Monday, April 19, 2010
Yekaterinburg, April 19, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes Russian people has redeemed sins of fighting against God and regicide.
"Standing in this holy place I'd like to say that all our sins are redeemed by blood," Patriarch Kirill said on Sunday after a Divine service in the lower chapel of the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg.
Thus he responded to "certain appeals to national repentance inciting people." The Patriarch stressed that he meant "not just emotional stress or intellectuals' tears, but severe redemption by sufferings and blood of our people and violent execution of the tsar family became its symbol."
Patriarch Kirill urged to think why Nicholas II's assassination became possible in 1918, though there were so many monasteries in Russia and churches were not abandoned, however "our prayers didn't make the Lord save historic Russia."
"Until each of us and we all together answer this question, we are not secured from new blood and disturbances," the Primate said and added that historical disturbances "are usually execution of God's justice, punishment for people's sins."
"Much was given to our nation and the Lord asked from us sternly," the Patriarch said.