19 June 2019, Wednesday, 23:12
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Demons Fear Immensely Holy Cross

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Serhiy Lepin
PHOTO: RADIO SVABODA

And how does the week before the Adoration of the Holy Cross goes in your country?

Serhiy Lepin, the spokesperson for the Belarusian Orthodox Church, wrote emotionally on Live Journal about the situation in Kurapaty:

70 crosses were demolished today on the site of mass repressions in Kurapaty. And how does the week before the Adoration of the Holy Cross goes in your country?

“What is happening?” – this question worried many people, and it was difficult to believe that what was happening, was for real. Lukashenka’s press secretary later explained: “Read what the president said!.. the head of state promised that Kurapaty will be done up and gave instruction to the relevant departments. This place needs to be landscaped.” I support it: it's important to brush up Kurapaty. But I disapprove of the methods of the local tyrants.

As for the strategy, there are also questions, and the most important one is the following one: “What strategy is this?” May God give that later, looking at the result of the improvement, we would say “Wow!” – like, as my friend the artist says, “you should never show a work in progress” ...

And another kind person tried to reassure me: he said, the opposition members, by the way the Protestants, had not secured an approval for installation of the crosses. Ah, that's how it is...

The opposition, which settles cultural monuments, not barricades, and calls to light commemorative candles in the cemetery, not tires in the square... In short, our government must have a lot of enviers. Some rulers in such a situation would be happy to bring the logs themselves and discover new mass grave sites...

And the Pentecostals, who do not steer clear from crosses, but set up crosses themselves and get it in the neck for that... As if you are observing religious evolution in real time! If the cross is not honored in your church, it means that it just appeared the day before yesterday, it is not rooted in history, and just has no title to it so far – perhaps, it has everything before it...

I wonder if all the crosses on Grabarka are agreed-upon with the authorities, or is there a couple or two which are not in agreement? Ehhh.

Friends! Keep your heart away from evil. Worshiping the Cross is not just joining two sticks together. And, all the more, not hating those who dare to separate these sticks. It means to be crucified with Christ and rise together with Him. As He does it: “Forgive and forget.” Just forgive without trying to understand, since you cannot understand some things in some cases...

And remember: “Demons are very afraid of the sign of the Holy Cross, for the Savior has exposed and put them to shame on it.” Although at first the demons thought that it was they who exposed the Lord...