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"We have concluded that when the principle of phyletism (i.e. ecclesiastical nationalism) is juxtaposed with the teaching of the Gospel and the constant practice of the Church, it is not only foreign to it, but also completely opposed, to it. We decree the following in the Holy Spirit: 1. We reject and condemn racial division, that is, racial differences, national quarrels and disagreements in the Church of Christ, as being contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers, on which the holy Church is established and which adorn human society and lead it to Divine piety. 2. In accordance with the holy canons, we proclaim that those who accept such division according to races and who dare to base on it hitherto unheard-of racial assemblies are foreign to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are real schismatics."
St Nicholas Cathedral, Kronstadt
Posted by Dean Calvert on 4/25/2012, 5:41 pm
If you ever wondered what Hagia Sophia looked like in it's heyday, take a look at the pictures in the link below. |
There's a remarkable similarity between the two buildings.
Link: Photos from the consecration of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Kronstadt