The Patriarch: the legacy of the local Council of 1917 is still not fully comprehended

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The value of the all-Russian local Council of 1917-1918 is still not fully comprehended by his contemporaries, and his legacy is in serious need of study, reads the address of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill to all believers of the Russian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Cathedral.

The local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church held in Moscow from August 28 (new style), 1917, to September 20, 1918. It was the first all-Russian Church Council after 1690, it is the most important decision was the reestablishment of the Patriarchate, put an end to the so-called Synodal period in the history of the Russian Church. Patriarchal message on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the activities of the local Council circulated Thursday, the press service of the Primate.

According to the Patriarch, the Council of 1917-1918 was «an important milestone in the history of Russian Orthodoxy», however, despite the past century, its value is «not fully comprehended and appreciated by the Church people.» «I am deeply convinced that his legacy requires serious and thoughtful study, and many of the ideas expressed then, would be useful and in demand today,» — the statement says.

The local Council of 1917-1918 had a long period of preparation: in January of 1906, Emperor Nicholas II established a special body — the Pre-Council presence, which was to prepare the convening of the Council and the major projects the Council’s decisions.

As noted by the Patriarch, not all decisions a century ago, was implemented, what the reasons were different. The most obvious obstacles, reads the message, and was erupted shortly after the revolutionary events of the civil war and the subsequent unprecedented persecution of the Church and the faithful. Many members of the local Council was later canonized canonized as martyrs or Confessors of the faith.

«We do our Ministry in a completely different historical conditions. Most of our fellow citizens by the mercy of God has its experience of persecution for their faith. Today, we can prayer to reflect on the outcome of the Council’s actions, to answer the question of why in spite of many obstacles, some Council resolutions have been implemented and have found their place in the life of the Church, while others on the contrary — was not viable and was not internalized the Church’s consciousness,» the statement reads.

The Patriarch reminded that we have now taken the first fundamental scientific publication of the conciliar documents, which will contribute to the preservation of the memory of this «truly great event of the turn of the century».

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