In everyday life and worries, Orthodox Christians should remember that they belong to the Church and having faith in God can solve all their problems. This was stated by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the sermon for the holiday of the Transfiguration of the Savior on August 19, 2019.
“You should never connect your affiliation with the Church only with visiting the temple. Never forget about this connection after leaving its sacred vaults. We should remain disciples of the Savior in the world, too. And among many worries, problems and life circumstances, we should remember that our most important, the highest and most responsible calling of ours, is to be a Christian and a member of the Church,” the Patriarch noted.
Patriarch Kirill expressed his conviction that believers shouldn’t cease to be Orthodox when they go to work and when they return to their families. And especially when they find themselves in conflict situations that test their loyalty to the Lord. He says if believers stay Orthodox in these situations their lives will change for the better.
“And this is possible only if we live a genuine religious life. If we, having got a feel for the ascent to Mount Tabor during the service and step down into this world, continue to bear in our minds and hearts the memory of these wonderful moments of presence in the church, communion of the Holy Mysteries of Christ and contact with the grace of God, then our faith will be actualized, and become living and effective. And we will gain the ability to solve our life problems – both large and small— family, social, state, all that is important for a person. If we solve these problems on the basis of our Christian calling, relying on our faith, strengthened by the power of the grace of God, then our world will change. We ourselves will change, and by our faith, we will undoubtedly have the hope of realizing a genuine and real meeting with the Lord and the Savior in that transfigured world, which everyone will enter at the end of their earthly life,” the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said.