Source: Jerusalem Patriarchate
February 23, 2016
In a modest ceremony at the Jerusalem Patriarchate, on the morning of Tuesday, February 10/23, 2016, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, bestowed the Medal of Supreme Taxiarch of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher to Metropolitan Kyrill of Ekaterinburg of the Patriarchate of Russia. Also, pious pilgrim Mr. Boris Sokol, was awarded the Crusader Medal.
This honorary distinction was conferred upon Metropolitan Kyrill and Mr. Sokol for their devout disposition and active participation in and contribution to the Holy Sepulcher conservation and protection project, currently in progress.
Both men thanked His Beatitude and pledged to carry on their noble efforts for the benefit of the Holy Sepulchre.
Upon conclusion of the ceremony the Youth Choir of the Bishopric of Ekaterinburg sang the Patriarch’s Polychronion and St. Nektarios’ poem to Theotokos, "O Pure Virgin," in Russian and Greek.