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« on: September 24, 2004, 09:56:29 AM »

ORTHODOX PRIEST PREACHES IN YOUTH ROCK CLUBS

MOSCOW, September 20 (RIA Novosti) - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Alexis
II has awarded hieromonk Sergius, father superior of a Moscow church, with
the
Discovered Generation prize for his missionary work among hippies, rockers
and
punks. The priest sets informal youths on the right path by preaching in
rock
clubs. The curriculum of the children's Sunday school in his church includes
a
course in electric guitar playing, Novye Izvestia writes.

In the 1970s the future hieromonk was himself a hippy. Now the father
superior
of the Descent Church in the Lazarevskoye cemetery, remembers those days
with
irony, "At that time we tried to move against the stream, against the
hypocritical atmosphere" of Soviet society.

He continues swimming against the stream even today. Despite all
stereotypes,
he is a regular at noisy rock concerts, visits to which have become part of
his
work on his own initiative. A stocky person in a long robe, with a cross on
the
neck, regularly appears on the stage of some or other club. "I want to greet
you
as hippies did all around the world in the 70s!" he exclaims, raising his
right
arm. The fingers are clenched in fist, except for the index and middle
finger -
victory. The audience roars, arms raise. Then comes a narration about Soviet
times and the essence of Christianity, so convincing that towards the end
people
start chanting, "We are Orthodox! We are Orthodox!"

The church authorities are on the whole positive about the father's work
with
young people. He intends to open an Orthodox cultural center, where rock
musicians would also be able to perform.

NOVYE IZVESTIA

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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2004, 10:33:45 AM »

How interesting!
I wonder that if a bishop's, priest's, or deacon's intent is proper, they are then exempt for the canon prohibiting his 'frequenting' a public house or tavern...just kidding.

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