Thursday, August 07, 2008

Vechnaya Pamyat!

The passing of Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitzen is surely a time of reflection both for Orthodox Christians who share his love of the Russian culture that was shaped from its birth by Holy Orthodoxy only to be marred by the Bolsheviks' imposition of inhuman ideas born in the rationalistic West, and for all who learned of the true scope of that inhumanity through his writings.

I would urge all readers of this blog to find and read the last interview Alexander Isayevich granted to the Western media
in Der Spiegel, and to take to heart his criticisms of the West, and the saying of his I once quoted at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the KAL 007 shootdown: "The dividing line between good and evil does not run between social systems, but right down the middle of the human heart."

O God of spirits and all flesh, who has trample down Death and made powerless the Devil, and given life to the world, do Thou, the same Lord give rest to the soul of Thy departed servant, Alexander, in a place of brightness, a place of verdure, a place of repose, whence all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away. Pardon every sin which he hath committed, whether by word, or deed, or thought, for Thou art good and lovest mankind: for there is no man that liveth and sinneth not, for Thou only art without sin, and Thy righeousness is unto eternity, and Thy Law is truth.

Vechnaya Pamyat! Vechnaya Pamyat! Vechnaya Pamyat!

Memory Eternal! Memory Eternal! Memory Eternal!

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