19924Re: Wonderful words and colors
- May 4, 2007Chris is Risen!
I beg you all not to consider things like gay and red "ruined by evil
ideologies" to us who honor and seek the Truth. Father Stefan is
right, there IS yet hope! We had them first; they are still ours to
take back. I submit this view: continue to fearlessly use those things
whose original meanings are innocent and good! We may be the last
thing standing between a bit of good being snuffed out, usurped by the
spirit of Antichrist.
I humbly yet firmly say that we should use these things unnaffected,
in innocence and goodwill, as those exhorted to live in the world and
not be of it. Every good, noble, beautiful,righteous and holy thing
will be taken by the enemy and twisted to suit his purposes, but only
as the world understands them--we are not of this world. We did not
let the Arians take the word 'Christ'. Rightly, it is the big ideas we
should most fiercely defend. Why, however, should we give the world
even the smallest word or concept? What has the world ever given us?
Could this be a token way to "be as the little children" and in our
own unnaffected use of the word, keep the innocence and simplicity of
gaiety alive? After growing up in the SF Bay Area, and had friends, of
a sort, who had fallen to the temptation implied, I know there is no
mistake in the colors, words and symbols chosen to proclaim their
accursed path. See how the demons have led these wretched dupes to
wave a rainbow flag--the very symbol God gave to us as a promise to
never again punish us for our sins by a destroying flood--as a mockery
of His mercy.
I don't say this as a rebellion to what you said Father, but I heard
your comment as a call to rebellion. I say no! I will not let words be
taken from me because those lost in darkness have forgotten their
understanding. "God is with us,understand O ye nations, and submit
yourselves!" We are the wards and keepers of those things that are
good, noble, beautiful, righteous and holy. Consider them to be a
prize to be won in the Unseen Warfare! I certainly feel this is so,
but feelings can't be trusted, and I'm no authority.
What do you think, Father Stefan? Do we do work for good by ignoring
the implications that the world and the enemy have inflicted on
traditional concepts and culture? When I read books by Charles Dickens
or the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder,
there is so much cultural good that is now lost or reviled. This world
is so in need of gentility and nobility (but not fake, we have enough
of that)! I don't want to give up what we can still keep by orthopraxis.
Wishing all a Paschaltide bright and gay!
He is Risen indeed!
--- In email@example.com, "Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko"
> The color "red", crimson/ very bright red, for emigre Russians became
> much like the word "gay" in the English Language. A wonderful word a
> beautiful color ruined by evil ideologies that make the very sound
> and sight distasteful and symbolizing an abomination. But in Russia
> the color Red was always intertwined with stronger meanings, beauty
> and joy, so they stayed more firmly in the body of the faithful...
> maybe there is still hope for the word GAY!
> Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, DDD <dimitradd@> wrote:
> > On Wed, 02 May 2007 17:46:20 -0500, Anna Voellmecke wrote:
> > At 01:14 AM 5/2/2007, you wrote:
> > >Christ is Risen!
> > Truly, He is Risen!
> > >Can someone tell me what is with those horrible "blood-red"
> candles at
> > >Boris Yeltsin's funeral??
> > ???? I didn't get to see the video, but I have seen red candles at
> > ROCOR cathedral in Munich. I thought it was because it was
> > It's an interesting question.
> > Anna V.
> > _________________________________________
> > I don't know about them, either, but I recently was doing an image
> search for photos of Russian wedding crowns, and one of the photos
> the search engine came up with showed the small table with the two
> crowns on it and two RED candles! ??
> > --Dimitra Dwelley
> > _______________________
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