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Russian Orthodox Consecrate HUGE Cathedral Dedicated To The ‘Armed Forces’ — & It Is BIG.

by Anura Guruge


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I still haven’t been able to establish the exact dimensions. They say it is one of the tallest. I saw a 98 meter figure. So, maybe it is 320′ tall. OK, St. Peter’s, at the Vatican, is 448′ tall. So ….

Well, I just wanted to give you a head’s up.

The controversy is about it being dedicated to the armed forces. Having a cathedral dedicated to armed forces does sound incongruous. But, this is Russia & Putin had a major hand in having this cathedral built.

I will look into this more. Promise.


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The ‘Notre Dame’ Fire Has Parallels With The 1984 Fire At ‘York Minster’ (Also A Cathedral).

by Anura Guruge


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York Minster‘ is one of my FAVORITE cathedrals in the whole world. Though called ‘Minster’ it is a bona fide cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of York. The ‘Minster’ refers to it having been a scholarly missionary teaching church way back. I have spent a lot of time in this Minster, sometimes going for evensong in the evening.

I left the U.K. in 1985. So, I didn’t get to visit it right after the fire.

But, I visited it often between 1989 and 1999. It was pristine by then. I don’t think the damage was as extensive as what has befallen Notre Dame. But, I could be wrong on that.

So, there is always hope and with money, perseverance and skill you can restore these old MARVELS.

 


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Advent & Christmas 2017 Greetings From “York Minster”, England — For You.

by Anura Guruge





“York Minster”, in York, Yorkshire, England, is one of my all time favorite cathedrals — and as some of you know, I am a cathedral & abbey buff.

It is called ‘Minster’, rather than ‘cathedral’, The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, because, wayback, it was the the main missionary church in the area.

I have visited it many, many times and spent many an enchanted hour inside. I used to do seminars in York, at a hotel walking distance from the Minister. In the evening, before dinner, I would go for Evensong, on my own, sit in the dark and listen. It was magical.

So, I wanted to share this with you for Christmas.

Merry Christmas.


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Advent 2015 Is Upon Us. Rejoice!

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As a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen I LOVE Christmas and always have. I love everything about Christmas — and I have even been known to go to church on Christmas eve because I love the music and pageantry.

My surrogate father [who I called ‘Ta’ (the first two letters of ‘Tatta’, the Sinhalese (and Yiddish) word for father), and after who I take after the most in terms of personality] was a mainly-white, Burgher Baptist. I used to spend all my weekends and holidays with them — he and his wife (my adoptive mother’s older sister). They had no children and he was a lawyer (the solicitor for the Ceylon Ministry of Food) and she the Deputy Principal of Ceylon’s largest and most prestigious school. I MADE OUT LIKE A BANDIT. I was to learn that Ta shopped right through the year to make sure he got enough presents for me at Christmas! Very early on WE dispensed with Christmas stockings. They were too small. He instituted the notion of Christmas PILLOWCASES — and soon we had to have two. He also did an elaborate Christmas dinner, with all the works, for the entire family — most of whom were Buddhists — on Christmas Day. So I was inculcated into the joys of Christmas since a baby.

Anywho …

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Similar to what I had. Mine had more blue.

I am also very partial to Advent calendars — ever since I encountered them. For whatever reason we did not have them in Ceylon. To be honest I only encountered Advent calendars quite ‘late’ in my life. In my early 20s. Over the years I used to collect fancy Advent calendars. I used to have a really nice, royal blue and gold, 3D Cathedral one. You opened a portal each day. I think we have bits of it still. But since it was made of stiff paper it eventually started to fall apart.

Of late I don’t bother with a calendar for myself. More fun to let the kids enjoy. Yes, I get them — and Deanna — chocolate ones. I buy a LOT of them each year because I LOVE to give them to people. That reminds me. I will have to go to Hannaford and buy 20 – 25 today! Well, the kids end up getting two each. And one for Deanna. So that is 5 straight off the bat. And at Christmas I love to play the tanned St. Nicholas …

A couple of years ago I discovered the LEGO Advent Calendars. Now I get one each year for Teischan. See above.

Given my interest in religion (in particular early Christianity) I do appreciate that what WE mainly celebrate as Advent is the COMMERCIAL Advent as opposed to the Liturgical Advent. And ironically Advent isn’t a countdown to Christmas BUT to the Second Coming of Christ — and there is  BIG difference. Liturgically the Advent does not start on Dec. 1 (unless it happens to fall on a Sunday). Never mind. This year we are close.

Rejoice. Enjoy. Be Merry. The Advent is upon us. 


Qatar Makes An Hilarious Freudian Slip With Its Al-Wakrah World Cup Stadium.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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A friend of mine, a veteran of the Middle East, gave me a heads up on this via an e-mail. His subject line just said “OMG …“. Since I know his idiosyncratic sense of humor I knew it was going to be good.

Didn’t realize that it was that good.

But, to be fair, it is possible that most Arabic men are NOT that familiar with the detailed anatomy of their females. I really don’t know much about them, but I get the feeling that they probably are not into …

And, then AGAIN.

As an expert on Cathedral architecture … there has always been this … and it is explained off as being what it really is supposed to be … welcoming you to enter the … again. Check it out. I kid you not. When I explain this to women they are shocked … because they had never realized it before … but as soon as you point it out … and some of them actually have a small projecting ‘nub’ at the apex (whereas this one just as a circle) ! It is so cute.


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Ten In New Hampshire: Town Names Carried Over From England.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.

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This is not a complete list, not even close, and excludes those prefixed ‘New’, e.g., New London. In alphabetical order.

Writing my earlier post on ‘Portsmouth‘ promoted doing this list today, though it had been on my list of lists to do.


Town Names Carried Over From England.

Exeter Cathedral.

Exeter Cathedral.

.1. Alton. 

.2. Bedford.

.3. Chester.

.4. Dover.

.5. Durham.

.6. Epsom.

.7. Exeter.

.8. Peterborough.

.9. Portsmouth.

10. Rochester.


Alton, Hampshire. Population: 16,500.

Alton, Hampshire. Population: 16,500.


The original Portsmouth, the big difference is the high rise buildings. Population: 207,100.

The original Portsmouth, the big difference is the high rise buildings. Population: 207,100.