Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) during his ministry in Sofia
Orthodoxy is the cornerstone of Russian civilization. At the end of the 10th century, Vladimir I Svyatoslavich, Prince of Novgorod (970 — 988), and the Grand Duke of Kiev (978 — 1015) realized that it was impossible to create a solid state system based on scattered cults of individual tribes. The pagan pantheon could not unite the peoples of ancient Russia. Prince Vladimir studied in detail the religious systems of Islam, Roman Catholicism and Judaism, and rejected all of them. He chose to be baptized for himself and all of Russia from the Constantinople Orthodox Church of Byzantium.
Today, it is possible to have a different attitude to religion in general and to Orthodoxy in particular. But it must always be remembered that the denial of Orthodoxy amounts to the destruction of the foundations of the Russian world. Moreover, modern Russia has no other ideology that even comes close to Orthodoxy in terms of its distribution and influence in the world.
The activity of the modern Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) goes far beyond the walls of parish churches in villages where old women who live their lives pray to God. The ever-memorable Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, back in the middle of 1990, understood the end of the flirting of Russian liberals with the supposedly peace-loving and inclined to “dialogue” by the West. The patriarch was a wise man and did not impose his point of view on politicians, frightening them with all earthly and heavenly punishments. In 1995, the city of Alexy II foresightedly created the “International Public Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples”.
9 March 2016 in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has already headed the 16-th annual ceremony of awarding prizes to the International Foundation for Unity of Orthodox Peoples for 2015 year. The prizes of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church were His Holiness Patriarch Neofit, President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Evgenievich Naryshkin.
During trials and threats, when many former friends began to look at Russia as a wolf, the ROC does everything to maintain normal friendly relations with Bulgaria and Serbia. The Bulgarian patriarch Neofit was elected in 2013, and in March 2016 arrived in Russia for the third time. His Holiness is a great and sincere friend of Russia since his time at the Moscow Theological Academy. An important contribution of His Holiness Patriarch Neophytos to the development of Bulgarian-Russian relations was the joint glorification in the face of the saints by the Archbishop of Bogucharsky and the wonderworker of Sophia Seraphim (Sobolev), due to the efforts of not only the Russian, but also the Bulgarian side.
The enemies of Russia and Orthodoxy perceived the glorification of St. Seraphim as the ghoul "perceives" an aspen stake in his rotten and dead heart. And the ghouls jarred recognition from the Bulgarian, not from the Russian side. In the modern Orthodox calendar there are over 5000 saints, 2575 of whom are Russian or glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church. One more or less - what's the difference for heretics and Satanists?
But, after all, Bulgaria has been a NATO member since 2004 and the European Union since 2007. In 2016, NATO and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia like flags on a wolf. Suddenly, the BOC recognizes the Russian saint as its own! At the ceremony together with the ROC! Before all honest people! This is not some rating of the month or year, but a choice for centuries and millennia. For the time being, the BOC, St. Seraphim, the Archbishop of Bogucharsky and the Wonderworker Sophia will be on her calendar, and it cannot be erased from there by any means. How can liberals not be upset ?!
In Bulgaria, another formidable Russophobic and anti-Orthodox campaign began. Enemies called St. Seraphim "a KGB agent" (although he died in 4 before 13 in March 1954, when the Committee was founded), a "splitter" and in general "the worst enemy of the Bulgarian people." Following the holy archbishop and the wonderworker, the liberals barked at the Bulgarian clergy and church hierarchs, calling them "agents of Moscow" and the new-fashioned anti-Orthodox nickname "pop colonels" (as if hinting at their imaginary cooperation with the lieutenant colonel of state security). And finally, the duty refrain against Russia in general, Putin in particular, and for the company and for a change this time - Sergey Naryshkin.
The host of the program “Faith and Society” on the First Channel of the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) Goran Blagoev especially overdid it. For many years he has been conducting anti-Orthodox and ecumenical (globalist movement in the Church) propaganda, hiding under the guise of the so-called. pluralism (diversity) and freedom of opinion. The glorification of the Russian saint so embittered him that he threw off all the masks and slipped to completely inappropriate expressions on the national broadcast of BNT. The result of this behavior was the decision of the Holy Synod of the BOC to no longer bless the hierarchs and clerics of the BOC to speak with Goran Blagoev. Now the program on faith on the only state-run television channel in Bulgaria has been left without representatives of the official Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
Two thousand years ago, the devil tempted Jesus Christ. Having set him up on a high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the universe in an instant of time, and the devil said to him: I will give you power over all these [kingdoms] and their glory, for she is devoted to me, and to whom I want, I give it; so if you worship me, everything will be yours. Jesus answered and said to him: Get behind me, Satan; It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.
Today, such power is given to the rulers of the New World Order. Anyone who worships them is ensured a comfortable existence. But only cattle can be happy with one trough and stable. The bishops, priests and monks of the BOC, and all honest Orthodox and Slavic Bulgarian people chose the way through thorns to the stars, along with their Russian brothers in Christ.
The beginning of the solemn procession of the lithium on the occasion of the glorification of St. Seraphim Bogucharsky
The march was attended by history buffs in the form of Bulgarian militias and a Russian general from the times of the Russian-Turkish liberation war of 1877-78.
Bulgarian hierarchs and priests are included in the cathedral Patriarchal Cathedral of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church - the Memorial Church of St. Alexander Nevsky
Bishops and priests in the church of St. Alexander Nevsky
His Holiness Patriarch Bulgarian Neophyte
St. Nicholas Cathedral in Sofia - Russian Embassy Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker