«Airborne all believers»: why did the priests go into the army

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Epanchintseva in photobacteria of the airborne forces Day in Russia«Airborne all believers»: why did the priests go into the army© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Epanchintseva in photobacteria she said

Somehow the teachings of Vyazma, the future Archpriest Mikhail Vasiliev nearly died: the canopy spun, and he fell with 600 meters in height, the last effort «whirled» is almost off the dome and landed on a half-opened parachute. Chief, airborne Synodal Department on interaction with Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies convinced that was saved with God’s help. However, this adventure did not go unnoticed: due to a hard landing he has a broken vertebra. But from the jump he refused.

«You know, isn’t that some sort of pop is not crashed, falling on the failed parachute. More importantly, if people are wondering what the pop is doing in the army?» he says now.

Father Michael among your Marines, although the arms don’t take — only nourishes the troops of the airborne forces, morale. So when regular exercise one soldier’s parachute did not open, and after that nobody wanted to jump the priest stepped out of the plane first. And the others followed.

«A priest should be neither a General nor an officer. Our primary goal is not to increase the degree of patriotism. We help a person in uniform to exercise their right to freedom of conscience,» he explains his current task.

According to him, «in the airborne troops, which I have nourished for the last 17 years the faithful troops of about 96 percent. Marines are believers because otherwise it is difficult, for example, to jump with a parachute from a flying plane. Airborne is troops for war. These military — our flock, and we, the priests are with them for a long time, hope now it will always be».

Participation in mass bathing in the fountains. he will not accept is more important to celebrate the patron Saint of paratroopers — the prophet Elijah. «And bathe in city fountains is to whom and without me,» says father Michael.

Father Konstantin is even the future President of the breakaway Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Dzhokhar Dudayev was taught to land the plane. However, not in the sky and on the simulator. «When Dudayev began to land the plane when lowering flaps at 40 degrees, causing the vertical speed was much too high. Plane told, and he fell on the wing,» he says. Dudayev was decided that the simulator is useless, had Lieutenant Tatarintseva to prove to the Colonel that the technique nothing to do with.

«We launched the simulator. He sat down on the right Cup, I’m on the left. Soared. Made a few turns, after which Dudayev handed over control to me. Coming in to land, I passed all the necessary parameters, and the plane landed softly and nicely — experienced Colonel was shocked. Honestly, I don’t know how to have a relationship at the pilot Dudayev with this Tu-22M2, but our relationship with him moved from the category of service in a friendly. After this incident, we talked a lot, walked together to the dining room. I have about him as a person, and as an officer formed a very good impression. As for subsequent events, then, perhaps, once in high politics, he was forced to play by someone else’s rules,» says father Constantine.

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotomontagen-training camp for military chaplains in the Ryazan region«Airborne all believers»: why did the priests go into the army© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotomontagen-training camp for military chaplains in the Ryazan region

Tatarintsev, he was ordained in 1986. The attitude of believers in the army was then, to put it mildly, negative. But the Lieutenant did not hesitate, made a choice in favor of the Church. Now spiritually nourishes air force.

Metropolitan–border guard

Few people know, but many high-ranking hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church also were in the military service. Thus, the Chairman of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk two years served in the frontier troops.

«Actually, I was not a real border guard, as he served in the orchestra of border troops. He was based in Moscow in Medvedkovo. We connected with overseas summer trip, when we gave concerts at frontier posts,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion RIA Novosti.

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Incomerate in fotolachestvennye marching temple at the site of Sergeevskiy training center in Primorsky region«Airborne all believers»: why did the priests go into the army© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Incomerate in fotolachestvennye marching temple at the site of Sergeevskiy training center in Primorsky Krai

The orchestra had two staffs. In the first — drill — future Bishop played brass baritone. Was still a pop structure, in which he played keyboards (elektroorgane).

«For two summers we drove the entire border between the USSR and China from Blagoveshchensk to Khabarovsk, on every frontier gave concerts, communicated with the border guards,» — says the Chairman of the DECR.
Dreaming of space

Military service was held and the press Secretary of the Patriarch father Alexander Volkov.»After University I joined the army because did not graduate from the military Department. Served in the space forces. Though not as long as it takes, because at that time my husband was already in position. By then the laws could leave the army at some period his wife’s pregnancy. But still, I served for more than six months,» says the priest.

Today he speaks about this period of life «with gratitude to God and to the people then met.»

«It was a very valuable experience in life. Still I use it. Overcoming difficulties ourselves, the need to fulfill some requirements is always very helpful. Actually, I think that the army is good times in life for any man,» emphasizes wolf.

Yes, and the Patriarch seems to have the same opinion. According to his press Secretary, «being the Metropolitan of Smolensk, Patriarch operated the fighter for this are properly trained. It was in heavy 90-e years, when he wanted to cheer the guys who served at a military base in Smolensk.»

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill visits the cockpit combat fighter«Airborne all believers»: why did the priests go into the army© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill visits the cockpit combat fighter

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