Moscow - (mospat.ru) - Archbishop Hilarion’s book entitled Patriarch Kirill. His Life and World Outlook in the series “Patriarchs of the Russian Church’ has come out. It has been written in response to numerous requests from both church people and those who are far from the Church but who are interested in the personality of the new Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

His Holiness Kirill is a public figure. The scale of his work is unprecedented. His judgments on basic issues of today are well known to those who follow closely the life of the Church. At the same time, it has occurred to no one so far to systematize his thoughts expressed at various times, in various audiences and on various occasions. Until now there has been no detailed biography of Patriarch Kirill except for an official list of services he rendered and responsibilities he shouldered in the Church.

The book is called to fill these gaps. It has been published by the Exmo Publishing House, Moscow, in 8 thousand copies.

The first people to see and buy this unique edition will be visitors to the Orthodox Russia exhibition forum ‘Towards the Day of People’s Unity’ to be held from November 4 to 8, 2009, at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall. The book will be available at the stand of the Department for External Church Relations.

DECR Communication Service


Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Entry into Jerusalem

As we were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, * we were made worthy of immortal life by Your Resurrection, * and we praise You in song, crying out: * “Hosanna in the highest! * Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.” (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As you were carried upon a throne in heaven and upon a colt on earth, * O Christ God, you accepted the praise of angels and the songs of children who cry out to You: * “Blessed are You Who has come to to call back Adam!” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.


E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"