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Святая Русь - Holy Rus


Святый Боже, Святый крепкий, Святый безсмертный, помилуй насъ


XVI century Orthodox icon from Russia honoring the life and ministry of Pope Saint Clement   Monastery of Saint Clement Chapel

Русское православие честь и почитание Папу.
Russian Orthodoxy honoring and venerating a Pope.
XVI century icon from Архангельская Область – Arkhangelsk Oblast, once in the Никольская Церковь – Church of Saint Nicholas (1763) in Нёнокса – Nyonoksa.





      Інкерманський Свято-Климентіївський печерний чоловічий монастир, Інкерман, Кримський Півострів
Инкерманский Свято-Климентовский пещерный мужской монастырь, Инкерман, Крымского Полуострова
Inkerman Cave Monastery of Saint Clement, Inkerman, Crimean Peninsula
Greek, Roman, Kievan Rusan, Imperial Russian, Orthodox and Catholic, and hewn and build,
in part with his own hands, by Saint Clement, martyred in Anno Domini 99 or 101 in
Chersonesus - Χερσόνησος (contracted in Medieval Greek as Χερσών - Корсунь - Korsun).
Consecrated by Apostle Saint Peter, the Liber Pontificalis lists Saint Clement as the fourth
pope (r. 92 to 99), the third successor after Peter, after Saints Linus and Anacletus/Cletus.
Saint Cyril together with his brother Methodius - Κύριλλος καὶ Μεθόδιος / Кѷриллъ и Меѳодїи
- Catholic Patron Saints of Europe and Orthodox Equals to the Apostles - равноапостольные
brought the relics of Saint Clement to Rome, where they are now with those of Saint Cyril himself
in the Basilica of San Clemente - Basilica di San Clemente.
Except for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem,
it is difficult to imagine a place of more symbolic historical significance for the unity of the
Orthodox-Catholic Church which once was and can and should be again, and which is therefore also
a prized target for those forces of evil who would sow dissension in the Church and in Christendom.



Malie Koreli   Свят, Свят, Свят, Господь Саваоф,
Исполнь небо и земля славы Твоея:
Осанна в вышних.
Благословен грядый во имя Господне,
Осанна в вышних.
Malie Koreli in Arkhangelsk Oblast.    



  Всѧкое Дыхание Да Хвалит Господ
Every breath praise the Lord
  Every breath praise the Lord  
  в Пскове – in Pskov  




  twenty cupolas  


  Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра в Сергиевом Посаде — Holy Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius in Sergiev Posad  


  Church in honor of the Descent of the Holy Spirit then Belltower then Assumption Cathedral in Sergiev Posad  
  Церковь в честь Сошествия Святого Духа на Апостолов (Духовская Церковь) — Church in honor of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, built 1476 to 1477 (at left)  
  Колокольня – Belltower, built, with additions made to the orgininal plan of court architect I. Shchumakher, 1740-70. At 88 meters, the then highest buiding in Russia.  
  Успенский Собор был заложен по велению Царя Ивана IV Грозного — Cathedral of the Assumption or Cathedral of the Dormition  
  Built 1559-1585 on orders from Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible).  
  This extaordinary architectural ensemble is in the Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра в Сергиевом Посаде — Holy Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius in Sergiev Posad.  




  Митрополит Филарет, в миру Василий Михайлович Дроздов (* 26 декабря 1782 [6 января 1783] Коломна, с 22 августа 1826 Митрополит Московский и Коломенский–Москва 19 ноября [1 декабря] 1867 †)  
  Metropolitan Philaret, secular name Vasily Mikhaylovich Drozdov (* 26 December 1782 [N.S. 6 January 1783] in Kolomna, from 22 August 1826 Metropolitan of Moscow – Moscow 19 November [N.S. 1 December] 1867 †)  








Ambrose Optina

Saint Amvrosy - Ambrose, Monastery of Optina Pustin


PP asks the Lord What is the Truth

What is the Truth? ... painting by N.N. Ghe




  Andrei Rublyov Troitsa  

Троица, 1411 год или 1425 - 1427 — Troitsa, icon written in 1411 or 1425 - 1427

Андрей Рублёв - Saint Andrei Rublyov (* c. 1360 - 29 I 1430 †)



  Theotokos of Vladimir Madonna Eleusa Virgin of Tenderness  
  Theotokos of Vladimir – Θεοτόκος του Βλαντιμίρ – Вишгородська ікона Божої Матері – Владимирская Икона Божией Матери  
  Ἐλεούσα – Eleousa – tenderness – showing mercy – Элеуса – Елеуса – Умиление – Madonna Eleusa – Virgin of Tenderness  




  Jesus raising the daughter of Jairus by Ilya Repin
    Воскрешение дочери Иаира (1871), И.Е. Репин - Jesus raising the daughter of Jairus by Ilya Repin, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg





  Cathedral of Saint Volodymir on 31 July 2011 in Korsun  
  ...Свята Київська Русь - Holy Kyivska Rus. – Володимирський Собор в Корсуні – Cathedral of Saint Volodymir at dusk in Korsun on 31 July 2011  





Christ and Adulterous by Vasily Polenov

Let him among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. ... Forgiveness - Прощение .





Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church do stand in a special position as regards the dialogues among the Oriental Orthodox, the Orthodox and the Catholics and as regards the process of Christian and ecclesiological re-unification, and this not only because in Realpolitik they are actually and potentially a whole lot more numerous than the Greeks. So too within European Christendom, the Russians are special, and they have a special and in important senses leadership role to play.

To many Descendants of European Christendom other than Russians the forgoing may seems strange. Indeed to play a holy role the Russians will need to rethink and change much within themselves, not least the mass fashion in recent decades to try to view the atheist Communist period as somehow a continuation of and in continuity with — rather than an abominable interruption from — Russia's holy role within European Christendom and Christendom universal. Embracing evil in order to manufacture martyrs is not worthy of the least among Christian societies. Lapsed- or atheist- Jews may have started ... well, clearly did start and lead Bolshevism. Equally clear is that they could not have and did not do it alone. As difficult as it may be to acknowledge this about one's grandfathers and fathers, how can there be reconciliation, much less leadership, without truth?




  Saint Panteleimon Monastery

Holy Mount Athos

  Μονή Αγίου Παντελεήμονος - Монастырь святого Пантелеимона на Афоне - Saint Panteleimon Monastery, a.k.a., Ρωσσικόν - Россикон - Rossikon  



  red brick Church on Kulikovo Field




  Iconostasis with Saints Basil the Great and John Chrysostom  

Εικονοστάσιο – Иконостас – Iconostasis with icons (to the viewer's left) of:

Άγιος Βασίλειος ὁ Μέγας – Святой Василий Великий – Saint Basil the Great (* c. 330 Caesarea, Cappadocia to 1 or 2 January 379 †)

and (to the viewer's right),

Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Χρυσόστομος – Святой Иоанн Златоуст – Saint John Chrysostom (* c. 349 Antioch – Comana in Pontus 14 September 407 †),

both Doctors of the Church and, along with

Άγιος Γρηγόριος ὁ Ναζιανζηνός – Святой Григорий Богослов – Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (* c. 329 – 25 January 390 †),

Οἱ Τρεῖς Ἱεράρχαι – Собор вселенских трёх Учителей и Святителей – the Three Great Hierarchs of the Universal Church.




boy in Kursk Procession by Repin Kursk Procession and whip
      ...не так Святая Русь – not so Holy Rus'.  





  Behold the Lamb of God
    Appearance of Christ to the People, painting by A.A. Ivanov - А. А. Иванов (1806 - 1858)




  SS. Ambrosius –  Nicolaus –  Maurus –  Placidus – Matrona  
    SS. Ambrosius – Nicolaus – Maurus – Placidus – Matrona    
  One of the most extraordinary collections of relics in Russia or in the world, including for the circumstance that the relics of the two smaller reliquaries were gifts from the Patriarchate of Rome — the Catholic Church — to the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Rus. To the viewer's left, the reliquary contains relics (body parts) of Sanctus Aurelius Ambrosius, Doctor Ecclesiae – Doctor of the Church Saint Ambrose – Амвросий Медиоланский (* 339 in Trier; 4 April 397 in Milan†) The middle reliquary contains body-part relics of three saints, including Николай Чудотворец – Άγιος Νικόλαος Μυριώτης – Sanctus Nicolaus – Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, certainly one of the most widely venerated of saints in Russia (* c. 270 in Patara, Asia Minor – 6 December c. 345 in Myra, Asia Minor † ); Saint Maurus – Мавр and Saint Placidus– Плацида (6th century †), both Benedictine monks and abbots and both students of Sanctus Benedictus de Nursia – Святой Бенедикт Нурсийский – Benedict of Nursia , Patron Saint of Europe. The larger reliquary to the viewer's right contains relics of Блаженная Матрона Московская – Saint Matrona the Wonderworker of Moscow (* 1881 - 2 May 1952 in Moscow †), though very far away from these other saints in time and place, she is united with them in suffering and sanctity. Presently these are housed in a small wooden chapel, a Часовня, next to the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael in Архангельск – Arkhangelsk, which in July of 2015 is under construction.  



  XII century Спасо Преображенский Собор–Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior  
  Within the walls of the Спасо-Преображенский Мирожский мужской монастырь – Mirozhsky Monastery (founded by 1156) in Псков– Pskov, XII century Спасо Преображенский Собор – Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior.  




Saint John of Tula   Dormition Sobor Tula   Tula Saints
мощи святого Иоанна Тульского - Saint John of Tula   ... Успенский Кафедральный Собор, Тула - Dormition Cathedral, Tula    





The Catholic Crusader Connection

Maltese throne of Tsar Pavel in Versailles  









Metropolitan Mikhail and the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem


  Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Mikhail wearing the Maltese Order
A throne for Russian Emperor Павел I – Pavel (r. 1796 - 1801) in Versailles, probably stolen during the treacherous invasion of Napoleon's forces in June of 1798. After the Freemasonic French Revolution, of all temporal sovereigns in European Christendom Emperor Pavel (Paul) of Russia gave refuge to the greatest number of Knights Hospitaller now effectively exiled from Malta, crowning a tradition of cooperation extending back at least to the time of Peter the Great and the embassy of Field Marshal Boris Sheremetev to Malta in 1698. In 1799 the Orthodox Emperor Pavel (r. 6 (17 N.S.) November 1796 – 12 (24 N.S.) March 1801 assassination †) was made the Grand Master of the Catholic Knights Hospitaller and the Maltese Order was introduced into the heraldry of the Russian Empire.

Михаил Десницкий, Митрополит Санкт-Петербургский и Ладожский 26 марта 1818 – 24 марта 1821 и член Святейшего Правительствующего Синода – Mikhail Desnitsky, Metropolitan of Saint Petersburg and Ladoga, March 26, 1818 - March 24, 1821, and a member of the Holy Synod. Portrait by Borovikovsky in the Михайловский Замок – Saint Michael's Castle of Saint Petersburg of the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Mikhail wearing the Maltese Order:

Госпитальеры Иерусалимский, Родосский и Мальтийский Суверенный Военный Странноприимный Орден Святого Иоанна – Ordre souverain militaire hospitalier de Saint-Jean, de Jérusalem, de Rhodes et de Malte – The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Christian, medical and military from 1099 Anno Domini to the present.



  in Hermitage throne of the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller  
  Эрмитаж – Hermitage в Санкт-Петербурге in Saint Petersburg  




  King David the Psalmist in stonecarve base relief on the Церковь Покрова на Нерли – Church of the Intercession on the Nerl  
  Nearly the same composition is on the eastern and northern sides of Церковь Покрова на Нерли – the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl River. That pictured here is on the southern side, a stonecarve base relief of King Saint David the Psalmist flanked by birds and lions, symbolizing the conflict between good and evil. David holds a harp in his left hand, and with his right hand he crosses himself, stark symbolism reminding the world that King Saint David, like Abraham and Moses and other Old Testament prophets, is a Christian saint, not a Talmudic or atheist Jew.  




  Resurrection Skete  
  ... Valaam Воскресенский Скит (Новоиерусалимский или Красный Скит) – Resurrection Skete, also known as the New Jerusalem or Red Skete .  






  Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus  
  Perhaps the oldest extant wooden Church in Russia, Церковь Воскрешения Лазаря – Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, built sometime betwen the XIV and XVI centuries, and according to one legend by the hand of Brother Lazarus – Лазарь Мурманский (1286-1391), founder of the Murom Holy Dormition Monastery – Муромский Свято-Успенский Монастырь, and revered as a saint. The Church was relocated from the site where it was built on the eastern shores of Lake Onega to Кижи–Kizhi Island in the middle of the lake.  




  Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Murom – в Спасо-Преображенский монастырь в Муроме  
  Within the walls of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Murom – в Спасо-Преображенский монастырь в Муроме, viewed from exterior apses (East looking West),  
  Спасо-Преображенский Собор (XVI век) — Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior (consecrated 1556), and
(to viewer's right) Церковь Покрова Богородицы — Church of the Intercession of the Virgin.
  Closely associated with Saint David (Глеб – Гліб – Gleb), who was martyred in 1015 along with his brother, Saint Roman (Борис – Барыс – Boris),
by their half brother, Свѧтоплъкъ – Sviatopolk the Accursed – Святополк Окаянний – Святополк Окаянный, the monastery is one of the oldest in Russia.
First mentioned in 1096 in the «Повести временных лет» (the Tale of Bygone Years), the Transfiguration Monastery is held to date to the turn of the X to XI centuries.



  Церковь Бориса и Глеба в Кидекши – Church of Boris and Gleb in Kideksha  
  Церковь Бориса и Глеба в Кидекши – Church of Boris and Gleb in Kideksha (built 1152)  




  Solovyetsky Monastery outer Wall with Успенская Башня – Assumption Tower and Святые Ворота – Holy Gate center  
  ...Solovyetsky Monastery outer Wall with Успенская Башня – Assumption Tower and Святые Ворота – Holy Gate center .  



Rise, and have no fear.   This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him. the Holy Spirit Man proposes, God disposes