On Monday, February 1, 2021, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the 12th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
On February 1, 2009, in the cathedral church of Christ the Savior, the ordination (enthronement) of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill was performed. He was elected to the Moscow Patriarchal See by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on January 27 of the same year.
“The Patriarchal Cross is difficult, and the symbol of this work is the great Patriarchal Paraman. But at the same time the Lord accompanies this service with great joy. And the main joy for me is the opportunity to perform Divine services in any church of the Russian Orthodox Church, in any monastery, before great shrines, and to visit the wonderful holy places of our Church, touching the Divine grace that flows from those shrines, filling my mind and my soul with everything that comes from real church life, to absorb these very important signals for the Patriarch that come from the people, from the flock, from the archpastors, and from the monastics. It is this spiritual stream that is the most important influence that is exerted on the Patriarch,” said the Patriarch earlier.
The enthronement is a solemn ordination, during which a newly elected bishop is elevated to his cathedra.
It takes place during the Divine Liturgy with dressing the newly elected hierarch in liturgical vestments corresponding to the rank.
In the modern Orthodox Church, enthronement takes place in relation to both patriarchs and primates of the Local or Autonomous Churches, with the rank of metropolitan or archbishop.
Traditionally, the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill is celebrated as a church holiday.