St. John’s Welcomes New Patriarch

posted Jul 9, 2009, 4:32 PM by Edward Mansager
St. John’s students rang the bells at Holy Virgin Cathedral on January 27, 2009, upon the election of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Kyrill I assumes the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church at a significant time in its history. His predecessor, Alexy II, presided over a tremondous revival of the Church in Russia during the past two decades. Having been violently oppressed and persecuted for most of the 20th century, the Orthodox Church is now one of Russia’s most important and powerful institutions.

Holy Virgin Cathedral’s bells echoed those of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, where the Czar’s Bell started tolling first, according to the Interfax news agency, and then was  followed by others, playing a historic melody that dates back to the 17th century.