Russian ambassador suggests reviving the tradition
23 May 2007, 16:22
Russian ambassador suggests reviving the tradition of veneration of
St. Alexander Nevsky as a patron of Russian diplomats
Moscow, May 23, Interfax - Russian Ambassador-at-Large Mikhail
Mayorov suggested to revive the tradition of veneration of St.
Alexander Nevsky as a patron saint of the Russian diplomatic service.
'Alexander Nevsky paved the way for a united Russian nation and laid
the basis for our common interfaith toleration,' Mayorov said during
an Alexander Nevsky Program board of trustees meeting held in Moscow
'The diplomats who served the old Russia regarded Alexander Nevsky as
their patron,' he added.
According to him, Russian Foreign Ministry has organized a department
to cooperate with Russian history researchers and increased its
contacts with the Russian Orthodox Church. The ministry supports
restoration and construction of Russian embassy chapels (in Italy,
Spain, North Korea).
St. Alexander named Nevsky after he won a battle near the Neva river,
was born a feudal prince. Commonly regarded as the key figure of
medieval Russia, Alexander rose to legendary status on account of his
military victories over German and Swedish invaders against the
background of shrewd conciliatory policies towards the powerful
Mongol Horde. He became Grand Prince of Vladimir (i.e., the supreme
Russian ruler) in 1252. A decade later, Alexander died in a town of
Gorodets-on-the-Volga on his way back from the Mongol capital
becoming a monk shortly before his death. He was buried in Vladimir
and canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1547. St. Alexander
has been venerated in Russia as a patron of armed forces and diplomacy.