06/29/2020, 10.23
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Coronavirus: Feast of Saint Sergius of Radonezh canceled. The prayer of the rebel Igumen

by Vladimir Rozanskij

The feast at the Lavra of the Trinity gathers all Russian Orthodox bishops and crowds of pilgrims every year.  Another monk from the patriarchal monastery of the Presentation, near Lubianka, has died of coronavirus.  The starets Sergij (Romanov) continues his battle against the patriarchate and political leadership, accusing them of having created "Satan's electronic lager".



Moscow (AsiaNews) - The patriarchal administration has announced the cancellation of the great feasts for Saint Sergij of Radonezh, the saint who inspired Russia's  victories over its enemies.  The statement explains that the cause is the "ongoing coronavirus emergency".  The feast of St. Sergius annually gathers the entire Russian episcopate, together with large crowds of the faithful, at the Lavra of the Most Holy Trinity where the remains of the saint rest, the main destination of pilgrimages from all over Russia.  The monastery is located in the city of Sergiev Posad, about 70 km north-east of Moscow.

Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to claim victims in the Orthodox Church.  A few days ago, on June 23, another 44-year-old monk died in Moscow, Nikolai (Muromtsev, photo 2), from the patriarchal monastery Sretensky (of the Presentation) in Lubyanka, right next to the headquarters of the FSB (ex-KGB)  in the center of the capital.  As the site of the monastery itself recalls, the missing monk was known as "uncle Kolja", and was much loved by his brothers for his dedication to the many services of the monastery, including the "continuous reading" of the Psalter and the cleaning of the monastic sauna.

In the Urals, on the other hand, the rebellion of the skhiigumen Sergij (Romanov, photo 1), the former criminal and murderer (before his conversion) and idol of the most radical Orthodox monarchists, continues.  The ecclesiastical court met again on June 26 to evaluate the priest's suspension, who however decided polemically not to appear, as explained by one of his supporters, Vsevolod Moguchev, "to retire in prayer".  According to his disciple, Father Sergei “has decided not to participate in this so-called ecclesiastical court, primarily because he does not want to take part in an organized show;  secondly, he decided to dedicate the time that awaits him to meditation and deeper prayer. "

The rebel starets has not, however, withdrawn all its accusations against the country's political and ecclesiastical leadership, which in his latest videos he accuses of having created "Satan's electronic lager".  The Igumen has also been summoned by the local police to civil court on July 7 to respond to charges of "extremism", for which he risks a hefty fine.

In another video released on social networks, Sergej also accused “the well-known activist and provocateur Oksana Ivanova, whose activity is coordinated by Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and the protoierej Maksim Minjailo, for having spread outrageous information about my relationship with the journalist Ksenja Sobchak ”, one of the best known faces of Russian television.  He believes there is a defamatory campaign being waged against him.

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