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Thank God for the Babushkas

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Dorothea, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    My priest sent me this article a while back, and I finally got a chance to read it. It's quite touching.

    How Russians survived militant atheism to embrace God - CSMonitor.com

    A few excerpts:

    Given the brutal and ruthless repression by Joseph Stalin of the Russian Orthodox Church and all religion, this is truly a remarkable statistic. It is a testament to the babushkas who would not capitulate to Soviet bullying. Hoorah for the hero grandmothers of the motherland! Against all odds they have won.

    Mocked

    Those stooped, graying old ladies with head scarves, deeply creased faces, and stainless steel-capped teeth were scorned, mocked, and ridiculed by Communist officialdom during the 74 years of official Soviet atheism because they were religious believers. Dismissed as babas and crones, they were, however, the true soul of Russian society.

    When the Kremlin’s Soviet Politburo or the Central Committee apparatchiks raced about in their Chaikas and ZIL limousines, the babushkas quietly went about dutifully kissing their religious icons because those were their only windows to a better world.

    The babushkas devotedly stood guard over decaying churches, lighting candles amid the dilapidation and ruin. These spiritual sentinels were virtually helpless to prevent decades of Soviet looting of their churches. But the babushkas refused to allow the flame of faith to go out in Russia, even if it was only their own.

    In the worst of times, Stalin’s thugs dynamited spectacular Orthodox cathedrals. They sent the Russian clergy to the gulags; they discriminated against believers in hiring and education; and they stole the churches’ priceless religious icons, selling them in the West for precious hard currency.

    All the while, the impoverished babushkas eked out an existence living on a few kopecks and handfuls of lard as they scurried in the shadows of their darkened churches, doing their best to protect and police these shrines, demanding dignity and decorum from all who entered.

    Central role

    The babushkas’ critical role outside their churches was at least as central to Russian society as their role in preserving religious ritual.


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    It's well worth the read!
     
  2. Protoevangel

    Protoevangel A time comes when silence is betrayal.

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    Great story!

    Although I do hate to promote anything by the "Church of Christ Scientists". :sorry:
     
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  3. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    LOL That's the first thing I saw when I opened the link, but nevertheless, it is a good article. :)
     
  4. MariaRegina

    MariaRegina Well-Known Member

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    I am sure that many babushkas have led many Protestants to Orthodoxy.

    I have met a few who were quite evangelical and would bring up Christ whenever the conversation would let them. I could tell some funny stories about one babuska would would visit the local Jewish businesses. They would try to convert people to Judaism while she was adamant in converting them to Christianity.
     
  5. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member

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    amen!
     
  6. Joseph Hazen

    Joseph Hazen The Religious Loudmouth

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    I've heard it said, and rightly, factually so IMO, that the yia-yias and babushkas, along with Mt. Athos, are the final defense of Orthodoxy.
     
  7. Virgil the Roman

    Virgil the Roman Young Fogey; enquiring into Holy Orthodoxy . . .

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    Glory to God.
    :crossrc:
     
  8. MariaRegina

    MariaRegina Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Have you seen those yia-yia commercials.
     
  9. Joseph Hazen

    Joseph Hazen The Religious Loudmouth

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    "You are going to HELL!"

    "PrrrrrrrrOSTITUTE!"

    But the best one is "YOU are wife."

    May all those Holy yia-yias who've passed be brought to Christ, and pray for us! :crosseo:
     
  10. Annoula

    Annoula Freedom

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    we have to prepare ourselves to become yiayias and babushkas of that level!
    We are the future!!!!!!!!!
     
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