February 4, 2016
Moscow: Hierarchs of Russian Church Abroad participate in 7th
Anniversary Celebrations of the Enthronement of His Holiness,
Monday, February 1, the seventh anniversary of the enthronement of
His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, the Divine
Liturgy was celebrated at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. His
Holiness officiated, wearing the vestments he wore during his
The Patriarch of Russia was joined in the service by many hierarchs
of the Moscow Patriarchate and other Local Orthodox Churches, as
well as archpastors from other metropolinate districts and
jurisdictions, including His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of
Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church
Outside of Russia, as well as bishops who convened to participate in
a regular meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox
Church and clergy in charge of various Synodal and church-wide
Singing at the service were the choir of Christ the Savior Cathedral
under the direction of I.B. Tolkachev and the world-renowned
Sretensky Monastery Choir under N.S. Zhila.
During the Augmented Litany, special petitions were offered for His
Holiness. Afterwards, the Primate of the Russian Church read aloud a
special prayer for peace in Ukraine.
The television channel Soyuz offered a live broadcast of the
Liturgy, after which a thanksgiving moleben was performed.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onouphry of Kiev & All Ukraine then read
a congratulatory address to His Holiness on behalf of the members of
the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, after
which he gave Patriarch Kirill a hand-painted icon of the Mother of
God of Kazan, a patriarchal
and a bouquet of flowers.
The Plenipotentiary Representative of Russian President Vladimir
Putin, A.D. Beglov, congratulated His Holiness on behalf of the
His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, then delivered a Primatial sermon,
after which he bestowed ecclesiastical awards upon several
archpastors and pastors in honor of important anniversaries in their
honorable service to the Church.
The following day, Tuesday, February 2, Christ the Savior Cathedral
hosted the Council of Bishops under the chairmanship of His
Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill.