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Patriarch Kirill Led a Procession from Khotkovo to Sergiev Posad
Let us pray today and in all the days to come to St. Sergius, that he might raise our prayers to the Throne of the Almighty: for our people, for our entire historical Fatherland, for the Russian land, and for our Church, that he might preserve it in oneness and keep it from enemy forces.
On July 16 a procession with thousands of people went from the Stavropegial Monastery of the Protection in Khotkovo, a suburb of Moscow, where the relics of Saints Cyril and Maria– the parents of Saint Sergius – reside to the Annunciation field in Sergiev Posad.
Therewith began the main Church-wide celebrations dedicated to the 700th anniversary of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
The procession was preceded by a moleben [supplicatory service] in the St. Nicholas Cathedral in the Monastery of the Protection.
The divine services and procession were led by His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
An area for celebrating the divine services has been set up near the tent city that has been deployed on the Annunciation field. The Primate of the Russian Church celebrated a moleben and read a prayer to St. Sergius of Radonezh.
After the completion of the divine service, His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill, addressed the faithful with a primatial sermon:
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