On 21 September, the feast of the Nativity of the blessed virgin, in Moscow was held the ceremony of donation to the Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos icons with particles of relics of the Holy and righteous warriors of the Holy great-Martyr George, Holy great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica, of the Holy righteous warrior Feodor Ushakov and Sainted Martin the merciful, Bishop of tours. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the ROC, Ministry of defence, Executive and legislative authorities, and soldiers of the airborne troops. This was reported by one of the organizers, Chairman of the public organization “Moscow Suvorov” Dmitry Nesterov.
In the morning in the Church of the Annunciation of the blessed virgin Mary – the temple of VDV in sokolnikah has served a solemn Liturgy. After the Liturgy, four icons with particles of relics of Holy righteous warrior was transferred to the Deputy commander of the airborne troops on work with staff major-General Victor Kupchishin.
“The transfer of the relics took place in the framework of the “strengthening of the Russian army” by the world Russian people’s Council with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill,” – said the Chairman of public organization “Moscow cadets” Dmitry Nesterov. According to him, the implementers on the spiritual mount hosts are Russian public organization “Moscow cadets”, the Foundation of the Holy Martyr Boniface and the Synodal Department for interaction with Armed forces and law enforcement agencies.
Icons with particles of relics were taken to Moscow the President of the Foundation of the Holy Martyr Boniface Natalia Mezentsev. According to her, the relics of St. George brought from Jerusalem, the Holy great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica with Cassandra, the Holy righteous warrior Feodor Ushakov of the Sanaksar monastery in Mordovia, of St. Martin of tours from Germany. “St. Martin of tours went from warrior to Saint and all the time took care of the soldiers. He is the founder of the concept – a military chaplain. It is symbolic that the Shrine was transferred to the military chaplain Ministers to soldiers serving in the ranks of the airborne forces, Archpriest Mikhail Vasiliev. This event is special because for the first time in the entire history of military priesthood transferred the relics of St. Martin of tours of the 4th century, the temple of the airborne forces”, – she said.
The Church of the Annunciation of the blessed virgin in Sokolniki, was built on the money of the military Department of the Russian Empire. The temple was consecrated on 24 March 1906. It could seat over a thousand people, which corresponded to approximate the number of the regiment in peacetime. After the revolution the Church was closed. At different times it housed the club, a node courier and the guardhouse. In 2004 his Holiness the Patriarch blessed to revive its Cathedral of airborne troops. Five years later, on 9 July 2009, took place the consecration and the erection of crosses.