(patriarchia.ru) - Day of August 1, 2012 during the primatial visit to Nizhny Novgorod archdiocese, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrives in Nizhny Novgorod.
On the square in front of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Holiness performed the rite of consecration of the 64-ton bell, "Cathedral" - the third largest in Russia.
At the service sang choir of the Cathedral (choir - Kira Moleva).
The first sound of made Metropolitan Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas Georgy and the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region VP Shantsev.
His Holiness visited the cathedral, followed by the steps of the church turned to the crowd in the square:
"It gives me great pleasure on the way from Moscow to visit the Diveevo in Nizhny Novgorod, visit this sacred place close to my heart, and sanctify the third largest bell of Holy Russia.
You heard the powerful voice of this bell. What we, the Russian Orthodox people associate with that sound? On the one hand, this sound brings us to the past. It connects us with the previous generations, those who spared no effort to build churches, schools, almshouses, hospitals, who have spared no effort to fill the lives of our people Christian values, chief among them - love. This bell reminds us how great and wonderful past.
We are facing the magnificent Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which was also built by our ancestors. They lived not richer than we are. They had a problem no less than ours, but they lacked the courage, wisdom and strength to their resources, spiritual and material, be sent to what is most important to people's life - to strengthen the faith and Christian morality.
And these wonderful sounds of the bells have to pay us well for the future. We are all with you are responsible for ensuring that the spiritual potential of Holy Russia inseminated the next generation, and gave them the power of faith, strength of moral feeling, the love of his land to his homeland, his people, to his church, to resist every Diabolic temptations temptations , to separate the lies from the truth, good and evil, light from darkness. And if we retain this ability, we do not just save our Fatherland - we will make it spiritually and financially strong.
In this sense I am very happy to gaze at the ground Nizhny Novgorod, the Nizhniy Novgorod, on what is happening here. This is not just a revival of spiritual life - it revives powerful, and with it revived, and economic power, it becomes more prosperous and material lives. Of course, we are always dissatisfied with something, and we want to be the best. But we must note with thanksgiving to God all the good that has recently been committed in the Nizhny Novgorod land. "
Into account the assistance of the Cathedral of Saint Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky His Holiness was awarded the Head of Administration of Nizhny Novgorod, O. Kondrashov Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov III degree.
"I'm glad this short, but a spiritually intense and bright meeting with you, my dear. Let the blessing of God abideth over all the land of Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod over, over you all over your family and friends over their families, homes, works of yours. Let grows from strength to strength the old Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod land and the whole of Russia. God bless you, "- said in the conclusion of His Holiness.
After the service, His Holiness departed for Moscow. His Holiness accompanied the governor, VP Shantsev, Metropolitan George Metropolis and the clergy.
Since 2007, with the blessing of the ever-memorable Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II in the Nizhny Novgorod diocese were working on making the bell "Cathedral."
Casting a bell dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the feat of the Nizhny Novgorod militia led by Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish-Lithuanian invaders.
Bell, "The Cathedral" - the third largest in Russia after the Tsar-bell weighing 4500 pounds (72 tons), located at the Belfry Trinity-Sergius Lavra, and the "Big Assumption" bell weighing 4100 pounds (65.5 tons), located at Belfry of the Moscow Kremlin.
Bell, "The Cathedral" is decorated with embossed icons of St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Macarius Zheltovodsk, Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky and George Vsevolodovich, the founder of Nizhny Novgorod.