Patriarch Kirill asks not to give him flowers for a birthday to save money to help the suffering people of Syria

Moscow. May 18. INTERFAX – Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill blessed to channel the savings of the Moscow parishes on the purchase of flowers for the day of his name day (may 24), collection assistance to the affected population of Syria is organized in the framework of interreligious activities of the working group of the Council for cooperation with religious associations under the Russian President.

“The funds will be directed to the appropriate trust account of the Synodal Department for Church charity and social service”, – told reporters on Thursday the head of the Patriarchal press service Alexander Volkov priest.

According to him, to join this campaign and make a donation to this account, everyone can.

The priest reminded that Patriarch Kirill has proposed to replace the custom to present to the Primate for the holidays flowers collection and the needy. So, at the end of last year, on the eve of its 70th anniversary, the Patriarch asked the abbots of the Moscow parishes instead of buying flowers to send funds to the Central clinical hospital of St. Alexis and the feast of the Nativity donated to the clinic of the medical equipment purchased for the savings. With such a request the Patriarch appealed to the priors on the eve of Easter.

“I propose follows this approach and continue in the holidays, when the Moscow parishes are usually presented flowers to the Patriarch”, – said the Primate in his speech to the diocesan Assembly of Moscow.