MOSCOW, 3 June (BelTA) – His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will visit Belarus on 4-6 June, BelTA learned from the Moscow Patriarchate website.
According to the source, the visit is timed to the 1030th anniversary since the Orthodox Christianity took root in Belarusian lands and the Polotsk Eparchy was established.
On 4 June the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will lay a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk. Later on Patriarch Kirill will lay flowers at the monument of the first Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus, Metropolitan Filaret (Kirill Vakhromeyev) and will lead an all-night vigil in Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk.
On 5 June Patriarch Kirill will perform a divine liturgy in the Elevation of the Holy Cross Cathedral of Savior and St Euphrosyne Convent in Polotsk, Vitebsk Oblast. All the Belarusian bishops will be present there in addition to members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On 6 June Patriarch Kirill is expected to meet with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko.