Friday, July 18, 2008

Kiev: the cradle of Russian Christianity

Part of ‘Assumption Cathedral of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra’ by Vasily Vereshchagin
July 17, 2008, 15:02
Kiev was the first city of Kievan Rus to adopt Christianity. Other urban centres of the country soon followed. While in some places it was a peaceful process, in others the new religion had to be enforced by sword and fire. Paganism hung on under the Christian façade for a long time, surfacing during occasional pagan riots.

The north-eastern part of the country, around the city of Rostov, was especially hostile to the new faith.
Yet, slowly the country began to accept Christian traditions and adopt many of the Christian saints to replace pagan gods. From the outset, the Blessed Virgin Mary became the most sacred, inspiring many icons. One of them – Vladimir Icon of Mother of God - became Russia’s all-time symbol. According to Church tradition, it was sent as a gift from Constantinople in the 12th century and has been revered as the greatest shrine of the Russian people ever since. The miracles it performed were described in numerous chronicles and legends. It was said to cure illnesses and ensure rescue from invaders.
As time went on, Kievan Rus developed its own church traditions. The first Russian saints were Boris and Gleb. The story goes they were the youngest sons of Vladimir the Great. Well-educated and deeply religious, the princes refused to take part in the family power struggle after Vladimir’s death and were murdered on the orders of their stepbrother. Regarded as martyrs, both were canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1071. They are often called “horrorbearers” – the word has become a reference to those Russian saints who suffered physical and moral torture and death because of the anger and treachery of their rivals.
One of the most ancient monasteries of Kievan Rus was Kiev Pechersk Lavra. The word “pechera” means cave and “lavra” refers to the highest-ranking monasteries of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Lavra literally grew out of small underground temples and is also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. It still has a very complex system of narrow underground corridors, along with numerous living quarters and underground chapels. Founded in 1015 in Kiev, it’s developed into a key centre of Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe. According to chronicles, the monastery was set up by a Greek Orthodox Monk called Anthony, later known as St. Antoniy Pechersky or St. Anthony of the caves. He’s venerated as the father of Russian monkhood.

1 comment:

Lakis Velotris said...

Soviet communism has afflicted Greece since Palamite Zealotes massacred Thessalonian aristocracy in preparation for Cantacuzene usurpation which brought about

hesychast hyperventilatory hallutination as the mainstay of monastic indoctrination. This soviet socialism motivated Anatolian farmers to embrace Turks in th 1400s to avoid

redistributative taxation and then for liberated mainlanders to migrate to Smyrna in the 1800s. Greeks don't appreciate that the root cause of the Macedonia problem is all

those Slavic monasteries on Greek soil. Huntington Civlization Clash considers Orthodoxy to be Islamo-Soviet as their repeated alliance with America's Slav and Arab

enemies confirms. Greece is the mother of Western Civilization and must burn down all monastics chifliks to be cleansed of this orientalist perversion. If we push strongly

enough, since most American Greeks married Catholic anyway, we can achieve a breaking point. Orthodoxy without Greeks would be considered just an orientalist cult.

Right after Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans gave helped downed flyers. Kaiser Americans detonated Jersey City munitions so the explosion was felt in further States.

What you are allowing the Orthodox Church to become may well end up deporting your children from America. Imagine your middle aged daughters dumped in a land where

they would be circumcized with broken glass. Then she will rue your taking her to listen to that monkey monk. This is why you need to stand up against those who would

have them cover their head in church today. This is why you must stand up against the old witches who put terrorist literature in your pews. This is why you must make

your cavemen priests shave, bathe and wear pants. What happened in Smyrna has been fictionalized to conceal that the Greeks were the real war criminals

(, but rest assured, your children will suffer much worse if you do not rise up against the IslamoSoviets in your parishes. Your

family came to America to put the evil ways of the Old World behind them, so why are you trying to thanklessly recreate that which they fled? Do you realize what these

cultists are making your throw away?