Orthodoxy celebrates the remembrance day of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Memorial service for St. Sergius of Radonezh are celebrated several times a year: 5/18 July – commemoration of the invention of his relics, 25 September/October 8 — he passed away, Slovo states.
Despite bad weather, many Orthodox parishioners, including children and orphans, assembled in the future Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh within the Parish School, which is constructed under the auspices of People’s Deputy of Ukraine Sergey Kivalov to take part in memorial service that day.
The worship was held by Protopriest Sergey Kudarenko. People’s Deputy of Ukraine Sergey Kivalov participated in the memorial service too. People’s Deputy made a donation of the icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh to the church after the celebration. Sergey Kivalov says that this icon remained at his home, and now he considered it necessary to gift it.
After the service, father Sergius, warmly thanking for the priceless gift, told Orthodox parishioners about the acts of St. Sergius of Radonezh. His incorruptible relics and clothing had been found in over 30 years, and in 1452, he was canonized.
The periodical recalled that the Parish Church School would become an educational institution, where children would be able to acquire comprehensive knowledge as well as develop harmoniously. There are all conditions for sports and creative development of children: indoor sports complex, a dance hall, various workshops on interests. As Sergey Kivalov considers, the most essential fact is that “children from an early age will be brought up in the atmosphere of faith, kindness and Christianity”.
“It is very important to give considerable attention to the moral education of young people, although moral and ethical foundations of behaviour should be laid at school. That is why the school’s mission is not only concerned with the studies of compulsory subjects, but the child’s harmonious development. It is nobly that a new school, focused on the moral education of the younger generation, will soon appear in our home-town” Sergey Kivalov says .
Performances of young talents, who are likely to become pupils of the parochial school, sweet treats, kind parting words were provided for all young citizens, who have visited the service. And all this has been a outright gift for them, which they enjoyed.
“It is very pleasant that today’s nasty weather did not preclude people from attending the celebration. The temple opened its doors to everyone, and I am particularly pleased that a lot of kids have joined the celebration. After all, this school is for them, so that they can have comprehensive and moral upbringing from early childhood. The main construction of the temple and the school has been already completed, and all this has been for a full due — for the sake of the future, for the sake of these young citizens who will build our State and our city. People of high morality and intelligence will be educated here. The cross crests the church and the chimes have been installed already. Today’s celebration and treats memorable for children. I am confident that education and spiritual upbringing will complement each other. That is the way it goes, and let it be at our Parish Church School. It is, primarily, intended for moral education of young citizens of Odessa. We should have a good understanding of: spirituality is laid from the youngest years; people will be merciful, kind towards others and, will sympathize another human being if only all these qualities are laid in the childhood!”, said Sergey Kivalov.
It is known that reaching senility, Saint Sergius of Radonezh, foreseeing his death, called the brethren and blessed his follower Nikon to become Father Superior. Saint Sergius passed away in stillness on 25th September, 1392 (8 October). The day before he called the brethren for the last time and announced his will,
«Heed yourself, brothers. First, awe of God, keep your souls pure and do not be hypocritical…”.
Soul purity and nob-hypocrisy and would be instilled, above all, at the Church Parish School, which is crested with a cross, its chimes bells convokes Orthodox people to pray.