Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Saint Sava

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia officiated the solemn Divine Liturgy in  the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava of Serbia at Vracar in Belgrade on 16 November 2014. Patriarch Kirill was awarded with the highest distinction of the Serbian Church – Order of Saint Sava, 1st degree.

Concelebrating were Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and Metropolitan Michael of Geneva and Western Europe, Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac, Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Irinej of Backa, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Lukijan of Osek-Polje, Pahomije of Vranje, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Marko of Bregalnica, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, David of Stobi,  Jovan of Slavonia, Bishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk, Antonije of Moravica, Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar; archpriests Nikolai Balashov and Igor Jakimchuk; abbots of the Serbian monasteries and clerics of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Russia and Serbia: A long history of spiritual bonds

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the exhibition “Russia and Serbia: History of Spiritual Bonds”

On 15 November in the afternoon Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russiapayed a visit to the exhibition “Russia and Serbia: History of Spiritual Bonds from XIV until XIX Centuries”. The organizers of this exhibition, held in the former residence of Prince Milos Obrenovic, today the exposition space of the Historical Museum of Serbia at Topcider, are the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Federal Archive Agency (Rossarchive) and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, with the participation of the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents, State Historical Museum (Moscow) and the Historical Museum of Serbia.

Sremski Karlovci: Memory of Metropolitan Anthony (Hrapovitsky)

Within the irenic visit of His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Serbian Orthodox Church, the memorial plaque in honour of 150th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Anthony (Hrapovitsky) was consecrated in Sremski Karlovci on Saturday, 15 November 2014.

This memorial plaque was placed at the door of the Patriarchate Palace in Sremski Karlovci, which had been given at the disposal of Russian bishops in exile by the Serbian Orthodox Church after the First World War, and until 1946 it was the headquarters of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Upon the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, the consecration of the memorial plaque was performed by chairman of the Department of External Church Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Patriarch Kirill officiated Vesper service at the Russian church in Belgrade

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia served feast-day’s Vesper service (Translation of Relics of St. George) at Holy Trinity church in Belgrade

Faithful people waited since afternoon in front of the Russian church in Belgrade to greet His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Saturday, the 15th of November 2014, and to find a place in the church which was too small to accommodate all of them. Bells of the Russian church marked the arrival of the Russian Patriarch, in whose escort there were Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe and Bishop Antonije of Moravica.

Chapel of Iveron solemnly celebrated

Patriarch Kirill consecrated the Russian Necropolis and the memorial ossuary to Russian soldiers.

On Saturday, 15 November 2014, His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the restored Iveron Chapel, the renovated Russian necropolis and the memorial ossuary in the glory of Russian fighters killed in the First World War. The rite of consecration was attended by His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac and Serbian Patriarch with many Bishops of our Holy Church, as well as the members of the high delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate which is in the three-day visit to our Church. There were many Serbian priests and monks, as well as lots of Belgraders who also in this way expressed their gratefulness for every kind of help of the Russian brothers, not only in the wars.