Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Patriarch Kirill attended the opening of the monument to GR Derzhavin poet in a small country – Official web-site of the Moscow Patriarchate

July 20, 2016 14:58

July 20, 2016, the day of the 200th anniversary of the death of the great Russian poet, thinker and statesman Gavrila Derzhavin (1743-1816), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited the Church of the Epiphany of the village Kaip Laishevo region of Tatarstan.

GR. Derzhavin, who came by the family legend, from a sort of Tatar Murza, was baptized in the Church of the Epiphany, which the parishioners were the parents of the poet. Their tomb near the walls of the temple has survived to the present day.

In Kaip also profit the plenipotentiary representative of the Russian President in Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich, President of the Republic of Tatarstan RN Minnikhanov, members of the official delegation accompanying His Holiness.

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church met rector Archpriest Pavel Matveev and Head of Laishevo, Chairman of the Board of Laishevo municipal district of the Republic of Tatarstan MP . Afanasyev

In the temple of His Holiness greeted the Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Theophane

I will turn to the audience, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said in particular.: “I am very happy that my trip to Tatarstan begins with this place, in the year of the 200th anniversary of the death of Gabriel Derzhavin – a prominent Russian poet, who played a huge role in the formation of the modern Russian language. And not only a poet, but also a man gifted a special gift of philosophical thought, a man who has made a special contribution to the fact that his contemporaries, and not only them, embraced the idea of ​​God as the foundation of their worldview. Not every theologian fails to state lofty thoughts about God as simply, clearly and convincingly, as did Derzhavin. He was really the leading thinker of his time. He was the founder of a whole trend in our literature, which was then continued by his successors and followers of the great. It is from here, from this place, to see the light of Russian culture for the Russian language, Russian literature. And today, when we are facing very important tasks associated with teaching Russian language and literature in schools, with the initiation of our people to the great ideas of Russian classical literature, it is remarkable to recall the name of Gavriil Derzhavin and take prayerful remembrance of him and his parents in the wrong place, where he was born ».

As a gift to the temple of the Primate handed Mother of God” is truly meet “. Believers have been handed over the icon of the Holy Virgin with the patriarchal blessing.

Then, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of lithium in the burial place of the parents GR Derzhavin – Roman Nikolaevich and Thecla Andreevny, then laid flowers at the grave

Then place GR opening ceremony of the monument. Derzhavin it created on the initiative of the rector of the All-Russian State University OI Justice . Alexandrova

His Holiness addressed the ceremony with the word:

«We have opened the monument to the outstanding Russian poet, statesman, truth-seekers. Wherever he worked, no matter what he did, Derzhavin always sought to carry out God’s truth – and in their personal lives, and in the execution of certain public tasks. That is why it is not easy evolved life. Too often, he had to engage in combat with those who share different views – primarily with corrupt, four-flusher, people who are working in the province, trying to create a false impression of their merits and on the situation in the places where they were delivered as superiors.

We know that the problem still exists, including in our country. And the example of Derzhavin is of great importance not only for those who study literature, who studies religious philosophy, but also for those who are embarking on the path of public service. Great Derzhavin foresaw that without moral attitude to civil service performance impossible to achieve positive results, and we are now repeating the same thing: without a moral attitude to public service is not possible to achieve the results that we – as a country, as a people – expect

Let example Derzhavina helps our poets, writers, thinkers, statesmen worthy to perform the work to which they are intended. I am very pleased to have the opportunity in the year of the 200th anniversary of the death of the great Russian poet to participate in the opening of this monument. And I thank all those who have labored for the organization of this remarkable action in the place where the poet was born and where he was baptized. Keep all of you Lord! »

Then the participants welcomed the Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich, President of the Republic of Tatarstan RN Minnikhanov, rector of the All-Russian State University OI Justice Alexandrov.

In conclusion, His Holiness and other participants in the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument of bouquets.


The church of the Epiphany in the village Kaip (earlier – Egorevo) was baptized by the great Russian poet Gavrila Derzhavin. Parishioners were her parents and poet. In 1874, the year of his mother’s death, by order of Derzhavin in the church liturgy was celebrated at which he was present. Above the crypt was a monument with carved quatrain:

«Oh, forefathers of mine and rodshih sacred ashes

I have not brought in the coffin you of gold and srebro,

Do not multiply your themselves born respected;

Vinyus:. I lived how I could, for the common good »

In the early ’40s XX century church was devastated and desecrated crypt. In honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth in 1993 it was declared by UNESCO a year Derzhavin. In 1994, the initiative group of Tatarstan held a meeting of citizens, in which it was decided to rebuild the temple and the crypt. In 1997 RT Cabinet of Ministers has included the church in the register of historical and cultural monuments of national importance. In 2002, RT Cabinet adopted a resolution “On measures to perpetuate the memory of GR Derzhavin in connection with the 260th anniversary of the birth “, work began on the restoration of the church, but public money was only enough to restore the exterior appearance of the church. Due to the lack of funding restoration works were stopped. In the call to revive the small home, “the father of Russian poets” responded Gabriel Derzhavin LLC «Sunny city».

In place of the destroyed crypt above the grave of the parents GR Derzhavin Now monumental tombstone of white marble, with the same commemorative epitaph Derzhavin.

The press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia


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