Putin and Patriarch Kirill will open the temple of Russian new Martyrs at the Lubyanka

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoPutin and Patriarch Kirill will open the temple of Russian new Martyrs at the Lubyanka© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will perform on Thursday, the feast of the ascension, the great consecration of the new temple of Christ’s Resurrection and new Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church at the Sretensky monastery. The ceremony will take part the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

As reported a press-service of the Kremlin, the President will inspect the new temple complex, the building of the Sretensky Seminary, as well as meet with representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCA), which became ten years ago, the inherent self-governing part of the ROC.

The celebrations of the decade of the restoration of unity of the Russian Orthodox Church, will be held on the same day: after the consecration of the Church Patriarch Kirill will make it a festive divine Liturgy with the Primate of ROCOR, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion.

The Cathedral of new martyrs in the Lubyanka

The Cathedral of new Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on Lubyanka square, in the territory of the Sretensky monastery, was erected for over three years on donations, and was built for the 100th anniversary of the tragic revolutionary events of 1917.

According to the Abbot of the Sretensky monastery, Bishop of Egorievsk Tikhon (Shevkunov), this temple is to glorify the memory of Orthodox Christians — martyrs and Confessors of the twentieth century. Today in the Cathedral of new martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church includes the names of more than 1,760 suffered for their faith. «The construction of this temple, in this place, and consecrated it in the year 2017 is an important event not only for the Sretensky monastery, not only for Moscow but for the whole Russia», — said Shevkunov.

On the day of the consecration of the Cathedral on the monastery square will be broadcast live on Church services, and at the end everyone will be given the opportunity to explore the new temple.

«During the great consecration of the relics of Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), the spiritual patron of the Sretensky monastery and its Abbot in the 1920s, post-revolutionary years, will be moved from the ancient Cathedral, in which they are located since 1999 in the new temple, in the ark, mounted on stones, brought from the Solovetsky Islands, where the Martyr Hilarion from 1924 to 1929 he had been imprisoned,» — said in the monastery.

The height of the temple of Christ’s Resurrection and new Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church is 61 meters, its construction used the most modern technology. The Cathedral is lined with stone carvings of Vladimir of white limestone. Of similar stone built ancient white-stone cathedrals of Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow.

The temple complex has several floors. The upper temple in honor of Christ’s Resurrection and new Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church. The lower Church of the new Cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the twelve apostles. At its center is the baptistery — the baptismal font decorated with mosaics on the model of ancient Byzantine churches.

On two floors in the lower part of the new temple will open the audience’s educational and youth centers. The Church will also have two museums: martyrs and the shroud of Turin.

Decade of the restoration of unity

Exactly ten years ago was the reunion of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church abroad. The ROCA appeared in 1920-ies and joined emigrated or found themselves in exile after the revolution of 1917 and the civil war in Russia the part of the clergy. The seventeenth of may 2007, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II and the first Hierarch of ROCOR Metropolitan Laurus signed in the Russian capital the Act of canonical communion of the Russian Orthodox Church and ROCOR, which established that «the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia … remains an inherent self-governing part of the local Russian Orthodox Church.»

According to the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, ten years after the merger, showed that it was the right decision.

«The vast majority of believers of the Russian Church Abroad took the Union very positively. Ten years of living together showed that it was absolutely the right decision, which now allows us to feel ourselves as members of one Church. … The most important thing is that we now have a unified Church, we take communion together, serve together, and this is a historic event whose importance cannot be overstated,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion RIA Novosti.

Putin and Patriarch Kirill will open the temple of Russian new Martyrs at the Lubyanka© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria Kirill called Nicholas the Wonderworker one of the most venerated saints in streetlegal ROCOR celebrations in Moscow headed by its first Hierarch, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion. Representatives of the Russian Diaspora, in addition to interfaith services, will participate in the conference «the tenth anniversary of the reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church abroad. Bishop John-combiner», which will be held on may 26, also at the Sretensky monastery. The forum will be devoted to Archbishop John of Shanghai and San Francisco (Maximovich), the first Saint of the Russian Diaspora.

The conference will be addressed by Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov), Archbishop of Montreal and Canada Gabriel (were offered hospitality by FR), Archbishop of Geneva and Western Europe Mikhail (Donskov), the Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington, DC (USA), Archpriest Victor Potapov, the representative of the Russian emigration (Brussels) Elizabeth Apraksin, as well as historians, theologians, and public figures.

Putin and Patriarch Kirill will open the temple of Russian new Martyrs at the Lubyanka© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotobanka all the churches of the ROC will serve memorial services for the victims Setaudiovolume Affairs of the Synod of bishops of the ROCA, rector of the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov in sea cliff (NY), Archpriest Serafim Gan said it was symbolic of the fact that the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the reunification of the Russian Church and the consecration of the Cathedral of new martyrs and Confessors of Russia coincided in one day, this opinion he expressed to RIA Novosti.

«I believe no one customized to fit these celebrations the celebration of this important date. But I see this as God’s Providence. Because really: when was the negotiation process between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Moscow Patriarchate, we turned to the works, writings or the statements of the new martyrs and Confessors of Russia. And I personally believe that it is their work, their suffering, their lives have helped us to find the right Church to solve all the issues that previously prevented the restoration of unity between the two parts of the Russian Church,» said Gan.

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