EKATERINBURG: July 16, 2018
The Ekaterinburg Metropoliate is hosting the International “Concord of Orthodox Youth” conference with the participation of clergy and parishioners of the Russian Church Abroad
On July 15-23, 2018, the Ekaterinburg Metropoliate is hosting the 11th International Concord of Orthodox Youth Conference, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The event began in the city of Kursk on July 13.
The delegates arrived in the Ekaterinburg Metropoliate will prayerfully celebrate 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers. The pilgrims will attend Divine Liturgy at the Church-on-the-Blood and will participate in the procession of the cross on the night of July 16-17, and then will travel to Alapaevsk for local celebrations. Visits to holy sites are included in the event: The Monastery of the Royal Passion-Bearers in Ganina Yama; Verkhoturye, Merkushino and St Alexander Nevsky Novo-Tikhvinsky Monastery in Ekaterinburg. The visitors to the Central Ural region will also take part in cultural programs.
Ninety-one people from various dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church will participate, including pilgrims from Australia, Germany, Belarus, Canada, USA, Georgia, Israel and Ukraine, including parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaternburg and Verkhoturye welcomed the conferees, stressing that “it is a joy to realize that the young representatives of our Church, not only from various regions of the country but from other countries and continents” are visiting the Ekaterinburg Metropoliate in order to participate in the great celebration of the 100th anniversary of the podvig of the Holy Royal Family.
“May your visit here be a time of new discoveries, intellectual and creative growth, new friends, good works and spiritual development,” said Metropolitan Kiril to the pilgrims. “I invoke God’s blessings upon you and wish all the conferees health, strength and wisdom.”
The Concord of Orthodox Youth event began in Kursk-Root Hermitage in July, the site where the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign” was first discovered; the icon is greatly venerated in the Russian diaspora. The Concord series was among the first joint initiatives of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, intended to foster the spiritual communion and cooperation of Orthodox Christian youth of various countries, according to the Youth Department of the Ekaterinburg Diocese, which is providing various forms of support to the conference.
On July 19, a concert will be held at the Religious Education Center of the diocese, devoted to the Concord event, which will gather youth and Orthodox society of the metropoliate, open to the public.