well said, Morsicle, thank you
as an example of the point morsicle is making
In Russia, on the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi German, they sell German Swaztika flags on the street.. people buy them by the thousands so they can be placed on the street as the veterans of WWII march upon them.
The nazi's are detested above all else in Russia.
When German forces were sourrounding St Petersburg - Stalingrad... there was an icon, .. hmm I need to back up a bit...
Stalin had gathered up all the icons of the Russian orthodox church to destroy them in his quest to crush religion in russia.
But there was an icon he could not destroy, because it was so beautiful, and it was an icon of the successful previous defense of St Petersburg hundred of years previously... and it was said that if the Russian orthodox priests performed the particular ceremony, the city could not fall...
There is also one account that he tried to burn it but it would not burn or melt... so he stored it...out of sight.
So desperate was Stalin, that he ordered the still living Russian Orthodox priests who were in his gulags
, to perform the ceremony.. and took the icon out of storage and gave it to them, to perform that ceremony, using that icon, so that Stalingrad would not fall to the Nazis
The temperature dropped 25 degrees the next day and the German tanks stopped as the lubricant congealed... and the Nazis were routed, who did not freeze to death and Stalingrad stood!!
And the rest is history.
That icon is now in a sanctified pew, in the museum in Moscow.
And I absolutely butchered this beautiful story, my apologies to anyone insulted by this pathetic rendition.
And the Nazis were at their core, practicing Satanists amongst everything else they dug up to fulfill their evil aspirations.
Here is the story of
ICON OF OUR LADY OF KAZAN
"On November 4th Orthodox believers cherish the icon of Our Lady of Kazan, one of the most respected icons in Russia.
The icon was discovered in the town of Kazan 25 years after Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible) conquered the hostile Tartar state of Kazan. Christianity was gradually taking root in the Islamic town of Kazan and, probably, to further consolidate the Orthodox faith God revealed a miracle-working icon of the Virgin.
Once there was a fire in Kazan and half of the town was destroyed. A house of a strelets (a regular soldier of a special regiment in the 16-17 centuries) burnt to the ground. When the man decided to build a new house, his 9-year-old daughter, Matrona saw the Virgin in a dream. The Virgin demanded that the town authorities and the clergy dig out Her icon in the place She indicated. The girl told the dream to her mother, but she did not pay much attention to her daughter’s words. The dream repeated, however. Only when the Virgin appeared in Matrona’s dream for the third time the mother and the child went to the clergy and told them about it. Then the mother and the daughter began digging in the place indicated by the Virgin and found an icon wrapped in a sleeve of some old clothing. The icon was absolutely undamaged, without a single dark spot. People rushed to the icon, they prayed and kissed it reverently. Prayer services were conducted and finally the icon was placed in the Annunciation Cathedral. On that very day two blind men were miraculously cured. As became known later, the icon was a replica of the miracle-working icon of the Virgin traditionally attributed to St. Luke and kept in Constantinople. Following the order of the Tsar, a church and a convent in the honour of Our Lady of Kazan were built in the site where the icon had been found. Matrona, the girl who saw the Virgin in her child’s dreams, was the first to be initiated into the convent."