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His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III on a peace visit to the Russian Orthodox Church

posted 2 Jun 2013, 11:57 by Greek Orthodox Church
On 23 May 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem began his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church. According to the tradition at the Orthodox Church every newly elected Primate of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church worldwide, He visits officially all the others sister Orthodox Churches.   
The delegation, accompanying the Primate of the Church of Jerusalem, consists of Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth, Archbishop Aristarchos of Konstantina, secretary general of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, Archbishop Theophylactos of Jordan, Patriarchal Representative to Bethlehem, Archimandrite Stephanos, representative of the Patriarch of Jerusalem to the Moscow Patriarchate, Archimandrite Galaktion, Superior of the Monastery in Ramallah, and hierodeacon Athanasios. The delegation was officially welcomed in Moscow by hierarchs and clergymen. 

On May 24, 2013, the commemoration day of St. Cyril and Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Teachers of the Slavs (Patriarch Kirill’s name day), and the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral with the participation of a big number of hierarchs and clergymen. Then they led a procession with the cross from the Cathedral of the Assumption to the Monument to St. Cyril and Methodius in Slavic Square. The same day the chairman of the Russian Federation Government, D. A. Medvedev, met with His Beatitude Theophilos, of Jerusalem, at the Church of Christ the Savior.

On 25 May 2013, the two Primates marked the centenary of canonization of the holy martyr Hermogen, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The afternoon His Beatitude Theophilos, visited the church of the Resurrection, the representation of the Church of Jerusalem in Moscow.          

On 26 May 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos with his accompany visited the Laura of the Holy Trinity, St. Sergius and the ‘Sofrino’ Artistic Production Enterprise. 

On 27 May 2013, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, received His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at the presidential residence. In the evening, both Primates arrived in St. Petersburg.  

On May 28, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos and His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill, with a big number of clergymen participate in the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Kronstadt. Later His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos, arrived at the Valamo Monastery of Transfiguration. The monastery brethren met His Beatitude to the sound of bells. He venerates the shrines of Valamo Monastery’s Cathedral and went to St. Elijah’s skeet of the stavropegic Monastery of the Transfiguration on the Valaam Island.

On May 30, 2013, His Beatitude, venerated shrines in the northern capital city of Russia, as the Cathedral of St. Isaac and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. On May 30, 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, who was on a peace visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, departed for Jerusalem.