Category Archives: Religion

Serafim Sarovsky: A Saint for the Deep People – Part I

Dear Readers: When I first glimpsed this piece whilst skimming my favorite Russian-language sites, I initially jumped to the conclusion that this Saint who lived with a bear was the same holy man in the Godunov TV series, whereof I … Continue reading

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Characteristics and Limitations of Ukrainian Tomos – Part VI

Dear Readers: Today, appropriately on a Sunday morning, before going to church to pray, finishing up my translation of this analysis of the new Ukrainian Autocephaly. But first a pop quiz:  What is an Exarch?  Answer:  An Exarch is a … Continue reading

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Characteristics and Limitations of Ukrainian Tomos – Part V

Dear Readers: Welcome back, as I continue translating this analysis of the new Ukrainian Autocephaly. Where we left off, we just finished the section on Holy Myrrh, and it turns out that the new Ukrainian Church, being led by a … Continue reading

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Characteristics and Limitations of Ukrainian Tomos – Part IV

Dear Readers: Here we go again, as I continue my superb translation of this analysis by Professor Vladimir Burega of the Kiev Theological Academy!  Where we left off, we just finished the section on Church and State,   Burega makes … Continue reading

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Characteristics and Limitations of Ukrainian Tomos – Part III

Dear Readers: Welcome back once again, as I continue to plug through this analysis by Professor Vladimir Burega of the Kiev Theological Academy.  Where we left off, Burega was about to deal with the very thorny issue of the Church-State … Continue reading

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Characteristics and Limitations of Ukrainian Tomos – Part II

Dear Readers: Welcome back to my post!  As everybody knows, the Ukrainian Tomos was issued last Saturday and nailed to the door of the Cathedral.  Cub Reporters were waiting breathlessly on the steps.  Professor Vladimir Burega of the Kiev Theological … Continue reading

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Characteristics and Limitations of Ukrainian Tomos – Part I

Dear Readers: The big news this weekend in the world of religion (and the Russian civilizational sphere) was the granting of Tomos to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).  As discussed in previous posts on this topic, Tomos is a … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Metropolitan Epiphany Punked – Part IV

Dear Readers: Continuing my transcription of this prank call between prankers Lexus-Vovan impersonating German EU Parliamentarian David McAllister; and, on the other side of the telephone wire, Metropolitan Epiphany of the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  Where we left off, Epiphany … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Metropolitan Epiphany Punked – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing my translation/transcription of this prank call between, on the one side, Lexus-Vovan the pranksters impersonating a German EU Parliamentarian; and, on the other side, Metropolitan Epiphany of the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  Where we left off, the … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Metropolitan Epiphany Punked – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing my translation/transcription of this prank call between, on the one side, Lexus-Vovan the pranksters impersonating a German EU Parliamentarian; and, on the other side, Metropolitan Epiphany of the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church founded, last week, by Ukrainian … Continue reading

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