Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Friday arrived in the Greek port of Daphne and began his pilgrimage visit to the monastic republic of Mount Athos went to the capital city of Carew.
In the port he was met by a secular governor of the Holy Mountain Aristos Kazmiroglu, representatives of the Holy Kinot Athos - the monks of monasteries Xeropotamou Monastery and Simonopetra, as well as chairman of the working group under the President of Russia on the organization of the celebration 1000-anniversary of the Russian presence in the Holy Mount Dmitry Beglov, RIA "Novosti".
Patriarch went to the capital city Carew Athos, where he took part in the solemn church service in the main temple Protata - governing body of the Holy Mountain.
"All the past century Holy Mountain spiritually supporting Russian monasticism. For all the peoples of historic Russia this spiritual connection is paramount. I ask all to pray to the Holy Mountain for our church, "- said the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, referring to the clergy.
"Introducing modern Russian monasticism, these days here with me came abbots and governors most important monasteries of the Russian Church to thank God for the wonderful fishing on the Russian monasticism, to honor the memory of the Holy Mountain, for ten centuries had retained cosmopolitan way of the Holy Mountain. The modern world, torn by conflicts protivorechiyamii, in dire need of an example of harmony and peace, acquires through the renunciation of self-love and the indulgence of sin. Svyatogorsk monastic tradition is an example of this ", - continued the Patriarch.
"Gone are the days when, for political or other reasons, the access of various Orthodox peoples on the Holy Mountain was difficult. And today, as in centuries past, many children of the Russian Church flock here, and some remain on it forever, "- concluded the head of the Russian church.
Recall, on Saturday, is also expected to visit Mount Athos Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin and the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos will meet with the Holy Kinot - conciliar governing body of Mount Athos, which includes representatives of all 20 Athos monasteries, visit the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, and will also be present, together with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at the ceremony for the anniversary Russian monastic presence on Mount Athos. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill will stay on Mount Athos with 27 29 on May. There will be a short prayer and a greeting by the monks.
Take the Russian president will Abbot Schema-archimandrite Jeremiah (Alekhine), who turned 100 years in October last year.
In early April, the official representative of the Greek Government Olga Gerovasili invited Putin to visit the country for a visit.