Moscow, January 13, 2020
On January 7, the feast of the Nativity of Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the St. Vladimir Children’s Hospital of the Moscow Department of Health, reports Patriarchia.ru.
In particular, the Russian primate visited the ICU to pray for the infants being treated there and to meet with their parents. On the second floor, he examined the Department of Newborn Surgery, where he congratulated the mothers and their children with the feast of the Nativity.
On the third floor, he visited the Department of Abdominal Surgery, visiting the patients with limited mobility. He addressed the parents and children, saying, “I would like to wish you all complete healing from your infirmities, from your sicknesses, so you might grow up strong, brave, smart, and always kind, because without kindness in your heart, you cannot be happy. May the Lord preserve you!”
Pat. Kirill presented the children with Christmas gifts and donated medical equipment to the hospital.
Then he visited the Church of the Lifegiving Trinity on the territory of the hospital, where he met with the staff and patients of the hospital, wishing them God’s help in their important work and recovery. The Patriarch donated a Kazan Icon of the Mother of God to the church, and all present were given icons of the Nativity.
His Holiness also visited a children’s hospital on the feast of Pascha.