"The services it will perform in the Slavonic language, and the sermon will sound can be any Orthodox Christian. Church of St. Andrew the Apostle and all the Russian saints also will be home to the Russian-speaking community of the island of Cyprus and the town of Bishop in the Russian and Greek. Parishioner of this church , "- said the head of the Synodal Department for external church relations of the Russian Orthodox church (ROC), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, after the liturgy in the temple.
According to the Metropolitan, is the first Russian church on the island, although it is run by the Orthodox Church of Cyprus.
According to the hierarch, many Russian men moved with their families to reside permanently "on this blessed and blessed island, which consecrated the feet of the Apostles Paul, Barnabas, Mark the Evangelist, where he was bishop of St. Lazarus the Four-in recent years, where there are many Orthodox shrines and pilgrimage centers. "
Metropolitan expressed his confidence that "with great joy, our Russian people will come to the temple, where the service is performed in their native language, where they will hear the family, a child familiar tunes, where the walls and the iconostasis they will watch images Russian saints, so close to their hearts. "
"I would like to express the wish that the church, which became the first Russian church on the island, would not be the last such temple", - said Metropolitan Hilarion.
The liturgy was attended by bishops of Cyprus, Antiochian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Greek Orthodox churches.
Metropolitan also familiarized himself with the construction of the Russian church of St. Nicholas in Limassol. Blessing of the foundation stone at the site of erection of the church made the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill during his visit to Cyprus in 2012 year.