HAPPY ORTHODOX EASTER
You know, I don't know all that much about Eastern Orthodoxy. You know, I don't know all that much about Western Catholicism (see that, smart-asses? thought I'd say it before you did! Father D did not come here to be made sport of . . . )
Anyhow, thinking back to the beautiful meeting in the Holy Land of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, followed by their joint leadership of the meeting to pray for peace among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, and remembering especially the beautiful scenes from the Pope's visit to the Patriarch for the Feast of Saint Andrew
I wanted to wish a Blessed Pascha / Happy Easter to all four of our Orthodox readers (you know who you are: those beards give it away!)
But not all is Blessed and Happy throughout the Orthodox world. I guess you saw our posting about that Orthodox Abbot and all his anti-Ukrainian Catholic babbling.
Well, he didn't dream that up in between whipping up batches of toe-jam incense, facial-hair dark roast, and really scary creamed honey.
|Putin's Chaplain Russian Orthodox "KGB" Kirill on the left.|
Ukrainian Catholic Boy-Wonder Major Archbishop Sviatoslav on the right.
Back in the fall of the past year, at the beginning of the current political crisis in Ukraine, representatives of the Greek-Catholic Church and schismatic communities who spoke at Kyiv’s Maidan, openly preached hatred of the Orthodox Church, called for capture of the Orthodox shrines and eradication of Orthodoxy from the territory of Ukraine. Since the beginning of hostilities, Uniates and schismatics, having taken up arms, under the guise of anti-terrorist operation started exercising direct aggression towards the clergy of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the East.
“I would like very much to visit him and hold a personal meeting with him. I am convinced that in peacefully and openly communicating with each other, we can relieve any tension,” Archbishop Sviatoslav said in an interview. “Our Church has voiced its readiness and openness for a dialogue ever since it emerged from the underground.” He recalled the comments of his predecessor Cardinal Myroslav Ivan, who said, “We forgive and ask for forgiveness.”“It was a very deep call to reconciliation on his part,” the archbishop explained. “It was in the 1990s, at the time of the strongest confrontation, particularly in western Ukraine. There was the will for reconciliation on our part.”
Lots of luck with that . . . anyhow . . . we were able to get some rare pictures of the anti-Ukrainian Catholic crowd getting ready for the sacred rites, which we hope will change their hearts. Although, seriously, does this look like a "Lighten Up" kind of crowd?
First of all, they think all Romans and Eastern rite Catholics are pansies
|The Wit and Wisdom of Abbot Typhoid|
|Abbot Typhoid and some Fathers from Mount Athos preparing to light the New Fire and sacrifice several |
|"Keep your fat Ukrainian Catholic lips off my Orthodox spoon! Or I'll put it where Kirill keeps his crozier!"|
|Abbot Typhoid (left) joins some Fathers from Mt Athos and a couple of Nuns from Sviata Zsa-Zsa Skete to celebrate another Pascha keeping KGB Kirill's flock safe from the descendants of Josaphat-the-Uniat|