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

The Wednesday 3 October 2007His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and all Russia went to Paris to meet with the Christians of France. He came to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to pray there during a service at 5:45 p. m.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 5:45 pm.

His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and all Russia went to Paris to meet the Christians of France on the occasion of his visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Patriarch Alexis II gratefully accepted the invitation of Archbishop André Vingt-Trois of Paris to visit the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris to pray during a solemn celebration before the relics of the Passion.

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

Bishop André Vingt-Trois, 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 pointed out that the presence of Russian Orthodoxy in France was already old and had borne fruit and expressed the assurance that this visit would be an encouragement for Orthodox living in France.

This visit of Patriarch Alexy II, his first official visit to a Western country, is a strong sign of peace and an encouragement to continue the dialogue among Christians Richard Escudier (Episcopal Vicar, Diocesan Delegate for Ecumenism) to the weekly Paris Notre-Dame
Solemn celebration before the relics of the Passion

3,000 Christian faithful, Catholic and Orthodox, gathered in the cathedral at the end of the afternoon.
More than 300 religious leaders as well as many Catholic and Orthodox religious were present in the choir: cardinals, archbishops, metropolitans, bishops, canons, priests, abbot fathers and priors of abbeys and communities, nuns and monks, as well as representatives of the Reformed Christian confessions, the prior and brothers of the ecumenical community of Taizé.
The civil authorities were also associated with this office: many ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, authorities of the French State, the French Academy...

His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II was welcomed at the central gate of the cathedral by Archbishop André Vingt-Trois of Paris and Archbishop Patrick Jacquin of the cathedral.
The choirs of the Cathedral Master's Choir sang the Laudate Dominum at the sound of which the procession advanced towards the main altar; Patriarch Alexy II and Monsignor André Vingt-Trois took their seats before the latter. Bishop André Vingt-Trois then addressed a word of welcome to the Patriarcha word to which he replied while addressing the meeting of the many faithful gathered on this occasion who warmly applauded these two interventions.
The Patriarch presented the cathedral with an icon of Vladimir's Mother of God, which was placed at the foot of the high altar.

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The Holy Crown of Thorns was then brought in procession by the Dean of the Cathedral Chapter surrounded by the canons and knights of the Holy Sepulchre, having together the statutory custody of the precious relic. It was placed on the main altar.
An excerpt from Matthew's Gospel on the Passion of Christ (27:27-31) was proclaimed after the acclamation of the Alleluia was resumed by the entire assembly.

A prayer followed before the Relic, a prayer to the crucified Christ:
The Orthodox Priest: Blessed be our God, at all times, now and always and for ever and ever.
The Russian Choir: Amen. Glory to you, our God, glory to you. 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 defilement and save our souls, you who are goodness.
The Orthodox Deacon: The Lord is God and he has appeared to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his love is eternal.

The Russian Choir: The Lord is God and he has appeared to us. Blessed is 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 has appeared to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Orthodox Deacon: I will not die, I will live and publish the works of the Lord.
The Russian Choir: The Lord is God and he has appeared to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Orthodox Deacon: The stone that the builders rejected became the head of the corner. This is the work of the
Oh, my God. It was wonderful for us.

The Russian Choir: The Lord is God and he has appeared to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Oh, my God,
save your people and bless your heritage. Grant victory to your faithful and keep by your Cross the people who belong to you. Glory to the
Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen. By Your Cross, rejoice Your faithful, their
giving victory; may they keep your alliance, weapon of peace, trophy of victory. Deliver, O Merciful, thy servants from all
tribulation, for we take refuge with you, 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
Let us humbly prostrate in our hearts before your majesty and sing your Cross and Passion. We thank you, King and God, for
you have been kind enough to endure, as a man, pain, tribulations, attacks and suffering to become our support and
a compassionate Savior in all affliction, necessity and aggression. We know, Almighty Master, that it is not by force,
but for the salvation of the human race that you endured the Cross and the Passion, in order to deliver us from the slavery of the enemy. How to
can we thank you, Friend of men, for all that you have suffered for us sinners? Our soul, our bodies and all the good
that we have are already yours, as is our entire being. We count, Lord of kindness, on your infinite mercy, we sing to you-
tones your incomparable patience, we magnify your ineffable stripping, we glorify your immeasurable grace, we worship
Your honourable Passion, we embrace your wounds, crying out: Have mercy on us sinners and make sure that your holy Cross does not remain sterile
in us. Make us worthy to contemplate the glory of your Kingdom of heaven after having communed with faith in your sufferings.

The assembly: Amen.
The Orthodox Deacon: Wisdom! Wisdom!
The Orthodox Priest: Most Holy Mother of God, save us!
The Russian Choir: You more venerable than the cherubs and incomparably more glorious than the seraphim, who
without corruption have given birth to the Word of God, you truly Mother of God, we magnify you.

The Orthodox Priest: Glory to you, Christ God, our hope, glory to you!

The Russian Choir: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen.
Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison. Bless you! Bless you!

The Orthodox Priest: May Christ our true God, through the prayers of his pure Mother, through the power of his precious
and life-giving Cross, through the intercession of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, he who
is good and loves men.

The assembly: Amen.
The Russian Choir sang: We bow down before Your Cross, Master, and glorify Your holy Resurrection.

The Our Father was sung in Latin and Russian, then the Patriarch and Archbishop approached the altar to worship the Holy Crown of Thorns.

The Choir then sang: Today is hanged
on the Cross the one who had hung the earth on the waters. Today, the one who is wearing a crown of thorns is the one who
is the King of Angels. He is clothed in a purple cloak who had adorned the sky with clouds. The one who in
the Jordan freed Adam is slapped. The Husband of the Church is nailed. The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a spear.
We worship your passion, O Christ; we worship your Passion, O Christ, show us your Holy Resurrection.

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Archbishop Twenty-Three then invited His Holiness Alexis II to bless the Assembly.

 

The Archbishop offered the Patriarch a crystal Nativity and a book on Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in memory of his visit to this important Christian place.
All turned to the statue of Our Lady of Paris and the Salve ReginaThe Marian antiphon which closes each day of prayer in the cathedral of Paris.

 

Accompanied by the majestic great organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, the whole clergy went in procession to the northern ambulatory, to the Saint-Denys chapel, to venerate the icon of Saint Denys, the icon of Christ with the crown of thorns and the Holy Crown of Thorns and the other relics of the Passion.

 

 

 

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