Mt. Athos, May 28, 2016
Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, was met with special honor on Mt. Athos, reports AgionOros.ru.
The president of Russia was welcome by the protos of the Holy Mountain Elder Paul Lauriat, abbots, and representatives of the Athonite monasteries in the Holy Kinot.
In the cathedral church of the Holy Mountain, the Protaton, Vladimir Putin venerated the wonderworking icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Axion Estin,” after which a Moleben was served.
The protos of the Holy Mountain of Athos addressed the Russian president with words of greeting.
In response the president of the Russian Federation focused on the tight historical connection of Russia with the Holy Mountain and called pilgrimages to Athos a special blessing.
President Putin was received into the hall of the Holy Kinot. Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos participated in the reception.
Metropolitan Apostolos of Miletos (Patriarchate of Constantinople) also greeted the president: “We meet your pilgrimage to this monastic republic with glorification and thanks to God. We receive you not as a stranger, but as family.”