The 19th International Educational Christmas Readings were opened in a solemn ceremony on January 24, 2011, at the State Kremlin Palace. This year the forum is devoted to the theme ‘Church and State: Cooperation in Tackling Common Tasks'. The opening ceremony was led by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah celebrate at the Epiphany Cathedral on the Epiphany20. January 2011 - 14:00
On January 19th, 2011, the feast of the Holy Epiphany of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada on a visit to Moscow celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Yelokhovo.
Concelebrating were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations (DECR); Bishop Aleksandr of Dmitrov; Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Finance and Economic Managements; Bishop Melchizedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania (Orthodox Church in America); archpriest Matfei Stadnyuk, rector of the Cathedral of the Epiphany; archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), representative of the OCA in Moscow; archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), abbot of the Sretensky Monastery; archpriest Nikolai Balashov, DECR deputy chairman; Rev. Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations; hieromonk Antoniy (Sevryuk), head of the personal secretariat of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; clerics of the Cathe4dral of the Epiphany and other Moscow churches.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Our life should be imbued with fiery grace of the Holy Spirit burning any sinful filth24. January 2011 - 13:51
On January 18th, 2011, the Eve of the Epiphany, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations (DECR), celebrated at the Church of the "Joy to All the Afflicted" Icon of the Mother of God, Bolshaya Ordynka Str. Concelebrating were Rev. Dimitry Ageyev, assistant to the DECR chairman; DECR ordained staff members; and clergy of the church.
The Moscow Synodal Choir, conducted by an honoured artist of Russia, Alexei Puzakov, sang at the service.
Today our Holy Church prayerfully marks a first year of the election and the enthronement of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.