Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
users of the Internet!
Almost 10 years ago the Russian
Orthodox Church joyfully celebrated the millennium of the Baptism of Russia.
It was the multiplied joy because our Church had undergone hardest and
severe trials and martyrdom of the thousands of her faithful but manifested
the triumphant power of the all-victorious Cross to the world. «The gates
of hell» had not prevailed against her according to the covenant of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and could not impede her mission to preach
«peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh» (Eph.2:17).
Peace about which the Apostle spoke cannot be attained through social,
political or economic transformations. It cannot be established by a decree
or order of even most authoritative leaders. It is inaccessible to the
keen mind of a researcher because it has nothing to do with any category
of this world. It has been brought to the earth by the Savior, and the
eternal Kingdom of Heaven shines through it in the souls of all people.
The Church has not ceased to call
by the mouth of her archpastors and pastors to the attainment of this peace
which the Orthodox Church has always preserved and which is needed by modern
society divided by contradictions and lack of order (cf.2 Cor.5:20). During
centuries the Russian Orthodox Church used to be a moral landmark for all
generations of Russians and at present she is the only connecting link
between historical Rus' with its ideal of sanctity and Russia of the late
We are sincerely thankful to all
those who try to help the Russian Orthodox Church to bear her witness in
this difficult and crucial time. In response to the growing interest to
the position of the Church on different aspects of social life, she becomes
even more open, remembering the words of the Savior «Blessed are they which
do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled» (Mt.5:6).
The use of new opportunities of
the global computer communications gives another example of this position.
Now the news of current events in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church
and of various aspects of her ministry could be received undistorted through
our official server in the Internet. I hope that it would indeed serve
to the good cause of reconciliation and would help understand the ministry
of the Church in the world more profoundly.
I invoke God's blessing upon all
users of the new information channel.
With love in our Lord Jesus Christ,
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA