Celebration in Butovo: May 15 2004
The delegation of the the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, visited Butov Polygon
and attended the patriarchal service. Bishop Michael of Boston joined
His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus and the bishops of the Russian
Church Abroad were ceremoniously greeted. The service was led by
His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia along with
a multitude of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow
Patriarchate and over 300 clergymen, with an enormous number of
worshipers who came in order to honor the memory of the tens of
thousands of martyrs who died at Butovo, who symbolize both the
sufferings and the glory of the Russian Church.
At the end of the service, a moleben was served to the holy New
Martyrs and Confessors of Russia along with a procession of the
cross, after which His Holiness Patriarch Alexy performed the consecration
of the laying of the foundation of a stone church in memory of the
New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
After the trapeza with the official delegation of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and His Eminence Archbishop Innokentii
and Protopriest Nikolai Balashov, who accompanied them, His Eminence
Vladyka greeted visitors. In the evening, a portion of the delegation
headed by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin, Germany and Great
Britain visited Danilov Monastery and prayed during vigil at its
Holy Trinity Cathedral, after which the delegation was greeted by
the Prior of the Monastery, Archimandrite Aleksei (Polikarpov),
who showed them the holy items of the Monastery and told them of
the joys and sorrows of their community, of church life in Moscow,
of the miracles and signs that had occurred within their walls and
witnessed by the faithful. Another part of the delegation, which
was staying at Sretensky Monastery, prayed at vigil at its cathedral
church, where the relics of Archbishop Ilarion (Troitsky) are venerated.
During dinner, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus met with Archimandrite
Anthony, Prior of the podvorie of the Serbian Orthodox Church in
Moscow, and Archimandrite Zaccheus, Rector of the podvorie of the
Orthodox Church in America.
Photographs of the celebrations in Butovo will be posted in the
next days, along with those of the visit of His Eminence Metropolitan
Laurus to Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.