MOSCOW, April 15 (Itar-Tass) — President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin congratulated Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, on Easter, reported the presidential and government press services on Sunday.
The president noted: ”The Easter festivities signify the victory of good and open new possibilities for spiritual improvement, mercy and assistance to the kith and kin.”
“The Russian Orthodox Church has always been the guardian of traditions of our people. It defended their sacred things for centuries and served the country’s unity,” the congratulatory message says.
“Sharing Easter happiness with you, I’d like to express gratitude for efficient efforts of the clergy, aimed at moral revitalization of the nation, consolidation of social peace and accord as well as upbringing of the rising generation,” Medvedev said. “Permit me to wish you sound health, spiritual force and successes in your primate service.”
Congratulating Patriarch Kirill, Putin said: “This great and bright holiday inspires people for good deeds and meritorious aspirations and serves consolidation in society of such eternal values and moral bearings as care for the kith and kin, mercy, compassion and patience to various faiths.” “All orthodox believers experience special joy and spiritual upsurge these Easter days,” the congratulatory message runs.
“It is heartening to note that cooperation between the Church and state as well as non-government institutions considerably enriched itself and was filled with a new content – in the sphere of culture and education, upbringing of youth and consolidation of the family as well as charity. I’m sure that this cooperation will invariably develop in future for the good of our Homeland,” the premier emphasized, wishing the patriarch “sound health, happiness and long years of life.”
Medvedev and Putin attended last night the festive divine service at the Christ Our Saviour Cathedral on the occasion of Easter.