ROCOR Cathedral of New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia consecrated in Munich

Moscow, June 19, 2017

Photo: The site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Photo: The site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
    

The session of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which took place last week in Munich, Germany, ended with the consecration of a new cathedral in honor of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on Thursday, June 15, reports the site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Photo: The site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Photo: The site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
    

After completing its work on Wednesday, June 14, the members of the ROCOR Synod served a moleben at the grave of the holy Martyr Alexander (Schmorell) of Munich, who was canonized on the feast of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in 2012. He was one of the activists of the anti-Fascist organization White Rose, and was put to death by the Hitlerites on July 13, 1943. They then moved to the new Munich cathedral to celebrate the All-Night Vigil, with the Divine Liturgy and consecration of the cathedral taking place the next day.

Photo: The site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Photo: The site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The consecration was led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the First Hierarch of ROCOR His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of New York and Eastern America, and His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, and concelebrated by 16 other hierarchs from ROCOR and the Sister Churches of Romania, Serbia, and the Czech Lands and Slovakia, as well as His Grace Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Egorievsk of the Russian Orthodox Church. The hierarchs were also joined by about 60 clergy from the German Diocese and other dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church, and representatives of other Local Churches.

After the service, Metropolitan Onuphry congratulated the clergy and gathered parishioners with the joyous occasion. Gramotas of the ROCOR Holy Synod were awarded to Archbishop Mark of Berlin, the clergy and parishioners of the new cathedral, and the abbess and sisters of the convent near Munich.

As a sign of his blessing, Met. Onuphry gave the new cathedral an icon of Sts. Job and Amphilochius of Pochaev, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This gift is especially meaningful, as Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, the spiritual center of ROCOR, was revitalized in 1946 by monks of the St. Job of Pochaev Monastery in Ladomirová, Czechoslovakia, who brought the St. Job of Pochaev printing press with them after a brief stay in Munich.

After the Divine service the hierarchs, clergy, parishioners and guests had the opportunity to continue their fellowship with a luncheon prepared by the parishioners of the Novospassky Cathedral.

6/19/2017

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Sermon on the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia 2016 Sermon on the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia 2016 Sermon on the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia 2016 Sermon on the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia 2016
"Only their love for Christ could guide them, guard their souls from the fear of persecution and death, and drive them onward to their confession of faith. Fear or eternal punishments is one force which is present in the heart of every true Christian, but it is not the greatest force which exists in the human soul. A Divine longing, a heavenly desire, a spiritual love affair with our Lord Jesus Christ is the most powerful force, and if this love is present, fear is not necessary – perfect love casts out fear."
Sermon on the Day of the Russian New-Martyrs Sermon on the Day of the Russian New-Martyrs
Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov
Sermon on the Day of the Russian New-Martyrs Sermon on the Day of the Russian New-Martyrs
Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov
The next time it seems to us that the cross that we are given is greater than we can bear, when not only the attainment of Christian virtues, but even the usual attendance at services and following the Church-established fasts seems unbearable, let us turn with fervent prayer for help to the Lord and to the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, who did not give only a day or an hour, but their whole lives to Christ.
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