Visit of his Holiness Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
Posted on 28/08/2007 in 2007

The Wednesday, October 3 2007, His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and all Russia travelled to Paris to meet the Christians of France. He came to the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris to pray there during an office in 17H45.

Wednesday 3 October 2007 at 17h45.

His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and all Russia travelled to Paris to meet the Christians of France on the occasion of his visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Patriarch Alexis II accepted with gratitude the invitation of Monsignor André Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris, to go to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris to pray during a solemn celebration in front The relics of Passion.

The day before, 2 October, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church intervened before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at the invitation of its President.

Monseigneur Andre Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris, had declared that for him and for the Catholics of Paris it would be A pride and joy to be able to welcome the patriarch of Moscow. He had pointed out that The presence of Russian Orthodoxy in France was already ancient and that it had brought beautiful fruits and expressed the assurance that this visit would be an encouragement for the orthodox living in France.

This visit of Patriarch Alexis II, his first official visit to a Western country, is a strong sign of peace and an encouragement to continue the dialogue between Christians Declared Father Richard Escudier (Episcopal vicar, diocesan delegate to ecumenism) in the weekly Paris Notre Dame
Solemn celebration in front of the relics of Passion

3 000 Faithful Christians, Catholics and Orthodox, were gathered at the end of the afternoon in the cathedral.
More than 300 religious authorities, as well as many Catholic and Orthodox religious, were present in the choir: Cardinals, archbishops, metropolitans, bishops, canons, priests, abbots and monks of abbeys and communities, nuns and friars , as well as representatives of the reformed Christian denominations, the prior and the Brothers of the ecumenical community of Taizé.
The civil authorities had also associated themselves with this office: Many ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, authorities of the French state, the French Academy...

His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II was greeted at the central portal of the cathedral, by Monsignor André Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris, and Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, rector-Archpriest of the cathedral.
The choirs of the mastery of the cathedral sang the Laudate Dominum At whose sound the procession advanced towards the high altar; Patriarch Alexis II and Monsignor André Twenty-three took place in front of the latter. Monseigneur Andre Twenty-three addressed then A word of welcome to the Patriarch, a word to which He replied while speaking to the Assembly Of the many faithful gathered on this occasion who warmly applauded these two interventions.
The patriarch gave the cathedral an icon of the mother of God of Vladimir who was deposited at the foot of the high altar.

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The Holy crown of Thorns was then brought into procession by the dean of Chapter cathedral surrounded by the canons and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, having together the statutory guard of the precious relic. It was deposited on the high altar.
An excerpt from the Gospel of St. Matthew relating to the Passion of Christ (27-31) was proclaimed after the acclamation of the Alleluia resumed by the whole assembly.

There followed a prayer before the relic, praying to the crucified Christ:
The Orthodox priest: Blessed be our God, at all times, now and always and in the centuries of centuries.
The Russian choir: Amen. Glory to you, our God, glory to thee. Heavenly King, comforter, spirit of truth, everywhere present and filling everything, treasure of goods and giver of life, come, dwell in us, purify us from all taint and save our souls, you who are kindness.
The Orthodox Deacon: The Lord is God and he appeared to us. Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for eternal is his love.

The Russian choir: The Lord is God and he appeared to us. Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Orthodox Deacon: They surrounded me like wasps, in the name of the Lord I will repel them.
The Russian choir: The Lord is God and he appeared to us. Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Orthodox Deacon: I will not die, I shall live and publish the works of the Lord.
The Russian choir: The Lord is God and he appeared to us. Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Orthodox Deacon: The stone rejected by the builders has become the head of the corner. This is the work of the
Lord. It was wonderful in our eyes.

The Russian choir: The Lord is God and he appeared to us. Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord. Lord
Save your people and bless your inheritance. Grant the victory to your faithful and guard by thy cross the people who belong to you. Glory to
Father and son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and in the centuries of centuries. Amen. By thy cross, rejoice thy faithful, their
Giving victory; Let them keep your alliance, weapon of Peace, Victory trophy. Deliver, O merciful, thy servants of any
Tribulation, for we shelter with thee, our merciful Redeemer, Master of every man, Lord Jesus.

The Orthodox Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord!
The assembly: Kyrie Eleison.
The Orthodox priest: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, creator of heaven and Earth, savior of the world, we
Humbly prostrate in our hearts before Your Majesty and sing thy Cross and your Passion. We give you thanks, King and God, for
You have been willing to bear, as a man, sentences, tribulations, attacks and sufferings to become our support and
A compassionate savior in all affliction, necessity and aggression. We know, Master Almighty, that it is not by constraint,
But for the salvation of mankind you have endured the cross and Passion, in order to deliver us from the slavery of the enemy. How
Can we thank you, friend of the men, for all that you have suffered for us sinners? Our souls, our bodies and all the good
That we have are already yours, as our whole being. We count, Lord of goodness, on your infinite mercy, we Chan-
Tone your incomparable patience, we magnify thy ineffable recount, we glorify thy immeasurable grace, we venerate
Your honorable Passion, we embrace your wounds, claiming: Have mercy on us sinners and make thy holy Cross not remain barren
In US. Make us worthy to contemplate the glory of thy Kingdom of heaven after having faithfully communion with your sufferings.

The assembly: Amen.
The Orthodox Deacon: Wisdom!
The Orthodox priest: Holy Mother of God, save us!
The Russian choir: Thee more venerable than the Cherubim and incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim, who
Without corruption have borne the word of God, you truly mother of God, we magnify you.

The Orthodox priest: Glory to thee, Christ God, our hope, glory to thee!

The Russian choir: Glory to the father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and in the centuries of centuries. Amen.
Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison. Blessed!

The Orthodox priest: That Christ our true God, by the prayers of his pure mother, by the power of his precious
and invigorating cross, by the intercession of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, him who
Is good and loves men.

The assembly: Amen.
The Russian choir sang: We bow to thy cross, master, and we glorify Thy holy Resurrection.

The Our Father was sung in Latin and Russian, then the patriarch and the archbishop approached the altar to venerate the Holy crown of Thorns.

The chorus then sang: Today is hanged
On the cross he who had suspended the Earth on the waters. Today is girded with a crown of thorns that
Is the King of Angels. It is coated with a purple mantle the one who had adorned the sky with the clouds. Whoever in
The Jordan freed Adam is slapped. The husband of the church is nailed. The Virgin's son is pierced by a spear.
We venerate your passion, o Christ; We venerate your Passion, O Christ, show us thy holy Resurrection.

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Monseigneur Twenty-three then invited His Holiness Alexis II to bless the assembly.

 

The archbishop offered the Patriarch a Crystal Nativity as well as a book on the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in remembrance of his passage to this high place of Christendom.
All turned to the statue of Notre-Dame de Paris and we sang the Salve Regina, a Marian who closes every day of prayer in the Cathedral of Paris.

 

Accompanied by the majestic organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, the whole of the clergy went into procession in the North ambulatory, at the Chapelle Saint-Denys, to venerate the icon of Saint Denys, the icon of Christ in the Crown of Thorns and The Holy Crown of Thorns and the other relics of Passion.

 

 

 

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