Rus News Journal

The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates 90 - summer anniversary of restoration of patriarchate

Today the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the major date in the history - 90 - letie from the date of restoration of patriarchate.

Celebrations in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in which participated over three thousand persons, have begun still the day before. On celebratory worship service there were ecclesiastics from every corner of the globe, informs the First channel.

Alex II in a congratulation to believers has urged to save unity in any tests.

we Will save unity of Church Christ`s - and the Lord will help us to confront with all difficulties, all tests which meet on our course of life, - results RIA Novosti news agency   words of the patriarch. - Having passed through a hearth of tests, desecrations, having overcome divisions, having brought the contribution to victory to the Great Patriotic War and having saved the main thing, the Church today, as before, remains that great spiritual power which, uniting the countries and the people, stores primordial traditions, nurtures, creates, pacifies and rescues .

the Patriarchate in 1721 has been cancelled by Peter I, and till 1917 the higher church power the monarch possessed, and management of church was carried out by the Sacred Synod. On November, 18th, 1917 the Moscow metropolitan Tihon Belavin became the first patriarch.

Elena CHINKOVA,

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