His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, consecrated a church in honor of the Venerable Seraphim of Sarov on the Porphyrios Island of the Valaam Archipelago on Wednesday, July 10.
According to Patriarchia.ru, after the consecration, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted, “another place for prayer, and therefore for spiritual life, has been established on the Valaam Archipelago, which is of special importance for our entire Church and for the entire Orthodox world”.
“This is our Northern Athos, a place where monks have prayed to the Lord for long centuries for peace for the whole world, for the welfare of the holy Churches of God and for all those who ask the monks for prayer and who give them notes with names of their relatives and close ones. Prayer of those people who devote their life to prayer is undoubtedly of a significant importance,” His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill, said.
The Primate wished that the newly consecrated church would help those, “who will come to this island in order to strengthen their faith and to offer their prayers to the Lord.”
His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill, presented the brethren of the monastery with an icon of St. Siloun the Athonite.