Russian Olympians Prayed at Christ the Savior Cathedral Before Going to Tokyo

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On June 30, 2021 the Russian national Olympic team prayed in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior before going to the XXXII Olympic Games, which will be held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo from July 23 to August 8.

Российские олимпийцы помолились в храме Христа Спасителя перед поездкой в Токио

Photo: Peter Nikolaev/foto.patriarchia.ru

A solemn prayer service in the church with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill was led by Metropolitan Mitrophan of Murmansk and Monchegorsk, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Physical Culture and Sports, the website Patriarchy.ru reported.

Российские олимпийцы помолились в храме Христа Спасителя перед поездкой в Токио
Photo: Peter Nikolaev/foto.patriarchia.ru

Archpriest Andrei Alexeev, the spiritual leader of the Olympic team, rector of the Church of Prince Dmitry Donskoy in North Butovo served Metropolitan Mitrofan among other clergy.

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin and Russian Olympic Committee Chairman Stanislav Pozdnyakov took part in the prayer service.

Российские олимпийцы помолились в храме Христа Спасителя перед поездкой в Токио
Photo: Peter Nikolaev/foto.patriarchia.ru

During the service, Metropolitan Mitrophan read a prayer with supplications for the strengthening of competitors and toilers, and for the sports competitions to serve "the building up of peace in the world and the ending of internecine strife.

Российские олимпийцы помолились в храме Христа Спасителя перед поездкой в Токио
Photo: Peter Nikolaev/foto.patriarchia.ru

At the end of the prayer service, the archpastor gave the athletes the greetings and blessings of His Holiness the Patriarch.

In his speech, Bishop Mitrofan drew the attention of Olympians to the importance of faith in God's mercy and the prayerful support of the Church in all circumstances of life, including the upcoming Olympic Games, which take place at an extremely difficult time.



Source: foma.ru (Russian)

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