On May 6, April 23 on the Church calendar, in this church of St. George on the outskirts of Moscow Patriarch Kirill has commenced the All-Russia Prayer Service for the victory.
The church is built on that very spot where 211 years ago Napoleon I was sitting and waiting for the keys to the Russian capital beneath. What he received instead you’d rather keep in mind. – Much the same way, it is worth remembering that on this very day of St. George, May 6, 1945, the Battle for Berlin was over which brought about the surrender of Nazi Germany. It is presently in vogue for certain NATO leaders and EU politicians to squarely forget about it.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill presented the reliquary with the relics of St. George to be brought to Russian cities, thus beginning the All-Russian prayer service for victory, to continue through the Summer and Fall of this year. In his address to the people, His Holiness mentioned the events of 1945:
It was a war not with Germany, but with all of Europe, which was under the heel of the German Nazi. During the war, the Church re-emerged in our nation, many churches formerly closed were reopened, and the Lord turned his mercy to our homeland. A true revival of faith began with the cannon roar in the background.
He urged the faithful to pray to the Lord and to St. George for the Fatherland. "Let us pray that the Lord may keep Russia united, indivisible, undefeated, strong, independent and free," Patriarch Kirill implored.
The reliquary of St. George will be brought to one hundred cities in Russia, in all 89 regions of the nation, starting with May 6 through September. During that period, special prayer services for the victory will be officiated in these cities. On this matter the Patriarch reminded:
"If our people continue to strengthen faith, if our Armed Forces continue to embrace prayer in daily life, if we seek help from the Lord in peace and in battle, we ought to be sure of attaining victory”.