Moscow. June 16. INTERFAX – Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill said about the attempts of some priests to split the Church and drew a parallel with the revolutionary years.
Speaking Friday at the conference devoted to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the era of persecution of the Church in Russia, he recalled that similar attempts were made in the time of St. Tikhon (the first Patriarch after the restoration in 1917, the Patriarchate in the country), which in the years of persecution of believers became a symbol of loyalty to Christ.
“That is why the main blow was directed at the Patriarch Tikhon. And we know which way the confession went Tikhon: isolation from the surrounding helpers, loved ones, a bad name in the press, isolation from society, the ban on prayer services, provoked at this time the split of those who wanted to upgrade, to improve the Church,” – said the Patriarch.
“But isn’t today so there are some, including a robe wearer who advocate the need for updates, improvements, and actually provoke the seeds of separation and division?! Nothing new, everything repeats itself,” he said.
This year marks the centenary of the restoration of Patriarchate in Russia.
St. Tikhon – the first, whose Patriarchate had in the Soviet era. He was elected to the Patriarchal throne in 1917, after two centuries of interruption. In 1981 the ROCA canonized him in 1989 – the Moscow Patriarchate, and then he led the Cathedral of new martyrs and Confessors of Russia who suffered for faith from the Bolsheviks.
In the early XX century Patriarch Tikhon was the banner of the Orthodox resistance to the Soviet government, and because of a particularly revered in the Russian Orthodox Church, whose history is closely connected with the white movement. He had been arrested three times it was attempted.