Patriarch Bartholomew's visit to the Czech Republic
The visit is timed to the 1150 anniversary of the emergence of Slavic Letters
PRAGUE. The visit by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to the Czech Republic is timed to the 1150 anniversary anniversary of the emergence of Slavic Letters. The Patriarch arrived in Prague on May 22; at the airport he was met, on behalf of the Czech Orthodox Church, by Archbishop George Michalowski, by Czech politicians and the faithful.
On the morning of May 23 there was a reception for the leader of the Church of Constantinople in the Cathedral of SS Cyril and Methodius in Prague. Aprayer service (moleben) was held.
After this, the Patriarch met with members of the Council of Churches of the Czech Republic, then the Cardinal Dominik Dukoy; the Archbishop of Prague; and Milan Shehom, President of Czech Republic.
In the afternoon, after meeting with the ambassadors of Greece and Turkey in Prague Patriarch Bartholomew went to the city of Brno. In the evening he was received by the locum tenens of the Czechoslovak Orthodox Church, Archbishop Simeon of Olomouc-Brno. A gala dinner was held in honor of the leader of the Church of Constantinople.
The morning of May 24th Patriarch Bartholomew met the prefect of South Moravia Michal Hashekom, and then visited the National Museum of Moravia. On Friday evening the Ecumenical Patriarch served an all-night vigil in the church of St.Prince Vyacheslav.
On May 25th Patriarch Bartholomew celebrated the Divine Liturgy at an archaeological site in the Slavic settlement Mikulčice who attended SS Cyril and Methodius.
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