Commemoration of the departed warriors as a tribute to the heroes
Historically, the Armed Forces without the Orthodox faith, in fact, it is impossible to imagine. For many centuries, the fatherly faith helped in strengthening the spirit of the soldier, in overcoming various difficulties and in the deprivation of military service. Faith has always been one of the incentives and catalysts for accomplishing unforgettable feats for our native land, which have been strengthened in our memory. And we do not forget about this day by the commemoration of the departed warriors.
On November 29 / December 4, 1994, according to traditions, the bishop’s congress of the Council of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to establish a ministry on the 9th of May and an annual special celebration.commemoration of the dead warriors,fallen for the Fatherland, faith, people and martyrs who died during the periods from 1941-1945 during the Great Patriotic War.
On the ninth of May, on the day of the great Victory, all Orthodox Christian churches and churches commemorate the dead soldiers For the faith, the Fatherland and the people who laid down their lives, and all those who died martyrs during the Great Patriotic War People who voluntarily put their lives on the battlefield, thus fulfilling their sacred duty to their homeland and people, are honored by the Church and believers with special love. After all, according to the lines of the Gospel: There is no greater than that love, as if someone puts his soul for his friends .
Despite the persecution of the Church in the early years of the formation of the Soviet government, the clergy also shared the burden of war. It is widely known that on June 22, 1941, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Sergius, was among the first who addressed the people with a blessing to the defense of the Fatherland.
Also noted is the case when, with funds raised by the common efforts of the parishioners, a tank column was founded and formed by him. Dmitry Donskoy.