On Friday, 27th May/ 9th June 2017, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos received at the Patriarchate Fr. Nikolai Balasof, Dean Priest of the Moscow Patriarchate and associate of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Moscow Cyril.
On this visit, the Dean Priest Nikolai Balasof offered His Beatitude a copy of the icon of the Theotokos kept in the Church where he serves.
On this occasion, His Beatitude awarded Fr. Nikolai Balasof with the medal of the Grand Commander of the Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, as a token of recognition of his cooperation with our Patriarchate and his vivid interest in solving its matters in Russia.
Emotional, the Dean Priest Fr. Nikolai thanked His Beatitude and committed to the continuation of the support of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Moscow Cyril and his cooperation with our Patriarchate.
With these, His Beatitude gave His blessing to Fr. Nikolai for the continuation of his pilgrimage and his visit and celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Sepulchre of the Lord.