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MUNICH: December 7, 2010
The Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia Marks the Second Anniversary of the Death of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II

On Sunday, December 5, 2010, a pannikhida was performed in memory of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia at the Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Munich, Germany.

In November, 2007, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia had performed a moleben and akathist before the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God at the Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Munich, Germany. A year later, on Sunday, November 30, His Holiness celebrated Divine Liturgy there, a day which was also the anniversary of the consecration of His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany. This was the last Sunday Liturgy that Patriarch Alexy was to celebrate before his repose. This is a significant fact not only for Russia but for the Russian emigration.

Among all the churches of the Russian Church Abroad, it was in fact a temple dedicated to the New Martyrs of Russia in which Patriarch Alexy celebrated his final Sunday Liturgy. In 2007, he gave the church a gift of an icon of the Korsun Mother of God. By the time of his return in 2008, the icon was already housed in a magnificent carved kivot.