Archbishop Seraphim heads cross procession on 100th anniversary of martyrdom of Russian Orthodox Church
Penza, 18 February 2018. PenzaNews. On Sunday, February 18, Archbishop Seraphim of Penza and Nizhnelomovsk headed the cross procession called "1918-2018" in memory of the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Russian Orthodox Church, messages of His Holiness Tikhon Patriarch about the internecine war that had been taking place in the country and the appointment of Holy Martyr John (Pommer) to the Penza cathedra.
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Before the start of the procession a lity for the dead and tortured was held.
The rout of the procession ran from the Spassky Cathedral in Moskovskaya street to Epiphany Cathedral located in the F. Dzerzhinsky cultural centre.
During the way the members of Orthodox Church made a stop near the monument Repentance, where the Supreme Apostles Peter and Paul Cathedral used to be situated.
Gospels were read there and people were aspersed with holy water.
In the square in front of the building of the culture centre, a few dozen metres from where the rally of deceived construction investors was taking place, the archbishop addressed the congregation with a sermon.
"I sincerely thank all of you for having found an opportunity and strength to participate in the cross procession today on the Sunday of Forgiveness. The procession was held in memory of the first people who had died in Sobornaya square one hundred years ago. Today we have honoured the memory of those who gave their lives for the truth of Christ," Archbishop Seraphim said.
He encouraged the church members to draw lessons of history.
"Unfortunately we see that the disorder in our society still exists. We should pray so that God makes us listen to reason and gives us unanimity, so that living here, in our Motherland, honestly and nobly we will be able to become inheritors of the Kingdom of Heaven," the Archbishop added.
Archbishop Seraphim noted that it was necessary to forgive everyone who offends, hates and means ill to other people.
"We should ensure that we treat our neighbours without malice, censure, and desire to take revenge or hurt them," he emphasized.