Church calls on believers to unite for country’s revival

Moscow, May 4, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church has urged believers not to cede to pressure and actively participate in the country’s life.

“We need a peaceful army of Orthodox Christians – a spiritual, cultural, informative, political army, not sword-wielding, not frightening anyone, but showing the wise, good, unbending, strong-willed force of our people for revival, for independence, for praying, thinking and acting,” the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at the hearings of the World Russian People’s Convention in Moscow on Thursday.

The event focused on the Time of Troubles and Patriarch of Moscow Hermogenes who inspired a popular uprising in the 17th century.

The laity are performing a special service, and “that service is one of civil action,” the priest said.

Today the laity can and must participate in running the state “and no one has the right to deprive them of such an opportunity,” they must be present in all spheres of social life, he said.