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.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon blesses memorial plaque honouring the 220th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Mission in America23. July 2013 - 14:28
On 21 July 2013, the feast day of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in the Fields, Moscow Representation of the Orthodox Church in America.
Concelebrating were Archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad; Bishop Alexander of Toledo; Bishop Kliment of Krasnoslobodsk and Temnikov; archimandrite Alexander (Pihach), representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and other clergymen.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with his high delegation, during the visit to the Metropolitanate of St. Petersburg, visited on 22 July 2013 the Naval Cathedral of Holy Wonderworker Nicholas of Kronstadt.
The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church toured the Cathedral, as well as lower church of Saint John of Ryla. President of the Commission for monitoring within the Head board of the International charity fund “ Kronstadt Naval Cathedral” A.G. Zahvatov informed His Holiness about restoration works which have been performed since 2009.
Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to Archpastors, Priests, Monastics and the Laity on the Occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus
Beloved in the Lord Your Graces the archpastors, all-honourable presbyters and deacons, God-loving monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters!
This year we commemorate a significant event – the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. In the distant tenth century Rus, through the labours of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, adopted the Christian faith and culture, making a choice of religion and civilization which defined the vector of the historical development of our peoples.