His Grace Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus said that he would visit Russia on the occasion of 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of the Rus'
As it was announced, the head of the Church of Cyprus will visit Moscow first, where he will meet with the highest church and state officials. Within the celebration of this jubilee, besides visit to Moscow, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II plans to visit Ukraine and Belarus as well. There His Beatitude will also meet,along with other heads of the Local Orthodox Churches who are visiting the Russian Orthodox Church, with the highest church and state officials of Ukraine.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, who is in the irenic visit to the ROC, venerated shrines of the North Russian capital on 20 July 2013 accompanied by president of the Office of External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of Novospasky stavropegial monastery Bishop Sava of Voskresensk, rector of the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy Bishop Ambrose of Peterhof and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.