The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will visit the Smolensk region

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoThe Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will visit the Smolensk region© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on August 30-31 will visit the Smolensk region, in the course of the visit he, in particular, will consecrate the Church of the Holy GreatMartyr George in the town of Yartsevo and open the monument to Prince Vladimir Monomakh in Smolensk.

«On Wednesday his Holiness will perform the rite of the consecration of the small Church of St. George the victorious in Yartsevo, and will consecrate the construction site of a spiritual and educational center», — told RIA Novosti at the Patriarchal press service.

The next day, on Thursday, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church will celebrate the divine Liturgy in the Dormition Cathedral of Smolensk and prayer before the beginning of the new academic year. «The Liturgy will be performed the rite of glorification among the saints Theophan the elders Roslavl and Nikita» — said the Patriarch. Schemamonk Nikita and Theophanes, who lived in the Roslavl forests in the XVIII — first half XIX centuries, was canonized as locally venerated saints of Smolensk Archdiocese in 2016.

On Thursday afternoon in the Cathedral hill of Smolensk Patriarch Kirill will lead the opening ceremony of the monument to Saint Prince Vladimir Monomakh, laid in this city the first assumption Cathedral and brought to Smolensk wonderworking icon of the Mother of God «Hodegetria».

«One of the reasons of the visit of Patriarch Kirill to his native Smolensk land is celebrating this year 880-anniversary of the establishment of the Smolensk diocese of the Holy Prince Rostislav. The creation of the monument, which will consecrate the Patriarch dedicated to this important regional event since Prince Vladimir Monomakh brought the miraculous icon «Hodegetria» and installed in the Dormition Church, as evidenced by the annals, and his grandson, Prince Rostislav of Smolensk, formally established our Smolensk diocese», — said the Metropolitan of Smolensk and Dorogobuzh, Isidore.

After a visit to the Metropolitan of Smolensk, Patriarch Kirill will visit on Friday, the Kaliningrad, where we will celebrate and consecrate the building of the new Orthodox school.