2021-09-27 00:00:00

Russian Church has established a day of remembrance for the victims of repression

Moscow, September 27, Interfax - The Holy Synod has decided to commemorate annually on October 30 in all the churches of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia those who suffered during the years of repression by the Bolsheviks.

"Following the discussion, the Synod decided to emphasize that the Russian Orthodox Church remembers not only the saints glorified by it, but also all the innocent victims of repression, calling on society to preserve the memory of these tragic pages of history," Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, told reporters after the Synod held in Moscow.

According to him, in addition to the annual commemoration of those who suffered during the years of persecution for the faith of Christ, the Synod blessed on the territory of Russia on October 30 the performance of funeral services for all Orthodox Christians "who were innocently killed by the God-worshippers or who were innocently imprisoned."

The Synod also approved the updated composition of the Church and Public Council under Patriarch Kirill for perpetuating the memory of the new martyrs and confessors of the Russian Church and approved a number of liturgical texts.