Patriarch Kirill urged Russian citizens not to fear death as President Vladimir Putin decided to mobilize reserve troops to fight in Ukraine.
“Go bravely to fulfill your military duty. And remember that if you give your life for your country, you will be with God in His kingdom, in glory, and in eternal life“, he said during a service in Moscow, reports Newsweek.ro.
Kirill, who supports Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine on spiritual and ideological grounds, made the claims shortly after Russian officials said up to 300,000 reservists would be called into battle.
Kirill stated during his sermon that a person with “true faith” is not subject to the fear of death.
According to him, a person becomes “invincible” when there is a “strong dimension associated with eternity” in him and he ceases to fear death.
“Faith makes man very strong, because it transfers his consciousness from everyday life, from material concerns, to concern for the soul, for eternity. Namely, the fear of death drives the warrior away from the battlefield, drives the weak to betrayal and even rebellion against their brothers. But true faith destroys the fear of death“, he said.
Kirill told the Russians not to consider the Ukrainians enemies
The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has previously invoked the idea that Ukrainians and Russians are one people.
He urged Russians during his sermon not to consider Ukrainians as enemies.
According to Kirill, the Ukrainian people “are in danger”, adding that now “it is very important that there is no feeling in the hearts that there is an enemy”.
At the same time, Kirill urged his congregation to pray for the strengthening of “the feelings of brotherhood of the peoples of Holy Russia”, so that “the unity of the Church, which is the guarantee of peace in the immensity of Russia, becomes even stronger”.
Kirill also mentioned that parishioners in Ukraine continue to pray for “the establishment of peace in the expanses of historical Russia”.
Since the start of the war, Patriarch Kirill has justified the conflict with speeches about Russia as a “peace-loving power” that does not engage in “military adventures”.
In June, he said Russia was “under attack” around the world because of feelings of jealousy, envy and indignation. Kirill said he believes this is happening because Russia is “different”.
Putin said on Wednesday that his partial mobilization would affect citizens in reserve and that they would undergo additional training before being deployed.
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Publication date: 23-09-2022 15:54