The former press Secretary to the Patriarch, he published "the diary of the priest in social networks"
The former press Secretary of the patriarchs Alexy II and Kirill, now the rector of the University Church of St. Tatiana, a well-known priest-publicist Vladimir Vigilyansky published a book-diary "Russian key". It is written on the basis of his own essays on Facebook, including on topical socio-political themes, said the author in an interview with RIA Novosti.
"The language of social networks and the language of books is different. However, there are some common goals. This desire in the genre of "diary of the priest" to give the Orthodox response to any private, public, and public issues, a way to sanctify worldly facts and social processes of Evangelical light, to saturate the senses of historical events..." - said Vigilyansky.
He noted that the meanings have become scarce, and in the book he tried to create them.
The title of the book, he said, a lot of concrete and metaphorical meanings. "The key as a source or a spring. For a Christian worldview is, of course, the gospel. Key as a master key, as a tool in order to unlock the door or lock. And what if the keys to the world, from the "peace and freedom" is lost? Finally, the key as a way to unravel historical codes to understand the metaphysical ciphers to recover the forgotten passwords", - said the author of "Russian key".
While Russian people in our history is people "on a break". And it should have "solid ideological Foundation, not to get lost in the chaos of circumstances", "the key to life's confusing and metaphysical puzzles." "The key we have. This pursuit of Holiness is an effective love for God and for others, it is our faith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, that our Holy Church is the fulfillment of the commandments of God. This is what saved our people for the past 10 centuries" - says Vigilyansky.
By his own admission the author, the book has a lot of memories about the late Patriarch Alexy the Second, and "that no one wrote".
"The same can be said about Patriarch Kirill. Four years ago, he celebrated his 70th anniversary. To this date I have written several essays about the Patriarch, in which I tried to tell some personal stories. In the book, they also have" - said Vigilyansky.
Overall, this work is dedicated to themes relating to the history and modernity of Russian thought, of Russian and of Church, politics, social and moral issues, journalism, literature, cinema. Is in the book and echoes of travels, memories are not only about famous people, but also about the important events, reflections on the life of Russian people abroad, and foreigners - in Russia, the search for the origins of rebellion and ramabanta, and the "national idea" of Russia.
In fact, "Russian key" means the arrangement about 1500 posts-essay Feybuka published for 5 years, starting in 2014. The book is made in the genre of diary entries for the year (1 January-31 December) - and it can be read from any page. The diary form is chosen because the calendar has a special meaning in the Church: every day – one or other memorable date filled with gospel imagery and spiritual meaning. And the diary gives an opportunity to communicate with them the events of his personal and public life.
In the book's 800 pages, and the planned circulation of eight thousand copies. Recipients – people mostly not yet churched, but who consider themselves Orthodox. Those in Russia, according to the observations of the author, more than half.
The performance of any of the priest in social networks, blogging, the comments under the posts of other users – all this ten years ago was considered extremely controversial and dangerous. Many were inclined to conclude that neither the monk nor priest in social networks have nothing to do, because it takes a lot of time in pastoral Ministry and forced to dig in the "dirt". But Vigilyansky uphold the "neutrality" of the network as such.
"Internet communication as neutral as a phone number where you can swear, but you can declare his love to the most exalted words. The cinematography in the beginning of XX century was considered a food of the lower classes, but who would say so today? It all depends on in whose hands these tools of communication. And the priests called to missionary work, are required to learn a new language and use it for their own purposes," - says Vigilyansky.
Thanks to the persistent suggestions of colleagues to "show an example" he started a page on Facebook. Now read by over 2000 bishops, priests, deacons and monastics. Archpriest 5000 friends, more than 23,000 subscribers, for a total of almost 30 thousand registered readers.
Currently Vigilyansky – the Abbot not only the Church of the Martyr Tatiana at the Moscow state University, and the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Great, the well-known Orthodox school, teacher graduate of the Sretensky Seminary, member of the Moscow Union of writers and popular ecclesiastical writer.
In his Facebook account, and the book reflected his activities in the past. In particular, Vigilyansky once opened press service of the Moscow Patriarchate. But first was a research fellow at "Institute of art studies of the Ministry of culture of the USSR", a member of the editorial Board of "Spark", a member of the "Moscow news" and "new York times", chief editor of "Russian visa", the Dean of the faculty of journalism "the Russian Orthodox University," led the television program "How to live in an Orthodox manner", wrote columns in the "news" and "Culture".