Archive sections: ‘Religion’

Maxim, (when he’s not taking photographs), is studying Tourism … I have no idea why – he chose the course himself without me trying to exercise any influence whatsoever … and even if I had offered some advice, he would have listened and said “Thank you”, but would have still decided for himself. For one […]

Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on The Great Divide

Every Day is a special day for someone … and the church has a special calendar of Saints’ Days … each associated with some important event in the Saint’s life.  Of course, there are a lot more than 365 saints … so most days have many more than just one Saint associated with them. In […]

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on The Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius – the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture

Today is a public holiday here in Kyrgyzstan – May Day or International Workers’ Day.   It is also Easter … here in Kyrgyzstan … although, back home, it was some six weeks ago, on 27th March. The differences in the dates arises from the fact that the date of Easter is determined by a […]

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Paskha – Easter

In December 1936, a new cartoon film hit the cinemas with a in time for the Holiday season: Christmas comes but once a year.    The eight minute short was released by Paramount Pictures, and was one of thirty six cartoons in the Color Classics series produced by Fleischer Studios between 1934 and 1941. This particular […]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Christmas comes but once a year … unless, that is …

There is a saying that “to err is human; to forgive divine“. It come’s from Alexander Pope’s lengthy poem An Essay of Criticism, written in 1709, (which is also the source of several other epithets, such as: “a little learning is a dangerous thing” and “fools rush in where angels fear to tread”). It is […]

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Forgiveness Sunday

  Today, it’s New Year once again in Kyrgyzstan – that is, for the faithful … at least for those belonging to the Orthodox Church.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on A Calendar of some of the Old and Venerable Icons of Kyrgyzstan

It’s Freethinker’s Day today, which is also known as Thomas Paine Day! The day has been commemorated  since the 1990s when the Thomas Paine Foundation began celebrating his birthday and, at about the same time, the ‘Truthseeker’ magazine began celebrating Freethinkers Day on the same day.  Its purpose is to educate people about Paine’s work and the importance […]

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on Freethinker’s Day …

Today happens to be a big day for the Orthodox Christians here in Kyrgyzstan. According to the Orthodox calendar, November 26th is the saint’s day for St. John Chrysostom, and special services will be conducted especially in the Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection here in Bishkek.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on Two Saints

Bishop Theodosius of Bishkek and the Kyrgyz has moved on and Bishop Daniel is about to move in as his replacement. The transition of leadership of the Russian Orthodox community here in Bishkek and the Kyrgyz Republic has not been without controversy … it hasn’t exactly been a smooth transition.

Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on Bishop’s Move

Tomorrow is Christmas Day here in Kyrgyzstan … Orthodox Christmas, that is. Back home, in the West, Christmas is more or less over. I say “more or less” because, technically, traditionally, the Christmas season ends today – The Twelfth Day of Christmas … Epiphany – the “manifestation” of Jesus as the Son of God and […]

Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 07:00 Comments Off on A Merry Little Christmas