Icons with particles of relics of saints handed the brownie to the Church at the armed forces General staff

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage in fotobounce the main temple of the Russian Armed Forces in the Park Patriot, archival photoIcons with particles of relics of saints handed the brownie to the Church at the armed forces General staff© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage the image Bank

Icons with particles of relics of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, St. George, Fyodor Ushakov, velikomuchenika Dmitriya solunskogo and particles of the Holy cross handed over on Monday the brownie of the temple when the General staff of the armed forces, said the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation.

«In the temple was celebrated the solemn Liturgy, after which four icons with particles of relics of Holy righteous warrior was transferred to Deputy defense Minister Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov. Also in the ceremony took part Deputy chief of the General staff, Colonel-General Sergei Ostrakov,» — said in the defense Ministry.

«Finding these shrines will strengthen the spirit of our soldiers, those who work here and all the parishioners of this Church. We gratefully accept this gift in our team… It is very important for us, especially this temple was originally consecrated as the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh, and here today particle of his relics found their way here.» — quoted in defense of the word Kartapolov.

According to him, the military Department will strive to ensure that every military unit and every military organization was a house Church, where military personnel and their families, can come and talk to the priest and to ease the soul.

The defense Ministry said that «the relics of St. George brought from the Archdiocese of Gaza, the relics of St. Demetrios were kept in the monastery of Panagia Mirtidiotissa on the island of Corfu, the relics of St. Feodor Ushakov — the Holy monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Sanaksary in Mordovia, the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh — Holy St George monastery in the Kaluga region, part of the Holy cross in the monastery of Stavrovouni in Cyprus».

The transfer of the relics took place in the framework of the «strengthening of the Russian army», which is held by the world Russian people’s Council with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Implementers on the spiritual mount Russian army is a public organization «Moscow cadets», the Foundation of the Holy Martyr Boniface and the Synodal Department for interaction with Armed forces and law enforcement agencies.