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Sep 12 13 tweets 6 min read
1) Several statements by Major Arch.Shevchuk added, including an interesting one where he effectively accuses Russia of deicide.
Some excerpts follow
2) In a sermon regarding the parable of the vintners who kill the owner's son:
"How often we see today in the life of individual states and even at the level of international relations, that the power of law is replaced by the right of the strong. What does someone who thinks he
3) is strong do? He kills and destroys the weak, because he thinks that he can appropriate for himself what he should give to the needy and defenceless"
Then adding:
"This word of God about violence in man's attitude towards God, I think, resonates in a special way in the ears
4) of modern Ukrainians. Today we thank the Lord God for the fact that our God-blessed army is liberating Ukrainian lands step by step. Perhaps we were all moved by the footage of people with tears in their eyes coming out and hugging our soldiers, saying, "We've been praying for
5) half a year for this day to come." In such circumstances, we see how this word of God is carried out in the history of our family. The one who wanted to deprive us of everything now risks losing everything. The invading enemy, in his colonialist urge, wants to kill Ukraine
6) and appropriate our heritage. Trying to destroy us, he once again kills the very Son of God – the Saviour."
In his daily video address from yesterday, the Major Archbishop recalled the stunning victories of the past few days in Kharkiv, but recalled the high price paid.
7) "The main news of the past day is the rapid de-occupation of the cities and villages of the Kharkiv region in the context of the brilliant counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army. Important large cities were liberated: Kupyansk, Izyum and many others. However we all understand
8) that every release, every tear of joy of our people, which appears with the approach of the Ukrainian army, is sprinkled with the blood of our liberating soldiers..."
9) Finally, in a video address from early September, this evaluation of Russia's miscalculation when it decided to attack Ukraine.
"it is not enough to have freedom, one must also be free, to be able to dispose of that freedom correctly. Perhaps the enemy who set foot on
10) Ukrainian soil lacked exactly this, such grace and strength, because he only calculated what Ukraine had, but did not understand who Ukrainians are. Therefore, we can say that with God's help there is and will be a believing Ukraine!"
11) All here, on the blog. Check it out.…

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More from @Favillez

Sep 14
1) In today's edition of "Did he seriously just say that?", Patriarch Kirill continues to baffle us and make us wonder exactly which side he's on as, in a message to the Congress of Religious Leaders that he snubbed, he blames dictators for leading humanit to destruction.
2) "The path of dictatorship, rivalry and confrontation chosen by some rulers of this world is leading humanity to destruction. And under these conditions, it is faith that can sober people up, return them to the path of dialogue and cooperation"
3) Before that he blamed conflicts on attempts to build a world without values. "Added to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic are food, energy and economic problems caused by attempts to build a world without moral values.
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Sep 13
1) Right... These excerpts are from Patriarch Kirill's sermon yesterday, so in the wake of massive setbacks for Russia in Kharkiv.
To be very honest, I just can't tell at the moment if he is being serious or cynical, and hoping we read between the lines...
2) "Today is such a time – a time of anxiety, even very disturbing. And we must pray that all dangers will pass our Motherland, that those who dream of crushing Russia as an independent, truly independent state will be left with nothing."
3) "Today, the time has come when we should especially pray for our Fatherland, for our President - what difference does it make what the head of state is called!* for our army."
*Referring not to name, but to title (Grand Duke, Czar, or President)
Read 11 tweets
Sep 12
1) Just added excerpts from two sermons by Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow.
Although he does not refer directly to the war in Ukraine, there is a lot of talk about Russia's special mission in the world, and how Russia is the only state which still distinguishes right from wrong.
2) These could be read only as criticism of relativism, but with Patriarch Kirill's track record, I thought they were worth adding to the list, since they contribute to the overall rhetoric of a messianic Russia, destined to unite historic Rus'.
Some excerpts
3) "even today, as we know, not everything is calm in the world. And in a sense, a very special service, undoubtedly by the will of God, is now being given to this city and our country. Because the strength of modern Russia is capable of resisting many forces, including those
Read 14 tweets
Sep 12
1) Some pretty ferocious words by Metropolitan Epiphanius, from the autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church over the past 10 days.
I'd call attention specially to his sermon on the Feast of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist, with some sharp criticism of Kirill, of Moscow.
2) He compares the choice that John had with the one Ukraine was presented with by Russia.
"Both enemies and friends believed that Ukraine would be able to withstand this onslaught for only a few days, at best – a few weeks. Before us then, in February, at the beginning of March
3) we faced a choice similar to that of John the Baptist: personal safety or truth? Cease resistance in order to save your life at the cost of slavery to the evil empire, or fight, knowing which way is the price of freedom?
We, as a people, chose truth and freedom"
Read 15 tweets
Sep 12
1) Metropolitan Onufry, of the Ukrainian Orth. Church (Moscow Patriarchate) continues to speak about the war quite rarely, at least in the excerpts of his sermons which are published on the website.
However, he did so again a few days ago.
2) "May the prayers of Saint Theodosius and all the Pechersk fathers, whose memory we celebrate today, help us overcome all the trials in this earthly life, so that the Lord may send peace to our land, so that people will come to their senses and stop killing each other"
3) This and other statements on the blog…
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Sep 2
1) Added several pages of comments by the head of the UGCC, Major Arch. Sviatoslav Shevchuk, from over the past three weeks.
Here are some highlights.
2) From a daily video address: "During war, we can feel a certain devaluation of human life. Sometimes our conscience is dulled when we hear about dozens killed and hundreds wounded. But every person killed is a tragedy. This is the failure of humanity."
3) To the mothers of soldiers: "We are with you in this painful moment. We honor the high price your child paid for the freedom and independence of our Motherland. Thank you, Mother, for understanding the value of your son or daughter's sacrifice."
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