Patriarch Kirill emphasized the role of Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra

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Kiev-Pechersk Lavra — the bulwark of canonical Orthodoxy on the Ukrainian land, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, noting the courage and perseverance in the faith of the parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in difficult circumstances.

In a timed 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia interview on Friday showed the TV channel «inter», the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church acknowledged that today «a very difficult situation in Ukraine — in the sense that the enemy of mankind is trying to spread chaff and split Orthodoxy.»

«And people’re out of the Church do not go away. They profess their faith to the point that sometimes this confession is accompanied by physical, spiritual and moral damage to people. But the devotees, the faithful of our zealous exercise their Ministry. And for most of them, maybe even for all those who practice it today bears, the example of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the spiritual experience that people pochebut in the monastery of saints Anthony and Theodosius of the caves, is undoubtedly of great spiritual force,» the Patriarch said.

He noted that the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra still remains the «stronghold of canonical Orthodoxy on the Ukrainian land, and not only on the Ukrainian land.» According to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, the tradition of their founders, Anthony and Theodosius of Pechersk, Lavra continues to «surprisingly decent, and already applied to the challenges of our time, she carries out a daring, wise and pious his Ministry for the benefit of all Russian Orthodoxy.»

The Patriarch explained that when he says «Russian», it is referring not only Russians, but was of the understanding that had in the Russian ancient Byzantium. «The Byzantines called «Russian» of all who lived on the vast steppes from the Northern shore of the Black sea to the Baltic sea. That this nation, which already at that time was a multinational, because there were different tribes and Slavic tribes and Norman tribes — that’s all this, once again I want to stress the multi-ethnic people, the Byzantines called «the Rosses». Translated into our language — «Russian», — he said.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that from 2009 to 2013, visited Kiev every year and served in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, which gave him feel the power of the spiritual unity of the Orthodox.

«Divine services in the monastery has always held for me very particularly. I, first, feel a sense of ownership to this great thousand-year history. I knew, at what point do we have a Liturgy for same, where shone the Orthodox faith for the whole of Russia, in Kiev — mother of Russian cities, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on the banks of the Dnieper. And, of course, prayer with the bishops of the Ukrainian Church, praying with a large number of monastics, the clergy, with a huge number of people is a very strong and deep spiritual experience», — said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Patriarch expressed regret that he could not today «to come for obvious reasons, to Kiev and to conduct services in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra». «But I really hope that these times will pass, and again we can all pray together this great Russian Holy sites,» he added.