Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия
Patriarchate

Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the crash of an An-26 plane near Khmeimim air base

Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the crash of an An-26 plane near Khmeimim air base
Version for print
7 March 2018 year 11:00

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed condolences over the crash of an An-26 plane near Khmeimim air base in Syria.

To Russian Federation Minister of Defense S. K. Shoigu

To the relatives and loved ones of those who died in the An-26 air crash 

Dear Sergey Kozhugetovich,

Dear brothers and sisters: 

I have been grieved by the sad news about the crash of an An-26 plane near Khmeimim air base. This tragedy has taken the lives of many servicemen who have carried out valorous feats of arms in the Syrian land.

It is difficult to experience as heavy a trial as the loss of a loved one. But despondency and the less so despair should not be instilled in our souls. We are called to live in hope that the Lord, who Himself is love (1 Jn. 4:8) will mercifully fold the dead in His paternal arms. This is why the Holy Church teaches us that the end of one’s earthly life marks not the end of one’s existence but a crossing over the boundary of eternity. Let us ask the All-Generous Lord that He may show mercy for His late servants and forgive them any transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

Sharing with you the bitterness of the loss, I pray to the true Master of Life and Death Jesus Christ for the repose of the souls of the dead in the dwellings of the righteous and for granting their relatives and loved ones the grace-giving consolation and strength to endure their misfortune in a dignified manner.

With profound condolences,

+KIRILL

PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

Version: Russian

Materials on the theme

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church attends naval parade in Syrian city of Tartus

Representative of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to Patriarch of Antioch visits Russia’s Hmeimim airbase

A hierarch of the Patriarchate of Antioch visits the Russian Navy church in Tartus

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over mass shootings in U.S. cities [Patriarch : Messages]

Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the terrorist action in Christchurch, New Zealand [Patriarch : Messages]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the death of pilgrims in bus crash in Bulgaria [Patriarch : Messages]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends condolences over the death of people as the result of earthquake in Indonesia [Patriarch : Greetings and addresses]

Primate of the Russian Church attends reception in honour of the participants in 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku

Primate of Russian Orthodox Church meets with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev

Primate of Russian Orthodox Church meets with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev

Patriarch Kirill takes part in opening of 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over mass shootings in U.S. cities [Patriarch : Messages]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral [Patriarch : Messages]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the death of pilgrims in bus crash in Bulgaria [Patriarch : Messages]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends condolences over the death of people as the result of earthquake in Indonesia [Patriarch : Greetings and addresses]

All materials with key words