Cowboy's daughter wrote:
Something truly amazing happened today
Yes, nothing like this can happen, or be done, in the USA today.
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Today will go down in Russian history, as a truly historical celebration of the victory over Nazi Germany. The parade – by far the most beautiful I have seen (alas, only on video, not in person) – was superb and for the first time included the Chinese PLA [People’s Liberation Army]. Clearly, we see history in the making. But something else, no less amazing, also happened today: Defense Minister Shoigu made the sign of the Cross before the beginning of the celebrations: wrote:
I have lived in Sevastopol for a bit over a decade. In that time I have watched a resurgence of faith the likes of which I never thought I would see and certainly would never see in my old home country, that resurgence extant at least in this quiet little city and the surrounding towns and villages. When we first started attending St. Nikolas the Miracle Worker Church attendance on a good Sunday was 45 to 50, on a strong Church holiday perhaps 60 or so. Today for minor and major Church events there are guards at the gates and only certain vehicles are allowed access, the crowds are that large. Anyone else has to walk up the hill to attend. I have seen a crowd of many hundreds at 04:00 up there.
Father Giorgei is Spetznaz, a Warrior Priest. This centuries old tradition is ongoing, the Priests with the soldiers train with them, eat with them, drink with them, and when War raises it's hideous head fight beside them. St. Nikolas is supported by the Black Sea Flot and the Spetznaz Flag flies up there.
Tovarich General Shoigu's crossing himself sends a very clear message. With God on our side we will not loose in what may be the coming war. There is a new breed of Orthodox Priests today, younger, more vigorous and more interested helping their parishioners than feathering their nests. We can only hope and pray that these new traditions continue and the faith in The Church will continue to grow.
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