Voices From Russia, Too

Saturday, 23 July 2011

23 July 2011. Patriarch Kirill Paid Homage to the Dead of the VOV at the Memorial of Glory in Saransk

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On 21 July 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias laid flowers at the Memorial of Glory in Saransk in memory of the soldiers from the Republic of Mordovia who died in the Great Patriotic War.

Monday, 18 July 2011

18 July 2011. The Faces of the Church…

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

12 July 2011. Patriarch Kirill Served Liturgy for the 450th Anniversary of the Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God (Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed) in Moscow

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In Moscow, Patriarch of Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias served Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God, better known as the Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed, on its 450th anniversary, on 12 July (29 June OS) 2011. His Holiness noted that the cathedral isn’t only an outstanding medieval cultural artefact; it’s also a testimony to the inviolability of both the Russian spirit and the Church. He reminded us that the cathedral was almost destroyed on two different occasions… the first was at the time of Napoleon’s occupation of Moscow, and the second was during the Soviet era. After the service, the Patriarch said, “There are many legends about how this happened. You can believe them, or not believe them, as you will. However, when we see this cathedral standing firmly on the main square of Russia, it does so through the spirit of our people, because of their faith”.

During his remarks, the patriarch remembered the victims of the sinking of the cruise ship Bulgariya. His Holiness made interpolations in the service to pray for the souls of the victims of this disaster. The festival of bell-ringing and the other commemorative events planned for the 450th anniversary of the cathedral were cancelled, due to the day of mourning called by the RF authorities. The Liturgy was held in the central chapel of the cathedral (Chapel of the Protection of the Mother of God). Despite the fact that the cathedral looks impressively large from the outside, on the inside, it’s a warren of small chambers, so a relatively small number of people attended the service. One of those attending the service was the cinematographer Nikita Mikhalkov. After serving the Liturgy, the patriarch visited the restored sections of the cathedral. As a part of the 450th anniversary of the church, work on two of the chapels inside the cathedral is now complete.

12 July 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/photolents/20110712/400483850.html

Patriarchia.ru

Official MP Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/1564025.html

Monday, 13 June 2011

A Photo Essay. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev Remembered the Honoured Dead of the VOV Battle of the “Malaya Zemlya” in Novorossisk

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev honoured the memory of the Red Army soldiers who fell in one of the more important battles of the VOV, the amphibious landing at the “Malaya Zemlya” (“The Small Land”) in Novorossisk (Krasnodar Krai. Southern Federal District). The Church honours the Red Army dead… the People honour the Red Army dead… the Cossacks honour the Red Army dead… the Army (of course) honours the Red Army dead… the State honours the Red Army dead… what’s not to like in that? One last thing… my sources tell me that many of the parish priests in the Church are supporting the KPRF in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The oligarchs are nasty and grasping… just like their American counterparts, I must say. The Church does NOT support such demonic greed… NEVER forget that.

BMD  

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