Metropolitan Hilarion in front of the ensemble. Alexandrov prayer to remember those killed in the crash

Moscow. 25 Dec. INTERFAX – the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Sunday laid flowers to the building of the song and dance Ensemble of the Russian army. Alexandrov in Moscow.

He also sang “Eternal memory” to the members of the ensemble, who died in a plane crash Tu-154.

As told by the Hierarch of the reporters, he knew for many years were the fallen aircraft the main military conductor of Russia, Lieutenant-General Valery Khalilov.

“Nine years ago Valery in the Basilica of the National Cathedral of Washington gave me my “Christmas oratorio.” It was the premiere of the work. We, along with Valery and the orchestra of the Ministry of defence passed in several cities of America. And since we had a very warm friendship,” said Metropolitan Hilarion, a musician by education.

He pointed out that among the dead is also one of the leaders of the Alexandrov ensemble Konstantin Mayorov. “It is the father singing in Church, where I served today. And we in the Church today prayed for the repose of all the innocent dead on Board the aircraft. Also among the dead were Elizabeth Glinka, which we all know as the doctor Lisa. This is the man who has done a lot of good people, the memory of which will remain in the hearts of many people,” – said the Metropolitan. He expressed his condolences to all those in this tragedy have lost loved ones.

Aircraft of the defense Ministry, the Tu-154 disappeared from radar on Sunday morning, 20 minutes after departure from Sochi. On Board, according to the latest data, was 92 people, including soldiers, journalists, song and dance ensemble of the Alexandrov and the head of the Fund “Fair aid” Elizabeth Glinka. They were heading to Syria to congratulate Russian soldiers at the airbase “Hamim” new year holidays.

The liner fell in the Black sea near the Sochi coast. Criminal case is brought. On Monday, Russia declared a day of national mourning.