Patriarch Kirill prayed for healing wounds of the XX century and the unity of the Russian people

Патриарх Кирилл помолился об исцелении ран XX века и единстве русских людей

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill during his visit to France prayed for healing wounds “on the body of Russian emigration”, the final overcoming of the divisions of the Russian people generated revolution and Civil war of the twentieth century.

“Today, our prayer is that the life of our people better spiritually and materially, that was finally healed all the wounds and divisions of the XX century, including wounds that are still somehow present in the body of the Russian emigration,” said Patriarch Kirill, visiting the Russian section of the cemetery of Saint Genevieve de Bois near Paris.

In this cemetery are buried the most prominent representatives of Russian emigration. Among them, the Russian philosopher Archpriest Sergei Bulgakov, the writers Ivan Bunin and Ivan Shmelev, President of the Provisional government of Prince Georgi Lvov, the General-Lieutenant Nikolay lokhvitskiy, film Director Arseny Tarkovsky. The first burial in the Russian part of the cemetery, which is still valid, dated 1927. Total for Sainte-geneviève-des-Bois is more than 5 thousand graves in which are buried about 15 thousand Russian.

“For me the visit to the Russian cemetery Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois is always an event associated with special experiences. Here are wonderful representatives of our people, the color of the Russian intelligentsia. Realizing they are far from their native land, you know, what a tragedy happened in the life of our nation: divided country, a divided people, the loss of thousands and thousands of human lives, the exile of the best representatives of the nation abroad – all this was a result of the tragic events, whose centenary we will remember for next year. These hundred years were very difficult in the life of our Fatherland: the civil war, and repression, and the terrible war with an external enemy, and the difficulties associated with the economic condition of the country, with the political situation in the world. All this printing is on the history of our nation in the last hundred years”, — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

According to him, “by the grace of God today Russia reborn”. “There was a civil reconciliation of people. Gone are the confrontation between “red” and “white”. People are aware of themselves as one people and build a new Russia out of nowhere and not on the ruins, and a rich thousand-year tradition. In the center of this tradition – the spiritual life of our people, the Orthodox faith,” — said the Patriarch.

He also noted that on Monday (December 5) — exactly eight years since the death of his predecessor Patriarch Alexy II, with whom he visited the Russian cemetery near Paris, during his visit to France in 2007. “So today, our prayers for those who are buried in this cemetery, will also be accompanied by prayer and the late his Holiness Patriarch Alexy,” — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Kirill celebrates at the Russian cemetery Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois litany (short memorial service), during which he also prayed for the repose of the victims of an accident in KHMAO.

The Patriarch laid flowers at the tombstones of prominent representatives of the Russian Diaspora, including: Sergius Bulgakov, Leonid Uspensky, Nikita Struve, Anton Kartashev.

“Especially the necessity of spiritual unity of Russian people abroad realize when visiting this Holy place,” — said the Patriarch.

Patriarch Kirill began his primatial visit to the Korsun diocese that unites parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland on 3 December with the vigil in a small old Russian Church on the street Hinges in Paris. During the visit, which will last until December 7, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church will visit not only Paris, but the Swiss city of Zurich, where he will head the Church festivities on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Church of the Resurrection.