Reception on the occasion of the name-day of Patriarch Kirill

On the feast-day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, 24 May 2018, in the solemn hall at the Cathedral church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, a memorable reception was held on the occasion of  the name-day of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

The delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church was headed by Patriarch Irinej, who congratulated the Russian Church Primate the great All-Slavonic feast- day of Saints Cyril and Methodius and expressed his special joy to be able to participate in the event in honour of the heavenly protector of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, St. Kirill.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej emphasized very good relations existing between the two peoples, the Russian and the Serbian ones, marking them as sincere and fraternal, and especially thanked Russian Patriarch Kirill for committed love and aid to the Serbian Church. Among other things, the Serbian Patriarch also pointed out the fact that during the bombardment of the innocent Serbian people by the aggressor in 1999, exposed to great and terrible sufferings, his predecessor of blessed memory Patriarch Alexey visited the sister Serbian Orthodox Church, and that visit and Eucharistic service will be highly evaluated in the history of the Serbian Church.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej wished the All-Russian Patriarch Kirill abundant  divine blessings so that he might head the Russian Orthodox Church for many years.

Greeting addresses were also held by Deputy President of the Government of the Russian Federation O.J. Golodec, Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo and All Japan, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and All East at the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia Metropolitan Niphon of Philipopolis, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Moscow Mr. Bojko Kocev, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Metropolitan Paul of Minsk and Zaslav.

Source: Patriarchate of Moscow (translated by the Information Service of the SOC)