The Patriarch of Russia was joined in the service by many hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate and other Local Orthodox Churches, as well as archpastors from other metropoliate districts and jurisdictions, including His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, as well as bishops who convened to participate in a regular meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as priests who head Synodal and church-wide establishments.
Singing at the service were the choir of Christ the Savior Cathedral under the direction of IB Tolkachev and the world-renowned Sretensky Monastery Choir under NS Zhila.
During the augmented litany, special supplications were made for His Holiness. Afterwards, Patriarch Kirill lifted up a special prayer for peace in Ukraine.
The television channel Soyuz offered a live broadcast of the Liturgy.
After Liturgy, a moleben of gratitude was performed.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onouphry of Kiev and All Ukraine then read a congratulatory address to His Holiness on behalf of the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, after which he gave Patriarch Kirill an painted icon of the Mother of God of Kazan, a patriarchal paramandyas and a bouquet of flowers.
The Plenipotentiary Representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, AD Beglov, congratulated His Holiness on behalf of the nation’s leader. The Patriarch then delivered a sermon, after which he gave ecclesiastical awards to archpastors and pastors in honor of important anniversaries in their service.
To mark the 35th anniversary of his archpastoral service, His Holiness awarded His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany the Medal of St Innokenty, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomensk, Second Degree.
On February 2, 2016, Christ the Savior Cathedral will host the Council of Bishops under the chairmanship of Hils Holiness Patriarch Kirill.
For a full Russian-language report, visit the Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.