Arhivă pentru Dimitrij X Dimitrievich di Russia

Actual State of H.I.H. Dimitrij X Dimitrievich Heritage

Posted in O.B.S.S. with tags , on Octombrie 5, 2012 by remusmirceabirtz

We saw from the article about the Institutions of di Demetrio family that at least two heirs  claim the heritage of the late Great Duke, HIH Massimo Silvestri di Russia and H.I.H. Alfred Joseph Baldacchino from Malta. Reestablishing  contacts between HIH Dimitrij and Mr.  Baldacchino was the task which Count Luciano Pellicioni di Poli, a reputed Italian heraldist and columnist tried to accomplish. Count Luciano Pellicioni di Poli, in his famous library, Rome, 1997

Count Pellicioni di Poli, Gr. Cr. OBSS (+ 2004, Rome) had a deep general culture, and despite his mixing in certain moments with bogus chivalric order, published an impressive number of books and articles about heraldry and genealogy. He was Deputy Great Master of St. George from Carinthia K. Order, which he extended well, but having neglected some duties towards the Habsburg dynasty, H.I. & R. Majesty Otto gave a firm statement against him (but in the „50 the relations were very cordial).  Count Pellicioni was a good friend not only of Dimitrij X Dimitrievich, but also of his father, Dimitrij IX Vasilijevich, and also co-operated well with Mr. Baldacchino. Count Pellicioni published a booklet about di Demetrio family (with the same data as Antonio Accogli di Predeslava, Ciro Argondizza, Attilio Valente di Valbruna), wrote very documented works  about the Latin Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, but also an essay abougt the Order of the Holy Sepulchre belonging to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem(Luciano Pellicioni di Poli Il Sovrano Ordine dei Cavalieri del S. Sepolcro, Roma 1968)

Here, however we must observe that during the milet regime of the Ottoman Empire the Greek Patriarchate of Jerusalem was submitted to the Constantinopolitan one, regarded by the Ottomans as the Head of the Rum Mileti (Etnarch of the Greek Orthodox Nation). His defense forces (guards) were assured by the Ottomans, and during religious processions, they were escorted by tchaushes. Titles given by the Greek Patriarchs were those of Arhonda, Great Arhondars, etc., not chivalric ones. Modern chivalric orders were given by the Greek Patriarchates only from XIXcent., when even the Ottoman Empire adopted the Reforms, and Orders modelled after the Western type (like Medjidie Order, etc). So this is a clear Western influence on the Greek Orthodox Orders from the Ottoman Empire. It is also relevant that with the reform of the Greek Order of the Holy Sepulchre, in 1966 was charged Mario Ugolini, a Roman-Catholic Italian. Now the insignia of the Order is quite different that those described by Count Pellicioni..

Massimo di Russia was proclaimed as official heir of HIH Dimitrij X Dimitrievich in public, due to a legal (under the Italian law, both being Italian citizens) testament in  his favour . The public statement can be read here:  The Obituary of Dimitrij X Dimitrievich

The Testament of HIH Dimitrij is given here: Dimitrij Testamento vs.  Massimo Silvestri

Fortunately, he, till now, has a discrete, common sensed, presence in public, rare press articles mentioning his activities. (Press about Massimo di Russia),    being interested in heraldry, pilgrimages, helping Down Syndrome children.

Mr. Baldacchino extended well his branch of OBSS, having good diplomatic contacts, but himself was not protected from dissidents. Count Alessandro Calleja, former High Official of Baldacchino, contested his pretensions, stating for the nullity of the Adoptive Act  received from HIH Dimitrij by his former superior (Mr. Baldacchino), and started to govern his own branch of OBSS. He published an interesting study about chivalric legal recognitions and  about his vision about the history of the OBSS (Count Alessandro Calleja about OBSS).

Both Calleja and Baldacchino being Maltese citizens, their cause arrived in the Court, a sentence being given in favour of Baldacchino Branch (Baldacchino vs. Calleja).

Really it is sad to read such matters between persons who would have to act in a superior, aristocratic way. Both Mr. Baldacchino, Mr. Calleja could work together, and why not, to co-operate with Massimo Silvestri. Each of them has necessary qualities to bring benefits for the Order, and together would have been able to do much more good as until now. But selling titles is not compatible with Knighthood, which pretends  Faith in Christ, Patience, Sacrifice, and interior life. Instead to increase culture and studies about heraldry, Byzantine genuine heritage, and why not?, the Russian culture,  sterile polemics are spreading generous efforts to nowhere.

„When two are quarrelling, thirds are winning” says an old proverb. In the U.S.A. another group of the OBSS was found (from Calleja’s  branch, together with his approval) leaded by Msgr. Haralambos Bouchlos, acting, among others, as Metropolitan of an Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Exile. His consecration’s validity must be verified, but, as his own official site presents, he lives with his own wife, being a married Metropolitan. For those who don’t know, in Byzantine Churches, candidates for Bishops could be celibatarian priests, widow priests, monks, and, if married priests, their election was confirmed (and later consecration administrated only when the wife of the elect one, accepted to retire herself in a monastery, as a nun, in a diocese far away of the ex-husband’s one. This is not the case of MMe. Lois…(Investiture lead page )

  Benefits to Knighthood      are, according to us, self-explanatory.

A new  pretender made his entrance on the scene, Don Antonio Tiberio di Dobrynia Augusto, Giulio, Angelo, Flavio, Comneno, Dukas, Laskaris, Paleologo, d’Aragona, Rjurikevich (!) Dimitrievich (!) di Russia, Prince of Dobrynia (Mon Dieu, c’est deja trop..) pretending himself as legitimate heir of the poor Dimitrij X Dimitrievich. No documents for his claim are given.  Some historical, uncritical data, were borrowed from other leaflets or texts about OBSS.   Qous Deus perdere vult, prius dementit.

We must observe than when you are speaking about Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, Romanovs, Bourbons, it’s enough to mention their family names, and everybody understands what is about.

And to all the gentlemen who dream illustrious ascendance, Dimitrievich ( like Ivanovich, Vasiljevich, Alexejevich) are patronims, indicating the father’s name of that person, and not family names!! The Rjuriks never had a family name! When claiming illustrious ancestry, a bit of general culture would be really necessary.

Which would be the solution? How otherwise, the German one. But we will mention it in another post.

As soon as Mr. Baldacchino, Mr. Calleja or his group are reuniting themselves, and are starting a good , fraternal work with Mr. Silvestri, things would be much more better for the new OBSS.

The Academic Circles of HIH Dimitrij X Dimitrievich of Russia

Posted in O.B.S.S. with tags , on Octombrie 4, 2012 by remusmirceabirtz

As the reader can observe, some literary or scientific papers of the late Great Duke were published in two main revues „Atti dell”Imperiale Accademia di San Cirillo” and „Atti dell’Imperiale Accademia di Mosca„.

We must precise that in Italy and other European countries an „Academy” represents an intellectual circle, not always a high scientifical forum, or a State one ( as the Pontifical Academies, the French one, the Russian one, etc.). The documents we publish now are illustrating some moments of  these intellectual circles belonging to Demetrio di Demetrio family.

Statuto Ac. S Cirillo 1919

Prof. Silvio  Ciotti Ac. S Cirillo 1949

Prof.Silvio  Ciotti Ac S Cirillo 1957

Statuto Ac. S Cirillo 1970

At least five volumes of „Atti e Memorie” were patronised and published.

Accademia di San Cirillo hold its last public work  under the guidance of HIH Dimitrij in San Donato Val di Comino (Frosinone, Italy), between  26.II. 12.III.1995, patronising a picture exhibition. The San Cirillo Academy was aggregated to the Minerva Academy, founded in 1924, in Triest, and receiving a Royal Decree of recognition from King Victor Emmanuel III and Gen. Badoglio, in Bari, on 4.XI.1943. See  Ac. Minerva 1943 (and St.Cyrill)

The Moscow Academy was instituted on 4.X.1989, and at least six volumes of „Atti e Memorie” were printed.

Atti Imperiale Acc. di Mosca I II III IV

(please rotate the PDF file, when using Adobe Reader). The Rules of the new Foundation are included in Vol.I, p. 49-50.

For other volumes see the post „HIH Dimitrij as Writer” on this web-page.

About a general bibliography, see Bibliografia Dimitri, Ac. S Cirillo

H.I.H. Dimitrij Maria X Dimitrievich of Russia as Writer

Posted in O.B.S.S. with tags , on Octombrie 3, 2012 by remusmirceabirtz

We would like to present some works or fragments  from the literary, philosophical or mathematical creation of the late Great Duke Dimitrij. Most of them are written in Italian, some of them in French. In fact he spoke a select French, being able to communicate in Spanish or Latin and understanding English or other Neo-Latin languages ( He was able to understand well a written text in Romanian).

HIH Dimitrij at a conferrence  HIH Dimitrij in an instant at Rome 1995

HIH Dimitrij at a conference             An instant photo, Rome 1995

A significant list of his published works can be found here, together with those cured by him in the Academy of St. Cyrill, and, from 1990, the Academy of Moscow ( Accademia Imperiale di San Cirillo , Accademia Imperiale di Mosca) Bibliografia Dimitri, Ac S Cirillo.

Some of his heraldic essays are

Dimitrij about nobility, 1948

Dimitri Diritti dello sovrano

Dimitrij Debellatio si…   (the last article published in  Symposiacus, Bari, XXXI, 2001, nr.1, p. 13-14)

Some social essays can be found here:

1. A study about friendship (1962) with a very good traditional prospective about the involution of the present society:

Dimitri Sull’ Amicizia 1

Dimitri Amicizia 2

Dimitri Amicizia 3

2. Another social essay :Dimitrij Lettera all’ABC

3. Connections about logic and right of property are developed  in:

Ac S Cirillo 5 The Logic of possession Rights 1

Ac S Cirillo 5 The Logic of possession Rights 2

Ac S Cirillo 5 The Logic of possession Rights 3

Dimitrij Principio di Mill e.. le.dottrine ecnomiche

is an important study, followed by his academic bio-bibliography till 1975

4. As proved here, mathematics were not neglected:

Dimitrij About Vinogradov Theorema

Dimitrij Maths Caserta

Dimitrij Goldbach Theoreme 1994    (Mathematical studies were published in Symposiacus from Bari, or in L’Inventiva from Caserta, scientifical magazines)

About Sansonian Numbers and Numbers’Mathematics some articles are found in the Acts of  Moscow Academy

Atti Imperiale Acc. di Mosca I II III IV 

(please rotate this file, when opening with Adobe Reader, on the toolbar click view, and the clockwards)

5. Some poems were useful to be presented, in Italian and French:

Dimitrij Alcune poesie ,

and maybe the last ones written by him:

Dimitri Poesia

Dimitrij Poesie 2

Some short sketches and tales were published in cycles „Racconti alla slava” and „Favole della Terra Russa” in several editions. The last one is in the  Acts of the Academy of Moscow VI:

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI a

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI b

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI c

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI d

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI e

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI f

Atti Acc. di Mosca VI g

He was fascinated by Russia, loved the Russian culture and spirituality, but unfortunately was unable to visit it. How the Great Duke composed his works was explained in his own foreword of Mirra a piece of theatre in classic style:

Dimitrij Preface to Mirra 1960

6. Dimitrij di Russia was invited and accepted in some philosophical symposium, as it was that from Genoa in 1976 ( where he was able to meet a Cardinal Karol Wojtyla)

Dimitri Simposion 1976 Genova

and to the very famous, exclusive Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and of Catholic Faith where he presented some relations eventually published in the Acts of those Congress:

Dimitri and Thomism

Two of his texts presented there can be read here:

Dimitrij in Teoria e Prassi 1976

Dimitrij about Thomism 1982

There are numbers of press articles and interventions of the late Great Duke, but what presented here would be enough to appreciate his huge general culture.

In Memoriam S.A.I. Dimitrij X Dimitrievich di Russia

Posted in O.B.S.S. with tags , on Octombrie 2, 2012 by remusmirceabirtz

This year we commemorate 90 years from the birth of  H.I.H. Great Duke Demetrio Maria di Demetrio, alias Dimitrij X Dimitrievich of Russia. He was a hard working writer, philosopher, epistemologist and heraldist. Despite his mistakes in some heraldic and chivalric matters, he was a person who multiplied his own talents, being also helpful to everybody who consulted him in academic, law, heraldry or chivalric fields.

More then three chivalric orders are claiming his heritage (from Malta, from the U.S., from Italy). However none of them did something significant to preserve his cultural heritage, despite claiming a heir status from Him.

It is our task to repair this missing.

We are not polemising with somebody, nor we want to claim our unique right to continue his spiritual and intellectual work. Publishing some old, historical materials from his archive, from the Roman Libraries (Pontifical or not) we consider that this would be the best thing to do to maintain among us His memory, and, why not, to help even the „dissident” brothers to know better their (or a significant part of their) own history.

We really think that in our days, infested by surrogates and consumerism, trying to preserve  even only the external aspects of knighthood is an important duty. And if they are doing charity, this is more to be praised.

Our Priory is not selling titles, nor has any financial activity. Our knights are providing on their own to increase the spiritual patrimony of our priory, orientated more in academic fields. But admission in our Priory is only  by invitation, not by requests.

We consider however that:

1) H. Ap. I.& R. Majesty Charles VIII of Austria/Hungary as the Chief of the Nobility in Europe (We use  the number following The S. R. Emperors;  otherwise He would be Charles IInd of Austria and Vth of Hungary).

2)The legitimate possessor of the Russian Imperial Throne is H. I. Majesty Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, as Regent  Empress.

3)We pretend to our members to have a monarchical faith, and witnessing public or private only the Catholic (of all rites) or Orthodox Faith. No ecumenical mania among our confreres.

4)Our members have to avoid any political affiliation, and they have to avoid all membership in masonic or para-masonic societies.

5)As legitimate heir of  the House of the late Great Duke Dimitrij we consider H.I.H. Massimo Silvestri of Russia, Duke of Narev, baron of Olbia, living now in Venice. He, however wrote us that he is not giving priority to the Byzantine Order of the Holy Sepulchre (O.B.S.S.), preferring to orientate his attention to other chivalric orders and other traditional fields. Dimitrij’s Testament can be read here: Dimitrij Testamento vs Massimo Silvestri

Fot those who are interested in a better historical material of the OBSS, we offer our essay Old Things from the Past for the Future , written in Rome between 1994-1995. We would ask pardon for our poor English, our text being massacred when first published in 2001, in a local printing-house. We tried however to correct it. Several historical materials will follow.

A.S.I. Dimitrij X Dimitrievici de Russia (Demetrio Maria di Demetrio dei Dimitri) 1922 Trieste – 2001 Bracciano

Posted in O.B.S.S. with tags , on Octombrie 2, 2012 by remusmirceabirtz

Se împlinesc în acest an 15 ani de când Prioratul Român al Ordinului Biyantin al Sfântului Mormânt şi-a început efectiv activitatea în România. Obstacolele, după cum era şi este firesc, au fost mari. Este un miracol că am supravieţuit, ba chiar talanţii s-au putut înmulţi.

Tot în acest an se împlinesc 11 ani de la trecerea la cele veşnice a Marelui Duce Dimitrie X Dimitrievici al Rusiei, cunoscut şi sub numele de Demetrio Maria di Demetrio, distins scriitor, epistemolog, matematician precum si heraldist de forţă, ultim descendent masculin al lui Dimitri V (Lje Dimitrii sau falsul Dimitri I -ul) din timpul Războiului Civil din Rusia.

Ne aşteptam ca cei ce au beneficiat de bunâtatea Lui, primind titluri (de pomană, la propriu şi la figurat), sau îndrumări academice, sau fărâme dintr-un patrimoniu heraldic de invidiat să-l pomenească întrucâtva. Nu s-a întâmplat acest lucru. Se cuvine deci să o facem noi.

Menţionăm că Ordinul nostru nu este cel Apusean ( Ordo Eq. Sancti Sepulchri), sub patronajul Sf. Scaun, nici cel sub patronajul Sf. Patriarhii a Ierusalimului, nici nu este asociat cu grupul condus de Dnii. Alfred J. Baldacchino, Alessandro Calleja sau Msgr. Haralambios Bouchlos (USA ,desigur). Din metrialele pe care le vom publica va reieşi, sperăm, atât canonicitatea heraldică a ordinului nostru, cât şi scopurile urmărite.

Se impun câteva precizări:

1) Prioratul recunoaşte ca Şef Suprem al Nobilimii Europene pe M.S. Ap. I. şi R. Carol al VII-lea de Austria-Ungaria (Habsburg), fiul M.S. Ap. I. şi R. Otto al Austro-Ungariei (1912-2011)

2) Prioratul recunoaşte ca legitim ocupant al Tronului Imperial Rus pe M.S. I. Maria Vladimirovna Romanov, Împărăteasă regentă.

3) Prioratul recunoaşte ca Suveran legitim al României pe M.S. regele Mihai I, dar respectă ordinea actuală a Statului.

4) Prioratul cere membrilor săi să nu fie afiliaţi nici unui partid politic, nici unei grupări masonice sau paramasonice, şi să facă profesiune publică şi privată de credinţă catolică sau ortodoxă.

5) Prioratul nu se ocupă de activităţi financiare, nu percepe taxe de niciun fel, dar admite membri doar prin cooptare. Fiecare cavaler contribuie prin resurse proprii la publicarea materialelor conexe Prioratului.

6) Ca actual urmaş legitim al Marelui Duce Dimitri Prioratul îl recunoaşte pe A.S.I. Massimo Silvestri al Rusiei, duce de Narev, baron de Olbia, actualmente rezidând în Veneţia.

Aducem un cuvenit omagiu M.S. Ap. I. şi Regale Otto, care ne-a sprijinit prin sfat sau rescript, Exc.Sale contelui vitez Arpad Bereczky de Torboszlo (1917-2010), fost Mare Maestru de Onoare al Prioratului, şi iubitului confrate , arhitect Ştefan cav. Stănescu, OBSS (1971-2003), care fusese un animator al activităţii noastre în perioada începutului.

Încercăm să oferim şi un studiu istoric Old Things from the Past for the Future, redactat de Mircea Remus cav.Birtz,OBSS la Roma, între 1994-1995 şi publicat în 2001. Autorul se scuză pentru engleza lui dar textul a avut şi multe greşeli de tehnoredactare, imputabile editurii locale  de atunci. Alte documente vor urma.

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