On Saturday, August 28, on the feast day of the Assumption of Mother of God, the President of Russian Federation Dimitry Medvedev and about thousand believers were present at the formal consecration of the icon above the gate of the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin, done by His Holiness Patriarch Kyrril of Moscow and All Russia.
A well-known Swiss theologian, hieromonk Gabriel (Bunge) became an Orthodox before the divine service at the church of the "Joy to All the Afflicted" Icon on Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations cordially greeted Fr. Gabriel who has lived a solitary life in the Swiss mountains for over thirty years, the DECR website reports.
Artist Tatyana Petrova presented Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia an original copy of Andrey Rublyov's Holy Trinity icon made of rose petals. "I worked all summer. I toned blue roses slightly - other colors are natural," Petrova told an Interfax-Religion correspondent after conveying the icon to the Patriarch after the Sunday Liturgy at St. Andronik monastery where the famous icon painter is buried. This year his 650th birthday is celebrated.
Last Saturday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and about thousand believers attended a solemn ceremony of consecrating an icon over the gates of the Moscow Kremlin Spasskaya Tower held by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. At 03:00 p.m. sharp with chimes striking, the President and the Patriarch walked out of the Kremlin Building No. 1 and proceeded through the Spasskaya Tower gate to the square. After a prayer service, Patriarch Kirill came up to a platform decorated with white flours that was then elevated to the level of the icon. The Primate sprinkled the icon with holy water and blessed the believers.
The sole Greek Orthodox church to survive a fire in the Aegean province of İzmir in 1922 has been restored, municipal officials announced Sunday. The İzmir Metropolitan Municipality released a statement saying that the restoration of the historical Ayavukla Church, which was launched in 2008, was nearly completed.