Moscow - On 21 January 2010, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk received Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, at the latter’s request.

Discussed at the meeting that took place at the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, were topical issues of bilateral relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches.

Taking part in the talk was the Very Revd. Igor Vyzhanov, DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations.


Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (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.

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.