To our surprise, we began to notice that into Sretensky Monastery, the gates of which are not marked by any signs in foreign languages, scores of fans have been coming from other countries. We decided to get acquainted with some of them and ask them about their impressions of Russia and Russians, what cities they visited, about our culture and mentality.
Today, July 2, 2018, is the sixtieth birthday of Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov and Porkhov, the chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, and editor-in-chief of the Russian website, Pravoslavie.ru.
On this night, God’s grace appeared, the Savior of all people (Tit. 2:11). On this night, the angels hymn the glory of the Most High God. This night is filled with exaltation, because the infinite and eternal God became Man.
The journalist asks rather provocative and uninformed questions about the Church’s past and present relationship with the Soviet and Russian governments, and Bishop Tikhon provides his views on the complex subject of “Sergianism”, dissidents, and the Church in Russian society today. Although the liberal journalist and the bishop generally aren’t on the same intellectual page, this interview reveals what the Church in Russia now faces—no longer from the communist but now from the liberal press.
The opening of a new church was a common occurrence in Moscow, a city which was formerly nicknamed “the forty forties”, or “the city of 1,600 churches”. But for the first time in many decades a new church has appeared in the capital’s historical center—at the Moscow Sretensky Stavropegic Monastery in Bolshaya Lubyanka Street. And it is an absolutely new church on this site.
May 25, 2017, on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrated the rite of the Great Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church in Sretensky Monastery and led the Divine Liturgy in the newly-consecrated church. Russian president Vladimir V. Putin was present at the Divine service.
In 2015, Sretensky Stavropegic Monastery in Moscow began construction on a new cathedral dedicated to the New Martyrs of Russia. The church is near completion, according to schedule, and will soon be consecrated at a solemn Liturgy. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill has finalized the date of the consecration, and the monastery abbot, Bishop Tikhon of Egorievsk, has made a formal announcement concerning this important event and another liturgical event scheduled next week, which will initiate the solemnities.
"We all know what testing befell the Christians of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1920s. In those days, when it seemed that everything was collapsing all around, Hieromartyr Hilarion meekly accepted everything as the special allowance of God, as the Providence of God and tried to penetrate into the Divine plan for his times, for his contemporaries, for himself… What amazing lessons Vladyka Hilarion has taught us."
At the end of August, ten students of Eton made a private, unofficial visit to Russia, during which they spent time in Moscow and St. Petersburg, became acquainted with their Russian counterparts, and met with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. We asked the boys to share their impressions.