Moscow, March 3, 2021
The Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Kitai Gorod section of Moscow has long stood as a testament to the spiritual brotherhood of the Serbian and Russian Orthodox Churches, serving as the Serbian representation church in the Russian capital.
For nearly two decades, the Serbian podvoriye has been run by His Grace Bishop Anthony of Moravica. And now, at his initiative, new monuments will be erected in the church courtyard further testifying to the spiritual brotherhood of the Russian and Serbian peoples.
A monument to the greatly-beloved and highly-venerated Patriarch Pavle of Serbia (+2009) is planned to be opened by the end of the year, and then, next to it, a monument to the beloved Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow (+2008), reports Sputnik-Serbia.
The Serbian representation church opened in 2002 under Patriarch Alexiy.
As Bp. Anthony explained, work on the monument to Pat. Pavle is already underway. It is the work of a Russian sculptor, being partly made in Russia and partly in Ukraine. Funds have already been provided for its creation, and the proper permission from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the Moscow city authorities have already been received.
After the erection of the monument to the Serbian primate, then will begin work on the monument to the Russian primate. The Patriarchs will face the church and also be slightly turned towards one another.
Sputnik also notes that Pat. Pavle was greatly respected by Pat. Alexiy and the Russian people and Pat. Alexiy by Pat. Pavle and the Serbian people.
Yesterday, OrthoChristian reported on a new Russian-Serbian foundation that will restore a church in Serbia and arrange for holy relics from Russia to visit the Serbian faithful.