Patriarch Cyril and His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr headed the ministry of the Divine Liturgy in the Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
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July 28, the day commemorating the holy apostolic of Grand Prince Vladimir, in Holy Baptism Basil, celebrated the Day of the Baptism of Rus.
In this holiday Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill Blazhennejshy Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Vladimir Divine Liturgy in the Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Among concelebrated were members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Cathedral of bishops from different countries, numerous clergy.
The divine service on the throne, established under the shadow of the square outside the Cathedral of the Dormition monastery. On the throne was the ark with a particle of the relics of St. honest apostolic Grand Duke Vladimir. The entire area in front of Cathedral of the Dormition monastery was full of people. Thousands of residents of Kyiv and pilgrims come to this festive day to pray together with His Holiness Patriarch Cyril and His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr. The service was broadcast Ukrainian television.
For a small entrance in connection with the Holy Synod, the canonical and determined the legal status of the Metropolitan District in the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Holiness Patriarch Cyril elevated Archbishop of Astana and the Kazakh Alexander in the Metropolitan.
After reading the Gospel of the Russian Orthodox Church appealed to the faithful during the liturgy with preaching.
Following the Divine Liturgy of St. Seraphim welcomed His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Vladimir:
“Your Holiness, Holy Lord and Father! Dear hierarchs and all of us!
I congratulate you on the occasion of our Church, our history, our Orthodox faith.
Your Holiness! You once visited Ukraine, and we hope that this was your next visit, and we expect now the next meeting here with us. Thank you for your prayers, you are headed these days in Ukraine, thanks for the preaching and teaching, that people listened to the churches and through the media. Thank you for your laudable your travel, that no matter what invented journalists are pastoral trip committed to care about saving the souls of people …
We believe that by your prayers, God disposes all the good, believe that your visit to Ukraine, we are a little more advanced in the development of spirituality and strengthening pious lives. All of you listen attentively. This is commendable. Thank God!
You, as a child brought to the Lord as a priest’s son, shows us an example of prayer, standing in the holy Orthodox faith, and works to ensure that people understand where they came from, where they are going and where will. You give all of their talents and abilities to the service of Christ’s Church, preaching the Holy Gospel. Looking at you, to your virtuous life and work, we’ll try to catch up, to rise a step higher than are at present.
You listened with pleasure, when you stand from the pulpit in front of scientists, say the politicians, when you talk to the church pulpit. Every place where you stand and staying filled with meaning and value. You clearly and transparently tell the truth and the rules that must be followed to achieve that, as called for every man, and Christian in particular.
May God keep you, may the Lord protect you, may the Lord leads you, as it was before and continues until now, and we will pray in shrines of Kiev, that the Lord has given you and continue good health and great working ability, and piety in preaching the Holy Gospel. Bogodarovannym his word, his work and his love of the Church you open the Gospel to those near and far.
Let the blessed Lord in your life and your works righteous, your standing on God’s watch as many years as the Lord will bless. I hope many years you will be entitled to change the word of Christ’s truth.
Let the Church rejoices and rejoices that it has such a source of Chrysostom, the answers to all questions and most importantly – the preaching of the gospel far and near to the glory of God for the salvation of every one of us. ”
In memory of common prayer Blessed Lord gave to His Holiness Patriarch Cyril miter. Then His Holiness appealed to the word of His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr:
“I sincerely thank you, Your Beatitude, for your kind and wise words, but most of all thank you for the feat of your life. Your whole career is a testament to dedication of the Church of God, love for his people.
You are flesh and blood of Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian spiritual energy and zeal for the orthodox faith. In the most difficult years the Lord has blessed you to lead the Ukrainian Church. Lord builds the high sveschnitsy church service the people who need at this time and in this place, and it is not by chance you are in a time of crisis, vacillation and temptations, which struck the Orthodox in Ukraine, went down to the ancient Chair of Ukrainian prelates, joining in their service past and present , drawing strength is great, united and powerful past, and passing some of these forces, that power destroyed, tormented human souls.
I thank you and never cease to admire the feat of your ministry. I visit this holy land with the intentions and objectives with those who openly proclaimed and in front of neighbors, and to distant. But, unfortunately, the enemy of the human race, whose name in Russian translates as slanderer slanders and the most holy and pure, that only can be – in the pastoral ministry, in common prayer, the word evangelism.
We should not be afraid of slander, because God is stronger than the devil, but I need to answer some of the slanderous allegations which are intended to sow tares new hostility and suspicion in the uniform of the Russian Church.
So, all dull, all without a hearing, all lost their sight, all lost their memory, I want to say that the word of the Church – it is gold, as bishop of the word – gold. The Church never wavered from his words, and when the mouth of the Local Council was confirmed as an autonomous in its administration of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with the rights of broad autonomy, it was confirmed he was not to cancel it.
The Church does not violate his words. But we know examples where clergy give up their words and after that died spiritually themselves and others fascinated by the abyss. They say that the Patriarch arrived in Ukraine in order to limit the rights and opportunities of the Ukrainian Church. Not for this comes Patriarch to Ukraine, and to ensure that, together with the Primate of the Ukrainian Church, together with the bishops of our Church – to the Ukrainians, Russians, Moldovans, people of other nationalities – witness the world, including here in Ukraine, of Christ crucified and risen, about Christ, capable of giving force of resurrection, even the greatest sinners.
That is why we again and again to turn our words to those who are in schism. Christ’s love extends to all, and the servants of this love can not make that contrary to the word of God. And because we build relationships with our brothers, staying in a split, with one hand, based on the truth of the church, the truth of God, but on the other hand – on the basis of love. And even those who most offend, should not lose hope for salvation, because for all ascended the Cross Savior, His shed blood not only for the righteous, as for the sinners. So when we turn to the near and distant, even to those who tormented body of the Church, we do not say empty words, we’re not talking in riddles, we do not speak the language of diplomacy – we speak the language of the Gospel.
Again and again call on all to unite in one body of Christ, to praise God’s name together with the hope that this common prayer to lay all of us the mercy of God.
Today, Your Beatitude, we have the joy of celebrating the day of your angel. Promyslitelno that the Ukrainian Church is named Vladimir. Such coincidences do not happen. It is no coincidence that the finger of God, which points to you as the worthy successor of Kiev Primates of the Church, bishops, going back to Prince Vladimir and his apostolic feat. You named Vladimir, and the Life – Equal to the Apostles, asserting the unity of the Church and the heritage of Kievan Rus in all spaces of the Russian world, that world – I say again to dull – which has nothing to do with politics, power. This is a world where the holy one Church, where the deed Equal to the Apostles lived and acted through the ages. This is a spiritual force, which brings together over any political subdivisions, making many of one unit, one spiritual family, the Church of God, coming to God with prayer and hope. ”
Holy Lord handed Ukrainian Orthodox Church pectoral cross, and two of Panagia and the Kiev-Pechersk Monastery – Eucharistic vessels. By submitting gifts, His Holiness said:
“I would like to bring to you, Blessed Lord, along with his gratitude for your sacrificial work, the visible expression of their love – these are the signs of your archpastoral dignity. May the Lord and the Holy Mother, depicted in these Panagia will be your advocates and protectors. The Lord Himself let him hear your fervent prayer for the people of Ukraine and of our Church. I would also like to present you this memorable address. We are in the holy land of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, and in gratitude for all that happens now under the arches of the first monastery of Holy Russia, I would refer to the memory of these Eucharistic vessels as a symbol of our unity in Christ as a symbol of our spiritual strength, that born of the Body and Blood of the Savior, the one force that could defeat any force the devil – the division, slander and lies. Let the brethren, to unite around this holy chalice, prays for the unity of our Church, the faith and piety of the Ukrainian people and all people of Holy Russia. ”
Then His Holiness blessed to distribute all praying on the square icons of the Blessed Virgin, saying:
“And each of you, my dear, who is now at this worship service, who prayed with me, I would like to convey my patriarchal blessing in the form of Mother of God. I can not personally bless each of you, but I want to do it, for the touch to each of you closes the spiritual circuit between patriarch and the faithful people. Not only do you get to this point, a blessing, but I get strength from your love and pious hearts, touching this basis, the spiritual life of the whole Church – piety of our people. May God keep you all in peace, love, oneness of mind, even prosperous Ukraine, even strengthened the friendly relations between peoples of Holy Russia, may the Lord in response to exploit the holy fathers and martyrs, confessors, that my blood courted our unity and strengthened our faith, will us today, keeping faith in the Church, to transform life on this world to Christ! Amen.
Then, concelebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Cyril and His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr hierarchs and clergy in prednesenii ark with the relics of St. Vladimir marched in procession from the Near to Far Caves Monastery. Holy Lord made a far caves prayer, and then from the balcony of the Metropolitan’s residence sprinkled holy water on the audience and congratulated them on the holiday.
Press office of His Holiness Patriarch/DECR Communication Service