October 8, 2018, Holy Trinity monastery hosted a celebration on the occasion of the commemoration day of St. Sergius, Abbot of Radonezh, reports patriarhiei. At the end of divine Liturgy community meal, at the end of which the participants were addressed by his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
His Holiness said that the day of memory of St. Sergius, collecting many bishops, clergy and laity within the walls of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, each time become visible testimony to the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church. However, this unity is now challenged, in the words of His Holiness, “all the forces of evil going to tear the Ukrainian Church from the United Russian Orthodox Church, which began in the Baptismal font of Kiev”.
“But here’s what you need to remember all the laws by which the Lord governs the Church is not man-made laws, and whenever the inside of the Church invaded politics, they inevitably suffer defeat,” continued the Patriarch.
“Just remember our post-revolutionary past, when the government invaded the Church, provoking the Renovationist schism. Was arrested Patriarch Tikhon was arrested and subsequently executed many priests, bishops. The authorities decided that the Church is gone that we are dead but we are alive (see 2 Cor. 6:9), and a new era began — the era of the revival of the Church through the prayers of those who showed fidelity to Christ even unto death, the martyrs and Confessors” — said the Primate of the Russian Church.
“We should not be guided by secular criteria, and the criteria to be spiritual, we need to see what you can’t see secular people. We must clearly realize that the unity of the Church — beyond any human boundaries, it witnessed the heroism of our hierarchs, monastics, priests, and laity for many centuries. And today, when some political forces plagued Ukraine when they try to tear the Ukrainian Church from the Russian Church, to destroy our unity, we know this will end in complete failure,” — says the Patriarch.
“It is very important that all of our archpastors, wherever they held their service in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, other countries are in unity. And we are United not because of political factors, not external coercion — we are United by our beliefs, our faith and our loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ, His suffering Church and the Holy canons. Pray that no shocks do not destroy this unity,” said his Holiness.
“Rely on faith and piety of the Ukrainian people. It’s the common people today defend the unity of our Church. And I know how bravely they defend this unity, as they guard their temples, as they resist the attempts to capture as they fight literally on the front line, and not just for the unity of our Church, but for the purity of Orthodoxy. It is remarkable that all the bishops of the Ukrainian Church is United around, his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, stands firmly on these positions. Today, we are the world the same hardness, the same unity that showed the world our Russian Orthodox Church after the terrible events of 1917”, — said the Primate.
“We hope that by the grace of God and the whole of the Universal Orthodox Church will pass through the current temptation. But our main task is not to waver and not lose the purity of Orthodoxy. We pray that the enforced separation, to which we went because of the misconduct of Constantinople, became a division in the century, as it happened in the XI century, when the claims of the Bishop of Rome’s universal power turned into a division of the one Church. So today, when the Patriarch of Constantinople claims to be unusual for an Orthodox Bishop of the Ecumenical power, we stand on the side of truth, on the side of Orthodoxy. And we will firmly keep our Orthodox canons, our faith, our piety, and to cultivate the piety of our people,” testified the Patriarch.
“I all of you, my dear lords, calling for a special prayer for our Church, for our people, both in Russia and in Ukraine, things that the Lord helped us to overcome these difficulties. And the success in overcoming these difficulties will largely depend on our spiritual and canonical unity, which we now show, claiming that the Russian Orthodox Church and is able in difficult moments one mouth and one heart to proclaim the truth of God,” — concluded his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.