Serbian Patriarch Irinej with his high delegation, within the irenic visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, came to St. Petersburg on 19 July 2013
On his trip to the city on the Neva River he was accompanied by president of the Office of External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of Novospask stavropegial monastery Bishop Sava of Voskresensk, dean of the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow Bishop Antonije of Moravica, dean of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, as well as chairman of the Protocol department of the Diocese of St. Petersburg I.N. Sudosa.
On July 17, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, while on a peace visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, visited shrines and holy places in Moscow.
His delegation includes Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Seaside, Bishop Longin of Nova Gracanica, Central and Western America, Bishop Irinej of Backa, Bishop Feodosije of Raska-Prizren, Archimandrite Arsenije of Zica Monastery, Prof. Archpriest Radomir Popovic of the University of Belgrade Department of Theology, Archpriest Goiko Perovic, rector of St. Peter of Cetinje’s Seminary, Protodeacon Radomir Percevic of the Cathedral Church of St. Michael in Belgrade, and Deacon Alexander Sekulic, Cabinet of the Patriarch of Serbia.
On July 18, 2013, the Day of the Uncovering of the Relics of St. Sergius the Abbot of Radonezh, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the square at the Cathedral of the Assumption in the St. Sergius Monastery of the Trinity, where a tented alter was installed.
It was for the first time in the history of the Laura that the liturgy was celebrated in the cathedral square.
On July 18, 2013, after the Divine Liturgy in the Saint Sergius Laura of the Holy Trinity, the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church visited Moscow Theological School and the Sofrino art production factory.
According to different estimates, 40 to 50 thousand people gathered in Yekaterinburg to honor the memory of Royal Martyrs at the night service commemorating their murder.
The night-time service of Divine Liturgy was opened by Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotury, as he addressed the thousands in attendance. In his sermon, Vladyka explained the spiritual significance of the Royal Family’s heroic deed, especially emphasizing the historical meaning of that place. He also encouraged every Orthodox citizen to understand and fulfill his responsibilities to his country.