His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, officiated a festive Divine Liturgy with prayers for deliverance from the coronavirus infection at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the feast day of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos on April 7.
Together with the archpastors and the clergy, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church performed the Vespers and then the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in the capital’s church, reports Patriarchia.ru.
In connection with the forced self-isolation of believers, the service was broadcast live on Soyuz and Spas TV channels and on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church.
During the Liturgy, the Patriarch prayed for deliverance from the coronavirus infection.
At the end of the service, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sang the praise of the icon of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and prayed to the Holy Patriarch Tikhon in front of his icon on the 95th anniversary of his repose.
In conclusion, according to an ancient tradition on the Feast of the Annunciation, Patriarch Kirill released pigeons into the sky from the western porch of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.