“We need all the saints to free Cyprus, our monasteries, and our churches from the boot of the Turkish conqueror “—Russian Church of St. Andrew consecrated on Cyprus

Moscow, May 4, 2017

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The recently-completely Russian-style Church St. Andrew and All Russian Saints on the island of Cyprus was ceremoniously consecrated on Monday, reports Romfea.

The church had previously been opened, with the laying of the antimens on the altar and its first Divine Liturgy being celebrated by Metropolitan Isaias of Tamasos, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, and Archbishop Amvrosy of Peterhof, concelebrated by clergy of the Churches of Cyprus and Russia. The service was also attended by Metropolitan Niphon of Philipopolis (Patriarchate of Antioch), Bishop Antonije of Moravicí (Serbian Patriarchate), Metropolitan Nikolaj of Plovdiv (Bulgarian Patriarchate), and Metropolitan Theokletos of Vrestheni (Church of Greece) on March 26.

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The ceremony began with magnificence and splendor on Sunday evening, April 30, with the arrival of the holy relics of St. Matrona of Moscow, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Sergius of Radonezh, St. Luke of Crimea, and many other prominent Russian saints. Also present at the celebration was the incorrupt left hand of the Great Martyr George the Victorious.

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Following the deposition of the relics, the hierarchical Great Vespers was celebrated by Met. Isaiah of Tamasos. Many other hierarchs were present, including Met. Timothy of Vostro, Anthony of Boryspil, Dionysios of Corinth, as well as a multitude of local Russians and Cypriots.

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Following the celebration of Vespers, the inauguration of the exhibition of Russian relics and heirlooms of ecclesiastical art from the St. Theodore Ushakov Foundation in Russia was carried out in the metropolis’ ceremonial hall. A celebratory concert finished the evening.

The rite of consecration took place the next morning, Monday May 1, celebrated by Met. Isaiah of Tamasos. Again, a number of hierarchs concelebrated, including Met. Athanasius of Limassol, and Met. Anthony of Boryspil, and Met. Eusebius of Samos and Ikaria, among others.

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The homily was offered by Met. Paul of Siatista who spoke of the spiritual significance of church consecrations. After the service, Met. Isaiah turned to the church’s Russian donor, Viataslav Zarenkov, with words of thanks, and a prayer for his family and health.

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“They ask me why the church is dedicated to, apart from the Apostle Andrew, all the Russian saints, and I tell them that the answer is simple. We need all the saints to free Cyprus, our monasteries, and our churches from the boot of the Turkish conqueror,” Met. Isaiah said with tears, adding that God has no language, and receives praise in all languages and from all nations.

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Will Harrington5/4/2017 10:31 pm
I didn't see a race of Cypriots mentioned, just the word Cypriots, meaning from Cypress. Myself, being a Kansan does not make me less an American. This, I think, is simply a kind of nit picking way to separate Greeks from Cyprus from Turks from Cyprus, but probably an unnecessary, and confusing, way to make that distinction. You could just call them Turks or Invaders. I think I understand what your getting at, but it seems pretty confusing from my standpoint.
Anthony5/4/2017 8:45 pm
@T.D. Axios eisai! 100% correct.

We're not ''Cypriots''. We're Greeks in Cyprus. There is no such thing as ''Cypriot''. Look around. Greek flags flying everywhere. Seriously what do we have in common with the mongol invaders occupying our lands.

As things are right now, we're living through the period of the 'examilia' - the six nautical miles which Ayios Kosmas Aitolos and Ayios Paisios Ayioreitis prophesied. Once the issue of the six nautical miles arises i.e. the provocations of Turkey into the six nautical miles around Greek islands, then the ''gegonota'' (events) will kick off leading to the final destruction of Turkey and restoration of Constantinople. My phone is abuzz with news feeds of the latest turk provocatoons against the Hellenic Motherland and us in Cyprus. All it's going to take is for the Turks to attack, and things will kick off. Read the prophecies of Ayios Paisios for full details.
T. D. 5/4/2017 7:20 pm
Why does the article invoke this nonexistent race "Cypriot"?
They are either Greeks or invaders.
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