Your Excellency, dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Your Excellency, Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoigu! Warlords, His Eminence, Reverend Bishops, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters! We have committed an act that will be inscribed in the history of the Armed Forces of Russia and which will be inscribed in the history of our Fatherland. The church was built in honor of our victory – both in the Great Patriotic War and, probably, in all those wars that fell to the lot of our people. These victories saved the Fatherland, saved the people, ensured the most physical existence of our nation, the historical existence of Russia. We live at a time when, unfortunately, neither war nor, as the Holy Scripture says, military rumors have left our lives. And till now the Armed Forces are the main factor of preserving freedom, independence and sovereignty of our country. We know that Russia never leads and does not wage wars of conquest. Russia supports its Armed Forces, understanding that at a difficult time it is the Armed Forces that will defend its sovereignty and the historical destiny of its people. Therefore, it is difficult to overestimate the role and significance of the Russian military. We know that in order for troops to win, many conditions must be met. This concerns the level of training, the level of armament, but perhaps the most important condition that must always be observed is the state of mind of those who, through the oath of loyalty to the country, give a promise, including their life, to put up for their Motherland. No public service requires a victim from a person even to death. Only military service requires readiness to die, that is, to give the most precious that a person has. How can a man give his life for someone and even for his country, if he is weak in spirit, if he has a confusion in his mind? If the value system is destroyed, he will never be able to do this, he will not step over through his natural fear. And for a soldier to be able to remain faithful to the oath, he must have a very strong spirit. And spirit is not a material concept, in spirit there is not a grain of matter. Spirit is a state of the soul of a person, his mind, his will, his feelings. The source of the spirit is God, and therefore the strengthening of man’s spiritual power is carried out primarily through prayer. When we unite with God, the chain between us and the Lord closes, and through this chain there is a divine energy that strengthens the spirit of man. That’s why we are building temples in the set today on the face of the Russian land. And how wonderful that at the initiative of the Russian Armed Forces in this special place the church will be erected – and in honor of our former victories, and as a place where the military can pray with a special feeling to God for themselves, for their loved ones and, of course, for their Motherland their own. I express my heartfelt gratitude to you, Vladimir Vladimirovich, as supreme commander-in-chief for supporting this initiative coming from our Armed Forces, and I am glad that today, on this wonderful, beautiful day, we all together could make a stone laying in the foundation of the future All-Russian Church of the Russian Power. May the Lord keep our land, our country and our army. All the best to you! Your Holiness! Everyone gathered for this solemn ceremony! We are attending a very important, truly historic event in Russia’s spiritual life: today the first stone will be laid for the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral. Devoted to Victory of our people in the Great Patriotic War, it will become the main cathedral of the Armed Forces, yet another symbol of our unflinching national traditions and our loyalty to the memory of our ancestors and their accomplishments for the benefit of the Fatherland. We have a long standing tradition of building cathedrals in honour of the accomplishments of the Armed Forces of Russia and Russia’s warriors. They are designed to glorify martial prowess, relieve the grief over the dead, cherish examples of dedication, heroism and love for the Motherland and convey these from one generation to another. The land on which the cathedral will be built remembers these examples. The last lines of defence of the capital, Moscow, ran not far from here during the Great Patriotic War. The enemies were stopped and forced to retreat at the expense of enormous losses in these forests in the winter of 1941. It is our sacred duty to remember and cherish the memory of those who gave their lives for the Fatherland, to cultivate grateful memory in our descendants. I believe that people will come to the cathedral when it is built. They will come to pay homage to the defenders of the Fatherland. I would like to thank the leadership of the Armed Forces for this initiative. Thank you for your attention.