The Cross: Don’t leave home without it!

by 1389 on March 26, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), Bible, Christianity, icons, music, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox hymnography, PC MC, same-sex 'marriage' / LGBT agenda, UK

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The New Testament says it all:

Matthew 16:24 (KJV)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mark 8:38 (KJV)

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV)

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Orthodox Woman Resigns after being Banned from Wearing Her Cross

March 20, 2012 by matushka constantina

I can honestly say I can hardly believe it has come to this. And to think it happened the week before we celebrated the Life-giving and Saving Cross of our Lord. May God grant her eternal rewards for her confession of faith! Looks like it may be back to the catacombs here soon folks…

“Before Thy cross we fall down in worship, O Master”

Russian church parishioner in London resigns after being banned from wearing cross

Nadia Eweida

London, March 19, Interfax – A parishioner of the Russian Assumption Cathedral in London had to resign after being prohibited from wearing a cross.

“This morning I talked to a woman who was forced to take off her cross at work a week ago. She preferred to resign. And the cross was not even visible! The woman asked to be allowed to wear it, promising to attach it to the body with duct tape to keep it from accidentally slipping from under her clothes, but they said it’s not allowed,” Archpriest Mikhail Dudko, the cathedral’s sacristan, said on Facebook.

He said the position of the British government, which opposes freedom to openly wear crosses, is understood by local authorities as “a total ban” and people with poor knowledge of the language and life in the UK “have virtually no chance of defending their rights.”

According to earlier reports, the British authorities intend to defend the legality of the ban on public wearing of crosses in the UK in the European Court of Human Rights.

The Strasbourg court will try lawsuits involving the religious discrimination against four Christians from the UK, who have lost their cases in British courts.

The Russian Church earlier expressed surprise about the loyalty of the British authorities, who have banned wearing crosses at work, to other symbols, for example, gay symbols.

“This decision made by the British parliament is certainly alarming, especially given the existence in modern European society of other tendencies aimed at liberating human instincts,” Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Synodal Information Department, told reporters. He said he was surprised by the fact that public demonstration of affiliation with gay culture is considered normal in the UK while the wearing of crosses is not. Among the examples of double standards Legoyda named the British authorities’ stance on Sikhs, saying that even London police officers are officially allowed to wear turbans, which are Sikh symbols.

Among the four cases to be tried in Strasbourg is a claim filed by a woman who was suspended from her job with British Airways several years ago for refusing to take off her cross, which she wore on top of her uniform.

The other claimants are Shirley Chaplin, who had worked as a nurse for 30 years before being fired for wearing a cross at work, Lillian Leidel, an official with a London civil registry office, who was subjected to disciplinary punishment for refusing to register a gay marriage for religious reasons, and Garry McFarlane, a resident of Bristol, a former employee of a firm providing confidential consultations to gay couples, who was fired because he had difficulty working because of his religious beliefs.

Russian Church deplores UK ban on wearing crosses at work

Moscow, March 26, Interfax – The Moscow Patriarchate has deplored the ban in Britain on wearing religious symbols in the workplace and described it as a manifestation of totalitarianism.

“Those Western liberals who are actually forcing totalitarian regime standards on free people are making a big mistake,” Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, said on Rossiya 24 television.

These people have not gone through reprisals against the Church “and therefore they do not know what it feels like when your cross is being ripped off your neck,” he said.

The Metropolitan said he had had an experience of living in Britain and he could see “liberal and Anarchist patterns spreading fast in the public space.”

Reports said earlier that the British government wants to defend its ban on wearing crosses at work in the European Court of Human Rights.

“The introduction and even a discussion of such standards looks like a symptom of some madness or extreme moral decay,” he said, adding that believers will never put up with this and will fight.

The Strasbourg Court will hear the suits, filed by four Christians, who lost their cases in British courts and who protested religious discrimination.

Archpriest Mikhail Dudko, the sacristan of the Russian Assumption Cathedral in London, said recently that one of the parishioners, a woman, lost her job for wearing a cross at work, even though it was not visible. The woman said she had asked her manager to allow her to wear the cross and promised to stick it up with scotch tape, but her request was ignored.

Before Thy Cross

Uploaded by linuxdave01 on Sep 19, 2011

Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection, we glorify.

Recorded at City Lake Park in Jamestown, NC on September 18, 2011

Orthodox Singers Male Choir – We Bow before Thy Cross (remastered)

Uploaded by gudpeder on Nov 25, 2010

Remastered version of a previous upload. Dramatically improved sound quality.

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