The delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which is led by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, has left Moscow the capital of Serbia this morning.
His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, director of the Department of Interchurch Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate; His Grace Bishop Antonije of Moravica, head of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate in Moscow; as well as Mr. Slavenko Terzic, ambassador of Serbia to the Russian Federation.
On Friday, July 26, 2013, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Paraskevi in Pikridion (Hasköy) on the occasion of the community's patronal feast. The church is attended by many Romanian Orthodox Christians living in Istanbul.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, His All-Holiness led a Trisagion Service for the repose of the souls of the late Patriarch Teoctist of Romania as well as the mother and daughter of Archon Panagiotis Tsakos, a great benefactor Pikridion Community. Among those in attendance were Metropolitan Amphilochios of New Zealand, Consul Generals of Greece and Romania in Istanbul, Ambassador Nikolaos Matthioudakis and Ms. Stefana Greavu, as well as faithful from the local community, Greece and Romania. A reception was held after the Divine Liturgy.
President of the Russian Federation for the first time in history will meet with primates and representatives of the local Orthodox Churches. As reported, president Vladimir Putin will receive high guests in the Great Palace of Kremlin.
President Putin will welcome Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Patriarch Illiya of Georgia, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, Archbishop Sava of Poland, as well as representatives of other local Orthodox Churches. This meeting will affirm the contribution of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church to a development of modern civilization and the foundation of spiritual and moral principles. Participants of this meeting will discuss about issues regarding ecumenical Orthodoxy, but also about issues in connection with Orthodox communities throughout the world.