Meet the Powerful General Advancing Christianity in Russian Gov't

Meet the Powerful General Advancing Christianity in Russian Gov’t

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Meet the Powerful General Advancing Christianity in Russian Gov’t
Russian Faith ^ | 10/3/17 | Matfey Shaheen

Posted on 10/12/2017 5:47:23 PM PDT by marshmallow

Defense Minister Shoigu wants to restore and reaffirm the Russian traditional friendship between the the church and military…

If you look closely at Russia’s impressive WW2 Victory Day parades on May 9th, you’ll see that upon departing the Kremlin beneath Savior Tower, the Defense Minister has consistently made the sign of the cross at every victory day parade since 2015.

Force of habit, superstition, you say? Far from it. He is honouring the age-old Russian Christian tradition that gave Savior Tower its name. You see, fixed beneath the battlements of the Kremlin Bell-Tower is a famous icon, the Savior of Smolensk. The icon which depicts Christ as the “All-Powerful” and laying at His feet Saints Sergius of Radonezh and Valaam, has long been credited with saving the city of Smolensk.

By long-standing tradition, everyone who wished to enter beneath Savior Tower, even the Czar himself, had to remove their head coverings and cross themselves, lest face a terrible curse. In 1812 the French were attempting to conduct an appraisal of the icon’s value and their staircase collapsed with a thunderous roar. When Napoleon himself, believing only in his own greatness, dishonoured the image, a strong wind immediately blew from west to east, tearing off his signature hat. The image disappeared in the Soviet days, apparently plastered over and forgotten, but it was rediscovered and reconsecrated in 2010 by the Patriarch.

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TOPICS: Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics

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