2017-03-27 13:49:00

First Russian church opened in Cyprus

Moscow, March 27, Interfax - The Russian Church of St. Andrew and All Saints glorified in Russia was opened on Sunday in the town of Episkopi on Cyprus.

"Liturgies will be celebrated here in the Slavonic language, and sermons will be preached in Russian and Greek. Any Orthodox person can become a parishioner of the church. The Church of St. Andrew and All Russian saints will house the Russian-speaking community of Cyprus and Episkopi," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said after the Liturgy in the church.

He points out that it is the first Russian church in the island, though it belongs to jurisdiction of the Cyprus Orthodox Church.

According to the hierarch, "many Russian people with their families have recently moved to this blessed island for permanent residence, its land is blessed by visits of Holy Apostles Paul and Varnava, Evangelist Mark, where St. Lazar was the bishop and where there are many Orthodox shrines and centers of pilgrimage."