On Tuesday, 23 July 2013, on the feast of the Placing of the Precious Robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Moscow and to a prayerful remembrance of venerable Anthony of Pechersk, His Holiness Irinej served the Divine Liturgy at the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow.
Concelebrating along with the members of the Serbian church delegation there was also dean of the Novospasky stavropegic monastery in Moscow Bishop Sava of Voskresensk. Ambassador of Serbia Slavenko Terzic and president of the International Fund of Unity of Orthodox Peoples V.A. Alekseyev prayerfully participated in the Liturgy. The diplomatic choir of the Embassy of Serbia in the Russian Federation sang responses.
President of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation S.E. Narishkin met with His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Moscow yesterday, on 23 July 2013.
During the talks there were also present: dean of the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow Bishop Antonije of Moravica, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Russian Federation Mr. Slavenko Terzic, deputy director of the Department of the External Church Relations protopresbyter Nikolai Balashov, dean of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade protopresbyter Vitaliy Tarasyev, chairmain of the Committee on the issues of the social associations and religious organizations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation J.E. Nilov and other high personalities.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland arrived yesterday, on 23 July 2013, accompanied by Archbishop Simon of Łódź and Poznań, protopresbyter Nikolai Linchevski and deacon Paul Takayuk.
At the airport “Sheremetyevo” Metropolitan Pavel of Ryazan and Mikhailov, Bishop Isidor of Smolensk and Vyazma welcomed high delegation, which will participate in celebration on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
The last day of the stay in the north capital of Russia, on 22 July 2013, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and his delegation visited the Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and the Epiphany in Saint Petersburg.
At the entrance His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, was welcomed by the dean of the church protopresbyter Bogdan Soyko with the brotherhood. His Holiness venerated the wonderworking icon of Saint Nicholas and shrines at the altar. Then the delegation went to the upper church dedicated to the Epiphany.
On 22 July 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch, which arrived for the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia. The meeting took place at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery.