of the Lower Church of the Russian Cathedral in London
afternoon of Wednesday, 15 October, Archbishop Mark of Berlin,
Germany and Great Britain, arrived in London. Upon his arrival,
Priest Vadim Zakrevsky showed him the lower church in the
Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God, which is
under construction. The lower church, dedicted to the Royal
New Martyrs, is mostly completed, therefore it was ready for
a minor consecration.
On Thursday, 16 October, at 9:30 am, the clergymen greeted
Archbishop Mark and divine liturgy commenced at 10 am in the
lower church. Archbishop Mark was joined by His Grace Bishop
Agapit of Stuttgart, Protopriest Peter Holodny, Priests Vadim
Zakrevsky and Thomas Hardy and Protodeacon Christopher Birchall
from Canada, who grew up in the London parish.
At 3 pm, the minor blessing of the waters began. Vladyka Mark
served with Archimandrite Alexii and Hierodeacon Savva from
the Brookwood monastery, Priest Peter Baulk and the clergy
that served at liturgy. The Greek Archbishop Gregory of Thyateira
and the new head of the Sourozh Diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate,
Bishop Vasilii of Sergiev (photo below: Bishop Agapit
with the episcopal guests). At the end of the minor
consecration of the church, Archbishop Mark gave a sermon
After the consecration, all present took part in a reception
in the parish hall. Archbishop Mark was given the opportunity
to speak with Archbishop Gregory, and also with the visiting
clergy, parishioners, benefactors and friends of the parish.
After the reception, Archbishop Mark had a private meeting
with the clergy, and later with the Brookwood monks.
That evening, Archbishop Mark, Bishop Agapit and Fathers Vadim
Zakrevsky and Peter Holodny, with their wives, were invited
to dinner by the great benefactor and builder of the church,
Paul Lisitsyn and his wife Natalia, to a Japanese restaurant
owned by a woman of one of the London parishes.
On Friday, Archbishop Mark prayed at the London church during
the vigil for the Holy Bishops of Moscow. On Saturday morning,
Vladyka celebrated liturgy, after which he visited the Convent
of the Annunciation to share with them his thoughts on recent
Church events and the situation in the Holy Land, whence all
the nuns came.