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Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:43:17 PM »
Can any post a link to images of the Russian Orthodox priests blessing the nation's missiles with holy water and censers?  If so, did this happen during the Soviet era, or is this going on today?  Not judging, just curious.
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Re: Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009, 01:03:57 PM »
I know it's been mentioned in a thread or two:

From the Politics Forum: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,19275.0.html

Here's an article on the subject:

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/5535
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Re: Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009, 01:49:53 PM »
"Church leaders have blessed Kremlin plans to eliminate some social benefits for the elderly, called on Russia's youth to volunteer for military service in Chechnya and consecrated new warships and nuclear missiles, calling the latter "Russia's guardian angels."

Quoted from the following article: Russian Orthodox Church a growing political force By MANSUR MIROVALEV Associated Press Writer Updated: 04/04/2009 02:37:46 PM EDT

http://www.newstimes.com/news/ci_12072574

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Re: Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2009, 02:09:50 PM »
From the Politics Forum:

I don't have access to the Politics forum.
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Re: Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2009, 03:02:13 PM »
Truly scary.
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Re: Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2009, 04:12:43 PM »
Truly scary.

Well, it shouldn't be that big of a shock.  This sort of thing is inevitable, and is no different than asking the Theotokos for victory in battle (i.e. "help us to kill more people than they do"), or having the priests pray over troops for victory against enemies before they rode off into battle, or painting the Chi Rho on shields, hearing the voice of Christ himself.  "In this sign, conquer!"  Basically: "Put my initials on your weaponry, and I will assist you in your warfare!"

Such a thing is simply the same logic taken into the modern/industrial world.  I'm not saying it is right, I am just saying that it has been happening for a long time, and it's not like any other religious group is exempt from the same sort of behavior.  Zen Buddhist priests in Japan during WWII, Protestant ministers during the US Civil War, the Thirty Years' War; the mantra is the same: Protect your holy people and holy lands from enemies, Lord!
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Re: Russian Priests "Blessing" Missiles?
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009, 05:23:38 PM »
Can a moderator fix the spelling error in the title for me?

Done.  Sorry that it took so long. 

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