The 278th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian commander Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov was prayerfully celebrated on September 16 at the Kazan Cathedral. The memorial service at the grave of the Field Marshal General was performed by the chairman of the parish council, Archpriest Alexander Pashkov.
Officers and cadets of the Alexander Mozhaisky Military Space Academy - the successor institution of the Artillery and Engineering Gentry School, which Mikhail Kutuzov graduated from - as well as the yunarmeytsy, who are supervised by the academy officers, prayed at the service.
"Mikhail Kutuzov is the son of our land, the Fatherland," said Father Alexander. "He belongs to the galaxy of great generals of the Russian people. Among them are the Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, the blessed Princes Alexander Nevsky, Dimitri Donskoy. Recently, at a meeting of the Holy Synod, the question of the canonization of another great commander buried in our city, Alexander Suvorov, was raised. Another warrior, already glorified in the face of saints, is Admiral Theodore Ushakov. Suvorov did not lose a single battle on land, and Ushakov - at sea.
The great generals did not end at Suvorov and Kutuzov. There were Russian commanders at the beginning of the twentieth century, who, unfortunately, were stopped in 1917, the Bolsheviks did not allow Russia to win the First World War. And then the Second World War began, Georgy Zhukov shows his military genius. And what marshals were there then - Rokossovsky, Konev, Malinovsky! The fact that we are now standing at Kutuzov's grave suggests that we understand the connection of epochs, generations, which should be perceived by the whole society. And now blood is being shed. Only the courage, honor, and conscience of the soldiers helps to defend our borders. But it's not just about territorial borders - we defend the historical and divine truth, the foundations of life."
Flowers were laid at the monument to the great commander on the square near the cathedral.