On 29 January 2015, a plenary session of the Inter-Council Presence opened in the Hall of Church Councils at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
The session began with the prayer said by archpriest Vladimir Divakov, the Patriarch’s secretary.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the members of the Inter-Council Presence, calling them to active discussion. He underscored the important role played by this advisory body in assisting the church governance and said:
On Wednesday, the 8th/21st of January 2015, two days after the Epiphany, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the Monastery of Hozeva to commemorate its proprietors, Sts John and George the Hozevites.
On the afternoon of Monday the 13th/26th of January 2015, His Beatitude Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Cyprus, while in Tel Aviv for affairs pertaining to the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus, extended His visit so as to venerate at the Church of the Resurrection.
In Georgia many believers are rejoicing at the miracles occurring from the myrrh-streaming icon of Blessed Gabriel, “the Fool-for-Christ”, that belongs to a family in Tbilisi. Numerous people have been healed from this icon, as relates the “Postscript” program on the Rustavi 2 TV channel.
The icon of St. Gabriel First began streaming myrrh seven months ago. It was shown to Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II who confirmed this.
Over the last two months, twelve more icons and photographs of elder Gabriel began shedding myrrh in the family which possesses this relic.
The 23rd International Educational Christmas Readings under the theme ‘Prince Vladimir. Rus’s Civilizational Choice’ were opened in a solemn ceremony at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The ceremony and the plenary session were led by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.