In Easter message, Moscow patriarch recalls victory over Germany
April 14, 2015
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued his Easter message to the Russian Orthodox faithful.
“When spiritual heroism becomes the substance not only of the individual but of an entire people, when in striving for the celestial world the hearts of millions of people are united, ready to defend their homeland and vindicate lofty ideals and values, then truly amazing, wondrous things happen that at times cannot be explained from the perspective of formal logic,” the 68-year-old patriarch wrote.
“The nation acquires enormous spiritual strength which no disasters or enemies are capable of overcoming,” he continued. “The truth of these words is evidently attested by the Victory in the Great Patriotic War [World War II], achieved by the self-sacrificing heroism of our people. We shall mark the seventieth anniversary of this glorious date in the current year.”
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