And seccular humanism has already won in EO Russia.
Has it? The extraordinary event in Moscow on Easter day, when soccer fans in the stadium began to chant "Christ is Risen!" Truly He is Risen!" back and forth across the stadium
A brother priest made this commentary and I thought it worthwhile to mention it."The important point here, though, is the steady and gradual process of Orthodox symbols vis-a-vis language continuing to infiltrate the mass Russian consciousness. We know that only a small percentage of Russians go to church regularly, even on Pascha, regardless of location, emigration or generation. However, the phenomenon of Orthodox acculturation, as seen by the soccer (real football) video, the observance of maslenitsa, the change of menus in many restaurants to offer more Lenten meals during the Great Fast, and the revival of festivals around the feast day of saints (such as St. Tatiana), are all signs that the life of the Church continues to grow in its role in the greater Russian consciousness. This offers much potential and hope in the future vis-a-vis the churching of Russian culture and society."
Two videos from the exchange...
The second video here is longer with more exchanges:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZmJjPC1dUc
"In Moscow, at a match at Lokomotiv Stadium on Sunday night, football fans gave each other the Easter greeting. Our Interfax correspondent reported that at the beginning of the second half, thousands of FK Dynamo fans started a chorus, chanting, “Christ is Risen!” Thousands of FK Lokomotiv supporters seated on the other side of the stadium responded to them. They also began to chant in unison, “He is risen, indeed!” The crowd repeated this dialogue several times. Our Interfax correspondent, with nearly 50 years of experience as a fan, says that this is the first such case in the history of football in the motherland. During the match, Lokomotiv fans hung a huge banner on their side of the pitch, “Christ is Risen!” ?