The Primate of the Russian Church performed a Requiem service in the tenth anniversary of the repose of his Holiness Patriarch Alexy II


December 5, 2018, the tenth anniversary of the repose of his Holiness Patriarch Alexy II, Holy Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill celebrated Requiem service at the tomb of the fifteenth Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Annunciation side-chapel of the Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo, Moscow, is reported patriarhiei.

Took part in the service: filippopolsky Metropolitan Nifon, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia; Metropolitan Arseny of Istra, the first vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia in Moscow; the Metropolitan of Belgorod and Stary Oskol John, Chairman of the Synodal missionary Department; Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill, Metropolitan of Chelyabinsk and Miass Nicodemus; Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan; Archbishop Ambrose verey, rector of Moscow ecclesiastical Academy; Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk; Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Administrative Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate; Archbishop Matthew, the Bishop of Dmitrov Theophylact, the vicar of Andrew’s stavropegic monastery; Bishop Ieronim (Chernyshov); Bishop Domodedovskaya John, Abbot of the Novospassky stavropegic monastery; Bishop Martucci Sergius, vicar of the Tallinn diocese; Protopresbyter Volodymyr Diakov, Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia for Moscow; Archpriest Mikhail Ryazantsev, sacristan of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow; Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations; Archpriest Alexander Ageikin, rector of the Epiphany Cathedral of Moscow; Archpriest Daniel andreyuk, representative of the Orthodox Church in Americari the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia; Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, Chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood; the Metropolitan clergy.

At the tomb of his Holiness Patriarch Alexy II prayed for the multitude of the faithful — the clergy, monastics and laity of the Russian Church. Among the worshippers were the delegation of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Before the memorial services his Holiness addressed to the congregation with the word:

“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit.

Ten years ago, the earth ended the way of the ever-memorable his Holiness Patriarch Alexy. All or at least most of those present here, preserved in the memory of the sad event which made a long stay of his Holiness at the head of our Church.

Years of the Patriarchate, his Holiness Alexy coincided with big changes in life. The Church has opened up new opportunities. Dire circumstances, surrounded by which was the Church for 70 years, Pali, and it was important to use opened new opportunities for the comprehensive development of Church life. His Holiness led this wonderful update of the life of our Church in the 1990s and early 2000-ies. These years marked the opening of many churches, the ordination of many priests, but most importantly, these years were marked by changing the position of the Church in our country. The Foundation was laid for its further development, and all directly involved in guiding the life of the Church, his Holiness Patriarch Alexy.

But not everything was happy and calm. In the time of Patriarch began the complex process associated with changes in the political situation in the former Soviet Union, primarily in Ukraine. And we know how already at that time began to develop separatist tendencies, as have fallen away from the Church, the former Metropolitan Filaret of Kiev, as there was a split that caused immense damage to Orthodoxy in Ukraine. All this could not pass by the conscience and heart of the late his Holiness. And I, being his closest employee, I well remember how worried his Holiness of what is happening in the Church, but never lost hope, never lost his calm, and that hope and peace has inspired us all.

We will keep in memory the bright image of his Holiness Patriarch Alexy, whom the Lord gave the lot to manage our Church in a difficult transition period. The Patriarch, who has done a wonderful job task that stood in front of the Church by strengthening the life of our Church, bringing together bishops and giving the opportunity to continue to develop all aspects of Church life. We remember his Holiness Patriarch Alexy and as someone who knew how to forgive, know how to listen to people, he knew how to hold back sometimes even righteous anger. We remember his Holiness Patriarch as a man who with an open heart belonged to the sorrows of others when they are the sorrows confided to him.

Let his light image remains in the hearts of those who knew him well, and in the historical memory of our Church. Now go to his grave and take the funeral service, prayed to the Lord for the repose of his immortal soul in the dwellings of the righteous. Amen.”

The service was broadcast live on TV channel “Union”.

The liturgical chants were performed by the choir of the Epiphany Cathedral (Regent A. K. majors).

At the end of lithium his Holiness Patriarch Kirill laid on the tomb of flowers.

Archpriest Alexander Ageikin donated to the hierarchs visited Holy Epiphany Cathedral of the book “the Way of Christ. The way of life of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II” (Moscow, 2011).

The blessing of his Holiness Patriarch Kirill memorial services for the ever-memorable Patriarch Alexy occurred on 5 December in all Patriarchal residences. The residence in situated near Moscow Peredelkino the service was made Archimandrite Eli (Nozdrin), in the Danilov monastery, the custodian of the Patriarchal and Synodal residence hieromonk Mitrofan (Matytsyn) clear lane — brethren of the Sretensky stavropegic monastery, hegumen Ambrose (Skates) and hieromonk Hilary (Anufriev).

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