Patriarch Kirill: Orthodox values formed the national character of the Russian people

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill during the celebration 1030-anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. 28 July 2018Patriarch Kirill: Orthodox values formed the national character of the Russian people© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Orthodox values formed the national character of the Russian people, but an ideological choice made by Prince Vladimir has forever changed the face of Christian civilization, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore in conjunction with representatives of ten Orthodox churches made on Saturday, a festive prayer service on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia monument to Prince Vladimir in Moscow. The service was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

«Orthodox spiritual and moral values have largely shaped the national character traits and many spiritual qualities of our man: courage and self-sacrifice, honesty and faith, compassion, and keen sense of justice — that our national values and our national ideals», — the Patriarch said after the service.

The Christian tradition, said the Patriarch, became the basis for the creation of secular culture, including literature, painting, music, architecture. And this, in his opinion, is «truly universal significance of the feat equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir».

«We have given mankind not only such masterpieces of Church art as the creation of Rublev and Dionysius, wonderful architectural ensembles, churches and monasteries, but also great works of Dostoevsky and Gogol, Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov, Repin and Vasnetsov, Berdyaev and Lossky,» — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Ideological choice of Prince Vladimir, according to him, has forever changed the face not only of Slavic, but of the entire Christian civilization. However, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, historians looking for political implications in the decisions of the Prince, «that he, being a far-sighted statesman, probably could not be taken into account».

«But the main thing not it, the main thing is the conscious choice of Christ. Heart responded to the good news,» said the Patriarch.

As he said, the Christian civilization cannot be imagined today without Russian Orthodoxy, the boundaries of which extend «from edge to edge of the Earth.»

«Today is the Day of the baptism of Rus celebrated in Moscow and in Kiev, and in Minsk and in other cities. Millions of people pray to Prince about the welfare of people in countries of historical Rus. In this common prayer forget mutual grievances, disputes and separation. This prayer strengthens strong spiritual ties existing between our peoples. These relations do not depend on nationality, culture or changing of state borders,» — said the Patriarch.