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Church dedicated to St Patrick may be built in Moscow

It has been reported in Moscow that a church dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland may be opened in Moscow. At an `Ireland-Russia' roundtable meeting in Moscow on 15 March, Fr George Zavershinsky, who was the Russian parish priest in Dublin for eight years, said that this was his hope.

Fr George was speaking about the spiritual characteristics of St Patrick, which organically link him with Orthodoxy. Fr George, the new director of the communications service of the Foreign Relations Department of the Patriarchal Church explained that: `For the moment no Moscow church is dedicated to St Patrick, but there is no reason why this should not come about in the foreseeable future'.

Fr George said that the Canonisation Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church is to examine the question of including the saints of Ireland and Britain, who flourished before the tragic eleventh-century schism, in the Russian Orthodox calendar. At present they are commemorated collectively by the Russian Orthodox Church [3rd Sunday after Pentecost], but Fr George is hoping that Sts Patrick, Brendan, Columba, Brigid of Kildare and other saints of Ireland and Britain will be included in the calendar by name and by individual feast-day. Fr George said that he did not know when this would happen, but that progress was under way.

It is heartening to see that the many decades of the once unrecognised missionary efforts of the multinational Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) are now being recognised in Moscow. These efforts belong to the decades when ROCOR was isolated from the Patriarchal Church in Moscow, which at the time was captive to the Soviet government.

http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/patrickm.htm

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Who woulda thought. Very interesting.

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Originally Posted by Robert Horvath
Who woulda thought. Very interesting.

An idea whose time has come? smile


Russian Church Institutes Feastday of All Saints of Britain and Ireland

(in English) http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/politics/28.html?id_issue=11842406(in
(in Russian) http://www.interfax.ru/r/B/politics/2.html?id_issue=11842306


Moscow, August 21, 2007, Interfax - The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church instituted a holiday to honour Christians who lived on the islands of Great Britain and Ireland and were canonized before the 1054 schism that divided Christendom into the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

The holiday will be an annual event observed on the third Sunday after Pentecost.

The Synod, which met on Tuesday, also ordered that these saints' names be included in the Menology after their Christian exploits have been studied.

The Synod's decision follows an appeal of March 3, 2007, in which the diocese of Sourozh, a Russian Orthodox diocese having the islands of Great Britain and Ireland for its territory, asked the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexy II, and its Holy Synod to institute a holiday for pre-1054 British and Irish saints.

All Saints of Britain and Ireland pray to God for us.

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To the best of my knowledge, there has been a feastday for St.Patrick for many years on the Orthodox calendars.

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Originally Posted by bergschlawiner
To the best of my knowledge, there has been a feastday for St.Patrick for many years on the Orthodox calendars.

On the Greek Orthodox of America and Orthodox Church of America calendars, St. Patrick is named on March 17.

I could not find him on the Church of Greece or Church of Cyprus calendars, so I am thus assuming that he is not on the Russian Orthodox Church's calendars either.

*However*, St. Xenia of Petersburg and St. Seraphim, are also not on the Church of Greece and Church of Cyprus calendars, so one can further assume that only the saints pertinent to the particular cultures which the Orthodox church finds itself in, are mentioned...until there is ofcourse, a large enough cult of that saint.

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ACROD commemorates St. Patrick on March17/30 as follows:

Alexios the Man of God; Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland; Marinos the Martyr; Theocteristos the Confessor

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Originally Posted by Alice
so I am thus assuming that he is not on the Russian Orthodox Church's calendars either.

Christ is Risen!

Yes, he is there. If you go to the website for the Calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church and type патрик into its search engine (top right) you will get dozens of articles on Saint Patrick.

Here is the icon they give of him..
http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Images/im151.htm


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