The outcome of the election of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia was declared at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the evening of 27 January 2009. The Local Council elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad to the Moscow Patriarchal Throne.
The Chairman of the Counting Committee, Metropolitan Isidor of Yekaterinodar and Kuban, announced that 702 delegates had voted by secret ballot. The number of ballot papers after voting was 700, including 677 valid and 23 invalid ballots.
The Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad got 508 votes; Metropolitan Clement of Kaluga and Borovsk, Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate – 169 votes.
The participants in the Council applauded the news of the election of Metropolitan Kirill the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
We want to share some photos of this day’s event.
The Council began with a Holy Liturgy
7a.m., half-empty Church of the Transfiguration of Lord of the Cathedral of Jesus Christ the Saviour.
The Council’s members are arriving.
Everything is ready for the service
The joy ot the encouter can be seen on many faces
This is the last Liturgy served by Metropolitan Kirill as Patriarchal Locum Tensus, next will be – as the elected Patriarch.
Members of the Council
The Great Entrance
Members of the Council in the Cathedral of Jesus Christ the Saviour, praying – wonder-working icons were brought for the Council.
Journalists are getting ready for airing
Press-service has been working day and night
Archbishops are ready to enter tha Cathedral
And a spectacular and solemn procession it is!
The Local Council elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad to the Moscow Patriarchal Throne.