Rome. 210th anniversary of Russian Orthodox Mission
Unquenchable vigil lamp for Holy Fire, the gift to St. Catherine's church
December 8, 2013
Solemn celebration on the altar holiday of stauropegial church of the Holy Martyr Catherine and on the 210th anniversary of foundation of the Russian Orthodox Parish in Rome. During the celebration the Unquenchable vigil lamp “Roman” was presented as a gift to the church.
A solemn divine service in connection with the 210th anniversary
since the first Russian Orthodox church was founded in Rome.
In the St. Catherine's church in Rome, solemn liturgy on the 210th anniversary of the foundation of the first Russian Orthodox church on the banks of the Tiber river and celebration of altar day, the commemoration day of the Holy Martyr Catherine, celestial patron of the parish, the particle of whose relics are the main shrine along with the particle of holy St. Matrona of Moscow.
The long way of creation of the multiethnic house, united by Russian Orthodox culture, was initiated by Alexander I, who signed the decree on foundation of Greek-Russian church at the Roman diplomatic mission.
The Divine Liturgy was led by archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, the Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Head of Moscow Patriarchate Parishes in Italy.
Liturgical chants were performed by a choir of students and alumni of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy and the choir of St. Catherine's church of Rome.
In prayer took part A. A. Avdieyev, the ambassador of Russian Federation to Vatican, and pro-rector of St. Petersburg Theological Academy. The church was attended by the minister Hyacinthe Destivelle, the Head of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and professor A. Roccucci.
After the liturgy, the procession around the church and public prayer for the Holy Martyr Catherine were performed. Having greeted the assisting clergy, congregation and the guests of the holiday the archbishop Mark gave his sermon, in which he highlighted the importance of acts of martyrdom in the history of the Church. With the response by the word to His Eminence, archimandrite Anthony (Sevryuk) spoke. He expressed his gratitude to the archpastor for the participation in holiday celebrations.
In the evening there was a concert of the choir students and alumni of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. The performance of the group took place in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri - one of the most beautiful temples of Rome.