(4/17 July 1953)
Today is a great day for the Russian land and her people -
her entire life is a result of the deeds of St. Vladimir. All the saints that
shone forth in Russia are the fruit of his faith. The entire history of Russia is a continuation of his work along the path that he
indicated. He is the establisher of the Russian nation; before him there were
only alliances of peoples made by local leaders. St. Vladimir bound the people
morally and spiritually with the ruler, and the tribes
to each other. Now scattered apart, we find in him unity and a way to union.
The Resurrection of Russia is along his path, with the same understanding of
the meaning of life, on the same rock of faith.
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