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Posted: 9/27/2005 12:43:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/27/2005 12:47:23 PM EDT by thompsondd]
For all the Godless out there, here is something that you may be able to relate to.

Let's just hope no one is praying to this particular saint.


Russian admiral named patron saint of nuclear bomber force

Mon Sep 26,11:09 AM ET

Historic Russian admiral Fyodor Ushakov -- a hero of Russia's wars against Turkey and Napoleon Bonaparte -- was designated the patron saint of nuclear-armed, long-distance Russian bombers by the Orthodox Church.

Russian Patriarch Alexei II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, carried a reliquary and an icon of the admiral, who was canonised in 2004, into the Moscow chapel of the Russian Air Force's 37th Air Army in Moscow, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency said Monday.

"I am sure he will become your intermediary as you fulfil your responsible duties to the fatherland in the long-range air force," the patriarch said.

"His strong faith helped Saint Fyodor Ushakov in all his battles," the religious leader said, reminding his audience that the famous admiral of the 18th and 19th centuries never lost a battle.

Fyodor Ushakov distinguished himself in numerous naval battles in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, most notably in the Russo-Turkish war between 1787 and 1791.

But his reforms of the navy were not popular in the upper echelons of the Russian imperial administration and Tsar Alexander I forced Ushakov to retire to Tambov province south-east of Moscow in 1807, where he died in 1817 aged 73.

Ushakov's canonisation as a saint in 2004 follows a strong tradition in Russia of close relations between the Orthodox Church and the state, which was revived after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

An 18th century admiral named as the patron saint of nuclear bomber force. Those crazy Russians.
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 12:45:49 PM EDT
Now THAT'S just the kind of thing that might bring me BACK into a church!
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 12:54:10 PM EDT
Dont you think it would be better for him to have a nice polished gold Tu-95 BEAR pinned under the saints picture
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