On April 7, 2012, the Day of the Annunciation, which this year has coincided with Lazarus Saturday, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relation, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Sts Cosmas and Damian the Unmercenary and Wonder-Workers at Shubino in Moscow. It was also the day when the church celebrated the patronal feast of its central altar.
Paschal Message of His Holiness KIRILL Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church
Beloved in the Lord Your Graces the archpastors, all-honourable presbyters and deacons, God-loving monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters!
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, in his letter to His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, Archbishop of Pec and Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovcy, greeted him on the occasion of Baptismal Glory, the day when the memory of the patron saint of a family is celebrated.
On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Myra presided over a memorial service, together with Metropolitan Theoliptos of Iconium and Stephanos of Kallioupolis and Maditon, in memory of late Hierarchs of the Throne.
The service was held at the Patriarchal Church of St. George and was followed by a reception in the Patriarchal Hall.
On April 4, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic, at the patriarchal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery.
In the course of their talk, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed, in particular, his concern for the situation of Serbs in Kosovo. ‘This theme is constantly present in our thoughts and in our prayers’, he said.
The Appeal was adopted as a result of the meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Supreme Church Council held at the Church of Christ the Saviour on 3 April 2012.
The Russian Orthodox Church, while fulfilling her mission of preaching the Gospel, demonstrates an active position on many burning issues and actively participates in the solution of many topical social problems. The help to the thousands of people during fires of 2010, fund raising and collections of material goods for disadvantaged categories of citizens, various kinds of work with children and the youth, and the coming of many thousands of people to venerate the Cincture of the Most Holy Mother of God, have shown the ability of the Church to unite millions of people in prayer, good deeds, and concern for people’s future. Regrettably, not all people rejoice and accept all this.