The Orthodox will fight in honor of the Saint, did not support the war

© Photo : photo provided by the movement «forty times Forty»Third annual celebration of Christianity and sport in MoscowThe Orthodox will fight in honor of the Saint, did not support the war© Photo : photo provided by the movement «forty times Forty»

 

. In the Moscow suburb of Pushkino on Friday will take place solemn opening of VIII Festival of combat sports and martial arts «the Cup Nicholas Japanese», in the program of the event will include competitions in karate, Sambo and MMA, told RIA Novosti the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media.

«The program of the Cup opening parade of participants, greetings from honored guests, demonstrations and awarding of the annual prize of the Russian Union of Orthodox Martial artists. The festival will feature more than 22 sports, will participate, approximately 3,500 athletes and 30,000 spectators,» the statement reads.

Archbishop Nicholas, glorified among the saints equal to the apostles founded the Orthodox Church in Japan. Born in Smolensk province, he accidentally saw an ad about the vacant position of rector at the Russian Embassy in Hakodate. According to contemporaries, the future Saint did not give it much importance, but after a while I realized that I had to be there, and in a monastic dignity. In June 1861 he arrived in Japan.

«Then the Japanese looked at foreigners as beasts, and on Christianity as a villainous sect, to which can belong only to notorious villains and sorcerers», later recalled the Saint. The first converts to Christianity by the Japanese was a former samurai, who wanted to kill the preacher – he believed that Christianity could provide the means for capture of the country by foreigners.

 

© Photo : Public domain Russian destroyers in the harbour of Port Arthur. One thousand nine hundred four The Orthodox will fight in honor of the Saint, did not support the war© Photo : Public domain Russian destroyers in the harbour of Port Arthur. One thousand nine hundred four

 

With the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese war, he ceased to participate in public worship because, in his own words, could not pray for the «victory of Japan over my own people», However, the Prelate encouraged Japanese Christians to go into battle without hatred, to remember that heavenly Fatherland are more important than the earth, and every day prayed for «a speedy restoration of violated peace.» St. Nicholas ended the correspondence with Russia and devoted himself to the preparation of the books and the care of prisoners of war, the total number of which exceeded 70 thousand people.

His work is appreciated by Emperor Nicholas II. «You have revealed to all that the Orthodox Church of Christ, alien to worldly dominion and every tribal feud that equally embraces all tribes and tongues. You, according to the Covenant of Christ, did not leave the flock entrusted to You, and the grace of love and faith gave You strength to withstand the fiery test of battle and in the midst of warlike hostility to keep the peace, faith and prayer in your works,» wrote the Archbishop of the Russian autocrat. Permission for the burial of the shepherd in Tokyo gave the Japanese Emperor personally.

According to the report of the Synodal Department, the festival in Pushkino will be one of the biggest events in the world of Russian martial arts and combat sports will be dedicated to preserving the memory of St. Nicholas.

 

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