40 day have passed since Patriarch Alexy’s decease
Moscow, January 13, Interfax – Requiem services for Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, who died forty days ago, will be conducted on January 13, Tuesday, in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia, the CIS and other foreign countries.
Divine Liturgy and requiem service will be conducted at the Yelokhovo Epiphany Cathedral, where the primate is buried. The Locum Tenens of the patriarchal see Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and
At the same time, Bishop Theofilakt of Bronnitsy will conduct the Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Orthodox youth from
According to the Church tradition, a human soul comes to God’s interim judgment on the fortieth day after death to have her lot defined for the time before final judgment, so there is a custom to intensify prayers for the late on this day.
Alexy II died on December 5, 2008, in the morning after the feast of the Presentation of the Holy Virgin in the
The primate’s funerals took place on December 9. Before this date, the Patriarch’s coffin was placed at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior so that all those who knew and loved Alexy II could come to say good-bye to him. About 100,000 people visited the Cathedral those days. State leaders from various countries, primates of the
Commemorative events timed to the Patriarch’s 80th birthday will take place in
The Synod decided to open permanent exposition dedicated to Alexy’s life and work in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Source: Directions to Orthodoxy