Metropolitan Kirill elected Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne

At its extraordinary session of 6 December 2008 the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad the Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne of the Russian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Kirill will be the primate of the Moscow Patriarchate until the election of the new Patriarch, which will take place at the Local Council. The latter is due to be scheduled not earlier than 40 days and not later than 6 months after the death of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II.

Patriarch of Moscow of blessed repose to be buried on Thursday

His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Russia will be buried on Thursday, December 9 at Epiphany Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Alexy, which was his personal wish, expressed earlier in his will, stated Metropolitan Cyril of Smolensk and Kalingrad, the head of the External Relations Department of the Russian Church. Also in the same church was buried former Patriarch Sergius, one of predecessors of the last patriarch.

Memorial Service For Patriarch Alexy II Of Blessed Repose

On Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 12 in all churches of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, a memorial service has been served for Patriarch Alexy II of Russia of blessed repose.

Meeting Of Delegations of The Serbian Orthodox Church and The Jewish Community Regarding Restitution Of Properties Of Church

MetropolitanOn December 5, 2008 the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which consisted of: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegroand the Littoral, archpriest Dr Luka Novakovic, director of the Patriarchate Head Office, Milan Andric the barrister of the Patriarchate Head Board met with Aleksandar Necak, the President of the Union of Jewish Communities of Serbia.

Session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church (Decembar 6, 2008)

Session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church will take place on December 6 to elect Patriarchal Locum Tenens who will chair the Memorial Commission. The Holy Synod will announce the time of the funeral of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy.

Holy Synod Of The Serbian Orthodox Church Sends Condolences To The Russian Orthodox Church

With the blessing and in the name of His Holiness PatriarchPavle of Serbia, His Eminence Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral onbehalf of The Holy Hierarchal Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has sent atelegram of condolence to the Russian Orthodox Church upon the repose of theFirst Hierarch of the Russian Church, noting:

"With regard to thesudden and early death of His HolinessPatriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, we ask you, along with allhierarchs, priesthood, religious clergy and the faithful, to accept our sinceresympathies.

We pray to the Lord for repose of his generous soul, and to grantyou all comfortin your pain for the greathierarch of the Church of Jesus."