Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered
Let those who hate him flee from before his face.Does that apply to Pussy Riot?
Yes, I believe it does.
But you have to come to the end of the hymn to see how it applies.
This is the day of resurrection.
Let us be illumined by the feast.
Let us embrace each other.
Let us call “Brothers” even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry:
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling down death by death
And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.So what do we call the members of Pussy Riot?
And what do we do with them?
Embrace them, forgive them by the resurrection
and tell them that God loves them and we love them too.
That’s Orthodox culture.
Here are links to other posts on the topic, and more will be added as other synchrobloggers post their contributions:
- Dn Stephen Hayes (Orthodox Christian) of Khanya on Orthodoxy and culture
- Susan Cushman (Orthodox Christian) of Pen and Palette on Orthodox Synchroblog: Orthodoxy and Culture
- Katherine Bolger Hyde (Orthodox) of God-Haunted Fiction on Literature and Orthodox Culture
* It's hard to wrap my head around, but I think that even Christ's ultimate sacrificial love is at once a universal act (in that we are all saved by his conquering of Death), but also intensely personal.