The relics of Patriarch Tikhon on December 4 will be transferred to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

© RIA Novosti . Sergey Platekompaniet of Patriarch Tikhon in the Moscow diocesan houseThe relics of Patriarch Tikhon on December 4 will be transferred to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior© RIA Novosti . Sergey Pyatakov

The relics of Patriarch of all Russia Tikhon, at the centenary anniversary of his enthronement on the Patriarchal throne, December 4, will be solemnly transferred from the Donskoy monastery of the capital to the temple of Christ the Savior for the believers to worship, said Thursday the head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda.

Speaking at a meeting of the organizational Committee on preparation and holding of events related to the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in Russia, Legoyda said that the day of the enthronement of Patriarch always celebrated as a Church holiday, and on December 4 this year falls one of the key Church events dedicated to the centennial of the events of 1917.

«This day is scheduled Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and it is planned to transfer from the Donskoy monastery the relics of St. Tikhon for worship in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior,» — said Legoyda. The divine Liturgy in the main Cathedral of the capital will be headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

According to Legoyda, the election of St. Tikhon to the Patriarchal throne was «a landmark event» in the Church life – it meant the end of the bicentennial «of the Synodal period, when the Church was actually ruled by the power of the state» and restored the canonical structure of the Russian Church.

«The Russian Church at the beginning of the XX century was the largest and most influential in the family of Orthodox churches, was a patron of Orthodoxy in the middle East, and all eyes were on the Russian Church and much was expected of it. At the same time the Russian Church was such a complicated page – the so-called Synodal period, and a linked in part to the weakness of the Church is the fact that the canonical order was violated, and the Church has not been able to carry their independent word society,» — said Legoyda.

St. Tikhon (Belavin, 1865-1925) was the first Patriarch of Moscow since the restoration in Russia of the Patriarchate. Canonized in 1989, he spent the years of his Ministry to find an acceptable compromise between the Church and Soviet power. Eventually, he was arrested. To end the life of Patriarch Tikhon remained under investigation, in December 1924, he was assassinated, after which the Saint fell ill, and in April 1925 he died. To this day it remains one of the most revered bishops, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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