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If Faith is in the Soul, why are we being transported from abroad with all sorts of relics?


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If Faith is in the Soul, why are we being transported from abroad with all sorts of relics?

As always, they solemnly explained that late in the evening of April 7 a Holy Fire would be brought from Israel to the patriarchal Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. What for? What, we have all the matches are over and the lighter has nothing to fill? The worship of fire is pure paganism, according to the words of Patriarch Cyril, which Prince Vladimir began to burn in Russia with fire and sword. So why today is this "sacrilege" encouraged by the same Patriarch Cyril? Maybe I misunderstood something? Why did he begin to bless the expeditions abroad for all sorts of "sacred souvenirs" after the introduction of the patriarchate? Yes, in Russia we have our own shrines and relics for every occasion. What are the best foreigners? Let us recall what other, apart from the Israeli fire, the holy fathers and TV of all channels "called" the Russians to worship.

- the relics of Nicholas the Savior from Italy (13 cm of the left rib);

- a part of the obstetrics belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Athos;

- Gifts of the Magi from another temple of Mount Athos;

- to the chips of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified;

Who has proven their authenticity? Who saw them "alive"? All in neatly in closed caskets.

Here is the Holy Fire -one is considered one of the main arguments in favor of the holiness of the Jerusalem sites. The expectation of this moment is always solemnly set by the media both in Russia and abroad.

Bishop Porfiry Uspensky in the nineteenth century, on the call of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, was sent from the Emperor and from the Synod to the East to inspect and describe the circumstances of the Greek Church.


In the foreword to the first volume of the diaries of Bishop Porfiry Uspensky on behalf of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, the following is said: "It is possible to say with complete certainty that none of the subsequent representatives of Russia in Syria and Palestine has become personally acquainted with these countries, with observations and visits, in such detail and detail , as an archimandrite (in bishops ordained in 1865) Porphyry "(p. 10). This, as he is called, the supremely truthful bishop, observing everything from the Greeks, wrote the following: "Hierodeacon, climbing into the Chapel of the Sepulcher at the time when the Blessed Fire descends, I saw with horror that the fire is ignited simply from the lampade, which never fades, and so the Holy Fire is not a miracle. He himself told me about this today "(" My Book of Genesis: Diaries and Notes of Bishop Porfiry Uspensky ", vol. 1, 1841-1844, p. 671). After that, Bishop Porphyry, who was in Palestine on August 4, 1848, heard from one Metropolitan of Jerusalem and wrote: "In that year, when the famous Syrian and Palestinian master Ibrahim, the Egyptian Pasha, was in Jerusalem, it turned out that the fire received from the Holy Sepulcher on Great Saturday, there is a fire that is not Fertile, but incendiary, as fire arises every one. This pasha took it into her head to make sure that the fire on the lid of the Holy Sepulcher of Christ is really sudden and wonderful, or it is lit by a sulfuric match. What did he do? He declared to the patriarch's deputies that he wanted to sit in the kuvukliya at the time of receiving fire and watch vividly as he is, and added that in case of truth, they will be given 5000 pugs (2.5 million piastres), and in case of lies let them will give him all the money collected from deceived admirers, and that he will publish in all the newspapers of Europe about the nasty podgogo.Namestniki Petroaravian Metropolitan Misail, Nazareth Metropolitan Daniel and Philadelphia Bishop Dionysius (current Bethlehem) agreed to consult what to do. In the minutes of the meetings, Misail confessed that he was lighting a fire in a gigantic lamp from a lamp, hidden behind the moving marble icon of the Resurrection of Christ, which is near the Holy Sepulcher. After this recognition it was decided to humbly ask Ibrahim not to interfere in religious affairs. And the dragoman of the monastery of the Holy Grave was sent to him, who, in his opinion, made it clear that it was no good for his Grace to reveal the secrets of Christian worship, and that the Russian Emperor Nicholas (I) would be very dissatisfied with the discovery of these sacraments. Ibrahim Pasha, having listened to this, waved his hand and fell silent. But since that time the holy clerical clergy no longer believe in the miraculous appearance of fire. Having told all this, the Metropolitan said that from one God is expected the cessation (of our) of pious lies. As He knows and can, so will he teach and comfort the nations who now believe in the fiery miracle of the Great Sabbath. And we can not begin this coup in our minds, we are torn to pieces at the very chapel of the Holy Sepulcher. "We," he went on, "informed Patriarch Athanasius, who then lived in Constantinople, of the harassment of Ibrahim Pasha, but in his message to him they wrote" sacred fire "instead of" holy fire ". Surprised by this change, the blessed old man asked us: "Why did you call the holy fire?" We revealed to him the real truth, but added that the fire, ignited on




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