LONDON, 16 Oct — RIA Novosti. Patriarch of all Russia Kirill has consecrated the largest Russian Church of the London Dormition Cathedral after the reconstruction, and led the main Christian service — the divine Liturgy.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has also consecrated the bells and frescoes on the outer wall of the Cathedral.
During the service commemorated “all saints in the land of the British, who shone forth”. “Much summer sang “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, God-protected country of ours, this God-protected country”.
At celebrations in the assumption Cathedral there are Kenterberijsky Archbishop Justin Welby, Prince Michael of Kent, having family ties with the Romanov dynasty and with a strong interest in Russia, participating in several charity projects, other dignitaries, members of Parliament, ambassadors. Gathered in the Church with hundreds of parishioners.
In the mid-1950s years in a parish of the Russian Church in London was granted the vacant building of the Anglican Church of All Saints in Knightsbridge. The Church was built in 1849 in the Lombardo-Romanesque style. In December 1956, the altar of the Church was consecrated in the name of the Dormition of the Mother of God, with Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh blessed to leave in the name of the Cathedral and the old the dedication of All saints (thus, the temple has a double name).
In 2006, the parish celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the consecration of the assumption Cathedral. Then the celebrations were led by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, now Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Since 2008, the divine Liturgy and an evening service in a London Cathedral are daily. Assumption Cathedral — the only Orthodox temple of London where you can come and pray at any time of the day.
The first community of the Russian Church in London — assumption parish originated in 1716, when the Russian Imperial mission. Currently in the diocese of Sourozh, there are 46 communities. Only in the British Isles, including Ireland, about 80 parish communities of the Russian Church tradition. Including about ten in the diocese of the Church Abroad, more than 20 in the British deanery of the Western European Exarchate of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.