December 25, 2017 – FRN –
According to statistics, the Russian Orthodox Church opens three new churches a day, and if the construction continues at the same pace, then in 25-30 years the number of churches in Russia will double, reaching a pre-revolutionary level, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations.
“During these incomplete 30 years we built over 30 thousand churches, that is, throughout this period we built or restored from ruins a thousand of them year, or three per day. This statistic concerns the entire Russian Orthodox Church in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, other republics of Central Asia, the Baltic states and far abroad, we now have about 900 churches in 60 countries, including the Russian overseas church” Metropolitan Hilarion said.
These statistics are unprecedented. “At present, the number of churches is approaching 40 thousand, and at this speed we will have 70 or 80 thousand temples in 30 years; the number of monasteries is now more than 900, and before the revolution there were about 1,500 – that means we have already crossed the middle line. But we are building not to catch up on some figures, and not to create impressive statistics, but because it is required by people,” the hierarch stressed.
“We should not forget that most of the 30,000 temples built were created on people’s money, which is money from ordinary believers, businessmen or big companies, but never was a church built that stood vacant. They are never built simply as a monument of architecture or art. A church is always built for people, moreover – first a community appears, and only then collects funds for a church in the area. ” he said.