In the context of a modest ceremony at the Patriarchate, on the morning of Tuesday, the 10th/23rd of February 2016, H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, bestowed the Medal of Supreme Taxiarch of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre to Metropolitan Kyrill of Yekaterinburg of the Patriarchate of Russia. Pious pilgrim, Mr Boris Sokol, was awarded the Crusader Medal.
This honorary distinction was conferred upon Metropolitan Kyrill and Mr Sokol for their devout disposition and active participation in and contribution to the Holy Aedicula conservation and protection project, currently in progress.
Both men thanked His Beatitude and pledged to carry on their noble efforts in the benefit of the Holy Sepulchre.
On the conclusion of the ceremony, the Youth Choir of the Bishopric of Yekaterinburg sang the Patriarch’s Polychronion and St Nektarios’ poem to Theotokos in Russian and Greek.