Patriarch Kirill: “Royal Passion Bearers from their Golgotha Entrusted Caring for Spiritual Life of People to Us”
Reflecting on this tragedy, I was thinking why did not the executioners shoot St. Elizabeth? It is a terrible execution, but at least it is an instant death… Why did they have to throw this fragile woman, who was wearing a monastic robe, alive in this deep pit? Why did they have to throw the others alive as well? Why did they have to throw grenades without even knowing whether the people will die from them or will stay alive suffering from the wounds? No revolutionary impulse, no desire for social justice, no struggle with the exploiters, nothing that was stated as a reason for the revolution can excuse this insane diabolic malice. However, it is understandable, especially for Christians. The Lord reveals a lot to us through our faith: it is enough to remember Christ the Savior Himself. Why was He crucified? Who was He a threat to? What evil deeds did He do? He did not offend a single man, but healed, raised from sickness, and resurrected… Thousands of people were in awe at His deeds, but the persecutors did not stop: they tortured, beat and crucified the innocent one. I think that after the Calvary sacrifice the understanding of the sacrifice as the atonement of sins has become a very important part of our church tradition.
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