Moscow, January 25, 2018
The theme of this year’s Readings, held inside the Moscow Kremlin, is “Moral Values and the Future of Mankind.” The Nativity Readings are a Church-public forum held annually in the sphere of education, culture, social service, and spiritual-moral enlightenment.
“As if a reward for the love that reigned in this family, they remained inseparable in death. Christian moral ideals were for them higher than the royal crown. They did not consider belonging to a royal or boyar family as a sign of nobility, but purity of thought and purity of soul,” the patriarch told packed crowd of more than 6,000.
The Russian primate also quoted lines written by Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaeva after the tsar had given up the throne and the family was in danger, which give a clear picture of who the Royal Family was: “Father asked me to convey to everyone who remains loyal to him, and to those upon whom they might have some influence, his earnest request that they not take revenge for his sake, because my father has already forgiven all and prays for all, and that they not take revenge for their own sakes either, but remember always that the evil that is in this world may get stronger, but evil will never be defeated by evil. Only love can defeat evil.”
“People sometimes ask why the Royal Family was canonized. For this,” the patriarch added, noting that the Royal Family managed to preserve their moral fiber while “under colossal stress.”