Patriarch Kirill congratulates Hieromonk Photios (Mochalov) for his victory on The Voice TV show

Natalya Mihailova | 29 December 2015
December 26, PRAVMIR: Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill congratulated Heiromonk Photios (Mochalova) on his victory on The Voice, December 25th.

The Patriarch’s congratulations appeared tonight on his VKontakte page.

“From the very beginning, the enterprise has been extremely controversial, and, I would even say, dangerous for the monk, – wrote the head of the ROC – because the stage and the monastic vocation, as it were, are incompatible. I think the result, though, surprisingly, turned out to be positive for Father Photios and for all those who listened to him and fell in love with him. ”

In addition, the Patriarch wished that Heiromonk Photios would preserve “the natural behavior and  modesty, which is inherent in monastic ranks and by which people – both inside and outside the church – define the spiritual state of the priest.”

His Holiness also reminded the winner of The Voice of the complex time that comes in everyone’s life after a resounding success. “I also want to keep in mind that the monastic path that you selected, by its value and meaning surpass the victory, which you achieved. After all, many voted not only for a voice, but also for an image,” concluded Patriarch Kirill.

For the time ever, the revenue Channel One and other partners gathered during audience voting will be  transferred to Miloserdie Orthodox Assistance.

Season 4  finalists of The Voice were decided on December 18th. During the finals, Era Kann came from the team of Basta; Mikhail Ozerov from the team of Alexander Gradsky; and Olga Zadonskaya from the team of Polina Gagarina.

Let us remember that Heiromonk Photius (Motchalov) performed Lensky’s Aria at a blind listening. The heiromonk received the blessing of Metropolitan Kliment to participate in the musical competition. Members of the jury particularly noted the father’s tenor. The priest chose musician Grigory Leps for his team, who asked Father Photios several times whether he would perform chanson and pop songs and if it was acceptable for its repertoire.

Hieromonk Photios is 29 years old and has been a monk at the Borovski Monastery for 10 years. He is the regent of the monastery’s choir.

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible -,, and Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.