Lect Fr. Dr. Adrian Ignat book is not merely historical presentation of the three most important cities in the entire history of the world, but also the presentation of three theological landmarks in the history of the two thousandth anniversary of Christianity, with strong implications for social and political learning in East and West. Rome, Constantinople and Moscow are three cities that wanted to materialize the idea of the city of God on earth. Despite this desire often driven by the various personalities of human pride in their history, they have never come to be fully realized, becoming only a pale and sad picture, purely human, the heavenly Jerusalem. Claiming primacy of spiritual and temporal, the eternal city of Rome the ancient Roman Empire, the residence Pontiff died where two of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, Holy Apostles Peter and Paul to act as a leader of all Christianity and God's eternal city. Founded by Constantine the Great (330), at the crossroads of two continents Europe and Asia - Constantinople, "the new Rome", accounted for about a thousand years after the fall of Rome (476) as barbarians, not only capital of the Roman Empire, became the synthesis of Byzantine Greek and Latin culture and spirituality, but also the town of Mary and "God-guarded city ', capital of eastern Christendom theological whole.Moscow the Third Rome, published by the time Constantinople fell (1453), there was more in Russian popular consciousness in the writings of great theologians Russia without ever reaching mature and thus to manifest as. Despite all the differences and similarities between the three cities, they are only "three major influences on historical stops the historical evolution of the whole Christian Church."
† Prof. Dr. Niphon MICHAEL
Archbishop and Metropolitan