A round table discussion regarding the holiness of the statesmen held at the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery

On November 6, Nizhny Novgorod’s historians came together at the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery for a round table discussion of  the “Canonization of statesmen in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

Sponsored by the Nizhny Novgorod Theological Seminary and the Diocesan department on relations with the universities and with the blessing of Metropolitan Georgiy of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas, the meetings of the Nizhny Novgorod’s university-level history instructors are conducted regularly. For the first time, the group held its meeting offsite at the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery.

The instructors  of history, philosophy, and sociology representing the Nizhny Novgorod’s State University after N.A. Lobachevsky, the Engineering Academy, the universities of linguistic studies, technical studies as well as from the local medical university and Arzamas state university’s campus took part at the meeting. Secondary school history teachers from nearby Sarov and Diveyevo joined the round table discussions.

His Eminence Metropolitan Georgiy of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas addressed the participants with the opening remarks and offered the closing statement. His Eminence chaired the discussion.

The round table discussion began with the report “Serving the Motherland and the Bodiless Powers” by A.L. Myasnikov, Moscow’s historian, journalist, writer, and the mastermind behind the idea of creation of the network of historical outdoor centers. D.V. Semikopov, the Provost of the Nizhny Novgorod Theological Seminary followed with an address “Kenotype of Russian holiness: from St. Boris and Gleb to the Imperial Family.”

Other topics offered for discussion included the following: what is the reason behind the canonization of statesmen; were they canonized for their holiness or their merits to the Motherland; how far can the work of civil authorities be aligned with the principles of Christian spirituality.

The discussion about the holiness of the statesmen has turned to a subject of the Holy Rus. “We seek to create Great Russia without the Holy Rus whereas it is not realistic. We have to seek the Divine Providence in our life just as we have to ask for God’s blessing to our labors since those two are the foundation stones that our country was created,” said Metropolitan Georgiy summing up the discussion.

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