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Faculty Members of Institute of Modern History of the Russian Orthodox Church at 10th Pokrov Readings in Helsinki

imageконференцияWith the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the 10th Pokrov Readings on “Faith and Piety in the Era of Persecutions: The 70th Anniversary of the Repose of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa”, took place in Helsinki, Finland. They were organized by the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Finland. Talks at the Readings were given by Priest Alexander Mazyrin, Andrei Alexandrovich Kostriukov, and Tatiana Ivanovna Shevchenko.

The Readings began with services in the Holy Protection Church in Helsinki: a Vigil service on October 13 and the Divine Liturgy on October 14, which, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, were celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Isidor of Smolensk and Dorogobuzh. On the same day, the conference was opened in the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Helsinki. Over 15 talks were given over the course of two days, with scholars and theologians from Russia, Finland, and the Ukraine presenting the results of their research into the topic of the Readings.

At the invitation of Archpriest Victor Liutik, the representative of the Moscow Patriarch in Finland, Rector of the Holy Protection Church in Helsinki, and Dean of the Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Sweden, the following faculty members Saint from Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University of the Humanities took part in the 10th International Pokrov Readings: Rev. Professor Alexander Mazyrin (with a paper on “Venerable Martyr Neophyt Osipov: The 'Abba' of the Persecuted Russian Church”); Associate Professor Andrei Alexandrovich Kostriukov (“'An Untarnished Episcopal Conscience': The Life and Martyric Death of Metropolitan Boris Razumov”); and Dr. theol., Dr. hist. Tatiana Ivanovna Shevchenko, whose talk was titled “'We are the Last of the Mohicans Who Were Raised in the Traditions of our Native Orthodoxy': The 50th Anniversary of the Death of Bishop Alexander (Karpin)”. The talks were accompanied by presentations on the respective topics.

The talks aroused considerable interest and lively discussion amongst the audience. For the convenience of those attending the international conference, the texts of all the talks were translated in advance into Russian and Finnish, and the discussion that followed was aided by simultaneous translation. In his closing speech, Archpriest Victor Liutik thanked the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Helsinki, the organizers, translators, and conference attendees, and expressed his hope that this fruitful collaboration could be continued.