2018-07-13 18:49:00

Patriarch visits Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg, July 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has visited the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to deliver fragments of the relics of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova and her follower, the nun Varvara.

The patriarch conducted a prayer service transmitted through loudspeakers, with police and emergency and military officers arrayed around the church, an Interfax correspondent reported from the scene.

The service attracted many people, some of whom listened from outside the church. Chants were not transmitted through the loudspeakers, though they were audible at the entrance to the church. Local residents across the road also followed the course of the ceremony.

People crossed themselves and filmed the patriarch's departure on their phones. When he was gone, the crowd started to disperse.

The local weather is sunny and warm today.

Patriarch Kirill arrived in Yekaterinburg on Friday to lead a series of events to mark the Orthodox festival Royal Days in memory of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and his family, who were killed 100 years ago.