Temple of reconciliation: the Cathedral of the new Martyrs of Russia «sanctified» and graced the Lubyanka

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Decade of the restoration of unity of Russian Orthodox Church it was noted may 25 consecration in the center of Moscow on Lubyanka square 60-metre-high white-stone Cathedral in honor of Christ’s Resurrection and new Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church.

The majestic Cathedral on the territory of the Sretensky monastery was built on donations for three years, to the 100-year anniversary of the tragic events of 1917. The great consecration of the Cathedral and the first divine Liturgy on Thursday, the feast of the ascension, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

The temple, designed for 2 thousand people, could not accommodate all the congregation — hundreds of people followed the broadcast of worship on the big screen on the monastery square. In the hands of people holding photographs and portraits of clergy and laity who died in the persecution of the Church in the twentieth century. Just at the moment in the Cathedral of new martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church includes the names of more than 1,760 suffered for their faith.

After the consecration of the Patriarch with the clergy — all in white, festive garb — went in procession to the ancient Church of the monastery in honor of the Vladimir icon of the Mother of God, from where he moved to the new Church, the relics of the patron Saint of the monastery and its Abbot in the 1920-ies, of the Holy Martyr Hilarion (Troitsky). Chime, the reliquary was placed on the stones brought from Solovki, where the Abbot of the Sretensky monastery from 1924 to 1929 he had been imprisoned.

The monastery itself was founded in the late XIV century in the place of the meeting of the wonderworking Vladimir icon of the Mother of God to commemorate the deliverance of Moscow from the invasion of Tamerlane. In Soviet times, the Sretensky monastery was badly damaged, and after 1925 was closed and destroyed, the remaining buildings was used as a prison for priests and those who have not denied the faith.

The reconciliation of the nation

The theme of reconciliation and preserving the unity of the Russian nation at the celebrations was the main said Lee about the reunion of the two parts of the Russian Church of the new martyrs and Confessors of the XX century, in whose memory the temple was built. This Cathedral, dedicated both to Christ’s Resurrection and new martyrs, and embodies reconciliation.

«We know how fragile civil peace, we must never forget about how hard it wounds, splits, and therefore our common responsibility to do everything we can to preserve the unity of the Russian nation», — said the head of state after the service at the Sretensky monastery.

«The restoration of unity… became and has remained an event of great moral sound, a symbol of reconciliation, symbol and example of what the history of our country, her past can and should not divide but unite us,» — said the President of Russia.

With a 10-year anniversary of the reunification of ROCOR and the Russian Orthodox Church congratulated the congregation and the Patriarch expressed the hope that the results of this event will eventually «even more apparent and significant for the whole Church.» The Primate called for increased unity and to make it even more durable, thus serving as a «restoration of piety and faith in people.»

New martyrs and ROCOR

Many believe it is 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 was expressed to RIA Novosti and managing the 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.

«I believe no one customized to fit these celebrations the celebration of this important date, but 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 the priest.

What happened in 2007, Archpriest Seraphim Gan was referred to as a miracle, the miracle of the restoration of unity: «it is easier to split up, and the people here decided to unite, people come to unity.»

To preserve and strengthen this unity within the Russian Church, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion may 26, will go to Kiev. The Primate of ROCOR will make a pilgrimage to the Holy sites and congratulate all the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate with the 25th anniversary of the historical Kharkiv Council — Cathedral «courageous stand for the Holy Orthodoxy and the unity of the Church», as described by the current head of the UOC Metropolitan of Kiev Onufriy.

«Triumphant Cathedral»

The decision to build the Cathedral was taken in March 2011 at a meeting of the Board of Trustees. The height of the Church of the Resurrection — 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.

As reported in the Patriarchate, on two floors in the lower part of the new temple will open the audience’s educational and youth centers. There will also be created of the Museum of the martyrs and the shroud of Turin.

Advisor to the mayor of the Patriarch and the construction of temples, the Deputy of the state Duma Vladimir resin, called «the true penance» the fact that such a temple in a small area of place and in the already existing building built in such a short time. Himself the Abbot of the Sretensky monastery, Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) called Novospasskiy Cathedral «is very bright, joyful, triumphant».

«The temple is named after the all-conquering Resurrection of Christ, and in honor of the faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, his Holy new martyrs and Confessors — said Bishop Tikhon. The Lord has granted the desire of our heart… We think the path traversed by our country people, we listen to the lessons that should learn and understand the important thing: all is in the hands of God. The Lord brings down to hell and bringeth up. This happened to our homeland, descends into hell and again raised to the Resurrection of Christ, the resurrection life of God for many millions of our countrymen».
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