The salvation of the ancient temples located in rural areas, it is “the salvation of the Russian landscape, is the salvation of our country is the salvation of our cultural space”, said his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia at the meeting of the Supreme Church Council held on 25 July 2018 in Moscow, reports patriarhiei.
During the meeting, the Chairman of the Expert Council on Church art, architecture and restoration, drevlehranilische of the Moscow city diocese Archpriest Leonid Kaliningradtel with a message dedicated to the issues of restoration of the temples.
Commenting on this presentation, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church stressed that the issues of restoration of ancient churches in sparsely populated areas is very important and should be addressed in collaboration with the Ministry of culture and other agencies because of the efforts of the Church and volunteers for comprehensive solutions to this problem are not enough.
According to His Holiness, revival churches sometimes entails the settlement of the territory around them, there are people who are willing to live together permanently or at least part of the year. “And let there be service four times a year, but if the restored Church — he is saved”, — said his Holiness.
“Historically, the Patriarchal Council for culture to have as a priority the preservation, salvation of the closed churches, especially in those places where there are no settlements,” — said his Holiness Patriarch Kirill.