To plunge into Russian Jordan: why Orthodoxy Ambassador-Mormon

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka USA in Russia John huntsman while bathing in the font of the new Jerusalem monastery in Moscow region. 21 January 2018To plunge into Russian Jordan: why Orthodoxy Ambassador-Mormon© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

«One, two, three!» — the applause and the laughter of the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Russia on Sunday in turns to plunge into the water Istra, near Moscow. First into the icy water in the cold became the head of the diplomatic mission, John huntsman. Why would an American, a Mormon by religion, the Orthodox tradition and the Russian Palestine, new Jerusalem monastery, center of Orthodox diplomacy, understood the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

«It’s an unforgettable experience that I will never forget. I am impressed with the great Russian tradition, meeting people. They are very important to me, I get to know and religion, and the great culture of Russia. Grateful to the monastery for what they helped me to take part in all this,» right by the river, the US Ambassador gives the comment to journalists.

The huntsman — a follower of the teachings of Mormonism. In 1830 Joseph Smith published the text, which is believed was given him by the angel. The book was named after the ancient prophet and historian Mormon, who lived in the IV century BC on the American continent. According to the Mormons, it describes the relationship between God and pre-Columbian civilizations of America in the period from about 2600 BC to 420 BC, as well as memories of Jesus Christ, who personally visited America after his resurrection.

New Jerusalem monastery was founded by Patriarch Nikon as a copy of Jerusalem’s Holy sites, even the Istra river was called the Jordan, in commemoration of the baptism site of Christ. But the cloister was not only to protect the pilgrims from the unsafe travel to the middle East. Nikon, «Sobinov friend» of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, the first and the last of the primates of the Russian Church bore the title of Great sovereign. The king during his departure actually left him to rule the country, and the liturgical reforms of the Patriarch led to a tragic schism in Russian history.

But recently, about the past glory of the «spiritual center of the Russian world» remembered at the top. Here took place the meeting of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and the leader of the public movement «the Ukrainian choice — the right of the people» Victor Medvedchuk, which was reached a principled decision about the exchange of prisoners in Ukraine.

Despite the fact that the custom to take for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is constantly exposed to harsh criticism within the Church, the vicar does not see in it anything bad. «People in Holy Epiphany days immersed in Holy water to as closely as possible to touch the grace of God!» — he is sure. He also believes that this grace will change the soul of the American guests, and asks God «to instruct them, to help and to omurice».

Finally, he said that the huntsman does not rule out the possibility of becoming a member of the monastery. «Maybe it will come true», said Archimandrite.

«People in our country say that the Americans — the enemies, the imperialists, but they felt that it was Christians. And, despite the atheistic propaganda in our country, the level of religiosity was always high. And it was, I think, a wonderful basis for the development of relations between the new Russia and the USA», — said the Primate of the Russian Church.

In response, huntsman complained that politicians can not solve any critical issue of our time, among them he called a lack of respect between people, lack of justice, peace amongst different faiths. «We will be judged by the fact if we can teach the next generation. This is a very difficult task, you need to address the issue every day,» — said the U.S. Ambassador.

Perhaps the Russian water of the Jordan will help him in this.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka USA in Russia John huntsman during a visit to new Jerusalem monastery in Moscow region. 21 January 2018To plunge into Russian Jordan: why Orthodoxy Ambassador-Mormon© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka USA in Russia John huntsman during a visit to new Jerusalem monastery in Moscow region. 21 Jan 2018

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