Moscow, October 5, 2016
Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill will
visit the UK on October 15-18, the Patriarch’s press
service said on Tuesday.
“From October 15 to 18 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
of Moscow and All Russia will visit the Diocese of Sourozh
on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the presence
of the Russian Church in the British Isles. The history of
the Russian Orthodox eparchy in London dates back to 1716
when Russia’s Tsar Peter I issued a decree
establishing the eparchy,” the press service said.
The Patriarch will officiate a divine service at the
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother
of God in London that will highlight the visit’s
main event. During his stay in the UK, the Patriarch will
participate in events dedicated to the memory of
Metropolitan Antony (Bloom) who made a significant
contribution to the development of the Russian community
in the UK in the mid-twentieth century and undertook great
efforts to promote the Diocese of Sourozh established in
the UK in 1962.
While in the UK, Patriarch Kirill will also attend a
number of religious and public events.