The ROC stated that «VIP passes» to the relics of St. Nicholas will not

© RIA Novosti . Sergey Pathiterator in fotoballoon Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Archival photoThe ROC stated that «VIP passes» to the relics of St. Nicholas will not© RIA Novosti . Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

No special passes for those wishing to bow to bypass the General queue to the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Moscow or Saint Petersburg will not – it defeats the whole very worship, said on Tuesday the press-Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

«We do not assume any special permits for any organized groups of citizens. Neither diocesan representatives nor representatives of other local churches, nor to the heterodox for anyone. The only group of citizens that relevant structures in the government of Moscow will provide more than easy passage, it’s disabled people,» said Volkov at a briefing in MIA «Russia today».

In turn, the Deputy head of the Department of national policy and interregional relations of Moscow, head of Department for relations with religious organisations, Konstantin Blazhenov said that in this case we are talking about «people with disabilities of the musculoskeletal system with one accompanying and infants with one accompanying».

The evaluation of the press Secretary of the Patriarch, the passage to the relics for some «VIP passes» obessmyslivaet the fact of the pilgrimage and worship of the Shrine.

«If we in Moscow can not defend the three-four-five hour queue, then why do we all need? The point is that people made some, or at least a short pilgrimage to the Shrine spent at least some time, your physical strength, and would apply some effort in order to worship the Holy God-pleaser. Otherwise, the worship will not make any sense. How to store: come, get something for some money and went back. This is not a shop, and the Church,» said Volkov.

In 2011, when Russia brought to worship the belt of the virgin from mount Athos, blogs and the media stirred up the story of «VIP passes», which supposedly in Moscow to the Shrine passed the VIPs. However, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church has denied this information, recognizing, however, that were printed special tickets for the believers of orphanages and homes for the disabled, and also for a certain number of the clergy and parishioners of the Moscow and regional churches participating in the round-the-clock worship at the Shrine.

The greatest relics of the Christian Saint would be from 21 may to 28 July in Russia, this was agreed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Pope Francis during the historic meeting in Havana. From 22 may to 12 July, they will be available for veneration in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, and then transported them to St. Petersburg. The relics of Saint Nicholas for the first time to leave the city of Bari, where they are constantly.

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