Archive for April, 2014

ST. THOMAS SUNDAY

April 27, 2014

Today is the St. Thomas Sunday and I wish to spend a few words about our tolerant, oh-so-tolerant, atheists.   (John 20, 19-31)

Tommaso

I remember once reading a Dawkins’ proposal to take St. Thomas as the patron of scientists, because he asked for evidences to believe.
Poor Richard, however, did forget to mention that St. Thomas not only asked for evidences, HE ALSO DID GET THEM PLENTY!
Not only, after he did not discard them saying that to be a true scientist you need to eliminate God and supernatural from the discourse, as spectacular idiots as Richard Dawkins do claim.

Atheists are logical, oh-so-logical, people. They are the people who walking near the Milan Dome have no doubt that such a mirable construct has to be the work of an intelligent being, but facing something a billion times more complicated, as a single living cell, they pretend it to be the accidental result of casual hits of particles, particles coming out from nothing following a wave of cosmic probability (whatever that means).

They will deny the privilege of existence to anything which cannot be established by scientifical process, so denying their own existence (try to demonstrate scientifically, i.e. TO REPLICATE, a human being).

So much for the claim that science is not a belief system.

A few centuries ago, the science said that you need to cut the penis to a syphilitic to cure him.
Semmelweis was ridiculed when he suggested to wash the hands before going to a parturient after performing an autopsy.
Today you have the supreme idiocy to cure cancer destroying the immune system of the patient (when it’s most needed)  peddled as science, and so on and so forth.

Yet, they continue unperturbed to pose as little gods in human features.
They blather about what has happened a billion years ago, and how, like they were there, you almost wait for a clip from them, so serious and confident they look….
If you point out that their sacred dating methods have failed ALL the time to give the exact age of an object when that age was known, they just stare as addicted and will start over one moment later describing the sexual habits of dinosaurs, 265 millions of years ago, just before the sunset….

They are specialized in pecker theorems: namely, to prove something assuming as indisputable what they have to demonstrate.
For example, if you ask to know which scientific experiment has demonstrated that current climate changes and their effects are caused by human activities, they will show you some effects of this climate changes. The human cause, the thing to demonstrate, is given as axiomatic!
This they call scientific method, and are able to stay serious in the while.

The climate of this planet depends on gigantic forces tuned so finely that can be defined only as miraculous; in other words, the climate here is in the hands of God!
Men are just fly poo when compared to those forces and their subtle equilibrium.

The science fetish, as described above, is just another idol, and there’s nothing men like more than an idol to worship, no matter how ludicrous and inconsequential is the mythology concocted to support it.
Everything but God!

Atheists are rational, oh-so-rational, people. As in a novel by De Sade, they will lecture superstitious people like us about all the irrationality and barbaric features of Christianity, all of this while eating shit!
Exactly so, in that novel they were eating the excrements of the poor souls they were going to abuse, calling at the same time all Christians retrograde idiots.

As Chesterton said, when you stop to believe in God, you do not believe in nothing, you start to believe in anything!
Of course, what did you expect denying the Logos?
(cfr. the exceptional work of Jonas E. Alexis)

Atheists are also very, very tolerant, I’ve already said that.
Theirs is the same tolerance of the homo-gang, the famous tolerance of Sodom (also known as the inverted tolerance): Either you join the orgy or you get raped.

Atheists are very, very pious people. Their faith is unshakable, completely allergic to any doubt and immune to any fact, a faith so granitic to put ours to shame.
The faith in the Nothing, this bizzarre divinity refuted by her own name.

Atheists will now tell you that life is a language, but nobody invented it (a logical non-sequitur).

We superstitious people have always stated that life is a Language, the Word of God!
(John 1, 1-3)

Make your (educated) choice!

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SPEAKING ABOUT U.S. OCCUPATION…..

April 26, 2014

…..wouldn’t it be high time for the Germans to say: enough!

Would Chancellor Merkel grab this opportunity? Very, very doubtful, if her reaction to her phone tapping by the US gives us any clue. She is no Dilma Rousseff who, unlike Merkel’s meek surrender (without an apology plus tamely swallowing additional humiliation of refusal to honor her request by President Obama for access to her NSA file), didn’t stop at fuming and fretting over her phone tapping but went ahead to avenge her own and her people’s hurt and humiliation and snubbed President Obama by cancelling her state visit to Washington.

Not satisfied, she then signed a $4.5 billion deal for the supply of fighter planes with the Swedish Saab over Boeing. There is no saying if she would ever forgive the US.

UKRAINE FOR DUMMIES – REDUX

April 25, 2014

Last attempt to explain what’s happened in Ukraine!

If you still don’t understand, well, then you simply are beyond help.

VENTICINQUE APRILE

April 25, 2014

Oggi in Italia festeggiano la liberazione dal regime fascista e dall’occupazione tedesca e l’inizio dell’occupazione americana.

Cosa vi sia da festeggiare non e’ ben chiaro.

THE RATIONALE OF THE DEVIL

April 24, 2014

Listening to Lavrov today I came to the conclusion that the regime in Kiev was indeed about to try to attack the eastern Ukraine.  It’s not only Lavrov, the Russian Internet is on “red alert” and chock-full of rumors and speculation about an imminent attack.  This begs a number of questions:

1) Why would the junta in Kiev so overtly renege on the Geneva agreement?
2) Why would it attack when the chances of success are very small?
3) Why would they attack know that Russia would almost certainly intervene?
4) Why is the US clearly behind that strategy?

I have a hypothesis which I would like to submit to your attention.

First, the junta in Kiev is reneging on the Geneva agreement simply because it cannot abide by its terms.  Remember, the junta is composed of a few politicians handpicked by the US and a few Ukrainian oligarchs.  They do have money, but no power.  How could they possibly impose anything in the well-armed and determined freaks of the Right Sector?

Second, the eastern Ukraine is lost no matter what.  So the junta in Kiev have to pick on of the following options:

a) Let the eastern Ukraine leave by means of referendum and do nothing about it.
b) Let the eastern Ukraine leave but only after some violence.
c) Let the eastern Ukraine leave following a Russian military intervention.

Clearly, option ‘a’ is by far the worst.  Option ‘b’ is so-so, but option ‘c’ is very nice.  Think of it:  this option will make it look like Russia invaded the Eastern Ukraine and that the people there had no say about it.  It will also make the rest of the Ukraine rally around the flag.  The economic disaster will be blamed on Russia and the Presidential election of May 25th can be canceled due to the Russian “threat”.  Not only that, but a war – no matter how silly – is the *perfect* pretext to introduce martial law which can be used to crack down on the Right Sector or anybody expressing views the junta does not like.  That is an old trick – trigger a war and people will rally around the regime in power.  Create a panic, and people will forget the real issues.

As for the USA – it also knows that the Eastern Ukraine is gone.  With Crimea and Eastern Ukraine gone – the Ukraine has exactly *zero* value to the Empire, to why not simply use it as a way to create a new Cold War, something which would be much more sexy that the Global War on Terror or the really old War on Drugs.  After all, if Russia is forced to intervene militarily NATO will have to send reinforcements to “protect” countries like Poland or Latvia just in case Putin decides to invade all of the EU.

Bottom line – the freaks in power in Kiev and the USA *know* that the eastern Ukraine is lost for them, and the purpose of the imminent attack is not to “win” against the Russian-speaking rebels or, even less so, to “win” against the Russian military, it is to trigger enough violence to force Russia to intervene.  In other words, since the East is lost anyways, it is much better to lose it to the “invading Russian hordes” than to lose it to the local civilian population.

So the purpose of the next attack will not be to win, but to lose.  That the Ukrainian military can still do.

Two things can happen to foil this plan:

1) The Ukrainian military might refuse to obey such clearly criminal orders (and becoming a target of the Russian military might help some officers make the correct “purely moral” choice).
2) The local resistance might be strong enough to draw out such an operation and have to come to a grinding halt.

Ideally, a combination of both.

From the Russian point of view things are rather simple: it is infinitely better for Russia to have the East break away without any Russian intervention.  If the attacking force is crazy enough to use armor, artillery or airpower, the Russian could decide to strike from the air without actually sending in ground forces.  They could also use electronic warfare capabilities to further create chaos inside the attacking force.  Limited pinpoint attacks could also serve to demoralize the attacking force.  What Russia has to avoid all costs to find itself forced to engage in offensive urban operations which are always dangerous and bloody.  It is therefore absolutely essential the the locals take control of their own streets, villages and cities.

Lavrov today delivered a very direct warning: if things go out of hand in the eastern Ukraine Russia will intervene.  Hopefully somebody in the West will finally realize that the Russians are never bluffing and that they really mean it.  I am not very optimistic though – if Lavrov felt the need to make a full 30min interview in English in which he clearly compared the situation in the Ukraine today to the one in Ossetia in 08.08.08 it is probably because the Russians have intelligence indicating that an attack is imminent.

We shall know very soon.

The Saker

NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THEIR CHAINS

April 24, 2014

Les Enfants de la Patrie against the Kosher Republic.

Pour savoir qui vous dirige vraiment il suffit de regarder ceux que vous ne pouvez pas critiquer.

THE HOLY PASCHA OF THE LORD

April 23, 2014

Holy Pascha   –   Christ is Risen

Holy Saturday   –   Today Hades Lets Out a Groan

Holy Friday   –   And the Veil of the Temple was Rent Asunder

Holy Thursday   –   The New Covenant    

Holy Wednesday   –   The Curse

Holy Tuesday   –   The Heresy of Christian Nicety   Scriptures

Holy Monday   –   The Heresy of Christian Nicety

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

Lazarus Saturday

UKRAINE – THE ORTHODOX VIEW

April 23, 2014

Father Andrew (Phillips)                   Versione Italiana

Q: What do you make of current political changes in the Ukraine?

A: Two weeks ago the US removed the gold reserves of the Ukraine. Then the CIA took over a floor in the offices of the Ukrainian Secret Police in Kiev and the head of the CIA, John Brennan, went to Kiev on Lazarus Saturday. The head of the CIA does not visit a foreign country without a very good reason. It was no doubt with the intention of hoping to further destabilise the Ukraine and then run it, just as it did countless Latin America banana republics and Italy and Greece after the Second World War.

Sure enough, just after that, the CIA began issuing black propaganda, sheer lies, for example about alleged persecution of the Jews in the eastern Ukraine or that President Putin had tens of billions of dollars in private bank accounts in the West, implying that he was a thief. Naturally the Western-media were fed those lies and naturally reported them. The Times of London (part of the Murdoch tabloid empire) was especially keen to report these slanders and lies.

For instance, as regards the Jews, everybody knows that the Jews were massacred by the Uniat Ukrainian SS in Galicia, the western Ukraine, which welcomed Hitler and where earlier anti-Jewish pogroms had taken place. These are facts of history. Many members of the Ukrainian (= Galician) SS, with Polish nationality, came to live in the UK and especially the US, after World War II. I know; I met some of them 30-40 years ago; some of them were frightening and admitted to killing Jews.

Today, at least 150 US mercenaries, probably being paid for by the CIA, are active against the people of the Ukraine, given that most Ukrainian soldiers and police refuse to use violence against their own people – indeed 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have already asked for Russian nationality. Other soldiers in the eastern Ukraine have simply joined the insurrection of the Ukrainian people against the junta. We cannot see this crucifixion of the Ukraine, orchestrated in Washington and Brussels and carried out by their paid puppets in Kiev, as being successful.

Q: Why not?

A: First of all, the Ukraine is bankrupt, which is why the bankrupt US called on the world to ‘save the Ukrainian economy’. But it is too late. Prices are doubling. The poor people of the Ukraine, exploited and impoverished for 23 years by corrupt oligarchs, are spontaneously rising up against the unrepresentative, US-installed, separatist Kiev junta and its terror tactics. That regime seized power from the democratically-elected government in Kiev by violence and murder; now it is facing opposition from the Ukrainian people, who are using the same techniques as it did, in order to seize back power from it in turn. As it is written, those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. But there is chaos.

Q: Does any of this have any significance in Orthodox terms? Is it not all political?

A: All of this is highly significant for us. Today’s Russia is at last just beginning to position itself as a spiritual power, opposing the secularist atheism of the Western elite. This was Russia’s traditional role – to protect Christian civilisation both from Western barbarians and from Eastern hordes. Thus, it repelled the Mongol-Tartar yoke, encouraged moderate Islam, repelled the Charleses, Napoleons and Hitlers, liberating both Paris and Berlin, and supported the Church in the Holy Land, the Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch. Outside Eurasia Russia has always helped the peoples of the developing world, aiding them to throw off the yoke of colonialism, as did Tsar Nicholas II during the Boer War in South Africa and also in Tibet, Thailand and Ethiopia. Even the Soviet Union merely continued these policies in Africa (the territory of the Patriarchate of Alexandria), Asia and Latin America.

The Russian Orthodox civilisational model, the Christian one, is quite different from the Western Catholic/Protestant model, which calls itself ‘Judeo-Christian’. Thus, the ‘civilised’ Judeo-Christian West and ‘Western values’ destroyed the native peoples of the Americas and Africa, enslaving them, massacring them like wild animals, sending them into concentration camps (‘reservations’), as the British were still doing in Kenya and Malaysia in the 1950s. Christian Russia, on the other hand, spreading across Eurasia into Alaska, left the native peoples in peace, not enslaving them or systematically exploiting them, but making them into equal allies. Today Western ‘civilisation’, which has reached its final stage of degeneration in Europe and the USA, has come to a dead end by trying to subjugate the whole world to its ruling transnational atheist elite and its corrupt New World Order pseudo-democracy. That, in fact, only gives a false choice – between one atheist oligarch and another.

Only Russia can potentially deliver the world from this civilisational dead end by providing a Non-Western and spiritual alternative. This is a geopolitical challenge and a historic turning-point. The US military-industrial complex, to use Eisenhower’s terminology, has bankrupted itself with its lust for global hegemony and us finally meeting its match in the resurgent Russian Lands. The New World Order, the near-millennial and ever accelerating movement of the Western world to enthrone Antichrist in Jerusalem, has been stopped for the moment.

The Russian Lands (Rus) are, it seems, returning to fulfilling their destiny as the last restraining force in the world, the last bastion of True Christianity. The Ukraine is a litmus paper, an acid test of this. If the Ukraine were to fall, that is, to lose its Orthodoxy, that would lead to the enthronement of Antichrist. The situation is on a knife edge, which is why so many icons in Russia and the Ukraine are at this moment giving off myrrh. We have to understand that today’s division in the Ukraine exists as the result of two historic injustices, which have to be righted

Q: Which are these injustices?

A: These two historic injustices are the events of 1054 and 1917, which are interconnected. In 1054 semi-barbarian, provincial nationalists, filled with the pride, greed and ambition of Roman paganism, rose up in heresy against the Church of Christ, the Christian Roman Empire, and declared that they were the true Church! And persecution followed 1054, with 1204, the sack of New Rome by barbarian Catholics, which in turn led to 1453, the fall of New Rome, not to mention the Western Crusades against the Russian Lands (including today’s ‘Ukraine’), and all the anti-Church horrors that followed, including Uniatism.

The second historic injustice was in 1917 when the descendants of the same provincials performed a coup d’etat in St Petersburg, overthrowing the legitimate government of the Lord’s Anointed on behalf of traitors, cowards and deceivers from inside the country who had lost their Faith. This atheist coup resulted in the martyrdom of the Christian Emperor and the destruction of his Empire, which had been about to end the First European War and liberate Constantinople (so preventing the Armenian genocide), Vienna and Berlin.

The atheist coup of 1917 also culminated in 1991 in the destruction of the legacy of the Christian Empire which had been built up over centuries by the Tsars and their peoples. That 1991 collapse of the legacy of the former Orthodox Empire, the Soviet Union, was inevitable because its atheism had denied the Faith of a Faith-based Empire. Today, in 2014, we are merely seeing the attempt to deepen that geopolitical fall, again using provincial nationalists, this time from the far west of the Ukraine, as its pawns. All that is happening now was prophesied by Solzhenitsyn in 1998. Thus, as he said then, the US and its EU colony want to dismember and separate the Ukrainian part of the remains of the Orthodox Empire, the Empire’s weakest link.

Q: Why is the Ukraine the weakest link of the former Orthodox Empire?

A: The word Ukraine is composed of two ancient Slavonic words meaning ‘at the border’ – though interestingly it could also be translated as ‘on the edge’. It was first recorded in the 12th century in this sense of a narrow strip of borderland and there exists an interesting academic article on its origins and uses for many geographical areas, including the area near Kazan. However, in its modern and non-historical sense – and so a sense completely unknown to the greatest ‘Ukrainian’ writer Gogol – the word ‘Ukraine’ was invented only in the late 19th century by the Hapsburgs. Then it was reused by the Soviets and the Nazis, and today by the US and the EU – by five empires all thoroughly hostile to the Orthodox Church. Indeed, decades ago I met old Ukrainian emigres, adults before the Revolution, who told me that they had never heard the word ‘Ukraine’ until the 1920s, when the atheists brought it in.

The contemporary Ukraine is the weakest link because at present it includes and is now run by never denazified, ultra-nationalist, Uniat Galicia, which until 1939 was part of eastern Poland. This is a schismatic, Catholicised area, which lived under foreign and anti-Orthodox – Polish and Austrian – rule for centuries. The majority of its population, just like that of the rest of Western Europe, now has no concept of uncompromised, unsecularised, non-1054 Christianity, that is, of Orthodox values. Until that area returns to Poland, or else becomes independent, it will continue to create chaos in the rest of the ‘Ukraine’, the 85% of it which is known to history not as ‘the Ukraine’, but significantly, going from east to west, as New Russia, Little Russia and Carpatho-Russia.

Q: So does this mean we should support President Putin?

A: He is only a politician and, like all politicians, he makes mistakes. The Ukraine, in some form or other, has a right to exist as an independent state, just like Belarus. It is an integral part of threefold Rus – Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus are the primary territory of Rus, the three Russias. I suspect that President Putin thinks the same thing. The last thing he wants to have to do is to send in tanks. However, he has to defend his country and Russian people against extreme Western aggression – which is what he did when he restored the Crimea to Russia amid the jubilation of its people. Otherwise the Crimea would have been invaded and occupied by the US military and its ports would have become NATO naval bases, closing off the Black Sea to Russia.

Our objection is not to an independent ‘Ukraine’, but to its domination and division by an anti-Orthodox and unrepresentative, US-installed, puppet clique in Kiev, which would mean that the Ukraine would become just another bankrupt and pillaged Western colony, like Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya etc. Divide and rule is ever the Western policy. Our support should go to the martyred Tsar Nicholas II, as he was the last ruler of All Rus, and not to politicians. We support the saints – politicians only count inasmuch as they support the saints. Again we fight for the purity of Holy Orthodoxy, not for politicians.

Q: Why has the BBC been so incredibly biased in its reporting of events in the Ukraine?

A: Since the Second World War the UK Establishment elite has become the poodle or colony of the US ruling elite (a relationship that the UK Establishment has flattered itself into calling ‘the special relationship’!) and it has taken no account of the peoples of these islands. The BBC, even more than other Western media, is biased because it is an inherent part of that Establishment elite, in the pay of a secularist-atheist regime and its secret services. It is therefore hostile to Christianity, especially to uncompromised Christianity, that is, Orthodoxy, just as it is hostile to the people, from which it is ever more distant.

The BBC has become particularly subservient to the Establishment since it dared to criticise the Blair regime’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, for which the Blairites sacked the BBC Director General and intimidated BBC journalists. Now the BBC just seems to parrot whatever MI5 and MI6 tell it. I know two BBC journalists who have also worked for the secret services, which infiltrated the BBC from its inception in the 1920s; there must be many more of them.

Thus the BBC talks of the Neo-Nazi Uniat Galician terrorists in Kiev, who overthrew a democratically-elected government as ‘heroes’, but calls the Ukrainian citizens who are rising up against foreign oppression and US mercenaries in the south-west, south, east and north, ‘pro-Russian activists!’ Nor has the BBC reported on the wave of dissatisfaction in Kiev at the doubling of many prices and the very large anti-junta demonstrations in Kiev….

Q: Some would say that your views on the Ukraine are political and that Orthodoxy should be apolitical. What would you say to this?

A: Precisely by saying that they are ‘apolitical’, such people are making a political statement. For them Orthodoxy is, like Protestantism, just a personal belief, a private affair, a mere theory or hobby, which has no public and practical ramifications, no Incarnational consequences. This is a denial of the Incarnation of Christ. What they are saying is that Christianity should have no influence at all on society, including on economics and politics, and should just be a set of private opinions or personal fantasies for futile discussion and theoretical debate.

In the meantime, they say, we should just swim with the secularist-atheist tide of US/EU apostasy, to which such people, some of them nominally Orthodox, are spiritually enslaved. However, our Faith, if it is real, has practical consequences. This is what these secularists refuse. For those who are secular-minded, religion has no importance, but for us what counts is the purity of Holy Orthodoxy. The many icons now giving off myth in Russia and the Ukraine only prove the spiritual significance of these current events.

Q: With the events in the Ukraine and the new puritanism of political correctness, will there be a witch-hunt and persecution of Russian Orthodoxy in the West?

A: Not yet. We have not yet come to this point; that will come later. Then we may need Russian passports and in any case have to take refuge in Russia in order to get baptized and practise our Faith. But we are not there yet.

CHRIST IS RISEN

April 20, 2014

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Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

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And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.

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His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

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And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

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But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

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He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Khristos anesti ek nekron,

Thanato thanaton patisas,

Kai tis en tis mnimasi

Zo-in kharisamenos!

It may come as a surprise that one of the most reliable testified events in the ancient world is the resurrection of Christ, recorded in writing within a generation after the event (see 1 Corinthians 15) and fully testified within two generations while the majority of the witnesses were still alive. To understand how rare this is in the ancient world, one need only look at such a historical figure as Alexander the Great, whose earliest biography was not written until about 400 years after his death, after the earliest written testimony for Jesus.

Twelve Resurrection Appearances in the New Testament

There are twelve indisputable resurrection appearances recorded in the New Testament which spanned a time period of forty days following the event of the resurrection. They are to the following people:

– Mary Magdalene (Mk. 16:9-11; Jn. 20:11-18)
– The Myrrh-bearing women (Mt. 28:9-10)
– Two disciples going to Emmaus (Mk. 16:12-13; Lk. 24:13-32)
– Peter (Lk. 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:4)
– Ten disciples (Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-25)
– Eleven disciples (Mk. 16:14; Jn. 26-29)
– Seven disciples (Jn. 21: 1-23)
– Eleven disciples on the mountain (Mt. 28:16-20)
– Over five hundred disciples (1 Cor. 15:6)
– James, the brother of our Lord (1 Cor. 15:7)
– Disciples in Bethany at the Ascension (Lk. 24:50-53; Acts. 1:2-12)
– Paul (1 Cor. 15:8)

We should mention that Acts 1:3 records Jesus appeared many times over a forty day period following his resurrection from the dead, so the appearances are not limited to only twelve.

How many saw the resurrected Christ?

Over a period of forty days Christ rarely appeared to only one individual disciple. Usually many were present, and he gave ample evidence that his resurrection was in his physical body (they touched his wounds and saw him eat). From the testimony in the New Testament, we know that well over five hundred people saw the risen Jesus, usually in groups, and there are no contradictions in the accounts nor recorded disputes about these appearances by those who saw him.

When did they see the resurrected Christ?

Interestingly, all the resurrection appearances occurred either during the day, afternoon or towards evening. Never is a resurrection appearance recorded at night, lest it be confused with a dream.

Where was the risen Christ seen?

The risen Christ appeared in many different areas, both indoors and outdoors. He was seen:

– Near his tomb
– On a well travelled road
– The seashore
– Inside a home
– A mountain
– A city
– Outdoors
– Judea
– Galilee

How did they see the risen Jesus?

The appearances of Jesus were not passing visions, but they lasted over many hours to people of different backgrounds and occupations, where he would eat with those he appeared to and have conversations with them. None of them had previously believed that he would rise from dead, so initially the appearances confirmed the event and clarified teachings they may not have understood.

– The Apostle John writes in 1 John 1:1-4 that they heard, they saw, and they handled the risen Christ.

– The Apostle Peter says in Acts 10:41 that they ate and drank with the risen Christ.

(from Mistagogy)

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The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

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until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

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to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

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And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;

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for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

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Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

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And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

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But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

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Excluding a case of continued mass hallcination, really hard to sustain, somebody could claim that the witnesses (all of them!) would have invented the whole story, that all the apostles and disciples and the rest would have concocted the event. But he forgets to explain why would they have done it? 

People lie to obtain some sort of profit or to hide their shame. They do not lie to get insults, hard life, persecutions, unspeakable tortures and horrible deaths.       (ndM)

For in what were they confident? In the shrewdness of their reasonings? Nay of all men they were the most unlearned. But in the abundance of their possessions? Nay, they had neither staff nor shoes. But in the distinction of their race? Nay, they were mean, and of mean ancestors. But in the greatness of their country? Nay, they were of obscure places. But in their own numbers? Nay, they were not more than eleven, and they were scattered abroad.

But in their Master’s promises? What kind of promises? For if He were not risen again, neither would those be likely to be trusted by them. And how should they endure a frantic people. For if the chief of them endured not the speech of a woman, keeping the door, and if all the rest too, on seeing Him bound, were scattered abroad, how should they have thought to run to the ends of the earth, and plant a feigned tale of a resurrection?

For if he stood not a woman’s threat, and they not so much as the sight of bonds, how were they able to stand against kings, and rulers, and nations, where were swords, and gridirons, and furnaces, and ten thousand deaths day by day, unless they had the benefit of the power and grace of Him who rose again?

Such miracles and so many were done, and none of these things did the Jews regard, but crucified Him, who had done them, and were they likely to believe these men at their mere word about a resurrection? These things are not, they are not so, but the might of Him, who rose again, brought them to pass.

St. John Chrysostom

INDEED   HE’S   RISEN !

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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He was in the beginning with God.

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All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

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In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

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And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

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There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

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This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.

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He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

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That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

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He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

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He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

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But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

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who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

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John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ “

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And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

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For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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Hrestoss vosskrese ez mertvih,
smerteeyou Smert po Prav,
Ee suscheem vo grobeh zhivot darovav.

TODAY HADES LETS OUT A GROAN

April 19, 2014

Today Hades lets out a groan: “Would that I had not received the son of Mary: for when He came upon me He dissolved my power; He shattered the gates of bronze; the souls I had held captive, as God He raised up.” Glory, Lord, to Your Cross and Your Resurrection.

Today Hades lets out a groan: “My sovereignty is destroyed. I received Him as a mortal, one among the dead; but this One I am powerless to contain; instead with Him I lose all I had governed. I had held the dead for ages, but behold, He resurrects all.” Glory, Lord, to Your Cross and Your Resurrection.

Today Hades lets out a groan: “My might is swallowed up: the shepherd was crucified but raised up Adam. All I ruled over I have lost; all I was able in my power to consume, I have disgorged. The crucified One has emptied the graves. The sway of death is no more.” Glory, Lord, to Your Cross and Your Resurrection.

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Arise, O God, and be judge of the earth, for You shall inherit all nations.

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The Holy Fire – April 19, 2014   –   Contra Factum non est Argumentum

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