Reading your account brought back many happy memories.Thank you for providing an insight into Russian ways and traditions.that trace their origins to various ancient national or ethnic Christian bodies in the East but have established union (hence, Eastern rite churches were in the past often called Uniates) or canonical communion with the Roman .They retain, however, all other characteristics—e.g., liturgy, spirituality, sacred art, and especially organization—proper to themselves.The special status of the Catholic churches of the Eastern rite was guaranteed at the time of each rite’s union with Rome and was approved again by the decree of the (“Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite”), promulgated on Nov. In the first decade of the 21st century, the number of Eastern Catholics throughout the world numbered more than 12 million.(Lebanese Christians of the Syro-Antiochene rite) who became associated with Rome in the 12th century, and some Armenians in the Syria-Lebanon region who also traced their relationship with Rome to the 12th century. Furthermore, from the viewpoint of the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox traditions, Eastern Catholics may be looked upon with suspicion, primarily because of the Latinizing influence found in their ranks.
Even in Eastern Europe, industrialization lagged far behind.
After the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich in February 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and the port city of Sevastopol, and deployed tens of thousands of forces near the border of eastern Ukraine, where conflict erupted between pro-Russian separatists and the new government in Kiev.
Russia’s moves, including reported military support for separatist forces, mark a serious challenge to established principles of world order such as sovereignty and nonintervention.
I felt like a "head of state" or "father of the bride".
Her parents, the groom's parents, and everyone attending the wedding made me feel very honored, loved, and respected.