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"There Were Hundreds Around Him, but in Each He Saw the Light of God"

Three days ago, Georgi Velikanov, a historian, catechist, chorister and altar assistant at the All-Merciful Saviour Church in a Moscow suburb, lost his life saving a homeless person on a railway platform. He lifted the man who fell on the rails of the "Krasnogorskaya" station, and saved his life, but didn't have time to avoid the oncoming fast train.

"Just a few days ago we were discussing a few texts he wrote. Plans were made. But he had the courage to go on. To Christ," Abbot SiluanTumanov, who announced the sad news on Facebook, wrote. "Our incredibly bright and good parishioner is gone! The man who knew Christ's love! The man whose humility was unreachable by many! He died having accomplished a feat! He died having fulfilled Christ's commandment: 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends'," Aleksei Yulin, Velikanov's friend, wrote.

Georgi Velikanov graduated Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University of Humanity in Moscow, Russia. He was a contributor to the site "," which has just published one of the two texts he sent the day before his passing. Velikanov worked as a press secretary for the Orthodox service "Charity" (Милосердие), and was also employed at the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Services. He was married and planned to become a priest.

"And do you know what I understood? [...] That the Lord accepts any of our sacrifices. For Him, every movement of our heart toward Him, every act of love and giving, every act, thought or word in which love manifested itself is very, very precious. For Him this is a gift," wrote Velikanov in 2012. Memory Eternal!

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