MOSCOW: November 20, 2019
On the 99th anniversary of the Russian Church Abroad, Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany and Bishop Theodosius of Seattle join the celebration of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's birthday
On November 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. This day also marked His Holiness' 73rd birthday.
This year is also the 50th anniversary of the monastic tonsure of Patriarch Kirill. On April 3, 2019, Metropolitan Nikodim (Rotov) tonsured Vladimir Gundyaev, then a seminary student, and given the name Kirill. On April 7, he was ordained a hierodeacon, and on June 1, a hieromonk.
Among the many hierarchs and clergymen also serving on this day were His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany and Vicar Bishop Theodosius of Seattle of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.