Friday, August 16, 2019

Make St Martin of Tours Louisiana’s Patron Saint


If all the Louisiana folks out there would please think about signing this petition, we would very much appreciate it:


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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Afterword: Seventy Years on


We mentioned last time that St Seraphim of Sarov (+1833) was a good representative of the humble, self-forgetting Russian soul.  His conversation with his disciple Motovilov on the acquisition of the Holy Ghost helps further illustrate the true Russian heart:


What we did not mention was who would make a good representative of Puritan, Lincolnian America.  We would suggest another figure of the 19th hundredyear for that, Walt Whitman (died 1892).  His poem, ‘Song of Myself’, a long, bloated piece of obnoxious narcissism, is the perfect picture of American pride and self-worship, the perfect contrast to the life and teachings of St Seraphim (and Orthodox Russia in general):


Again, the peoples of the South and the rest of the world must choose with whom they wish to stand.  The choice should be fairly easy after reading the above two works.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Seventy Years on: the United States and the Soviet Union


It is curious that both the post-Articles of Confederation [u]nited States and the Soviet Union lasted about 70 years.  The second constitution of the States came into effect in 1789 and lasted until 1861, while the Soviet Union came into being in 1917 and ended in 1991. 

What is even more noteworthy, however, is how each union ended its life.  The coerced union created by the bloodthirsty, God-hating communists ended with the peaceful breakup of its captive constituent countries into fully autonomous nations.  The voluntary union of the [u]nited States under the second constitution, created by the supposedly greatest Christian statesmen the world has ever seen, ended in a horrific and bloody war that turned its constituent countries into subservient provinces.

We believe this tells us something about the character of the people of each place.

Because of their being united for 1,000 years to the true Body of Christ, the Holy Orthodox Church, Russians haven’t got much appetite for the Kingdom of Man.  The deep desire of the Russian soul, as manifested most brightly in St Seraphim of Sarov, is for the things of the Kingdom of God, for the full acquisition of the Grace of the Holy Ghost.

It is very different with American man.  Because of Western Europe’s 1,000 years of purposeful separation from the Orthodox Church, because of her sojourn in the dank wastelands of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, folks in the States are enamored with the idea of building Paradise on Earth, on upraising the New Jerusalem in North America - the Shining City on a Hill.  Indeed, the true believer in Americanism sees himself as another New Adam who has been sent by God into the world to regenerate the various ethnoi by initiating them into the sacred rites of American constitutionalism. 

The South has offered resistance to this grand program in the past.  Her pre-Modern way of viewing the world, bolstered greatly by her agricultural occupations and by the wisdom of ancient Greece and Rome, which contained within it the ‘splintered light’ of the Logos, to borrow Verlyn Flieger’s wording, made her wary of the idea of Yankee Millennialism.  But since Mr Lincoln’s War, the resistance has been broken up.  The South is now akin to the toothless old hound beneath the creaking floorboards of a decaying front porch, growling some opposition at a strange idea that approaches his house, but unable to offer any real opposition to it.

Furthermore, because the South was born from the same religious stock as the North, since both are children of the Great Schism in general and the Protestant Reformation in particular, Dixie is not now, nor has she ever been, equipped with the weapons of Grace needed to deal the death blow to the theology Yankee Millennialism is built upon.  For those weapons are only found in the Orthodox Church, which she has yet to embrace in any deep way. 

Thus it is that many Southerners, sad to say, are now some of the most enthusiastic supporters of Americanism.  And whereas the Russians tired of the task of building the Kingdom of Man after 70 years, American man is still eagerly working at it 154 years after the War of Northern Aggression forced all the States to put their hands to that demonic work.

Looking at the trajectories of the two, the re-born Puritan, Lincolnian United States - ‘one nation indivisible’, and Russia, they could not be more different.  Over the last three decades, Russia has opened 30,000 churches, but in the States 6,000 to 10,000 churches are closing every year.



The same divergence may be seen in other areas as well:



This does not mean things are perfect in Russia.  They are not, and Russians are rather blunt about that at times:


Nor does this mean that there is nothing at all to praise in the States.  But it does give us a good indication about where each is headed.

Alexis de Tocqueville’s analysis in Democracy in America remains as true today as it was when he wrote it in the 19th hundredyear:  The two main geopolitical/cultural rivals in the world are the U. S. and Russia.

Modern China, contrary to the opinion of some, is not such a rival.  In her essence she is merely another form of the Kingdom of Man (thanks to C for the link):


This should surprise no one, as China’s current post-Revolution life owes its origins to the Yankee Deep State (CIA, Rockefellers, et al.).

Both China and Yankee America, therefore, have the same master, the devil, and have the same end goal, the establishment of the global rule of Antichrist.  Which of them will have the ‘honor’ of being the chief servant of Satan?  May they both repent while there is time!

No, only Russia and the United States offer to the countries of the world different visions for the future:  The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Man?  The Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church or its parody and inversion in the anti-tradition of the American Church of Antichrist?  A love for the creation and man as gifts of God or the alchemical rebirth of them in a transhumanist singularity?  Each country must choose which path to walk.  We pray that the South, for her part at least, will come to her senses and become a friend of Orthodox Russia.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Vote for St Martin


Election day in Louisiana will arrive soon, and we are hearing the usual grab-bag of worldly, utopian promises:  better health care, more jobs, lower insurance rates, and so on.  A just economy is a good thing, but it is also a secondary thing.  What is of the utmost importance is the spiritual health of the people of Louisiana.  What are candidates for office promising in this regard?  Nothing.  We are reversing the command of the Lord Jesus, ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’ (St Matt. 6:33).

What could political officials do to help Louisianans seek and find the Kingdom of God?  One of the most foundational is to lead the people in devotion to God.  Immediately upon their being sworn in, they should convene a statewide gathering of Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Orthodox at the holy bone relic of St Martin of Tours at the St Martin de Tours Church in St Martinville to ask the Holy Saint to pray for their salvation and for the salvation of all in this State.  St Martin is one of the main patron saints of France but who also did much to enlighten all of Western Europe and who was likely influenced in his monastic practices by the Desert Fathers of Africa; he is therefore a good choice for a patron saint of Louisiana as well.  St Martinville ought to be the spiritual capital of Louisiana just as Baton Rouge is the political and New Orleans the economic. 

Every year they should lead the people on pilgrimage to St Martin’s bone relic on his main feast day, Nov. 11th.  They should install holy crosses and icons in public schools and in all other public buildings for the people to venerate, to sanctify our communal life.  Days of major feasts of the Lord Jesus (not just Christmas and Easter, but also feasts like the Lord’s Baptism and Transfiguration, and the Elevation of the Holy Cross), His Most Pure Mother, and other major saints should become holidays.  Local officials whose towns and parishes are named after saints or angels ought to make sure they are honored in a very public way.  Monasticism should be encouraged to give the folk examples of the Christian life lived to its fullest extent (i.e., renunciation of the world) by the monks and nuns.

Things like this are being done in other countries:  by Salvini in Italy, Orban in Hungary, Dodon in Moldova.  The Polish government recently began phasing out commerce on Sundays.  Louisiana ought to imitate them.  For without a healthy Christian faith statewide, there will be no health in politics or economics, either.

Louisiana already has a religious ritual she follows, but it is not Christian.  Its main centers of devotion are the Superdome and Tiger Stadium and the Governor’s Mansion, and its saints are Drew Brees, Zion Williamson, and Edwin Edwards.  Its times and cycles of worship follow the ebb and flow of the sports and the political calendars.  What we are proposing is therefore nothing new, only a re-orienting of the religious focus of Louisiana to proper objects of devotion. 

So, then, next time you hear a political candidate talking about tax policy or roads or Medicare, ask him what he thinks of St Martin of Tours instead.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!