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Turbulence and Prayer

Great generational change is taking place as we pass through the centennial of World War I (1914-1918), 75 years since the Second World War (1939/41-45), 50 years since the social transformations of the 1960s and 25 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union (1991). Nobody likes change, because it creates turbulence and forces us to adapt or die. And yet, however inconvenient it may be, change is inevitable and can be positive.

Today, this is particularly the case in the UK. Whether we like the change, because we have felt frustrated and powerless captives for 43 long years and so always been forward-looking, or whether we dislike the change, because we see it as negative and it makes us feel fear, insecurity and despair, we have to accept it. After forgetting Christ, the UK, Europe, the USA and the whole world is being reshaped, whether we like it or not. What must we do?

We must pray that the inevitable changes may be as positive and as painless as possible. And in the UK we should ask in particular for the prayers of the Saints of the Isles, so long forgotten. Unfortunately, we have to pay for past mistakes; everything comes at a price. Repentance for abandoning Christ and His values, so falling into lonely despair comes only with pain. Now is the time that tests our Faith. However, ‘In peace’ let us pray to the Lord.

A Commentary on a Universal Prayer

O Lord, forgive us for the sins of not knowing and rejecting the Church,

= Forgive us for our ignorance of the Church through the sins of distant ancestors who were forced into following the heresies and errors of the Western rulers of that age and so fell away from the Church, and for rejecting the Church by not seeking Her.

failing to keep the spiritual purity of Holy Orthodoxy and so failing to share in the missionary Cross of Holy Rus, the Christian Empire of the Third Rome,

= Forgive us for the sins of new calendarism (modernism, liberalism, ecumenism), old calendarism (phariseeism, sectarianism), phyletism (nationalism and racism), narcissism (personality cults, false eldership) and the impurity of other deviations and deformations (spiritual delusions).

and betraying the memory of the Anointed of God, not understanding and revering the holiness of the last Christian Emperor and his Family.

= Forgive us for accepting what the rulers of our countries did to betray and undermine the Christian Emperor and Empire in 1917 and for believing the lies about them that have ever since been inherent in Western culture.

On Delaying the Coming of Antichrist: Universal Repentance and a Universal Prayer

In 1914 the leaders of Western Europe set out on a path of madness, dragging down the rest of the world into their folly. Since then that path of folly, invading other countries and repressing other peoples, has continued to be the one which this world treads, as it were winding up the spring of global tension so tight that, it seems, all can end only in a release of unparalleled global violence.

The key event which signified the leaders’ refusal to repent and return was the coup d’etat of February 1917 in Russia, when they and their Westernized Russian minions committed treason and overthrew the God-given ruler of Russia. After that there was no going back and so the folly spread through Europe again a generation later and then went global. For since 1917 there has been no peace, the world has become unbalanced.

After that catastrophe of nearly a hundred years ago, in Russia today many are realizing that only repentance there can bring restoration and so the rebalancing of the world. However, repentance is also necessary in Western countries, especially in Great Britain, the USA, Germany and France, for it was their elites that engineered the treason of the February 1917 coup d’etat and so are indirectly responsible for all that came later. Using their agents, sometimes Non-Russian, sometimes Westernized Russians, they began the disaster.

Moreover, despite the abysmal deeds of the atheists in the former Russian Empire, especially between 1917 and 1941, most books and articles written by Western academics, authors and politicians about the so-called ‘Russian Revolution’ still maintain that this genocidal blood-letting of millions was good. And they have spread that ideology among the peoples of the West, most of whom still actually believe their lies about the Tsar’s Russia and therefore about contemporary post-Soviet Russia.

According to the propaganda myths of these ideologists the old order with its peace and prosperity had to be destroyed, because the Russian Empire was hindering their plans to obtain global secularist control. Thus, the calls to repentance of the Russian Orthodox Church to Russians apply also to all Non-Russians who consider that the overthrow of the Tsar and the Christian Empire were positive. What is needed is repentance not only in the lands of the former Russian Empire, but universally:

The misfortune that has befallen Russia is the direct result of grievous sins and her rebirth is only possible through cleansing from them. However, so far there has been no real repentance, the crimes committed have not been clearly condemned and many who took an active part in the Revolution continue and even now still affirm that at the time there was no other course of action…refusing to express any direct condemnation of the February Revolution and their rebellion against the Lord’s Anointed.

Bishop (now St) John of Shanghai at the Second Council of the Russian Diaspora in 1938.

We call on all to repent….regardless of their political opinions and views of history, regardless of their ethnic origins, religious background, their attitude to the concept of monarchy and the personality of the last Emperor of Russia.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, 18 July 1993.

As the end of history approaches with the coming of Antichrist, we can still postpone that apocalyptic event by repenting. That will gain us time for our own much delayed salvation and potentially that of billions of others, those close to us and those far from us, to the ends of the earth. Therefore let Non-Russians also pray:

O Lord, forgive us for the sins of not knowing and rejecting the Church, failing to keep the spiritual purity of Holy Orthodoxy and so failing to share in the missionary Cross of Holy Rus, the Christian Empire of the Third Rome, and betraying the memory of the Anointed of God, not understanding and revering the holiness of the last Christian Emperor and his Family.

His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of all the Russias, now calls on the fullness of our Church, to all the peoples of historic Rus, to pray

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, look down with Thy merciful eye on the sorrow and great pain of lamentation of Thy children in the Ukrainian land. Deliver Thy people from civil strife, make to cease the bloodshed, turn away impending misfortunes. Bring the homeless home, feed those that thirst, console those that weep, join together those that are divided. Let not Thy flock that are embittered towards their kin be diminished, but grant them swift reconciliation, for Thou art compassionate. Soften the hearts of those that have grown violent and bring them to know Thee. Give peace to Thy Church and her faithful children, that with one heart and one mouth we may glorify Thee, our Lord and Saviour, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Дорогие братья и сестры, обращаюсь ныне ко всей Полноте нашей Церкви, ко всем народам исторической Руси

Господи Иисусе Христе Боже наш, призри милостивным Твоим оком на скорбь и многоболезненный вопль чад Твоих, в земле украинстей сущих. Избави люди Твоя от междоусобныя брани, утоли кровопролития, отврати належащия беды. Лишенныя крова введи в домы, алчущия напитай, плачущия утеши, разделенныя совокупи. Не остави стадо Свое, от сродник своих во озлоблении сущих, умалитися, но скорое примирение яко щедр даруй. Ожесточенных сердца умягчи и к Твоему познанию обрати. Мир Церкви Твоей и верным чадам ея подаждь, да единем сердцем и едиными усты прославим Тя, Господа и Спасителя нашего во веки веков. Аминь.