In today’s difficult situation, believers should pray to the Lord that He would preserve and strengthen the fraternal feelings of the peoples of Holy Rus’ said His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.
“Today we should pray for our Lord to strengthen the fraternal feelings of the peoples of Holy Rus’. So that the unity of our Church, which, indeed, is the guarantee of peace in the wide spread of Rus’, becomes even stronger and stronger,” said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on Wednesday, September 21, after the Divine Liturgy at the Zachatievsky Monastery (Conception Convent) in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill stressed that in connection with what is happening in Ukraine, “it is very important that the feeling that there is an enemy there does not arise in our hearts.”
The Primate of the Church expressed confidence that Orthodox Christians in Ukraine are praying today “for the restoration of peace in the expanses of historical Rus’.”
“Today we again and again pray to the Lord that He would bring peace to Rus’, that He would stop the internecine strife, that Holy Rus’ would be reunited in the sense that no strife and division would torment the heirs of that very united Holy Rus’,” said the Patriarch.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill added that on the commemoration day of the victory at Kulikovo Field, “we ask that, without any special battles and bloodshed, a true victory would come, which would once again return spiritual unity, peace, prosperity and mutual love to us.”
“May the Veil of the Queen of Heaven extend over Her inheritance – over Holy Rus’, may the holy saints of God, equally glorified and revered both in Russia and Ukraine, in Belarus and other parts of historical Rus’, pray today for us, the unworthy ones, and arm us with the right thoughts, the right words , but most importantly – with the right deeds through which peace and prosperity could come to the land of Holy Rus’,” concluded the Primate of the Church.
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