MOSCOW, February 23 -. RIA Novosti Moscow clergy, headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on the Day of Defender of the Fatherland took part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexander Garden
“all of you, the soldiers, the day when the whole country honors your valiant work and memory gave their lives for their country, I cordially welcome, and in your face -. all of our Armed forces, who stand in defense of our homeland We believe it is this force largely stops those who do not want to the existence of a strong and sovereign Russia “, – the Patriarch said, referring to the company of the guard of Honour
Therefore, from the Russian army, he added,.” depends largely on the future the peaceful life of our people. ” The Patriarch called for God’s blessing on the war, that they “have always been able to, under any circumstances, to protect its people”.
In turn, referring to the priests, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said that “the spiritual army, the clergy called to be on the front of the Fatherland line of defense “.
” And now, perhaps, it is clearer than in the past century, because the danger comes not only from the physical force, not only on weapons – the danger comes from the thoughts that can destroy the integrity of the spiritual unity of our people and the church is called to pray to the Lord, never did not happen, and have the ability and the courage and wisdom to reflect these invisible, but real threats that today are turning against all our people “. – the patriarch said.
According to the tradition, after laying a wreath, the clergy, headed by Primate sang at the Eternal flame “Eternal memory” leaders and soldiers, which laid down his life for their country.