From 19 April to 5 May 2007, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, Krasnoyarsk clergymen led by Archbishop of Krasnoyarsk and Yenisei Anthony made a pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land. Diocesan churches’ benefactors and orthodox community members also took part in the trip. During the pilgrimage, Archbishop and the priesthood visited Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Jordan. They prayed and administered church services at many sacred shrines connected with earth life of Christ the Savior, God’s Mother, apostles and saints of the first centuries. Archbishop Anthony and the Krasnoyarsk delegation were welcomed warmly by Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore (Theodoros) II and Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine Theophilus III, reported archpriest Vyacheslav Bachin, the Krasnoyarsk diocesan administration’s secretary and the Blessed Virgin Protection Cathedral’s senior priest, one of the pilgrimage’s participants.
On 20 April 2007, St George the Confessor’s memory, Krasnoyarsk clergymen led by Archbishop Anthony took part in the Patriarchal church service, administered by His Beatitude Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. With the service completed, there were Festive prayer and Cross Procession followed by the official reception given to His Eminence Anthony and Krasnoyarsk clergy by Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. On visiting Cairo, at the Divine Liturgy Archbishop Anthony was donated to Patriarchal panagia by Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore (Theodoros) II. His Eminence and the delegation visited the patriarchate in Alexandria, the Patriarchal Cathedral and Egypt ancient monasteries.
The delegation led by Archbishop Anthony also visited the place of the Baptism of Jesus Christ and the St John the Baptist’s Church in the Jordan, which belongs to the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
Archbishop and clergy visited Cana of the Galilee, a place where Jesus Christ performed his first miracle at the wedding feast of apostle Simon the Zealot (Canaanite), Capernaum, Mount Tabor, the site of Christ’s Transfiguration, Nazareth, connected with the Annunciation of God’s Mother, and the Nazareth Church in the name of God’s Mother Annunciation, Christian shrines of the 4-6 centuries, Jordan holy places, connected with the prophet Moses, Mount Nebo where Moses was given a view of the Promised land, and the Holy City of Jerusalem – the Old City, Via Dolorosa (the Way of Grief), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Russian Compuond in Jerusalem, Gethsemane with the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Mount Sion and the Gorny Convent.
On the night of 29 April, His Eminence Anthony and the Krasnoyarsk diocese’s clergy administered divine service in the Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre Church, which Christians connect with the last hours of the Savior’s earth life and the Great Miracle of Christ’s Resurrection. Six archbishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate took part in the service.
On 30 April, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine Theophilus III welcomed warmly Archbishop Anthony and the delegation in the patriarchate and presented nacreous Patriarchal panagia and cross to Archbishop Anthony and put nacreous Patriarchal crosses on all clergymen participated in the pilgrimage trip. In his turn, Archbishop Anthony presented gilded icon lamps with jewels to Patriarch Theophilus III.
On his return to Krasnoyarsk, the Cathedral city, His Eminence Archbishop Anthony will administer forthcoming canonical divine services in churches of Krasnoyarsk and diocese’s deaneries.
The Krasnoyarsk diocesan press service