Russian Church to ban priests from blessing WMDs

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Russian Orthodox Church priest and his junior assistants performing a blessing ritual on a mobile nuclear missile complex

Only in Russia :D

But, perhaps, there will be no more of that, however:

The Russian Orthodox Church is moving forward with new guidelines seeking to ban priests from blessing weapons of mass destruction and other large military hardware.

It is common for Russian Orthodox priests to bless objects, not least new military hardware being introduced into service. However, a senior church official has now said the practice is not in-keeping with the church's historic responsibilities, The Moscow Times reported.

Members of a church council commission met last Wednesday in Moscow to discuss and approve the draft revision on the rules covering the blessing of military hardware. The new rules say that weapons of mass destruction, tanks and other large weapons may no longer be blessed, but still allow priests to sanctify "personal weapons."

Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, a senior official at the Moscow Patriarchy, explained the decision in a message posted on the Telegram messaging app, The Moscow Times reported. "Weapons of mass destruction and non-personal weapons in general should not be 'sanctified,'" he said. "This is where the commission's position is at odds with practices of recent years."

The bishop explained that the commission had been tasked with making sure that "centuries-old" church practices remained in line with "liturgical and historical texts."

"We had to reconsider new realities: The Church has basically not encountered some types of weapons until the 20th century, and more likely until even its second half," he added. As such, large modern weapons like tanks and missiles are not suitable for blessing. However, he said that "personal weapons" could still be blessed as they are used by serving troops "for the protection of the Fatherland."

In the past, Orthodox priests have been regular fixtures during preparations for Victory Day parades in Moscow, on hand to bless Russia's most fearsome military weapons before they take their places in the event.

Other instances have seen priests reportedly blessing anti-aircraft missiles in Crimea and weapons loaded onto fighter jets for use in Syria.

A commission press release released after last week's meeting listed more military situations in which blessings are acceptable. These include troops being deployed or returning from missions, the opening of new camps and barracks, graduation from military schools and the assignment of new military ranks. Items such as military flags will also be approved for blessings.

The revisions to the rules on blessings have been in progress for at least two years, the bishop noted. They will be sent to church districts around the country for approval in July.
Russian church wants to ban priests from blessing weapons of mass destruction

Also: Russian Orthodox Church reconsiders blessing missiles

I believe they first began talking about this in 2017: Russian Orthodox Church Divided Over Priest's Ill-Fated Satellite Blessing

It is indeed very common over there.

The Russian Navy, for instance, has a long tradition (resurrected from the Romanov era) of priests blessing the St. Andrew flags of new warships


The Air Force (or, Aerospace Forces, these days) regularly has its jets and missiles blessed too, especially ones sent to missions in Syria and such, as mentioned in the article


The Army/Ground Forces also has priests bless their troops and equipment


Aside from the military, priests commonly bless police cars


Fire trucks


And ambulances


Regular civilians also gladly pay priests to bless their cars and homes, ward off evil spirits and such (they are superstitious people, very much so, Russians...)


Very profitable business for the Church ;)

Kids in many schools now also get blessed on first day of school year (September 1st)


There have also been numerous instances of traffic police and regional government authorities "solving" problems of roads and highways where people complained about dangerous sections with lots of accidents, by bringing in clergy to perform rituals there, to reassure the foolish citizens, instead of actually improving the roads


Hell, priests have even blessed Russian rockets before they blasted off into space, with satellites, etc


And that last one is at the crux of the issue here. Priests have blessed rockets of Roskosmos, and then angry citizens blamed the Church when something went wrong during the launch, numerous times lol

The Church is tired of this. So now, it seems, they won't bless the rockets anymore :D
 
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Sounds like they have just been bless happy.

But I agree, in the end it takes away the emphasis of what a blessing is.

A blessing should be used for something like a young couple getting married or a newborn baby.

Not a missile designed to kill people.
 
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If you want to post pics of Russian Orthodox girls, post ones from Epiphany holiday (January 19th), when everyone goes swimming in ice water






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Tarpon springs Florida does that, they dive for a cross. Greeks, Tarpon Springs is an old greek town famous for the sponge docks and sponge diving. Mostly a tourist trap these days but worth a visit if in the area.
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Those police cars look like Ford explorers the Po po drive around here.
 
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Tarpon springs Florida does that, they dive for a cross. Greeks, Tarpon Springs is an old greek town famous for the sponge docks and sponge diving. Mostly a tourist trap these days but worth a visit if in the area.
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Those police cars look like Ford explorers the Po po drive around here.
Yep, that's a Greek thing:

In Russia, they don't do that. It's too fucking cold, in January lol

Just jumping into a hole cut in a iced over rived in -30 or 40 degrees Celsius outside is an accomplishment enough in itself ;)

I tried it once, back in Moscow, when I was like 12 or 13. Damn nearly died. Never did it again lol I'm from the South, I'm not built for that stuff...

As for Russian police, they have all kinds of cars









A perk of the job, especially for the DPS (traffic cops), who claim that they need fast and powerful cars to pursue street racers and such :D

Out in the country, of course, you still have cops in beat up Soviet Ladas

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