Feast Day of Sts. Kirill and Methody

To fill a small part of the void while ROCOR United is on vacation, I am reporting on one of Sunday’s happenings in Moscow on the feast day of Sts. Kirill and Methody (also, by the way, the name’s day of the Patriarch).

I started translating the following article and got worn out with the multitude of names and positions so decided to sum up the second half…

On May 24 the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Equal to the Apostles Kirill and Methody, teachers of the Slavs, and the name’s day of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus Kirill.

Co-serving with His Holiness were Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Philaret, Exarch of All Belarus; Metropolitan of Dnepropetrovsk and Pavlograd Irenei; Metropolitan of Kaluga and Borovsk Kliment; Metropolitan of Pskov and Velikoluka Evsevii; Metropolitan of Tashkent and Central Asia Vladimir; Archbishop of Saransk and Mordova Varsonofii, Archbishop of Volokolamsk Hilarion, head of the Department of External Relations; Archbishop of Berlin, Germany, and Great Britain Mark (ROCOR); Archbishop of Klin Longin; Archbishop of Krasnoyarsk and Enisei Antonii; Archbishop of Sergiev Posad Feognost; Archbishop of Vologoda and Veliki-Ustug Maksimilian; Bishop of Cyrene Athanasius, representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria to the Moscow Patriarchate; Bishop of Philippopolis Nifon, representative of the Patriarchate of Antioch to the Moscow Patriarchate; Bishop of Provatsk Ignaty, representative of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria to the Moscow Patriarchate; Bishop of Bakinsk and Prikaspiisk Alexander; Bishop of the Baltics Seraphim; Bishop of Bryansk and Sevsk Feofilakt; and Bishop of Solnechnogorsk Sergii.

On that day His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus Kirill served the Divine Liturgy in Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin.

Following the service there was a Cross procession from the Kremlin to St. Basil’s on Red Square to which place another Cross procession had come from Theophany Cathedral of the former Theophany Monastery.

Many churches in Moscow celebrated their normal Sunday liturgy earlier in the day so that people, as well as priests and deacons, would be able to make it to the procession. My wife and I were a little late to the procession and were also thwarted from joining it by the police who had blocked off all other streets beside the marked procession route and did not allow anyone through. So we backtracked and made it to the procession as it was making its final approach to St. Basil’s. As the patriarchal service in the Kremlin evidently hadn’t ended yet, the crowd waited for about 30 minutes until the procession from the Kremlin arrived. At that point the Patriarch served a moleben to Sts. Kirill and Methody after which he addressed those present with a short homily. After his homily Nikita Mikhalkov, as the head of the Director’s Union and head of the Cultural Fund, said a few words (his words, however, were more about Orthodoxy itself than culture). You can see the official pictures of the event here (and, by the way, the guy in one picture who looks like a biker is a biker; it is “Hirurg” of the bike club Bike Center) but to give you a layman’s perspective I offer the following snapshots:

The procession from behind the fence
The procession from behind the fence

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The army on the left was sent in to keep the Orthodox in line...
The army on the left was sent in to keep the Orthodox in line...

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