Many children were invited to the patriarchal liturgy:
children from large families, schoolchildren from Orthodox high schools and
Sunday schools. It was the fourth time such a patriarchal “children”
liturgy took place.
The Patriarch was assisted by Archbishop Mathew of Yegoryevsk and Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, the Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, as well as a large number of priests.
In the sanctuary, the servants were students of Sunday schools of the vicariates of Moscow. Among the assistants were Mrs Kuznetsova, the Children’s Rights Delegate to the President of the Russian Federation, and other personalities.
This year, the hymns were performed by 17 choirs of children, from Moscow and other Russian cities, totaling about 450 singers, conducted by Mrs. V. Volkova.
On this occasion, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow gave the following homily:
“Dear children, Your Excellencies, dear Fathers,
brothers and sisters, I warmly wish you all a happy Pascha Sunday. Christ is
It is certainly one of the most joyous Divine services celebrated in Christ the Savior Cathedral, because today are gathered children attending our Sunday schools, those who learn the foundations of Orthodox culture, and those raised in the graceful atmosphere of ecclesial life. And what joy it is for us, who belong to the older generation, to look at you, dear children, because in you we see the future, the future of the Church and the future of our country.
But for this future to be peaceful, joyous, calm, you must keep faith in your heart, despite all the trials, all the temptations, all the difficulties, and remember that faith is a rock on which human life is built according to the divine commandments. It means that this life brings happiness to people. You must very clearly and consciously unite faith with happiness, faith with well-being, this state of the human soul that we call by the simple word of “happiness”.
It is precisely faith that defines our happiness, regardless of the external conditions of our life. So today, on this Pascha Sunday, I would like to wish you all happiness in your life. A happiness based on faith, on piety, and on love towards God and people. May the Lord help you in your study and labors. May the Lord bless your fathers and mothers, your grandfathers and grandmothers. May the Lord bless our people and our country, so that from generation to generation, the news of the risen Christ be handed down to them, and this good news inspire everyone who lives to do good works, which means finding happiness here on earth, and joy in the heavenly Kingdom. Amen.
I warmly wish you all a blessed Pascha Sunday. Christ is risen!
I would like to thank all the participants in the Divine Liturgy, the members of the clergy who celebrated this Liturgy with me, the remarkable choir with so many voices and the choir director. This year, they sang even more harmoniously and better than in previous years. And I would like to thank all the educators and teachers who work with our children and youth. May the Lord help us all to walk on the path we have chosen and which undoubtedly, is blessed by Him. Christ is risen!”
We can watch this Divine Liturgy here below:
Source in Russian