Moscow, November 7, 2017
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia recently expressed his view that that the causes of the October Revolution ultimately lie in events that took place 200 years beforehand. Speaking after the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, the Russian National Day of Unity, in the Kremlin Dormition Cathedral, the primate of the Russian Church spoke of events that led to a loss of faith and the spiritual darkness of the Russian people, Interfax-Religion reports.
“If we sweep aside the entire political environment connected with the events of a century ago, if we detach ourselves from this ideological view, then by this impartial view we will see a great deal, and we will understand that the beginning of our national illnesses, which led to the catastrophe a century ago, began not a year, not five years, not ten years, but at least 200 years, and perhaps even more, beforehand, when they began to destroy the spiritual foundations of the life of our enlightened society, of the so-called elite,” the patriarch said to the gathered crowed of worshipers.
According to the primate, it began “when people lost their internal sovereignty, giving their minds and souls to that which came from outside, receiving these signals from outside uncritically, exposing their faith, worldview, and view on life to these ideas.”
As Pat. Kirill stated, this “led to a loss of faith and a spiritual and intellectual darkening.”
He also noted that many ask, “And what about the Church? Why didn’t it stop it?” “And the Church has an answer to this,” he added.
“For all of its apparent prosperity, the Church was shackled hands and feet by the state… and deprived of the most important thing—the possibility of, not looking to the authorities, or to any outside power, to tell people God’s truth about their spiritual condition, and if necessary, to give its evaluation of the political processes taking place in the life of our society, not from a political point of view, from a spiritual point of view.”
“The Church was forbidden to address the people with such a message, because the head of the Church was the tsar, and he would speak as if from the Church,” Pat. Kirill recalled.
In his view, “the loss of the Church’s possibility of bringing this prophetic word, of course, to some extent contributed to the fact that more and more educated people stopped listening to the voice of the Church.” His Holiness also stated that even today “there are certain forces in society that do not want the Church to tell the truth to its people, to give a prophetic word to the people.”
However, he reiterated that “it is impossible to isolate the Church from the people, because the Church is the people.” “Nothing today can close our mouths; we will proclaim God’s truth, fully aware that is a very risky service,” Pat. Kirill concluded.