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Φωνη βοωντος εν τη ερημω: ετοιμασατε την οδον κυριου

This is meant as an informal blog.

When it comes to religious items, I would stress that these are my personal opinions, and not those of the Russian Orthodox Church which I belong to.

Most of what I write is 'friends only' (pod zankom). This is because the informal rules governing public questioning of Church positions are considerably tighter in Russia than they are in Western Europe. There is no tradition of 'loyal dissent' as there is in the Anglo-Saxon world. Which is why I am fairly careful before opening the door.

Russian friends: feel free to comment in your own language... I read Russian, but writing is just too difficult...

Для русских гостей -
Вы можете оставлять комментарии на русском языке, избегая слишком сложных и слэнговых оборотов.
Также в ответ на мои комментарии на английском можно отвечать по-русски.

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Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case.

и мои поздравления с Михаилом) конгратьюлейшнз то есть

Hi Michael. Merry Christmas!

Spent the last hour or so reading your fascinating and inspirational journal. Wonder if we could be on each other's friends list?

Многая лета, Майкл Вильгельмович!
Сил, терпения и вдохновения по всем фронтам! УРА!

Joyeux anniversaire, Michel Wilhelmovich!
Que Dieu vous garde, que votre femme vous aime, que le bois dans vos mains prend les formes que vous desirez, que tout soit bien chez vous!

Vladimir et Diana
(et les chats Chnaps et Peppy)

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! Alles erdenklich Gute! :)

Vielen Dank! Alles Gute.

Greetings from Χερσόνησος

Нашла журнал, где много медведей. Снимки замечательные, вспомнила про Вас :)
Вот здесь: http://shpilenok.livejournal.com/?skip=10&tag=%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B8
С наступившим Постом!

They are lovely - even if a bit frightening at times.
Thank you for sharing this with me.

A very happy birthday to You!

С днём Небесного Покровителя!

Alles erdenklich Liebe zum Schutzengel-tag!!!

Gottes Segen und immer einen sicheren Schutz (besonders im heutigen Nachrichtenkontext;-)!

Herzliche Grüße

Re: С днём Небесного Покровителя!

Vielen Dank.

Уважаемый отец Майкл,

сердечно поздравляем Вас с 5-летием диаконского служения!

Многая и благая лета!

С наилучшими пожеланиями,
Томаш и Наталия

Vielen Dank an Euch beiden. Ich wünsche Euch alles Gute zu den kommenden Festen.
d. Michael

Mmekourdukova who is lj-friend of mine has told me that you have passed your childhood without folk takes and do not consider it a deficiency. The theme was risen by me because I am customed to think that folk tales are a necessary prerequisite of healthy personal development. For me personally Russian folk tales were a very important part of my childhood experience/ Not for all Russians as it came out. Nothing of the kind for most British as your wife might be understood. What would you say of that?

That is slightly over-simplified. Yes, there were two or three major 'international folk tales' (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White), with their symbolic and structuring elements.
What I did get is a full set of Old Testament Bible stories, which I believe act in a very similar structuring manner. The exodus story is particularly powerful here with its idea of moving out from the protective but limiting environment of childhood into the 'promised land' of adulthood.

But what was your age when you have got acquainted with the Old Testament?


Уважаемый о.Майкл!

Много Света!
Терпения и благодарности в моменты испытаний,
Чувства глубокой радости и мира душевного после их преодоления!
Творческих профессиональных побед! Ощущения счастья!

С Днём Ангела!

Дорогой отец Майкл!

Надёжной Небесной защиты,
крепости духа и здоровья,
мира и радости
Вам и иже с Вами!

Томаш и Наталия

Dear Father Michael,
we wish you a blessed next year of life, lots of energy, inner peace and contentment!

Thanks a lot to both of you. See you soon.

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