Tver, Tver Province, Russia, October 27, 2023
Yesterday, October 26, marked the 30th anniversary of the uncovering of the relics of St. Thaddeus (Uspensky) of Tver, a great homilist and New Martyr of the Russian Church.
The festal Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrose of Tver at the Church of St. Thaddeus, where the altar was erected at the place where his holy relics were uncovered, reports the Tver Diocese.
In Soviet times, the cemetery where St. Thaddeus was buried was abandoned and fell into complete desolation. The cemetery church of the Burning Bush of the Icon of the Mother of God, which St. Thaddeus greatly loved, was destroyed.
The relics of St. Thaddeus were founded in 1993 thanks to the efforts of Archimandrite Damaskin (Orlovsky). In 2016, the construction of a wooden church in honor of the patron saint of Tver began at the place where his relics were found. The completed church was consecrated on September 3, 2022.
The Liturgy for the feast yesterday was sung by the youth choir of the 2nd Tver Deanery. During the service, prayers were offered for the peace and prosperity of the homeland.
Following the prayer of the amvon, a procession was held around the church, ending with the reading of a prayer to the New Martyr Thaddeus.
Met. Ambrose congratulated all those present and offered a reflection on St. Thaddeus, saying:
The hieromartyr Thaddeus, against all human logic, being disagraced and humiliated not only during his life, but also after his death, shone forth because, according to the word of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, he was called a holy bishop even during his lifetime. And none of his concelebrants and those who communicated with him and were spiritually nurtured by him ever had any doubts about this…
He remained, in a sense, a child, because he had a pure heart, the heart of a child, according to the word of the Gospel. But his mind, of course, was wise and mature…
Fleeing to the shrine with his holy relics, located in the Ascension Cathedral of Tver, you involuntarily experience grace-filled joy and comfort, peace, as though he’s talking to you today, as though he’s embracing you today, blessing and warming you with his warmth and love.
From October 26 to November 2, Tver is hosting the 11th Thaddean Educational Readings, which this year is focused on the national culture and image for the future.
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