Patriarch-Elect Kirill of Russia
Dear and Pious Readers
Blessings of the Lord!
St. Gregory Palamas on Holy Relics
“In the same way you should venerate their holy shrines and any relic of their bones; for God’s grace is not sundered from these things, even as the divinity was not sundered from Christ’s venerable body at the time of His life-quickening death. By doing this and by glorifying those who glorified God- for through their actions they showed themselves to be perfect in their love for God- you too will be glorified together with them by God, and with David you will chant: ‘I have held Thy friends in high honor, O Lord.'”
Philokalia, A New Testament Decalogue
Services for the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs this evening:
Vigil 5pm; Liturgy 7pm.
Congratulations and Many Years to the Patriarch Elect Kirill! Sixty-two year old Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalinigrad has been elected as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia with 508 votes out of 701 at the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. The enthronement of the Patriarch-elect Kirill will take place this Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
See the following link for a video clip of one of our churches back east that was tagged with anti-Arab graffiti.