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Çâàðîò äà ñóàé÷ûííiêàó

ìiòðàïàëiòà Ìiíñêàãà i Ñëóöêàãà Ôiëàðýòà,

Ïàòðûÿðøàãà Ýêçàðõà óñÿå Áåëàðóñi


Address to all compatriots

by Philaret, the Metrotolitan of Minsk and Slutsk,

Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus


Çâàðîò äà ñóàé÷ûííiêàó
ìiòðàïàëiòà Ìiíñêàãà i Ñëóöêàãà Ôiëàðýòà,
Ïàòðûÿðøàãà Ýêçàðõà óñÿå Áåëàðóñi
Áðàòû i ñåñòðû!
Ó íî÷ ç 19 íà 20 êàñòðû÷íiêà ó ñòàðàæûòíûì áåëàðóñêiì ãîðàäçå Çàñëàói êàëÿ Ìiíñêà áûó àõîïëåíû ïîëûìåì i ëåäçü íå ðàçáóðàíû ïðàâàñëàóíû õðàì ó ãîíàð Ïðààáðàæýííÿ Ãàñïîäíÿ. Ãîðà, ÿêîå íàïàòêàëà íàñ, ñàïðàóäû óñåíàðîäíàå.
Òàìó øòî 1000 ãàäîó íàçàä ìåíàâiòà àäñþëü ó çåìëÿõ Ïîëàöêàãà Êíÿñòâà ñòàðàæûòíàé Áåëàé Ðóñi ïà÷àëî ñâภðàñïàóñþäæâàííå ïðàâàñëàóíàå õðûñöiÿíñòâà. Íà ãýòûì ñâÿòûì ìåñöû áûëà óçâåäçåíà êíÿæàöêàÿ öàðêâà, äçå ìàëiëiñÿ ïåðøûÿ áåëàðóñêiÿ õðûñöiÿíå êíÿãiíÿ Ðàãíåäà, ó ìàíàñòâå Àíàñòàñiÿ, i ÿå ñûí Içÿñëàó, ÿêi äàó ñâภiìÿ ãîðàäó. Áåëàðóñêàÿ Ïðàâàñëàóíàÿ Öàðêâà i ñàìà Áåëàðóñü ÿê õðûñöiÿíñêàÿ äçÿðæàâà Åóðîïû ïà÷àëiñÿ 1004 ãàäû òàìó ìåíàâiòà ç ãýòàãà ñâÿòîãà i óæî òÿïåð ïàêóòíiöêàãà ìåñöà.
Âåðó i ìàëþñÿ àá òûì, øòî ïà÷àòàå ñëåäñòâà âûÿâiöü ÿê âûêàíàóöàó, òàê i ðóõàþ÷ûÿ ñiëû ãýòàãà çëà÷ûíñòâà. Íàäïic "ñìåðöü õðûñöiÿíàì" i êàø÷óíñêi âiäàðûñ ïåðàâåðíóòàãà êðûæà, íàíåñåíûÿ íà ñöÿíó õðàìà-ïàêóòíiêà ïà áàêàõ óâàõîäíûõ äçâÿðýé, óæî ñòàëi ìàòýðûàëàì ó ñëåä÷àé ñïðàâå.
ß çàêëiêàþ âàñ, ìàå äàðàãiÿ ñóàé÷ûííiêi, àá'ÿäíàööà ó àäíàäóøíàñöi i àäíàäóìíàñöi ïåðàä íàöiñêàì ñië ðàçáóðýííÿ i âàðîæàñöi, ïåðàä íàñòóïëåííåì "äóõîâ çëîáû ïîäíåáåñíûõ" (Åô. 6:12), àá ÿêiõ ãàâàðûó àïîñòàë Ïàâåë, Ãàñïîäçü Ñàì çâÿðòàåööà äà íàñ ïðàç Ñâàéãî ïðàâàäûðà i ïðàðîêà ñà ñëîâàì óìàöàâàííÿ i íàäçåi: "Òîëüêî áóäü òâåðä è î÷åíü ìóæåñòâåí, è òùàòåëüíî õðàíè è èñïîëíÿé âåñü çàêîí... íå óêëîíÿéñÿ îò íåãî íè íàïðàâî, íè íàëåâî, äàáû ïîñòóïàòü áëàãîðàçóìíî è âî âñåõ ïðåäïðèÿòèÿõ òâîèõ" (Ic. Íàâ, 1:7).
Ñàïðàóäû, ìû ñòàíîâiìñÿ ñâåäêàìi âîãíåííûõ âûïðàáàâàííÿó. Àëå íàøà ñàáîðíàÿ ìàëiòâà, àñàáiñòàå ïàêàÿííå óñiõ i êîæíàãà ç íàñ ïåðàä Òâàðöîì i Çáàâiòåëåì æûööÿ çäîëüíû çàñòóïiöü øëÿõi çëà i ïàâÿðíóöü ÿãî íàçàä. Âåðó, øòî çàïàâåò, äàäçåíû Ãîñïàäàì Iiñóñàì Õðûñòîì Öàðêâå Ñâà¸é àá òûì. øòî "âðàòà àäà íå îäîëåþò åå" (Ìô, 16s:18), óìàöóþöü i íàñ, íàðîä Áîæû, i äçÿðæàâó íàøó, i óâåñü õðûñöiÿíñêi ñâåò
21 êàñòðû÷íiêà 1996 ãîäà, Ìiíñê.

Address to all compatriots

by Philaret, the Metrotolitan of Minsk and Slutsk,

Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus

October 21, 1996, Minsk
Brothers and sisters,
In the darkness of night from October 19 to October 20, the Trasfiguration Church in the ancient town Zaslavl near Minsk was set on fire, and nearly destroyed. This was a disaster on national scale, because it was from this place that Orthodox Christianity started spreading through the lands of the Polotsk Principality of ancient White Rus. In this holy place a church was built, where Princess Rogneda (Anasthasia, as a nun) and her son Izyaslav (whose name the town bears) were praying. It was in this holy place that the inception of Belarusian Orthodox Church, and Belarus itself, as a Christian country, took place 1004 years ago.
I pray and I believe that the investigation which is under way will find both the perpetrators, and the instigators of this crime. The graffiti "Death to Christians" and an offending drawing of the cross upside down on the church walls at the entrance have already become evidence for the investigation case.
My dear compatriots, I call upon you to unite in our prayers and thoughts in the face of the forces of destruction and enmity, to unite "against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph 6:12), mentioned by Apostle Paul. Lord Himself addresses all of us with words of hope and consolidation, through His Apostle: "Only be thou strong and very courageous, but thou mayest observe to do according to all the law ... turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest" (Josh 1:7).
Truly, we witness the test by fire. But our joint prayer, and our individual repentance before our Lord and Savior can block the way for the evil, and force it to turn back. I believe that the words of our Lord Jesus Christ about His Church, that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"( Matt 16:18) shall strengthen us, shall strengthen the believers in this country, and shall strengthen all Christian world.
Philaret, the Metrotolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus

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