Here’s a curiosity, to say the least, and more: an exhibit in Moscow, that is very high tech — watch the video here — that celebrates the Revival of Orthodoxy in Russia. (You will see very Orthodox piety on the part of the Russians. The icon venerated near the beginning is the “miraculous Tikhvin icon”–which between 1949 and 2004 the icon was stored in Chicago! It was taken out of Russia for safety by a bishop. It was returned to Russia in 2004. The picture on the official website (in Russian) has a medieval look, and the Orthodox have a reputation for being stuck in time and antiquated, but the exhibit uses the latest video technology to present the story of Russian Orthodoxy. So far, hi-tech has not invaded Orthodox worship space.
What is most moving about the video, perhaps, is the inclusion of footage of Communist church demolitions, and the shocked looks in the eyes of onlookers, especially children. 25 years ago the scene in this video, right in Moscow, was unthinkable. Things do change. How and why? The Soviet Union was not invaded by an enemy, but somehow 70 years of repression of the church, including killings tens of thousands, if not more, because they were Christians, ended almost overnight and one is free to worship and build churches. Before, believers risked arrest and death in the camps by even hanging an icon in their homes; now people openly cross themselves in public whenever they choose, and many do by custom whenever they pass by a church.
Critics of the exhibition complain that this shows Orthodoxy as merely a museum piece, but many churches, like the exhibition, are visited my many young people today and many are living communities of believers.
No comment here.... just go and look... it is amazing!