Patriarch Kirill prayed in front of relics of St. Spyridon on the unity of the Church

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Paracomputer of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the ceremony of the relics of St. Spyridon delivered to Russia from the Greek island of Corfu, in the Temple of Christ the SaviorPatriarch Kirill prayed in front of relics of St. Spyridon on the unity of the Church© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pyatakov

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill hopes that through prayerful appeal to St. Spyridon Trimifuntsky manage to keep the unity of the Orthodox Church, to overcome divisions and to «enlighten the mind of those who don’t know what he’s doing», he said this on Friday at a meeting of the ark with the relics of the Saint in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

«Pray to Saint Spyridon, healed of our diseases, mental and bodily, to your prayers he strengthened the unity of the Orthodox Church, helped to overcome the division that are plagued by the body of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We believe that his intercession to the Lord softened will and evil heart, brighten the mind of those who don’t know what he’s doing,» said the Patriarch, addressing the gathering at the temple.

At the relics of the Saint, he prayed for the unity of universal Orthodoxy.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the ceremony of the relics of St. Spyridon in the Church of Christ the Savior. 21 Sep 2018Patriarch Kirill prayed in front of relics of St. Spyridon on the unity of the Church© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the ceremony of the relics of St. Spyridon in the Church of Christ the Savior. 21 Sep 2018

According to the Primate of the Russian Church, veneration of Spyridon of trimythous, who lived in the IV century, in Russia goes back to antiquity, because of his righteous life and work, including the defense of Orthodoxy at the first Ecumenical Council, and «with many miracles, which his prayers were finished.» In addition, the Patriarch added, it is connected with the living experience of people.

«Faith in the miraculous power of the remains of Saint Spyridon is not an illusion, a fantasy, a self. This is a representation of the real spiritual experience of people, and this experience is as real as any other experience, demonstrable, in particular, by means of physical laws,» — said the Patriarch.

The ark with the right hand (right hand) of St Spyridon, residing in Greece, August 24 brought to Russia. Since that time he has already visited Krasnodar, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, the Moscow region, Tula, Saint Petersburg, Tver, Saratov, Cheboksary and Yaroslavl.

In Moscow, access to the relics of the Saint will be open daily from 22 September to 14 October from 8.00 to 20.00. Monday, October 15, after the morning service and the prayer service will take place solemn the right hand of Saint Spyridon from Moscow back to Corfu.

Patriarch Kirill prayed in front of relics of St. Spyridon on the unity of the Church© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotopechat and place of stay of the relics of Spyridon in Russia

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