Patriarch Alexy II buried

titleThe ceremony of the burial of Patriarch Alexy II was held on Tuesday in Bloch Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow.The coffin with the body of the Patriarch, the bishops made to the Cathedral on his hands, worked his way from the temple of Christ the Savior, where he held a divine Liturgy and funeral service.To say goodbye to the Patriarch in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Tuesday morning came the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, heads of foreign States and religious denominations, as well as thousands of Orthodox believers from all over the world.At the ceremony of burial at Epiphany Cathedral was attended by only priests. They made a final Requiem service - lithium - under the leadership of the Patriarchal Locum Tenens, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill.At the end of the litany of the coffin with the body of Alexy II was buried in the vault, wooden tombstone which is subsequently replaced by stone. According to the information of RIA "Novosti", the access of believers to the place of burial of the Patriarch will be open from Wednesday, December 10.It should be noted that the late Patriarch loved to serve in the Epiphany Cathedral, especially in the days of commemoration of their patron Saint - the Metropolitan Alexis of Moscow. The Cathedral is also the burial place of Patriarch Sergius, who led the Church during the Soviet years, here 10 June 1990 enthronement of the Patriarch himself.As reported by the "vestige" that Epiphany in Yelokhovo Cathedral is a favorite icon of Alexy II - the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, moved here in the 30-ies of the last century, from the Kazan Cathedral on red square.Recall that the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia passed away last Friday. He was born in 1929 in Tallinn in the family priest. In 1950 he graduated from the Seminary in Leningrad and was ordained priest, and in 1964 became Archbishop, in 1968, the Metropolitan of Tallinn and Estonia. Since 1990 Alexy II led the Russian Orthodox Church. Source: Patriarch Alexy II buried.

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