We have talked with Bogdan Vladimirovich, a professional musician, a Master of Arts, a graduate of the Minsk State Academy of Music, about bells, the meaning of bell ringing, bellringers and how people become one.
The selfless ministry of the numerous pastors of the Russian Church in the emigration has taken shape in a kind of iconographic image of ministry as expressed in the Russian saying, “for the sake of Christ Jesus and not for a bite of bread.”
This is an amazing story about the courage and resilience of the Christians of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, from whom the “believers” of the Kiev Patriarchate (now the OCU) took away two churches one after the other. In a situation where people seemed to have nothing more to hope for, the believers did not back down.
I always wondered about the connection between man and his faith, and what the life of a religious person is like. I met some Orthodox men among my fellow conscripts. That’s when I got a hold of a Bible for the first time in my life.
James George Jatras is a specialist in international relations, government affairs, and legislative politics. Before entering the private sector he served for many years (1985-2002) as a policy adviser and analyst for the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate; before that (1979- 1985), he was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, with service in Mexico and in Soviet affairs and public diplomacy.
To celebrate his victory in Kazan, Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of Russia, ordered an impressive cathedral to be built in Moscow's Red Square. The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin, better known as Saint-Basil-the-Blessed, is a masterpiece of Orthodox architecture. Its multi-coloured bulbs have become the emblem of Orthodox Russia and it is one of the most visited monuments in Moscow.
We parents were completely surprised when other, non-standard, actors were pulled into another play, Hamlet. The scenes where the Danish prince uses naïve wandering actors to reveal the crime of his uncle and mother were played by the actors of the “Theater of the Innocents”. These were people with Down’s Syndrome.