Category: Russian Faith & Religion

Patriarchy Is Returning, Numbers Growing

Patriarchy Is Returning, Numbers Growing

Editor’s note: Dr. Steve Turley is a swiftly rising YouTube sensation, author of multiple books, blog writer and education specialist. He makes a compelling argument about the imminent worldwide return to traditional values in terms of culture, politics and religion. Check out his fascinating blog and YT channel!  TRANSCRIPT:  Alright everyone! The return of patriarchy and the rise of conservative society: that’s what we’ll be talking about on today’s video.  Phillip Longman over here at foreignpolicy.com has an excellent article on the rise in birthrates among conservatives throughout the world but, particularly Europe and the United States and what that means for the rising of the conservative age in our midst. I…

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WATCH: Holy Martyrs of Persia – Acindynus, Pegasius, & Anempodistus

WATCH: Holy Martyrs of Persia – Acindynus, Pegasius, & Anempodistus

A popular Russian Orthodox Christian TV station called “Союз” offers videos for children, teaching the lives of the Saints. They tell the true stories of Christians throughout history, who have lived their lives faithfully for Christ, and in many cases have died for Him. We have added English subtitles to the following video about Saints Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus, who were persecuted by the Persian King, Sapor II: TRANSCRIPT: The Holy Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus At the beginning of the first millennium A.D., lived Saints Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus. They were secretly Christians, because they were courtiers for the Persian King Sapor II, a terrible persecutor of Christians. Envious…

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America Supports Church Schism in Ukraine, While Christians in Ukraine Suffer

America Supports Church Schism in Ukraine, While Christians in Ukraine Suffer

TRANSCRIPT:  Last Monday in Minsk, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to sever all relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This means that, from now on, our priests will no longer be able to serve together with the representatives of Constantinople. Their Patriarch Bartholomew will not be mentioned in the prayers for health. The laity of the Russian Orthodox Church won’t be able to take communion, confess, get married, or have the funeral service performed over them in the churches of Constantinople. Of course, they won’t be able to get christened there, either.  In the decision of the Synod, it is stated…

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Submissiveness: Why Christian Husbands Find It So Attractive

Submissiveness: Why Christian Husbands Find It So Attractive

Editor’s note: In his introductory article — How to Attract a Christian Spouse – Marriage Advice From a Christian Dad — the author introduced the Keyboard Model for identifying the traits that most Christian men look for in a potential wife. The first trait is physical attractiveness (in ways which are under the woman’s control). This next article discusses the second trait, which is submissiveness. If you are a young lady hoping to find a good Christian husband, then it is important to be the sort of woman that he will find attractive. The Keyboard Model identifies six key traits which Christian men look for in a potential wife, and the…

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Putin Gets Personal – Explains Why He Never Takes His Cross Off

Putin Gets Personal – Explains Why He Never Takes His Cross Off

It’s always so shocking to see Russian President Vladimir Putin talk about personal things, since he almost never does. So seeing him explain why he started wearing a cross–and why he never takes it off anymore is really an experience in itself.  Watch the Russian president talk about the miracle that convinced him to wear his cross.   Would you like to see more articles like this? Our fundraising goal has not yet been met, and we would be very grateful for your help. It takes a full time staff to keep this website going, and our workers need to feed their families. A recurring donation of even $20 or $30…

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WATCH: 5 Practical Steps to Overcome Carnal Passion – Russia’s Favorite English Speaking Priest (Artemy)

WATCH: 5 Practical Steps to Overcome Carnal Passion – Russia’s Favorite English Speaking Priest (Artemy)

Fr. Artemy Vladimirov is a very prominent priest in Russia, especially popular among Moscow’s English-speaking population for his intelligence and perfect command of the English language. He has a strong internet presence, travels regularly to the US to lecture, and published a book in English in 2010, called Bright Faith, which aims to introduce Orthodox Christian spirituality to Westerners. (You can see all the articles we have published about him here) Fr. Artemy is very soft-spoken, a rather unusual phenomenon in Russia, where forceful priests who often speak bluntly and directly are more the rule than the exception. Meanwhile, he often uses symbolic and poetic language, betraying his literary background, so his style is not…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Jesus among the Teachers’ (Vasily Polenov – 1896)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Jesus among the Teachers’ (Vasily Polenov – 1896)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        From Wikipedia: This was the first picture artist, “thematic” picture of the cycle from the life of Christ, which Polenov created for thirteen years from 1896 to 1909 The size of the picture – 59″ x 107″ Link to high resolution image. Polenov read sacred texts, works on the history of religion of Ernst Renan and other liberal Protestant theologians. In the explanatory manuscript to the painting “Christ among the Teachers,” the artist describes in…

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Abortion Rates Plummeting in Russia, Orthodox Church Helping Nation Embrace Pro-Life Values

Abortion Rates Plummeting in Russia, Orthodox Church Helping Nation Embrace Pro-Life Values

Editor’s note: Dr. Steve Turley is a swiftly rising YouTube sensation, author of multiple books, blog writer and education specialist. He makes a compelling argument about the imminent worldwide return to traditional values in terms of culture, politics and religion. Check out his fascinating blog and YT channel!  In the following video, he discusses the impressive growth of the pro-life movement in Russia.  TRANSCRIPT:  Hey there everyone! Great to be back with you. A pro-life Russia emerges. That’s what we’ll be talking about on today’s video. We, of course, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the revitalization of the Russian Orthodox Church as both a domestic and international force. And…

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church Says “NO” to Patriarch Bartholomew’s Interference

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Says “NO” to Patriarch Bartholomew’s Interference

The Council of Bishops of the UOC considers unacceptable the unlawful interference by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the internal affairs of another Local Church. The decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople of October 11, 2018, regarding the Ukrainian church question, are invalid and such that are canonically null and void, says the official statement of the Bishops’ Council of the UOC, which held an emergency session at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on November 13. “In particular, the decision to establish the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the territory of Ukraine is the result of speculative interpretation of church history,” the document…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Choice of Faith’ (Pavel Ryzhenko – 2005)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Choice of Faith’ (Pavel Ryzhenko – 2005)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        From Wikipedia: The painting “The Choice of Faith” was written in 2005. The size of the picture – 82,6″ x 59″ Link to high resolution image. Ryzhenko always said that he became Christian ‘very late’ ( he was 23!), but when he did, he embraced it with characteristic fire: Everyone person, but especially the Russian, in the depths and mystery on one’s heart,  gravitates to the light – to Christ. To me, faith in Christ came very…

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Modern Nazis in Ukraine: Govt Police Infiltrate Churches, Demand Confessions, Filaret Calls for Open Bloodshed

Modern Nazis in Ukraine: Govt Police Infiltrate Churches, Demand Confessions, Filaret Calls for Open Bloodshed

TRANSCRIPT:  The split of the Russian Orthodox Church and its aftermath: this is the subject of the new program “Twelve” by Sergey Shargunov, writer and journalist.  Sergey Shargunov: Hello. This is Sergey Shargunov and the program “Twelve.” Twelve minutes about what bothers me. There’s little time; the talk will be plain.  For me, this topic is not leisured or just informative but personal. As I am a son of a priest, my heart feels the schism.  The Holy Synod favored the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church on its canonical territory.  Christianity is about love, not about hate, hostility and fratricide. The current split of the…

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Miracle? American Orthodox Bishop’s Body Did Not Decay After 5 Years of Burial in Dallas

Miracle? American Orthodox Bishop’s Body Did Not Decay After 5 Years of Burial in Dallas

Vladimir Grigorenko was the iconographer of St. Seraphim’s Orthodox cathedral in Dallas and a close friend of Archbishop Dimitri’s. He was present both at his funeral and the five days until his burial, and at his exhumation and reinterment on Friday. Yesterday we put Archbishop Dmitri in his final resting place in St. Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas. I was blessed to be a part of a team, which uncovered Vladika’s earthly remains and transferred them into new coffin to be buried in the crypt of the Resurrection Chapel and probably should offer some comments about these events. It was Archbishop Dmitri wish and our deep…

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Russians Stand During All Church Services for 2-6 Hrs. Here’s Why

Russians Stand During All Church Services for 2-6 Hrs. Here’s Why

One of the first things people notice about Russian churches is that they have no pews. Russians are famous for standing for hours on end during their long, long services. While usual services are 2-3 hours, services during Great Lent and in monasteries span up to 6 hours. And for most of that time, most of the congregation is standing upright.   Why? Is it a form of masochism? No. Asceticism? Maybe a little.    Unlike many other Christian denominations, Russian Orthodox Church services are considered active, focused “service” and prayer to God. Historically, ancient churches did not have pews. Not only because standing was a…

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Conservative Fashion Trending Globally – Here’s Why

Conservative Fashion Trending Globally – Here’s Why

Editor’s Note: You may have recently read our article about how modest clothing is popular in Russia. In this video, Dr. Steve Turley tells us about similar trends, now happening around the world. Dr. Steve Turley is a swiftly rising YouTube sensation, author of multiple books, blog writer and education specialist. He makes a compelling argument about the imminent worldwide return to traditional values in terms of culture, politics and religion. Check out his fascinating blog and YT channel!  TRANSCRIPT: There have been a number of articles written of late about a fascinating trend going on in the world of fashion. Now, what’s so interesting here is that the fashion industry,…

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Russian Hospital Signs Agreement with Russian Church – “The Body and Soul Are Inseparable”

Russian Hospital Signs Agreement with Russian Church – “The Body and Soul Are Inseparable”

Kamchatka eparchy and regional hospital of A. Lukashevsky signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by Archbishop Artemy of Petropavlovsk and Kamchatka, and chief of hospital staff Olga Zubkova. Physicians and priests came to a conclusion, that the body and soul are inseparable. Archbishop Artemy said, “Man is not only a collection of bones, veins, and organs. He is also a living soul. The body is very closely connected with the soul. The doctor is called upon to heal the body, but the priest has the power to heal the soul. Because when the body weakens by illnesses, the soul also weakens. And when…

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Russia’s Next Weapon: A Military Church

Russia’s Next Weapon: A Military Church

Meet Vladimir Putin’s newest weapon: a church. The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces. Construction will soon begin of the Main Church of the Armed Forces, to be erected in Patriot Park outside Moscow, according to Colonel General Andrei Kartapolov, deputy defense minister and chief of the armed forces’ Main Military-Political Directorate, a new organization responsible for political education of the troops. Plans for the new Orthodox Church to be built in Moscow, to serve the Russian military The “new church will be one more example of the people’s unity around the idea of…

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Thanks To Putin, Moving To Russia Just Got Easier

Thanks To Putin, Moving To Russia Just Got Easier

Putin is making it easier to move to Russia. He just signed a law to simplify the process, and additional improvements are planned for the near future. While the initial changes are focused on helping Russian expats make the move, some of the improvements should benefit everyone who immigrates to Russia. In related news, Patriarch Kirill — the head of the Russian Orthodox Church — recently said the Church may be able to provide immigration assistance for Orthodox Christians who are going through the process. The following news report discusses how the immigration process is being simplified in Russia: TRANSCRIPT: We will start with the President’s statement: …

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The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia

The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia

Editor’s note: Dr. Steve Turley is a swiftly rising YouTube sensation, author of multiple books, blog writer and education specialist. He makes a compelling argument about the imminent worldwide return to traditional values in terms of culture, politics and religion. Check out his fascinating blog and YT channel!  TRANSCRIPT:  Hey there everyone! Great to be back with you. I wanted to chat with you about a wonderful book that I’ve read of late entitled Holy Rus: the Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia. It’s written by John Burgess of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He made a number of trips to Russia. He lived in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and made…

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The Rebirth of Orthodox Christianity in the New Russia

The Rebirth of Orthodox Christianity in the New Russia

Editor’s note: Dr. Steve Turley is a swiftly rising YouTube sensation, author of multiple books, blog writer and education specialist. He makes a compelling argument about the imminent worldwide return to traditional values in terms of culture, politics and religion. Check out his fascinating blog and YT channel!  TRANSCRIPT:  Hey there everyone! Great to be back with you. I wanted to chat with you about a wonderful book that I’ve read of late entitled Holy Rus: the Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia. It’s written by John Burgess of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He made a number of trips to Russia. He lived in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and made…

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Here Are the Russian Church’s Answers to Typical Homosexual Arguments, Pt. 1

Here Are the Russian Church’s Answers to Typical Homosexual Arguments, Pt. 1

Editor’s note:  Presented as a “reference text” at a clergy meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in the USA last year, it offers a clear response to many of the social arguments used in the attempt to diminish the Church’s pastoral teachings, which always aim for the loving care and conversion of all who fall into any sin. The Russian Church strictly opposes homosexuality and its growing acceptance in Western Society.  The document is really long, so we will run it in series of posts. The entire PDF version of this article can be found here. Introduction Over the past 45 years, our society…

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300,000 Priests Were Given a Choice – They All Chose Death (Dmitry Smirnov Video)

300,000 Priests Were Given a Choice – They All Chose Death (Dmitry Smirnov Video)

This article originally appeared on a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith. Their introductory video is at end of this article. Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, adored in Russia for his wit and wisdom, talks about the Bolshevik terror. 300,000 priests were killed during the Communist era. They actually had an easy way out. They could have just rejected their priesthood and been set free. They could have kept praying in secret, even singing in church choirs, as long as they rejected their calling. Yet so many of them chose death.  What people are ready to die for reveals with startling clarity what is actually valuable in…

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Orthodox Christians, Flee the Country! – Says President of Ukraine

Orthodox Christians, Flee the Country! – Says President of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is telling hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to flee the country and “return” to Russia, even though their homes are in Ukraine. Since these Ukrainian citizens are on friendly terms with the Moscow Patriarchate, Poroshenko refers to them as “representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church”, and he tells them to get out of the country. The president made his threatening statements at the International Conference, “Lessons of the hybrid decade: what you need to know to successfully move forward”. An excerpt from his speech can be seen in the following video (Ukrainian language): *** Russian Faith needs volunteers who understand…

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How Constantinople Radically Altered the Orthodox Christian World

How Constantinople Radically Altered the Orthodox Christian World

It is going to be a month since the Ecumenical Patriarchate reinstated the primates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), thereby heading towards ‘the granting’ of the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This decision has already resulted in large-scale changes in Ukraine and the rest of the Orthodox world. So, what’s happening? The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople) The first thing that the Ukrainians did was redistributing property. A part of the deal between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Autocephaly was on a number of real estate properties…

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Atheists and Leftists Infiltrated Russia’s Schools in the 19th c., Mortally Wounding the Country – a Lesson for America

Atheists and Leftists Infiltrated Russia’s Schools in the 19th c., Mortally Wounding the Country – a Lesson for America

One of the first – if not the first – steps that we should take in building an Orthodox culture in any country, is the implementation and growth of Orthodox education. If we lose this battle, we lose the future stability of our parishes. The universities in America (and in many other western nations) are geared against us and have many sophisticated arguments against the Christian worldview. To create Orthodox schools is not only for our children to carry on and battle the world, but for the nation’s Orthodox ethos in general. Orthodox education produces both culture and community! Secular education does the same, and…

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If Your Church Supports Homosexuality, It’s Time to Change Churches (Popular Russian Bishop)

If Your Church Supports Homosexuality, It’s Time to Change Churches (Popular 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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Russian Girls on a Train Sing Folk Song About Holy Russia (video)

Russian Girls on a Train Sing 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 performs…

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Russia, Not America, Is Building a Compassionate Civilization

Russia, Not America, Is Building a Compassionate Civilization

In a speech on 3 May 2017 to the employees of the U.S. Department of State, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson made a statement that might surprise observers of the U.S.’s military actions abroad since the 1960s: Now, I think it’s important to also remember that guiding all of our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values: our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated. Those are our values.(1) Tillerson’s words were no doubt well-intentioned, but in uttering them he ignored the troubled socio-political history of the country whose government he represents.   The question arises: Are the above-mentioned values reserved only…

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7th Century England Was Orthodox Christian – The Fascinating History

7th Century England Was Orthodox Christian – The Fascinating History

In the seventh century A.D., the population of Britain consisted mainly of two ethnic groups relatively equal in number, collectively known as the Celts and the Anglo-Saxons respectively. The Celts can be divided into three major sub-groups, namely the Welsh (the descendants of the Britons—the native inhabitants of Britain who were driven west by the invading Angles and Saxons) in Wales; the Picts (an indigenous tribal confederation of peoples in Scotland); and the Fenians, or Scots (a Gaelic people that migrated from Ireland to Scotland around the late fifth century)—this is how they were commonly called in Britain (“Scotti”, meaning “wanderers”, referred to the Irish in general).…

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A Lovely Russian Animated Christian Film for Children – Much Better than Disney

A Lovely Russian Animated Christian Film for Children – Much Better than Disney

Creating quality children’s movies instilled with traditional Christian morality, Russian filmmakers are building cultural capital, positively influencing the next generation. Seraphima’s Extraordinary Adventures is available online with English subtitles, and is an excellent movie for the whole family . . .  The year is 1943, with communists oppressing Russia and persecuting Christians. The main character, a girl named Seraphima, dreams about a Palm Sunday celebration in a church where her father serves as a priest. The dream ends with the Soviet police taking her father away, and the church being blown up.  Seraphima lives in a Soviet orphanage and secretly keeps a single reminder of her family —…

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Orthodox Christian Grandma Gives Wake-Up Call to Protestant Street Preacher

Orthodox Christian Grandma Gives Wake-Up Call to Protestant Street Preacher

In an already-Christian country, in view of multiple Orthodox churches, this guy starts preaching on the street, telling everyone that they need to meet God. An Orthodox Christian babushka confronts him, letting him know that she and Jesus have already gotten acquainted . . . Over five hundred years before any Protestants existed, St. Vladimir of Kiev was overseeing the spread of the Christian Gospel through lands that are now part of modern day Russia and Ukraine. Since that time, countless millions of Christians have built tens of thousands of churches throughout these lands. Centuries later, an American street preacher arrives in this country that has already had…

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