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Patriarch Kirill pans to presideover 1,000 yrs of Russian presence on Mt Athos in 2016

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10534 07 June 2013, 14:16 Patriarch Kirill plans to preside over celebrations of 1,000 years of Russian presence
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      07 June 2013, 14:16
      Patriarch Kirill plans to preside over
      celebrations of 1,000 years of Russian presence on Mount Athos in 2016
      Athos, June 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All
      Russia has proposed rebuilding the Ksilurgu Monastery, the oldest Russian
      monastery on Mount Athos in Greece, by 2016, when the 1,000 years of the Russian
      presence on Mount Athos will be celebrated.

      "In three years, we will
      celebrate the 1,000 years of the Russian presence on the Holy Mount Athos," the
      patriarch said in Ksilurgu, addressing monks.

      "This place has been
      playing a special role," he said.

      Large-scale efforts are currently under
      way to restore the Saint Panteleimon Monastery and the Old Russik Monastery on
      Mount Athos, he said.

      "But our task is also to fully rebuild Ksilurgu as
      soon as possible as our first monastery, which would enable us to welcome the
      1,000 years of the Russian monastic presence on Athos in this holy place. The
      restoration of this monastery would confirm our gratitude to all of the monks
      who have maintained the eternal flame of the Russian monastic traditions here
      for a thousand years," Patriarch Kirill said.

      Russian pilgrims have
      special feelings toward Ksilurgu, he said.

      "I believe that as restoration
      efforts progress further, more and more people will come and seek spiritual
      solace there," he said.

      The first Russian monastery on Mount Athos was
      founded during the rule of Holy Prince Vladimir. The earliest written mention of
      it dates back to February 1016.

      The Russian monastic community on Mount
      Athos reached its height in the second half of the 19th century. More than 4,000
      monks from Russia lived in the Saint Panteleimon Monastery, the Saint Andrew,
      the Saint Elijah Monastery and other places on Mount Athos at the beginning of
      the 20th century. From the 16th century to the 19th century, the Russian
      monasteries on Mount Athos owned 100 different buildings, including five
      churches, a refectory, a hospital and a pier.


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