Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will take part in the meeting devoted to the preparation of pan-Orthodox Council. It will be held in the Swiss village of Chambesy, where is the Orthodox center of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The meeting will start on 22 January and last week. The head of the ROC will meet with the primates of the Orthodox churches, said on Wednesday the press-Secretary of the Patriarch, priest Alexander Volkov.

“The Russian Orthodox Church has always participated and continues to participate actively in the pre-Council process, despite a number of challenges that exist in preparing pan-Orthodox Council,” said the spokesman, quoted by TASS.

He said that due to the necessity of personal participation of Patriarch Kirill in the meeting during all the days of his work, the Primate of the Russian Church this year will not be able to lead the opening ceremony of the Christmas readings January 25.

With the blessing of the Patriarch on 25 January, the service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior will be headed by Metropolitan Krutitsky and Kolomna Juvenaly. “All participants of the Christmas readings, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church sends his blessing upon active participation in this important for our whole Church a public forum,” said Volkov.

Christmas parliamentary meetings will be held this year on January 29, the Federation Council.

Practical work on the preparation of pan-Orthodox Council is conducted intermittently since September 1961. This event might be historical for the whole Orthodox world. On a pan-Orthodox Council should arrive by 24 Bishop from each of the Orthodox churches. Local, or Autocephalous Orthodox churches are independent from one another but linked by a single liturgical communication, – there are 15 of Constantinople (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), Antioch (Syria), Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Cypriot, Greek (Greece), Polish Orthodox Church, and Church of the Czech lands and Slovakia and America. The largest of them – the Russian Orthodox Church unites at least 50 million people.

Patriarch Kirill will travel to Switzerland for a meeting on the preparation of pan-Orthodox Council 20.01.2016

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