By Ria Novosti
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who was enthroned as head of the Russian Orthodox Church three years ago, will on Wednesday hold a divine liturgy in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, the patriarchal press service reported.
By tradition, the Russian Church celebrates enthronement anniversaries as big festivals. Orthodox bishops and priests from Russia and other countries will take part in the solemn service in the Russian capital’s main church.
Kirill, seen as a liberal in the largely traditionalist Church, was elected to head the Russian Church after the death of his predecessor, Patriarch Alexy II, who led a revival of faith in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet system. Kirill was enthroned on February 1, 2009.
The Russian Orthodox Church has enjoyed a dramatic rise in influence since the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Patriarch Kirill was recently granted official residence in the Kremlin.