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Hierarchs of the Three Patriarchates Celebrated Joint Divine Liturgy in Buenos Aires

On January 23, 2022, the hierarchs of the Antioch, Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the house church in the name of the Right-Believing Prince Alexander Nevsky in Buenos Aires (Argentina). It is reported by mospat.

Metropolitan Jacob of Buenos Aires and all Argentina (Patriarchate of Antioch), Bishop John of Caracas and South America, Bishop Kirill of Buenos Aires and South Central America (Serbian Patriarchate), and Bishop Leonid of Argentina and South America were co-served by Archpriest Sergiy Yurin, Secretary of the Argentine Diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate and rector of the church in the name of St. Job of Pochaev in the city of San Martin, Priest Alexei Lysenko.

Bishop Leonid addressed the words of greeting to the archpastors who took part in the service, and to all those gathered in the church. As a memorial gift, the bishop presented the hierarchs with icons of the Right-Believing Prince Alexander Nevsky, whose 800th birthday anniversary was celebrated in 2021.

Bishop John of Caracas and South America also spoke, in which he touched upon the symbolism of the recently celebrated holidays and the upcoming Great Lent.

“I would like to thank our brother Vladyka Leonid for inviting me to this service, it is a great honor for me,” said Metropolitan Jacob of Buenos Aires and All Argentina (Patriarchate of Antioch). “I also want to thank our brothers, Bishop John and Bishop Kirill, with whom we celebrated the service together today. All of us – Orthodox bishops serving here in Argentina, in Buenos Aires – feel like brothers in Christ. As you know, fraternal relations between the Moscow, Antioch and Serbian Patriarchates are very old and very deep. Likewise, our Church of the Holy Great Martyr George is always open for you, dear Bishop John, Bishop Leonid, Bishop Kirill, and for all of you, dear brothers and sisters. Our fraternal concelebration here in Argentina is very important for everyone.”

Bishop Kirill of Buenos Aires and South Central America (Serbian Patriarchate) thanked Vladyka Leonid for the fraternal invitation to celebrate the Divine Liturgy together. “I am always inspired by the opportunity to celebrate divine services together with brother bishops, priests, and believing people. This is evidence of our unity in Christ. There is one God, the Savior of all mankind – Christ, and one Church – one Orthodox Church. And it is important to emphasize our unity in Christ.”

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