ROC decided to make St. Isaac’s Cathedral Patriarchal temple


St. Isaac’s Cathedral after the transfer of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) will have the status of a Patriarch, to give to the Church the special status of the Church wanted in the first place, said the head of the legal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate abbess Xenia (Chernega). “[Therefore] is not accidental, it was part of his Holiness [in the process of transferring the Cathedral]; quite naturally, he appealed to the Governor, supporting the initiative of Bishop Varsonofy (Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga (Sudakov). — ) “—says she.

That Patriarch Kirill has appealed to the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko with the request to transfer the Cathedral Church, speaks at a press conference on 12 January, the Vice-Governor Mikhail Mokretsov and Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov). The Patriarch sent a letter to the Governor in December 2016, have informed in a press-service Poltavchenko.

On the role of the Patriarch in the transmission of St. Isaac’s Cathedral read the investigation

Councils, having the status of Patriarch, in Russia some, such as the Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, says Chernega. Among the Patriarchal attitude still and the Epiphany (Yelokhovsky) Cathedral in Moscow, the Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin, ascension army Cathedral in Novocherkassk (Rostov oblast), etc.

The governance of the Patriarchal Cathedral belongs to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, explained a source in Church circles, although this Cathedral has a Dean or the rector, who “carries out management of the liturgical and other activities”. The control of the Patriarchal councils involved and the local bishops.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral, most likely, will have a dual reporting line, said the rector of the Church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana at Moscow state University, Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky. “The Patriarch is the Abbot of the stavropegic many (independent dioceses. —) monasteries, for example in Solovki and Valaam. And the same is Stavropegial — there may be churches in other regions,” — said Vigilyansky.

The Patriarchal temple differs from others in that it has no parish Council, said archdeacon Andrei Kuraev.

Funding of the Patriarchal churches “no rules of the Moscow Patriarchate no”, said Kuraev: “As you wish Patriarch, so be it. But overall, in terms of funding there is no way that the Patriarch of the Central budget was the money for the maintenance of any Church. From there, the money can go only to the maintenance of the Patriarchal palaces, residences.”

In 2016, the total income that brought Isaac’s Cathedral as a Museum, amounted to 466 million 813 thousand rubles, reported in the Museum. 60% of all revenues of the Museum complex of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of the Savior on spilled Blood and St. Sampson Cathedral (now transferred to the ROC).

The costs complex in 2016 has made more than 744 million rubles. to Identify the costs separately to Isaac difficult because the Directorate serves all the churches, told in the Museum. The main item of expenditure — staff salaries, the Museum 393. Expenses under this article amounted to more than 358 million rubles.

When would be transmitted to Isaac, is not yet clear. According to the plan for the transfer of the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church published by the Committee of property relations of St. Petersburg January 12 to March 1, it was necessary to determine the possibility of seizure of the Cathedral of the operational management of the Museum without giving the institution premises, “ensure its activities”.

By June 1 is required to provide information about all contained in the collection objects that are part of the Museum Fund of Russia. A key point concerns the conclusion of the contract on transfer to the use of the ROC some of the artifacts included in the Museum Fund of Russia. We are talking about the so-called indivisible Museum objects, that is, those that cannot be taken out of the Cathedral. For execution of this item, you have 24 months from the date of issuance of the order of the Committee of property relations.

The last point is the preparation of a decree on the transfer of the Cathedral to the use of the ROC must be made within one month after conclusion of the contract on the transfer of Museum objects.

But ROC expects to Cathedral this year, said a source in Church circles. At first it was about transferring already for Easter, told two sources close to the Ministry of culture and the Federal official. But then the expected transfer date of the Cathedral was moved to July 12, the Day of saints Peter and Paul, told a source close to the Ministry of culture, and a source close to the ROC. On this day in Petersburg Patriarch Kirill is coming to hold services in the Cathedral of saints Peter and Paul in the Peter and Paul fortress.

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