Patriarchal Locum Tenens officiates at the Divine Liturgy on the first day of the Local Council’s work

On 27 January 2009, the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church began its work. In the morning, its delegates who arrived from more than sixty countries prayed at the Divine Liturgy celebrated by the Patriarchal Locum Tenens, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, at the Church of the Transfiguration in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. All members of the Holy Synod concelebrated.

After the Liturgy, the requiem litiya for the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia was celebrated.