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Bishop Matthew of Sourozh serves with the Primates of the Jerusalem and Russian Churches in Christ the Savior Cathedral

On November 21, on the feast of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Powers, celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the monastic tonsure and the ordination to the priesthood of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia continued in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada, together with a host of bishops, priests and deacons, participated in the solemn Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Theophilus III of Jerusalem and all of Palestine, and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Church Slavonic and Greek.

The Patriarchal choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Choirmaster - I. B. Tolkachev) sang at the service.

The service was broadcast live on "Soyuz" TV channel.

At the Augmented litany, petitions were raised for the unity of the Orthodox Church and the preservation of the Church from divisions and schisms.

A sermon before the Holy Communion was delivered by Archpriest Andrei Ovchinnikov, clergyman of the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Khamovniki, Moscow.

At the end of the Liturgy, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill greeted His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus and all the participants in the service.  Then the Primate of the Church of Jerusalem addressed His Holiness with a response.

On the same day, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill headed the ceremony of awarding His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus with the award of the International Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples.

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Published with the blessing of His Grace Matthew
Bishop of Sourozh
Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada

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