15,000 Orthodox Believers Take Part In Liturgy Conducted By Patriarch Kirill
- More than 15,000 Orthodox believers took part in the liturgy conducted by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus on Freedom Square in Kharkiv in the morning of May 8.
Participating in the liturgy were also Metropolitan Volodymyr, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the department for foreign ties of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Nicodemus of Kharkiv and Bohodukhov of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, other Orthodox hierarchs from Ukraine and Russia.
Also, attending the liturgy were Vice Prime Minister / Regional Development, Constitution, Housing and Utility Economy Minister Viktor Tykhonov, Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes, Mykhailo Dobkin, head of the Kharkiv regional state administration, Serhii Chernov, head of the Kharkiv regional council, Russia’s Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov.
Patriarch Kirill blessed the audience and urged the community of Kharkiv to secure the unity of the Orthodox church.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus on May 6 arrived in Ukraine to participate in celebrations on the occasion of the 90th birthday of Metropolitan Nicodemus of Kharkiv and Bohodukhov of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and the 60th birthday of Metropolitan Ilarion of Donetsk and Mariupol (the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate).
Patriarch Kirill visited Ukraine from April 25 to 27 to participate in events marking the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster.