On 28 November 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Yerevan. He is accompanied by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Secretariat; archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church-Society Relations; Mr. Vladimir Legoida, chairman of the Synodal Information Department; and Mr. M. Kuksov, acting head of the Patriarch’s personal secretariat.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Kiril, on November 24 in the church of St. Clemet of Ohrid the vesper service was served by Bishop Jovan of Glavinica and priest Petar Dimitrov with the concelebration of deacon Miroslav Encev.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates on November 25 a remembrace of St. Clement of Ohrid. This is one of the disciples of the Saints brothers St. Cyrill and Methodius who created the Slav literacy and who are protectors of Europe. After the death of St. Methodius in 885, St. Clement was expelled with other students from Moravia and came to Bulgaria. Tsar Boris I recieved them and gave them to learn priests in old Bulgarian language. St. Clemet founded the educational school in Ohrid which was considered one of the first Slav university. During seven years 3500 students finished it. Later, Tsar Symeon ordained St. Clemet a bishop.
Today, 25 November 2011, the parish of Saint Great Martyr Mercurie of Titan district of Bucharest celebrated its protector. On the occasion of the celebration of the saint patron of this holy place of worship, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel officiated the Divine Liturgy assisted by a group of priests and deacons, in the presence of hundreds of faithful who had come to worship Saint Martyr Mercurie.
The Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus, met on Thursday morning, on November 24, 2011, to elect a new Metropolitan of Kyrenia. Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. John, the Synod elected Archimandrite Chrysostomos Kykkotis as the new Metropolitan of Kyrenia.
The chirotony of the Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kyrenia will be on Saturday morning, on December 10, at the Panagia Pallouriotissa Church and the enthronement will be at 4 pm of that day at the Church of St. Barnabas in Kokkinotrimithia.
Following the election , Archimandrite Chrysostomos Kykkotis, in his first news statement, expressed the confidence in the Holy Synod and thanked the people of Kyrenia for the confidence shown to him saying that he would do his best the for Metropolis of Kyrenia.