The Patriarch refused the gifts to the hospital

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archive photoThe Patriarch refused the gifts to the hospital© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

The Patriarch urged Metropolitan clergy not to give him flowers on the occasion of the enthronement desyatiletiya, spending the saved money on an ambulance for the hospital of St. Alexius, informed RIA Novosti the Patriarch’s press Secretary, priest Alexander Volkov.

Patriarch Kirill will celebrate the anniversary of the elevation to the Patriarchal throne on 1 February the service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

«His Holiness Patriarch Kirill blessed to funds allocated for the purchase of flowers to the day of his enthronement of the Moscow clergy, was spent on the purchase of the ambulance to the hospital of St. Alexis. Ambulance in lieu of flowers,» — said Volkov.

This is not the first case when the Patriarch refuses gifts on holidays and memorable dates. So, last year on the occasion of the 71 anniversary of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church invited the clergy to spend money on the maintenance of the hospital of St. Alexis. Also the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has made no such appeals on the day of their birthday and at Christmas.

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