pro-Palestine, Pro-Putin Celebrity Priest: Meet Fighting Father Dave

Australia’s Pro-Palestine, Pro-Putin Celebrity Priest: Meet Fighting Father Dave

Australian born Anglican priest ‘Fighting’ Father Dave, 55 years old, is a vivid character, dynamite in a religious world which too often closes its eyes to the lies and crimes of the Western governments and media. Decades ago, he opened a boxing club in Dulwich Hill, then a drug-ridden, poverty-stricken area of Sydney. Having been a tempestuous teenager himself, he knew that channeling aggression, pain and anger productively could transform the lives of young men.  The liberal press both loves and hates him. On one hand, his work in helping the underprivileged in Sydney cannot possibly be critiqued by even the most virulent of social warriors. Films have been created with…

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Legendary Russian Author’s Chilling Warning to the West (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

Legendary Russian Author’s Chilling Warning to the West (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

As a survivor of the Communist Holocaust I am horrified to witness how my beloved America, my adopted country, is gradually being transformed into a secularist and atheistic utopia, where communist ideals are glorified and promoted, while Judeo-Christian values and morality are ridiculed and increasingly eradicated from the public and social consciousness of our nation. Under the decades-long assault and militant radicalism of many so-called “liberal” and “progressive” elites, God has been progressively erased from our public and educational institutions, to be replaced with all manner of delusion, perversion, corruption, violence, decadence, and insanity. It is no coincidence that as Marxist ideologies and secularist principles…

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Continuing Battle Against Abortion, Russian Church Raises $550,000 for Women

Continuing Battle Against Abortion, Russian Church Raises $550,000 for Women

In a fundraising project timed to coincide with International Children’s Day, the Russian Orthodox Church has raised 38 million rubles for women in need of material support in going through pregnancy and raising children, reports Patriarchia.ru. The collected funds will be distributed on a competitive basis by the Synodal Department of Charity and Social Services and will be used to tackle abortion, provide housing support for mothers, and support church centers for humanitarian aid and the protection of motherhood. According to the Russian Ministry of Health, 627,000 abortions were committed in Russia in 2017. “Despite many positive changes in the past few years, we are still…

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Pic of the Day – Saint Basil Church (Chukhcherma), Arhangelskaya oblast, Russia – September 17, 2018

Pic of the Day – Saint Basil Church (Chukhcherma), Arhangelskaya oblast, Russia – September 17, 2018

We frequently come across beautiful pictures of Orthodox Christianity in Russia while cruising the internets, so we decided to share them from time to time. It is so true, a picture can sometimes tell more than 1000 words. sourse photo – nat-geo.ruphotographer – Alexey Kalugin Want to see more articles like this? Please help us, and do what you can to keep the Russian Faith website alive. It takes a full time staff to sustain this website, and our workers need to feed their families. We have not yet met our fundraising goal, and we need your help. A recurring donation of even $5 or $10 per month would be a blessing, and will help keep us going.

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Hollywood Actor Jonathan Jackson Tells Why He Became an Orthodox Christian

Hollywood Actor Jonathan Jackson Tells Why He Became an Orthodox Christian

How does a famous Hollywood actor discover Orthodox Christianity? During this visit to Mt. Athos, Greece, Jonathan Jackson discusses his reasons for becoming an Orthodox Christian. A full transcript of the video is available below. TRANSCRIPT: Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for grace and for mercy which I am in great need of. This is testament to Anthony Geary, and his humility, and his love and graciousness towards me. I want to thank Rebecca Herbst and all the actors of General Hospital, the directors, Jill Farren Phelps, Bob Guza, my wife Lisa, my children Caleb, Adora, and Titus, my parents,…

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Hollywood Actor Jonathan Jackson Reveals Why He Became an Orthodox Christian

Hollywood Actor Jonathan Jackson Reveals Why He Became an Orthodox Christian

How does a famous Hollywood actor discover Orthodox Christianity? During this visit to Mt. Athos, Greece, Jonathan Jackson discusses his reasons for becoming an Orthodox Christian. A full transcript of the video is available below. TRANSCRIPT: Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for grace and for mercy which I am in great need of. This is testament to Anthony Geary, and his humility, and his love and graciousness towards me. I want to thank Rebecca Herbst and all the actors of General Hospital, the directors, Jill Farren Phelps, Bob Guza, my wife Lisa, my children Caleb, Adora, and Titus, my parents,…

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Unborn Child Raised From the Dead by St. John of Kronstadt

Unborn Child Raised From the Dead by St. John of Kronstadt

Editor’s Note: St. John of Kronstadt lived from 1829-1908, and is one of Russia’s most beloved saints. In 1965, in Fr. Seraphim Rose’s fifth issue of The Orthodox Word, Eugene Vadimov quotes from the historical record, relating a miracle which St. John had performed during his life.  , The preaching of God’s great prophets is confirmed by the testimony of their miracles. And Elisha went into the house, and behold, the dead child was laid upon his bed. And Elisha went in, and shut the door upon themselves, the two, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon…

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Russian Priest Raises Unborn Child From the Dead

Russian Priest Raises Unborn Child From the Dead

Editor’s Note: St. John of Kronstadt lived from 1829-1908, and is one of Russia’s most beloved saints. In 1965, in Fr. Seraphim Rose’s fifth issue of The Orthodox Word, Eugene Vadimov quotes from the historical record, relating a miracle which St. John had performed during his life.  , The preaching of God’s great prophets is confirmed by the testimony of their miracles. And Elisha went into the house, and behold, the dead child was laid upon his bed. And Elisha went in, and shut the door upon themselves, the two, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon…

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Want to Be More Masculine? This Russian Priest Says “Grow a Beard” (Video)

Want to Be More Masculine? This Russian Priest Says “Grow a Beard” (Video)

Here we go again with Fr. Andrey Tkachev’s 3-minute talk on Tsargrad TV. This one is especially interesting.  Fr. Andrey thinks beards should make a comeback.  Why?  Because they are a natural, visible difference between man and woman; because traditionally and historically, a beard was considered a man’s glory. Fr. Andrey believes that historic laws and trends that prohibited beards were part of a liberalization process, a process of erasing gender differences.  Interestingly, its much more common for Russian Orthodox priests and men to wear beards, than it is for Roman Catholics to do so, again indicating the Russian love for tradition. “It won’t save you, of course,” Fr. Andrey says,  but…

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Charming Russian Burst into Song in an IKEA

Charming Russian Burst into Song in an IKEA

These Russian girls are part of a traditional folk singing group called ‘Beloe Zlato’, which translates to “White Gold” in English. Their voices blend well, creating splendid harmonies. They perform in cities across Russia, and they are famous for impromptu performances in unexpected public places — in this case, IKEA. So apparently this store is a good place to find furniture, various home accessories, and — sometimes — beautiful traditional Russian folk music! Want to see more articles like this? Please help us, and do what you can to keep the Russian Faith website alive. It takes a full time staff to sustain this website, and our workers need to feed their…

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Charming Russians Burst into Song in an IKEA

Charming Russians Burst into Song in an IKEA

These Russian girls are part of a traditional folk singing group called ‘Beloe Zlato’, which translates to “White Gold” in English. Their voices blend well, creating splendid harmonies. They perform in cities across Russia, and they are famous for impromptu performances in unexpected public places — in this case, IKEA. So apparently this store is a good place to find furniture, various home accessories, and — sometimes — beautiful traditional Russian folk music! Want to see more articles like this? Please help us, and do what you can to keep the Russian Faith website alive. It takes a full time staff to sustain this website, and our workers need to feed their…

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Russian Girls Sing Traditional Folk Music in an IKEA

Russian Girls Sing Traditional Folk Music in an IKEA

These Russian girls are part of a traditional folk singing group called ‘Beloe Zlato’, which translates to “White Gold” in English. Their voices blend well, creating splendid harmonies. They perform in cities across Russia, and they are famous for impromptu performances in unexpected public places — in this case, IKEA. So apparently this store is a good place to find furniture, various home accessories, and — sometimes — beautiful traditional Russian folk music! Want to see more articles like this? Please help us, and do what you can to keep the Russian Faith website alive. It takes a full time staff to sustain this website, and our workers need to feed their…

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Most Famous English Speaking Russian Priest

Most Famous English Speaking Russian Priest

While we rarely carry interviews, this one is particularly fascinating, because it provides insight into why Westerners in Russia are so often attracted to Russian Orthodox Christianity and how a particular Russian priest is able to reach people of different backgrounds with his message of traditional Christianity. It features Fr. Artemy Vladimirov, a very prominent priest in Russia, who is especially popular among Moscow’s English-speaking population for his intelligence, wit, and perfect command of the English language. Under his guidance, many foreigners converted to Orthodoxy. (You can see all the articles we have published about him here) He has a strong internet presence, travels regularly to the US to lecture, and…

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Russia’s Most Famous English Speaking Priest

Russia’s Most Famous English Speaking Priest

While we rarely carry interviews, this one is particularly fascinating, because it provides insight into why Westerners in Russia are so often attracted to Russian Orthodox Christianity and how a particular Russian priest is able to reach people of different backgrounds with his message of traditional Christianity. It features Fr. Artemy Vladimirov, a very prominent priest in Russia, who is especially popular among Moscow’s English-speaking population for his intelligence, wit, and perfect command of the English language. Under his guidance, many foreigners converted to Orthodoxy. (You can see all the articles we have published about him here) He has a strong internet presence, travels regularly to the US to lecture, and…

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Another Religious Cold War? Irrelevant Patriarch of Istanbul Wants to Trigger an Orthodox Schism

Another Religious Cold War? Irrelevant Patriarch of Istanbul Wants to Trigger an Orthodox Schism

Dmitry Kiselyov: It’s been a while since we heard such strong words from the Russian Orthodox Church. let alone addressed to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, whose “brazen and cynical decision” put him “on the warpath” and who is executing a “cunning plan.” These are the words the Russian Orthodox Church used to make an official statement on the decision of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to grant autocephaly to the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church, led by self-avowed Patriarch Filaret who, by the way, is under anathema. The decision has been made public last week in Istanbul when Patriarch Bartholomew gathered all his bishops together for a…

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The Great Russian Empire Was Built on Christian Values – Popular Russian Priest (Top Russian Talk Show)

The Great Russian Empire Was Built on Christian Values – Popular Russian Priest (Top Russian Talk Show)

Our readers are probably already familiar with Fr. Dmitry Smirnov, the most popular preacher in Russia. He is a brilliant speaker, dynamic and highly entertaining. His sermons are sermons are short, shocking, and always very expressive. Fr. Dmitry is very outspoken on issues such as abortion, LGBT, advocates large families and home-schooling and is the head of the Russian Church’s Committee for Family, Motherhood, and Children. However, Fr. Dmitry also has some strong opinions about history and politics.  In this clip from a top Russian talk show, Sunday Evening with Vladimir Soloviev, he shares his view about how and why the Russian state originates fundamentally from Christianity:   Transcript: – Recently, there has been…

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Russian Girls on a Train Sing a Folk Song About Holy Russia (video)

Russian Girls on a Train Sing a Folk Song About Holy Russia (video)

They sing folkloric songs in new, unusual arrangements in trains, in the metro, in malls, in the streets, outside in the falling snow – everywhere. This spontaneous, performance on a train of a Russian folk song, by talented Russian girls, is truly heart-stopping. These girls are part of a group called ‘Beloe Zlato’ (translated as ‘White Gold’) organized independently by the students of a Russian University. This song, ‘Beyond the Quiet River’ is about Old, Holy Russia. It’s full of longing, faith, joy and love. They sing folkloric songs in new, unusual arrangements, and they are irresistible. Beloe Zlato, currently based in Moscow, has become very popular and…

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If Your Church Accepts Homos, You’re In the Wrong Church, Says Famous Russian Bishop

If Your Church Accepts Homos, You’re In the Wrong Church, Says Famous Russian Bishop

A person may struggle with sinful attractions, but their sin is not their identity. No one has to self-identify as homosexual or practice such behavior. Some Protestant churches, where pastors self-identify as ‘gay’ and use ‘gender-neutral’ language, are losing all semblance of traditional Christianity. As is well known, the position of the Russian church on homosexuality is unwaveringly traditional (read here for a detailed account of the Russian Church’s answers to typical pro-gay arguments).  In this video, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev, an incredibly influential and intelligent Russian bishop, speaks of the widening gap between traditional morality, as preached by the Russian church, and the modern Protestant churches that are…

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More Yale Freshmen Are Queer Than Conservative, Survey Finds

More Yale Freshmen Are Queer Than Conservative, Survey Finds

A Yale Daily News survey of freshmen students at that university found that more students of the class of 2022 identify on the LGBTQ spectrum than as conservative, and that queer freshmen even outnumber other sizable demographics in the class, such as Protestants and Catholics. The paper’s survey, the results of which are composed of 864 respondents, or just over one-half of the freshman class, found that only nine percent of respondents identified as “somewhat conservative,” with one percent identifying as “very conservative.” LGBTQ respondents, on the other hand, greatly outnumberd conservatives in total: According to the survey, “nearly 5 percent [of respondents] identify as gay…

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Captured on Film by U.S. Cameramen – The Romanov Murder Scene (1918)

Captured on Film by U.S. Cameramen – The Romanov Murder Scene (1918)

In December 1918, a photographic team of the U.S. Signal Corps led by Captain Howard Kingsmore arrived in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where they filmed inside the house where Tsar Nicholas II and his family was brutally murdered. Against all odds, we recently found Kingsmore’s personal story on this photographic assignment, as well as part of these historic films. The execution of the last Russian Tsar and his family hardly needs an introduction. After the Bolsheviks had taken over power the Romanov family was moved to a so-called ‘House of Special Purpose’ in Yekaterinburg. The Imperial family was kept in strict isolation within the walls of a…

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If Your Church Accepts Homosexuality, It’s Time to Look For a New One – Russian Bishop

If Your Church Accepts Homosexuality, It’s Time to Look For a New One – Russian Bishop

As is well known, the position of the Russian church on homosexuality is unwaveringly traditional (read here for a detailed account of the Russian Church’s answers to typical pro-gay arguments).  In this video, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev, an incredibly influential and intelligent Russian bishop, speaks of the widening gap between traditional morality, as preached by the Russian church, and the modern Protestant churches that are experiencing extreme liberalization.  Some Protestant churches, where it is now common to have pastors that identify as gay or rewrite prayers to insert ‘gender-neutral pronouns’ are gradually losing all semblance of traditional Christianity. Meanwhile, Russian church remains unwavering in its adherence to traditional…

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Russia’s Military to Build a Giant Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Moscow

Russia’s Military to Build a Giant Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Moscow

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation will build the main temple of the Armed Forces in the Patriot Park near Moscow, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, head of the military department, said at a conference call with the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces today. “Now, the Russian Defense Ministry is realizing a plan for building the main temple of the Armed Forces in Patriot Park. This idea was approved by the public, state authorities, military administration, the hierarchy and was embodied in the visual concept of the temple complex project,” said Army General Sergei Shoigu. The head of the military department also noted that the church will…

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Gulags Are Compassionate Locations for Re-Education, Says LGBT Group

Gulags Are Compassionate Locations for Re-Education, Says LGBT Group

Originally appeared at: The Daily Telegraph Inmates of a Soviet Gulag forced labor camp in 1933 — CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES EUROPE/LASKI DIFFUSION Students at a leading London university have been condemned as blind to reality after defending the system of Soviet Gulag labour camps where thousands perished as “compassionate” places of rehabilitation. Trans rights campaigners at Goldsmiths University described the Gulags as benign places where inmates received education, training and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in clubs, sports and theatre groups. In fact most historians agree they were a brutal network of labour camps used by Stalin’s Soviet dictatorship to incarcerate internal opponents and so-called…

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WATCH: St. Andrew the Apostle, Patron Saint of Russia

WATCH: St. Andrew the Apostle, Patron Saint of Russia

Great for kids! This beautiful cartoon tells the story of St. Andrew, one of Christ’s 12 apostles, and explains how he became the patron saint of Russia. English subtitles. It takes many hours of work to translate a video into English, and to create a new video file containing subtitles. Even for videos that are only a few minutes in length, translation and subtitling is a long and painstaking process that involves the work of many people. Please support this effort, and make a recurring donation, so that we can create English subtitles for more videos like this one. Russia has a wealth of good Christian television programming,…

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Russia’s First-Ever “Gay Pride” Parade Banned Within 24 Hours of Being Announced

Russia’s First-Ever “Gay Pride” Parade Banned Within 24 Hours of Being Announced

Originally appeared at: Independent What would have been Russia’s first-ever gay Pride event has been cancelled within 24 hours of being announced. A gay rights activist said the celebration would be held in the village of Yablonevy, near the town of Novoulyanovsk, which has a population of seven people. Nikolay Alexeev wrote on Facebook to say he had received a letter saying the event could take place outside the town.  He said the event would take place on 26 August and warned that the authorised number of attendees, 300, should not be exceeded. However, unnamed local authorities then said the “information is not true” and stressed “we will not hold…

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WATCH: When Transgenders Regret Their Sex Changes – Russian Documentary

WATCH: When Transgenders Regret Their Sex Changes – Russian Documentary

In this video, “I Want My Sex Back”, RT presents a bold new documentary about the harsh realities of transgender life after a sex change.  It is refreshing to see a major news source willing to tell the truth about the regrets faced by transgenders who take this irreversible step. Want to see more articles like this? Please help us, and do what you can to keep the Russian Faith website alive. It takes a full time staff to sustain this website, and our workers need to feed their families. We have not yet met our fundraising goal, and we need your help. A recurring donation of even $5 or $10 per month would be a blessing, and…

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