The Patriarch: the Russian hockey players accomplished the feat at the Olympics

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in photobacteria hockey players celebrate their victory in the final match Russia — Germany hockey tournament for men at the XXIII winter Olympic games. 24 February 2018The Patriarch: the Russian hockey players accomplished the feat at the Olympics© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has called sports feat and miracle of the victory of the Russian hockey team over Germany in the final of the Olympic games in South Korea.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on Wednesday made a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with the participation of Russian Olympians.

«What happened to you, many people call a miracle, when at the last minute, playing in the minority, you almost pull a win… I’d say more, this victory was very necessary to our people. You know what happens to us. We really needed this victory. I thank you cordially for everything you have done for this feat,» — said the Patriarch.

According to him, this victory of the Russian hockey players in the Olympic final, «supported the spirit of our people.»

«It was a sign of God’s presence in response to your faith,» said the Primate. However, he added, if the athletes «did not train and was not prepared brilliantly, such a victory was not.»

After the welcoming speech to the Olympians, the head of the Russian Church urged them to «thank the Lord that he may show mercy to the team, and to our country, <…> inclined because this victory is more than a sporting victory.»

Russian national team on hockey which ended on February 25 Olympic games for the first time since 1992, won the gold medal. In the final, the Russians in overtime beat team Germany with the score 4:3.