On May 29, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia began his visit to Kazakhstan.
The delegation accompanying the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church includes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the synodal department for church-society relations, and Mr. V. Legoida, head of the synodal information department.
On 28 May 2012, in the course of his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and his suite visited Donskoy Monastery, the Convent of the Intercession, and the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Moscow.
H.E. Michael Spinellis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Greek Republic to the Russian Federation, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs Dimitrios Yalamas, and hieromonk Makariy (Chusov) of the monastery.
His Beatitude Ieronymos and members of his delegation venerated the Don Icon of the Mother of God and the relics of St. Tikhon of Moscow and sang troparion to the saint.
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece visits the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Kronstadt29. May 2012 - 11:23
On May 27, 2012, His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, while on his official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, visited together with retinue the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Kronstadt. His Beatitude was welcomed by the rector of the church, Archpriest Sviatoslav Melnik. The guests were informed about the restoration work conducted in this memorial church devoted to seamen who fell in action.
The primate of the Orthodox Church of Greece proceeded to the sanctuary and the congregation sang the hymn to St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker.
On May 27, 2012, a festive reception was held at the Golden Hall of the Metropolitan’s residence in St. Alexander Nevsky’s Laura in St. Petersburg on the occasion of the visit of the head of the Orthodox Church of Greece to the city, the birthday of the ruling bishop of St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Vladimir, and the Day of the City. Among those present were His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and his delegation, Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, bishops and clergy, St. Petersburg Vice-Governor I. Divinsky, as well as representatives of the Armed Forces, business community and the city’s elite.
Metropolitan Vladimir addressed His Beatitude Ieronymos, saying, ‘I would like to thank you again for your visit to the Metropolis of St. Petersburg and for your participation in the celebrations on the occasion of the Day of the City. It is a great joy and honour to welcome you to the Golden Hall, the Metropolitan’s chambers of St. Alexander Nevsky’s Laura, the residence of Metropolitans of St. Petersburg. I hope that our fraternal talks and prayers together at shrines in St. Petersburg will serve as a source of spiritual joy for you. I wish you, Your Beatitude, God’s help in your work for the good of the Church of Christ and good health. May our love in Christ and mutual support bring good fruits for the glory of the Lord and help us in our service of Holy Orthodoxy’.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece celebrated a prayer service in Red Square on the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture28. May 2012 - 9:04
On 24 May 2012, the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the commemoration day of Ss Cyril and Methodius, Teachers of the Slavs, and the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture, after the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Beatitude Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece, accompanied by hierarchs and clergymen, led the procession of the cross with the miracle-working Iberian icon of the Mother of God from the Assumption Cathedral to St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square.