« On the 15th anniversary of the passing away of Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), commemorative services were held in London »

On August 4, 2018, on the 15th anniversary of the passing away of the founder of the Diocese of Sourozh, ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), commemorative services were held in London.

The Most Reverend Matthew, Bishop of Sourozh, headed the Divine Liturgy at the Dormition Cathedral in the city of London. During the Liturgy Archbishop Isidor of Hierapolis (Jerusalem Patriarchate) guardian of the Holy Sepulcher, prayed in the altar of the cathedral and received the Holy Communion.

His Eminence was assisted by the diocesan clergy who came from various cities of Great Britain and Ireland to pay personal tribute to the memory of the ever-memorable archpastor: Archpriest Maxim Nikolsky, Archpriest Mikhail Gogolev, Archpriest Mikhail Nasonov, Priest Anatoly Vikhrov, Protodeacon Vadim Santsevtich, Deacon Sergei Sokolovsky, Deacon Victor Akhryapin and deacon Victor Nikiforov.

Liturgical chants were sung by the Choir of the Cathedral under the direction of Anna Kobrina.

After the final prayer, the Right Reverend Archpastors and the clergy served a funeral service and fervently prayed for the ever-memorable Vladyka Anthony.

At the end of the service, His Grace Vladyka Matthew addressed the congregation on this memorable day, noting, in particular, the joy of joint prayer with the representative of the Jerusalem Church - birth place of Christianity and the mother of all Christian Churches.

Later on that the day, His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh led the funeral service at the grave of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony at the Old Bromton Cemetery.  After the service, Vladyka Matthew addressed the clergy and numerous spiritual children and followers of the ever-memorable Avva with sermon.