Patriarch Kirill explained why ROC builds so many temples

Патриарх Кирилл объяснил, зачем РПЦ строит так много храмов

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill after the consecration of the new Russian Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Paris explained why the Russian Orthodox Church is building so many temples.

“Some are surprised and say: why are you now in the Russian Church so many temples built? Why do you need almost a thousand monasteries, why do you need almost 36 thousand temples, why do you need thousands and thousands of monks? And it was all recreated for some 25 years. We answer: because we went through such a historical lesson through which is not passed any one nation. We are not explaining our actions, because everyone who knows our history understands that we survived as a nation only because we have kept the faith,” the Patriarch said.

Патриарх Кирилл объяснил, зачем РПЦ строит так много храмов
Patriarch Kirill’s visit to France

According to him, France and Russia have been historical periods when people “condescending attitude to the word of God, completely amazed by the greatness of the words of man.” “Millions of people gave their minds, their will, inspired by these words, gave his life for the human ideas, But where are these great human words? Who of us in Paris or in Moscow give his life for them? Most of them nobody knows, except the scientists who study the history of human thought”, — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The word of God, he said, continues to gather people, because “there is absolute truth and absolute criterion for distinguishing good from evil”. “If people cease to distinguish good from evil, he will cease to be human and human society will be destroyed” — warned the Patriarch.

He recalled that in the old Testament, when Israel refused to recognize the absolute truth of God, rejected his law, he was falling apart as a nation, lost its integrality, and when he turned to God again United and restored.

Патриарх Кирилл объяснил, зачем РПЦ строит так много храмов
Patriarch Kirill’s visit to France

“In Russia we abandoned God at the beginning of the XX century. Our fathers and grandfathers decided to build a just, prosperous society without God by following human wisdom… the Nation was destroyed by Civil war and strife. Many have disappeared here in France, and we are grateful to France… Without an absolute criterion for distinguishing good from evil, which comes from the absolute God, human society can not be happy, how can not be happy the human person”, — says the Primate of Moscow.

The historic Liturgy in the new Church of the Russian Orthodox Church, built on the Quai Branly, near the Eiffel tower, there were about 500 people, including the head of Fund socially-cultural initiatives Svetlana Medvedeva, Manager of the President of Russia Alexander Kolpakov, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew Foundation and World public forum “Dialogue of civilizations”, the ex-President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin. The service was attended by famous names of the Russian emigration, Russian popular singer Mireille Mathieu and model Natalia Vodianova, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, the papal Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the permanent Secretary of the French Academy, winner of the award of Fund of unity of Orthodox peoples Ellen D Career Anko, the Ambassador of Russia in France Alexander Orlov. Part of the chants sounded in French.

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