2017-02-03 10:04:00

Patriarch Kirill prays for the repose of the victims crashed in the Sochi tragedy on the 40th day after it

Moscow, February 3, Interfax - On the 40th day after Tu-154 air crash over the Black Sea Patriarch Kirill chaired a requiem service in the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow.

Relatives, friends, colleagues, all those who sympathize them came to the prayer service. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin also attended the requiem. The patriarch personally came up to relatives and blessed them.

"Today is the 40th day of the tragedy that has shaken the whole country and many people abroad. Outstanding sons of our Fatherland perished, and their death made many of us think what happens to us, how fragile is our existence," the patriarch said addressing those who came to pray.

The Defense Ministry's Tu-154 plane disappeared from the radars several minutes after taking off in Sochi on December 25. The plane was carrying 92 people, including servicemen, journalists, the Alexandrov song and dance ensemble and Yelizaveta Glinka, the head of the foundation Fair Aid. They were en route to Syria.

The airliner crashed into the Black Sea near the coast of Sochi. A criminal case has been opened.