His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, will make a pastoral visit to the Diocese of Sourozh from 15th to 18th October, marking 300 years of the presence of Russian Orthodoxy in the British Isles. The history of the Russian parish in London and the Diocese of Sourozh begins with the embassy church founded on the orders of Tsar Peter the First in 1716.
The central event of the visit will be the Patriarchal service in the London Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
During the visit there will be several events dedicated to the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), who in the middle of the 20th century played an important role in the establishment of the Russian community in Britain and devoted a great deal of effort to the development of the Diocese of Sourozh, which was founded in 1962.
In the course of the visit there will also be a number of events of an ecclesiastical and social nature.Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia