Patriarch Daniel pays historic visit to Russia at the invitation of Patriarch Kirill

A delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate, headed by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, will visit Russia on 2-5 December 2017 to attend the events marking the centenary of the restoration of the Russian Patriarchate and the Local Council of 1917-1918.

Patriarch Daniel’s participation at the events organized by the Moscow Patriarchate was one of the topics discussed during the private meeting of the Russian and Romanian Patriarchs held in Bucharest on 27 October 2017.

According to the events schedule, Monday, December 4, several Primates of Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, including His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow to mark the feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple and the 100th enthronement anniversary of Patriarch Saint Tikhon.

According to reports, invitations were extended to all Primates of local Orthodox Churches, three of which have already arrived in Moscow: Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria, and Metropolitan Rastislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia visited Romania this autumn to attend the celebrations of Saint Demetrius the New and to commemorate the martyrs and defenders of Orthodox faith during communism.

This is not the first time Patriarch Daniel visits Moscow. Nine years ago he attended the funerals of the former Russian Patriarch Alexy II, on 8-10 December 2008.

Photography courtesy of Robert Nicolae/ Basilica.ro Archive

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