Moscow, March 29, 2018
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has acquired condolences from a number of primates of fraternal Local Orthodox Churches for the tragic hearth that occurred in a mall in the Siberian metropolis of Kemerovo on Sunday, leaving 64 lifeless, together with 41 youngsters, and one other 44 injured, based on the official numbers.
Several letters have been posted on the location of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate:
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople:
Most blessed and holy brother!
It is with a heavy coronary heart that we discovered of the devastating information in regards to the hearth in the Winter Cherry shopping center, which took the lives of so many individuals, each youngsters and adults. We are at a loss for phrases witnessing the unfathomable tragedy which the mass media has conveyed, and we stay in prayerful contemplation for the victims and their members of the family. As we journey in direction of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we grieve as our Lord did for the loss of life of His good pal, Lazarus, whereas holding inside us the peace of mind of the Resurrection and the promise of the life to return.
In this second of sorrow and mourning, we want to personally convey our heartfelt condolences, in addition to the collective sympathies and prayers of our Ecumenical Patriarchate. May the Lord of life and loss of life grant everlasting relaxation to all those that tragically misplaced their lives, and should He grant peace and luxury to these whose hearts have been damaged and injured by nowadays’ occasions. We will proceed to face in a spirit of solidarity with you and these struggling.
Expressing these sentiments of commiseration, we embrace you with a fraternal kiss in the Lord, and we stay with a lot fraternal love and honor.
Your venerable Beatitude’s beloved brother in Christ,
Archbishop of Constantinople—New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch
His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia (from Georgia Online):
The tragedy in Kemerovo on March 25 has deeply touched the complete world. We don’t have any phrases to precise our emotions, and there stays solely to wish.
We mourn along with you, sharing the grief of the victims’ households and family members, and we raise up our prayers that the Lord would grant relaxation to their souls in the mansions of the righteous, and peace and energy of religion to the households of the newly-departed.
Patriarch-Catholicos of Georgia
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia:
With nice sorrow we convey to you probably the most honest condolences on our behalf and on behalf of the plenitude of the Serbian Orthodox Church over the tragedy in Kemerovo which has already claimed the lives of 64 folks, largely youngsters.
We are praying along with you and our fraternal folks of Russia for the restoration of all of the injured, for the comfort of all those that misplaced their family members and pals in this horrible hearth, and for the repose of the souls of the victims.
Memory everlasting to the victims!
Your Holiness’ brother and concelebrant in Christ,
Patriarch of Serbia
His Beatitude Metropolitan Rastislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia:
In the season of Great Lent, when the folks of God are getting ready to rejoice the radiant Resurrection of Christ—and it’s already subsequent Saturday that we’ll commemorate the elevating of Lazarus the Four-Days-Dead—we have now acquired the horrible information that in town of Kemerovo folks died and had been injured in the fireplace that broke out in a shopping center. Your Holiness, please settle for probably the most honest and profound condolences over this tragedy from the plenitude of our Local Church. We are praying for the speedy restoration of the injured, for the comfort of those that have misplaced their family members and pals, particularly youngsters, and for the repose of the souls of the harmless victims. We consider that the All-Merciful Lord will increase the souls of His servants, granting them life everlasting.
Archbishop of Prešov
Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia
Yesterday was declared a day of mourning all through the Russian Federation in honor of the victims, and panikhidas had been served for the repose of their souls in parishes all through the Russian Orthodox Church. Nearly 30,000 folks have signed a petition calling for a chapel or park to be constructed on the location of the tragedy in reminiscence of the dearly departed.
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