Thanksgiving said in Rome, at the relics of St Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles, on the Name Day of the Primate of Russian Church

Rome, May 27, 2015

    

On 24 May 2015, Name Day of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a thanksgiving was said at the holy relics of St Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Teacher of the Slavs, in the Basilica of St Clement in Rome.

To continue the established tradition, the flock of the Patriarchal parishes in Rome, numerous pilgrims, and representatives of the Bulgarian, Serbian and Romanian Orthodox communities in the Italian capital gathered under the vaults of one of the oldest Christian churches in the Eternal City.

    

Metropolitan Antonii of Central and Western Europe (Bulgarian Orthodox Church) officiated at the prayer service at the tomb of the holy enlightener of the Slavs. Concelebrating with him were Archimandrite Antony (Sevryuk), Secretary of the Administration of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Parishes in Italy; Archpriest Vyacheslav Bachin, rector of the Church of St Nicholas in Rome; and clerics of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s diocese in Western Europe.

    

Among those who were praying at the service were Mr. Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister; ambassadors of Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and other countries, accredited to the Holy See; and over three hundred pupils studying at the Bulgarian educational institutions all over the world.

After the thanksgiving, “Many Years of Life” was sung in honour of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria, the website of the Church of St Catherine in Rome reports.

Comments
Irene Matta MTh5/28/2015 6:55 pm
Our dear brothers in Christ! We sing "Many Years" to His Holiness Kyrill on his feastday! Interesting note: in American Orthodoxy, we use the Menaia published by Sophia Press, a Byzantine Catholic publisher (we surmise because the Orthodox either cannot or will not spend monies to publish these readings)! Their bias is all too clear inserted into the Vesper and Matins Irmoi: the two brothers corrected the error of the Moslems (!!) - nowhere mentioned is the problem with the "german" Latin Bishops who imprisoned and tortured St Methodios! We celebrate the two Sts Kyril and Methodios as our patrons in our own outreach to those in the Latin-western errors who live among us and name the name of the Lord Jesus Christ while knowing so little about Him! In Christ Jesus, in the glory of His sending of the All-Holy Spirit at Pentecost!! With humble regards and respectfully asking your holy prayer - Rev Father James and Irene Matta Descent of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Mission, (Jerusalem Vicariate) Santa Maria CA 93455
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