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In Moscow, celebrated the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

June 3 2009

Several hundred Muscovites visited today Sretensky Monastery, located in the heart of the capital. They came to celebrate the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, who saved three Pervoprestolnuyu against invaders. Solemn prayers in the temple, decorated with lush garlands of flowers, made Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill.

Many did not have room in the temple, and people were standing on the street, where sounding listening. Abode in this day marks the second celebration - 15 years from the date of revival is prayer life. In his remarks, the Patriarch said that all holidays of Our Lady of Vladimir, who observed three times a year, devoted to military victories. "In particular, the deliverance of Moscow from the Golden Horde Khans," - he recalled.

Patriarch Cyril noticed that our ancestors' perceived invasion Golden Horde khans as punishment for their sins. " "People living deeply religious life, faith was the center of life rather than on the periphery," - said the primate, noting that our predecessors, "explains the different disasters spiritual rather than political or economic reasons." "Our history is like no other teaches that the judgments of God are not only in eternity, but in history," - said the primate.
He noted that "the punishment of God - this is not a manifestation of a tyranny and cruelty, this phenomenon of God's truth, God's justice, without which there can be a life of peace." The Patriarch also stressed that "the punishment of God is always a manifestation of love for people."

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