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Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’

Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’
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29 April 2018 year 23:12

On April 29, 2018, during the peace visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Albanian Orthodox Church, a presentation took place of the book by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania entitled ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’, devoted to the history, today’s tasks and prospects of the Orthodox mission. 

The Primates of the Russian and Albanian Orthodox Churches took part in the event held at the cultural center of the Cathedral of the Trinity in Tirana.

The presentation was attended by the members of the delegation accompanying Patriarch Kirill during his visit to the Albanian Church, including Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate administrative secretariat, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, Archpriest Andrey Bondrenko, acting head of the Patriarchal Protocol Service, and Rev. Alexander Volkov, head of the Patriarchal press service. There were also hierarchs of the Albanian Orthodox Church, leaders of the religious communities in Albania, as well as numerous townspeople and guests of the city.

Addressing the gathering, Archbishop Anastasios said in particular,

‘In the 1960s, when we began to refer to Risen Christ’s often forgotten commandment Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (Mt. 28:19-20) as part of the work of Orthodox youth throughout the world, many believed that it was ungrounded enthusiasm; others tried to restrict our efforts saying that they were made under an impact of Western churches.

‘And then we decided to engage in a systematic theological and historical research into the missionary work of the Eastern Church. We began with studies in Byzantine missions crowned with St. Cyril Equal-to-the-Apostles, whose name you, our dear and holy brother, have the honour to bear.

‘Then we moved to studying the work of Russian missionaries who continued bringing the gospel to the peoples who had no knowledge of it before. With a deep emotion I studied and published for the first time the Greek and English versions of the studies devoted to the work of great missionaries, such as St. Innocent (Veniaminov) in Alaska (who was to be elected Metropolitan of Moscow), St. Nicholas (Kasatkin) in Japan and many others.

‘These texts have been united in the book ‘Unto the Uppermost Part of the Earth’, the Russian version of which is presented today. With my gratitude to all those who took part in the translation and publication of this book, I also feel the need to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you, my holy brother, for your kind thought to present this book in Albania this evening’.

This was followed by Patriarch Kirill’s speech.

The speeches were followed by a concert given by the Moscow Synodal Choir together with an Albanian choir team, the psalmist choir of the Jan Kukuzeli Byzantine Music School in Tirana as well as children’s choir and dance teams. There was also the screening of the film ‘Moments of the Revival of the Albanian Autocephalous Church’.

DECR Communication Service/
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