Moscow - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All
Russia is in Estonia since friday and up to today, June 16th, Protodeacon Alexander Volkov,
the head of the patriarchal press service, told
"The head of the [Russian Orthodox] Church is visiting the Estonian Orthodox Church in order to share the prayer with Orthodox Christians of Estonia. The visit's program includes numerous religious services and meetings with the faithful," he said.
Upon arrival, the Patriarch presided over a religious service at Tallinn's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and conducted a religious service at Puhtitsa Convent, a major Russian monastic center, yesterday. Yesterday too, Patriarch Kirill visited the Narva Diocese, which was established in 2011 within the Estonian Orthodox Church. It was the Patriarch's first visit to the town of Narva, which is located near the Russian-Estonian border, where he presided over a religious service at a local cathedral.
"Another very important religious service will take place on Sunday," Father Alexander said.
"The Patriarch will consecrate a stately cathedral named after the Mother of God Quick to Hearken icon in Tallinn's Lasnamae district. The groundbreaking ceremony for this cathedral took place a decade ago under the late Patriarch Alexy II, who grew up in Estonia and had a special connection with this country," he said.
During the visit, Patriarch Kirill plans to meet with a number of Estonia's high-ranking officials, including the prime minister, parliament speaker, foreign minister and Tallinn mayor, as well as the archbishop of the Estonian Evangelic Lutheran Church.
On the first day of his trip, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church visited the Linda Monument in Tallinn and layed flowers at the World War II Bronze Soldier Monument. "Doubtless, the visit by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Estonia will play an important spiritual role for Orthodox Christians who live in this country," Father Alexander said.