Patriarch Kirill Explained to "All Slow-Witted" What "Russian World" Means and What His Mission Is
On July 28 in an address to believers during the divine service in the Kyiv Cave Monastery, Patriarch Kirill called everyone in Ukraine to understand correctly his words about "the Russian World" and correctly evaluate his visits, reports our RISU correspondent, Oleksandr Boiko.
In the morning of July 28, Patriarch Kirill in concelebration with Metropolitan Volodymyr and together with bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church celebrated a liturgy on the square in front of the Church of the Holy Assumption in the Kyivan Cave Monastery.
In his word of gratitude, Metropolitan Volodymyr expressed hope that the visit of the patriarch is not the last one, as it develops spirituality and pious life, strengthens Ukrainian Orthodoxy and the canonical Church. "The visit of yours is pastoral, whatever representatives of mass media may say," said the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Metropolitan Volodymyr.
Patriarch Kirill thanked Metropolitan Volodymyr for his invitation and said that he always admires his ministry of the UOC. "In the hardest years, the Lord blessed you to head the UOC, the Lord appointed you not accidentally as the most fitting person,” said Patriarch Kirill.
The patriarch also stressed that the ministry of Metropolitan Volodymyr helps to establish the "Russian world": "I am explaining to the slow-witted that the world/peace, which has nothing to do with politics, power, is the world/peace, where a feat lives forever, it is the spiritual power that unites despite any political divisions, which joins many into one spiritual family, the Church of God," said the head of the ROC.
The patriarch also stressed that his mission in Ukraine is not to annul the autonomy of the UOC: "I am visiting this land according to the goals and with the intentions that I openly proclaim before those near and far, but, unfortunately, the enemy of mankind slanders against what is the holiest, against evangelism, against joint ministry. We should respond to all attempts to spread slander. So, to all the slow-witted, all who are without hearing, who have lost sight and memory, I would like to say that the word of the Church is gold and the Church never disowned its words. The Church does not take back its words but we know examples when ministers denied their words and as a result they died spiritually and captured others."
The patriarch also said about openness of his position, which is expressed in the main objective of his visit – joint prayer, and about openness to the Orthodox of Ukraine who are in the schism: "They say the patriarch comes to Ukraine to limit the rights of the head of the UOC. He comes to Ukraine not for that, but so that he may together with all the bishops of our church, Ukrainians, Russians, representatives of other nationalities, to show the world the crucified Christ, who can give strength to a sinner. Therefore, we spread our words to those in the schism: the love of Christ covers all, and the ministers of that love cannot do what is contrary to that love. Therefore, we will build our relations with our brothers who are in the schism, on the one hand, on the basis of the truth of God and, on the other hand, on the basis of love; therefore, no one should lose hope, because Christ was crucified for all," noted Patriarch Kirill.