Visit to Russia by Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan Concludes
Gabriel at Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery with Bishop Veniamin of Liuberets.
The Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia, Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan, performed a pilgrimage
to Russia from September 28-October 6, 2005. With the blessing of
His Holiness Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia, the guest
from the USA visited the holy sites of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On September 29, Bishop Gabriel visited Donskoy and Danilov Monasteries
in Moscow, and also went to Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery, where he
met with its Abbot, Bishop Veniamin of Liuberets.
The following day, Vladyka Gabriel traveled to Svayto-Vvedensky
Hermitage in Optina. On Saturday, October 1, the Secretary of the
Synod of Bishops made a trip to Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra, where
he venerated the holy relics of the ancient monastery and met with
Bishop Evgeny of Verey, the President of the Scholarly Commission
of the Russian Orthodox Church and Rector of the Moscow Theological
Academy and Seminary.
On October 2, Bishop Gabriel traveled to St Petersburg, where he
met with Metropolitan Vladimir of St Petersburg and Ladoga, and
also made a pilgrimage to the holy sites of the city on the Neva
River. Vladyka prayed at Kazansky Cathedral during Divine Liturgy
On October 3, Vladyka Gabriel went to Holy Transfiguration Stavropighial
Monastery in Valaam, and on October 4, Holy Transfiguration Stavropighial
Monastery in Solovki.
On October 5, Bishop Gabriel had a meeting at the offices of the
Department of External Church Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate
with its Secretary of Inter-Orthodox Relations, Protopriest Nikolai
Balashov. During this meeting the two discussed, in particular,
the perspectives of further dialog and rapprochement between the
Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
That same day, Bishop Gabriel attended the concert “Narod-pobeditel’”
[“Victorious People”], dedicated to the 625th anniversary of the
Battle of Kulikovo, held at the Hall of Church Councils at the Cathedral
of Christ the Savior.
At the end of the concert, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
and All Russia had a short meeting with Vladyka Gabriel, held in
a warm atmosphere.
On October 6, the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCOR
departed for New York.