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The metropolitan of Chersoneses and Western Europe Anthony celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the United Arab Emirates

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated on 2nd January 2022 in the Church of the Holy Apostle Philip in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The service was headed by the metropolitan of Chersoneses and Western Europe Anthony, the Patriarchal exarch for Western Europe and director of the administration of the Moscow Patriarchy for foreign institutions. Concelebrating with the bishop was the rector of the church archimandrite Alexander (Zarkeshev).

Among those present at the service were the Russian consul in Dubai and the Northern Emirates Oleg Fomin and the consul general of the Russian Federation in Rasht in the Islamic Republic of Iran Andrei Vadov.

Prayers for the deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic were offered at the Litany of Fervent Supplication.

The Lord’s Prayer was sung by the choir consisting of clergy and altar servers. After the singing of the communion verse the parish choir sang the troparion and kontakion to St. John of Kronstadt.

At the end of the service metropolitan Anthony gave an archpastoral exhortation to the father rector and the parishioners of the church. In reply Father Alexander thanked the bishop for celebrating the Divine Liturgy. He presented as a gift to the bishop a medal in honour of the tenth anniversary of the Church of the Holy Apostle Philip in the United Arab Emirates and a book about the church. A medal was also presented to Mr. Vadov.

Metropolitan Anthony then spoked with the parish rector and the diplomats attending the service, as reported by the site of the diocese of Chersoneses with a link to the page of the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist ‘na Presne’.

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